I purchased this vehicle in October and have since driven 5000 km. Before we get into the problems I've had with this car, it is important to understand that I paid $300 for it and it had been sitting for awhile. Service records were non-existent.
Problems so far:
Brake pads and rotors (normal wear and tear)
New Tires, ones on the car were bald.
spark plugs, distributor cap, rotor (all have to be replaced every 100,000km. Mine appeared to be original.
Wheel hub bearings
So far the car hasn't given me any unexpected trouble, save for a broken door handle (cheapest door handle ever). Parts are cheap, except tires which are ridiculous. Snow tires and winter rims cost $1200.
Good mix of fuel economy and performance
Great handling, lots of traction for winter driving
Decent comfort, even for me (6'2", 240 lbs.)
Decent stock sound system
Large trunk and usable back seat
Better materials quality (vehicle is reliable enough, but everything feels very cheaply made)
Stronger door handles
Stronger door handles
Perhaps a more aggressive lumbar adjustment, but that's getting pretty nit-picky at this point.
Did I mention stronger door handles?
No ground clearance, no visibility, titanic turning circle (perfectly fine if you're one of the 5 people left on this planet that actually know how to drive)
I got this car oct 9 2008 and sadly wrecked it a month later all my fault though. In the short time though I drove the car over 5000 miles. I loved it. When I got it it had over 199k miles on it and the motor was still strong.
Not really a Dodge, but a lengthened Mitsubishi Eclipse. Bought as a well used temporary ride. Keep it for its good looks, reasonable trunk space and rear seating room. Also for its nimble handling. The 2.5 V6 has more power hidden in the higher rpm range and can be found by manually shifting the poorly-suited automatic transmission. Fuel mileage can be 30+ on the highway on overdrive at 65 mph. Low ground clearance and roof line make parking curbs a danger to the soft nose and egress something of a chore. But on, particularly, back roads, the car is a fine grand tourer and a 5-speed would have transformed the car and increased its sales. In the main, an enjoyable ride worth owning.
Looks, handling, braking. The engine is more powerful than the auto trans lets on and must be shifted manually to get the best out of it.
5-speed or, at least, "autostick". Another liter of displacement. More interior colors. Better clearance for larger tires and wheels.
This car despite many problems always have done well for me. I get 27mpg in city driving, and 34mpg in country or interstated travel. Folding down the back seats was a plus for me in hauling dirt, lumber, craft things for a show. I could pack more into this little car than most people put in a truck and still make it over the hills. Its 165,980 miles on the car and still putting away despite an oil pump problem I can't find anyone to fix. Everyone says its not fixable. But I never regret this car, its been the best dodge car I ever have own. and Better than my last car which was a Ford tempo.
Back seat fold down, cassette player, gear shaft in the floor.
Put the oil filter ontop where people like me can get to it to change it!
I have this car about a year and when we bought it the motor was shot and it did not run so we went and bought a new morto and put it in and i have only had a couple little things go wrong i had to change the brakes in the alot, I hade one tran seal brake on me bu other than change the oil and check the fluids i have dorve this car to alot of different states and she still going you would be happy if you bought the attract attetion to your self
power and the how fast she can go
better bodys on them and better thing for the truck