1993 Plymouth Sundance Reviews - Page 4 of 5

1993 Plymouth Sundance Duster 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

A wonderful teen-ager car that I wouldn't trade for anything

Faults:

There is a tick coming from somewhere under the hood. Nobody seems to know where it is coming from.

General Comments:

The car handles well and drives like a dream.

The duster doesn't get very good gas mileage though. Being a V6, it gets about 22 miles to the gallon at best.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st March, 2003

27th May 2008, 21:38

I have the same car and get about 25 MPG - 27 MPG which is quite alright for an older car. But I have put in a whole new exhaust system and replaced the O2 sensor and so forth.

1993 Plymouth Sundance 2 door hatchback 2.2 four cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 four cylinder Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles

Summary:

Great first car

Faults:

When I first got it I thought the clutch was worn/warped because shifting was rough, though there was no slippage. Later I found out the exhaust manifold had cracked and had a hole in it, causing lack of back-pressure. Replaced it and it runs fine.

Part of the steering broke, the last idiot to own it had 215/60 tires on it, they were hitting when you turned the wheel all the way to one direction.

Interior light switch is broke.

Light for the temperature controls is burned out.

Left door speaker doesn't work. Disconnected it and added 4 of my own speakers and a CD player.

General Comments:

I only paid 3000 for it, with low mileage for a (now) 10 year old car, and in near perfect condition.

Handles like a charm, you really notice the anti-sway bars when you throw it hard into a corner. I know it's not a sports car, but I can't help it!

The five-speed manual helps give the car beefy low end power, and excellent gas mileage (26 in winter, 40 in summer). It purrs on the freeway between 65 and 90, running smooth as glass in overdrive.

The ride can be a little rough at times, though the new McPherson struts helped.

The wind noise gets pretty loud on the freeway.

No air conditioning, but a moon roof, no variable speed windshield wipers, no tilt steering wheel, and no rear window defroster!

I haven't had any problems with the factory Radiant Red paint, and it really turns heads when it's clean (blasted road salt!)

No rust, I love Chrysler bodies!

All in all it's a great economy car, yet still has enough attitude to pommel other four cylinders over the head on the weekend.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th March, 2003

28th Sep 2004, 09:21

This was a decent review. It seems that, overall, the author likes the vehicle quite well. I only wonder why he or she choose to select the blue "frowny face" instead of the neutral or smiley face. Very often I just look at the "faces" to make an initial decision about the car. In this case, the "face" didn't match the review.

1993 Plymouth Sundance Base 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2L Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 kilometres
Most recent distance168250 kilometres

Faults:

Everything mentioned in my previous reviews (so, basically, everything!).

Every part of the car, with the exception of the transmission and suspension (although it is badly out of line after a lack of traction and bad brakes sent me skidding over a traffic median, and also the clutch plate is wearing thin).

'Every part' includes new cooling, exhaust, fuel injection systems, catalytic converter, complete engine rebuild.

Even with all of these repairs, this brainchild of Lee Iacocca has broken down at least 14 times in the last year (I've lost count).

The final time was last weekend, when the fuel pump refused to operate. I should have expected, though, for it had been almost 13 days since the last time it broke down and stranded me in the freezing Canadian wilderness, forcing me to once again hitch-hike to get home.

General Comments:

This is the worst, most unreliable car ever made, Pinto's, Vega's and Edsel's included (they, after all, only caught fire, something I desperately wish would happen to this car!)

If complete mental breakdowns and riding with anyone who'll give you a lift is your bag, then get this car. You'll be smashing it Basil Fawlty-style with a tree branch while screaming at the top of your lungs in no time at all.

If I have put on this earth to dispense one piece of advice, it is this: Do not buy this car. Run away from it and don't make eye contact. Unless you really dig long walks in the cold and dark. If I've convinced at least one person to not buy this car, then my work is done, just like my piece-of-crap car.

Forget carpet bombing, just send Bin Laden this car and it will be the ultimate revenge on our part!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th January, 2002

4th Feb 2002, 21:34

My friend has a 93 sundance, and its the most underpowered car I've seen! My 1993 Diamante can waste it with barely pressing the accelertor!

15th Sep 2002, 09:18

While I have not had a Sundance, My Aunt has had one since new. Every one and his brother has used this car as she is liberal with the keys, and it is run at often as six times a day by different drivers! So I will respectfully disagree whit the author, as he may have got one that was abused- But still he has great potential as writer- as funny as Dave Barry! Four Stars!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 17 reviews