1994 Plymouth Sundance Reviews - Page 4 of 4

1994 Plymouth Sundance from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carPontiac Sunfire

Summary:

A low maintenance reliable little car!

Faults:

Several oxygen sensors.

Wiring problems.

Needed a new alternator at 115,000 miles, it took the computer with it.

Several belt replacements, and adjustments.

Paint is chipping off.

Interior problems: Locks seem to be lose, rear passenger side door doesn't like to open from the inside.

General Comments:

I have owned this car for eight years. In those eight years I have probably only put in about $1,500 worth of work, beyond the general maintince; oil changes, tires, etc. I have never down any real major work, beyond replacing the alternator and computer. The engine is very quite now that I have had belt work done. It is still running on its' first engine, and transmission. The oxygen sensor seems to wear out quickly though, gone through several 02 sensors. It's suspension system isn't very good, but it is a small old car. It seems like a bargain after my 1997 Sunfire, which had to have to engine job's down, and a whole series of other things down to it. Chrysler built a very good car. I think they stopped production because the Sundance/Shadow's were too reliable, and they didn't need to be replaced and repaired a whole lot. I also own an 1988 Shadow, which has only minor problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2003

22nd May 2004, 19:44

1989 Dodge Shadow

I purchased it brand new in 1988. The motor finally died in the fall of 2003.

Highlites of service.

1989 - Recall of rocker valve cover gaskets leaking oil onto the exhaust manifold.

1989 - numereous shakes and shimies

1991 - Major engine knock (78,000 KM) 2.5 Litre

1991 - New lower engine block supplied by Dodge under warranty

1995 - Engine overheating - New head gasket - Dealer advised new engine head claiming warped engine head replace - I refused and still drove the car for 288000 KM.

22nd Jul 2006, 21:30

My sister bought a 1994 Sundance from the dealer down the street about 8 years ago. This car survived her, but not myself. Baby, as I called her, was struck on the driver's side door by a drunk driver. My sister was almost killed, the car, on the other hand, still ran great! YOU COULDN'T KILL HER!

When I turned 17 and needed a car, I bought the car off her. I had that car for 3 glorious years. The only issues I ever had with her, was when the first and only time that car left any of us stranded, and the timing belt broke.

When I got into my first year of college, baby needed a whole new cooling system, and then it was a head gasket. I was still going to sell her to my friend so I could still drive her, but then I found that there was a fuel line leak. This was all mostly due to the fact that she was in NY, and NY kills cars... well the salt does. If it wasn't for the salt, and that leak, I would still be driving that car.

I would take that car any day, she was my life, and always will be. I miss that car, and I hope anyone that has a Sundance cherishes her and knows how great a car they are!

1994 Plymouth Sundance 2 door 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance78000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Excellent car--worth every penny!

Faults:

During the first year I had some trouble with the a/c compressor. The dealer fixed it on warranty, and that was the end of it. Since then I have had no problems with this car.

General Comments:

This is a great car! I bought it new in '93, and it just runs and runs, without showing it's age. I treat it right (change the oil regularly, etc.) and it has paid me back in full.

The test-model at the dealer's had an automatic transmission, and couldn't get out of it's own way. I ordered the 5 speed stick, and the problem disappeared-- with a manual the little 2.2 really hauls!

All things considered, this little Sundance was probably one of the best bargains I've ever found.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2003

1994 Plymouth Sundance 4 Banger from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4 Banger Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance169000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

A great deal for a busy busy college student

Faults:

My brakes recently needed replacing, they were leaking fluid badly.

Now my anti-freeze is leaking and causing nice pretty puddles under my car.

Both windows have become loose enough to be pulled out by hand, so actually using the handle levers to lower/raise them are useless and the windows become stuck and etc.

Now, when braking an unknown 'knocking' is heard from the back.

And finally, the Plymouth specialty has become apparent... the loud annoying squeal has come and gone thanks to a good tweaking here and there.

General Comments:

Thankfully I was given this car as a graduation so I can't really complain of spending too much money for all the trouble it's given to me at times.

But, this car has treated me awesome so far. Great handling on the curvy back roads of Ohio.

Plus, the '94 styling is still pretty hot looking. The sunroof added to mine is a great look.

The performance it has given to me has been pretty good seeing I run it at least 50 miles a day going around 70mph constantly.

But, the seating should be more comfortable for longer trips, it's certainly a 'just around town' vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2002

6th Oct 2004, 11:47

Hi I had to replace my radiator in my 1994 sun dance be the heating coils had rust out. You might want to check to see if the is a hole in your radiator that was what was wrong with mine. Look at the junk yards around you to see if they had one for your car.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 13 reviews