1988 Plymouth Reliant Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1988 Plymouth Reliant LE 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Reliant

Summary:

Incredible Mechanical Buddy

Faults:

Most original parts are still in at 230K!

Manual clutch was replaced at about 130K & 210K.

Radiator was replaced this year at about 229K.

Driver bucket seat recliner mechanism had to be welded solid at about 220K.

Brakes have been redone twice in the 230K span.

Head gasket was replaced about 220K.

General Comments:

I continue astounded at how little this spunky car has asked of me during 15 years & for over 230,000 miles. Plus, it's fun. Interior is big enough, while exterior is small enough. 2.2 is peppy with manual tranny & currently gives 30 mpg highway, cruising in overdrive at 70+, with no complaints. I dig Reliants. What a perfect name for this great Plymouth, an incredible mechanical buddy. I'll stick with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th December, 2002

1988 Plymouth Reliant LE 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles

Summary:

An American Icon

Faults:

My head gasket and radiator.

General Comments:

This car is the best thing running. This tank has been through hell and back and still runs strong. I bought the car from an old woman that used it to drive to church and the grocery store, so it had low miles and had not even been broken in yet. The has been mistaken for a diablo since I have yet to take my foot off the floorboard and I have many, many speeding tickets to attest for its legendary 2.2 power. This car is legend and should be put in the car hall of fame. Not only do I love my car, the ladies love the comfortable bench seating. Damn, this car is the schznit and I am blessed to drive it... Speaking of that, I think I should. If you see a screaming Kcar behind you, best slow down and let me pass.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2002

29th Aug 2004, 14:14

Brilliance my friend, brilliance. I took an 84 wagon out on the freeway last week, and the thing rattled, rocked and roared to 80mph faster than the rest of the traffic I was trying (desperately) to get in front of. They've got guts, man.

1988 Plymouth Reliant 2.2 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance263895 miles
Previous carIsuzu Trooper

Summary:

Good basic transportation

Faults:

Replaced clutch at 118,000 miles.

Replaced shocks and struts 130,000 miles.

Replaced Water pump at 223,000 miles.

Replaced Timing belt at 175,000.

Replaced Head gasket at 235,000 miles.

Replaced Half shafts at 185,000 miles.

Replaced Brake pads at 145,000 and 261,000 miles.

Replaced Power steering pump at 138,000 miles.

4 sets of tires over the course of 140,000 miles.

Blew up the original engine, (wrist pin failure) at 258,000 miles. Installed used 1993 long block

General Comments:

Very reliable daily driver averaging 110 miles a day.

Parts are easily available through local parts houses or and salvage yards.

Easy to repair for the experienced shade tree mechanic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2002

19th Jan 2002, 22:11

Wow, I always thought 'Reliant' was an oxymoron.

1988 Plymouth Reliant LE 2.2 4-banger with EFI from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2 4-banger with EFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired122686 miles
Most recent distance152088 miles

Summary:

A square citadel

Faults:

I purchased this K-car from a junkyard and listed below are the reasons it was there:

Radiator flanges were badly deteriorating.

Spark plug wires and associated starting systems (distributor cap, rotor) were deteriorating due to neglect.

The inside of the cylinders were very coked up from people trying to start it with water in the gas.

The exhaust system was plugged almost completely, the car would stall every time it was revved.

The driver side coil spring was cracked.

General Comments:

I purchased this car for 400 dollars from a junkyard. I was looking for a K-car to satisfy personal interest when I came across this Reliant K Wagon sitting in the corner. The paint was very shiny, and I walked over and took a look at it.

It had almost NO body rust!! There was evidence of body rust in the past, but it had been repaired by its previous owners.

The interior was very clean with the exception of the headliner which was torn just over the cargo area, which indicated to me that something large had been forced in.

The bottom of the oil pan was scraped up pretty bad and as mentioned before, a coil spring was broken. It looked like before I had gotten to it, someone decided to beat the hell out of it a bit.

Anyways, I brought it home, fixed the problems for under 500 bucks and I had a very decent running car for under 1000 bucks.

This car will not die, you can beat the ever loving crap out of it and it will still run. Going on almost 160K miles, this thing is a testament to its design. Never have I seen a car take as much punishment as this.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2002

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 21 reviews