1990 Dodge Daytona Base Consumer Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

1990 Dodge Daytona - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

20 Total Reviews

1990 Daytona Consumer Reviews

View reviews for a specific Daytona model:
ADVERTISEMENT

Write Consumer Reviews

Write Consumer Reviews

Write a review and rate your own car.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sort Reviews by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
1987 daytona shelby z
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By turbododge2
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona Shelby Turbo 2dr Hatchback


Review

My 1987 shelby z is 24 years old. i bought it brand new in sept. 87. it has 76.000 hard driven miles on it and has never let me down. by hard i mean i raced it at englishtown nj for four years and alot of racing in north jersey. and the drive train is all original except the clutch. this car is way fun to drive and VERY FAST with a few simple mods. the 2.2 intercooled turbo is a great bullitt proof motor and way underrated by ford and gm guys. if you are lucky enough to find an 87 in decent shape buy it! the 87 motor has the 2 piece intake manifold. the 88 and up have the one piece cast manifold.


Favorite Features

great looking/dependable/handles awesome/ excellent drive train/t-tops/power seats/stock infinity stereo with six speakers amp and equilizer/black paint with burgundy velour interior. will smoke other makes of cars that cost way more and have bigger engines!


Suggested Improvements

better interior quality but who really cares when driving this car is so much fun!!!!!!!!!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

turbo dodges rule!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By shelby steve
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona Shelby Turbo 2dr Hatchback


Review

i bought my 87 daytona shelby z brand new and have loved it ever since i have driven this car very hard and have never had a mechanical problem i raced this car at the mopar atlantic nationals at e-town in n.j. since 1991 the car handles awesome and is great to cruise in during the summer with the t tops off after 21 years of ownership i thought i would never get rid of this car but i recently gave it to my son for his 18th birthday so he and his future wife can enjoy it as much as is mother and i have


Favorite Features

indestructible intercooled 2.2 motor excellent handling t tops and the fact that it blows away a lot of so called big block muscle cars!


Suggested Improvements

plastic interior pieces needed to be better installed but who cares when the car is so damn fun to drive!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

20 years old and still starts right up
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By George
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona Shelby Turbo 2dr Hatchback


Review

A 5-start safety rating - without airbags! When younger, my Daytona was scary-fast, stock. Unstoppable in snow, and still starts right up, whether it's -40 or +40 (Celsius). Needed some repairs over the years, but what a trooper this car is. As for handling, this car goes wherever you point it - it's amazing how this car takes corners: with NO body roll, this car saves you when you take corners too fast. Together with the turbo (which has never died on me), this car's performance and handling make it capable of handling almost ANYTHING. I'm sorry mine's getting old - they don't make parts for it anymore, and even the junk yards don't have them. My first car, and best car I ever drove.


Favorite Features

Handling: Pull the steering wheel. The Daytona will go, no body roll, no complaints, no hesitation. Any corner. Very safe. Also, the hatchback on this car can accommodate a couch! I've moved couches with this car. TONS of cargo space. Got up to 40 mpg on the highway once - no lie! Very cheap on gas.


Suggested Improvements

Bring back these old cars that were made solid and last 20 years. Bring back and improve the 2.2L turbo engine, which is economical and strong. Add more courtesy lighting, and improve door hinges which sag over time. Add cup holders, seat-back pockets and map lights in back seat.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

OMG Automatic
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Hunter
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona ES 2dr Hatchback


Review

This car has been very good to me other then the usual replacements on a used car with 160,000 miles. But I happened to get the automatic, which lets just say all should stay away from, because once one thing goes, it all goes as I found out. The speed stinks. It takes about 1/4-3/8 of a mile to get to 55mph. All the engine and transmission gaskets are leaking, the floor pans are all gone under both passenger and drivers feet, and the supports through the floor pans are broke and about gone.


Favorite Features

Great for fast turns. Got to love the hatchback. MPG, looks, and part availabilities.


Suggested Improvements

The under body. Tthe access when replacing rear shocks. No automatics. The lengths of hoses like the radiator hose is way too long. The wiring has too many cross feeds.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

FLAME
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By deaconwise1
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona ES 2dr Hatchback


Review

I brought this car for $300.00. It was sitting in a yard. I was told the the engine caught on fire a year earlier. It was sitting since that time. Three of the six spark plug wires were burnt off. But when I try to start it, It turn over on the first crank. But I turn it off quickly. I brought new plugs and wires. Start it again, she purr. Drove it home. Got it tune, oil change, air filter and put new tires on it. I have done little to it. Needed valve cover gaskets. The car runs great. No other problems with it. I drive it to work and all over town. It still turns heads. Body is in good shape. Next a paint job. by the way it eat any 4cyl. car out there. Great on gas!!


Favorite Features

I love the way it sounds. Can't believe it's only 141hp. It gets rubber in the first three gears. Great car for 6cyls. I'm still amazed that I found such a great car for what I paid for her. I had many offers to sell. NO WAY!


Suggested Improvements

I would to put an turbo charger on it. But I think none was made for the 3.0 If so let me know. Trying to find some sort of way to boost her HP. She has a little wear inside and out, but the engine is not only sound but fast. Looking to buy another one. But I know not for $300.00 She one of a kind!!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Great Car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Matt
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona ES Turbo 2dr Hatchback


Review

Since I have owned my 1990 Dodge Daytona she has been very reliable,fun and turns heads everywhere I drive.You have to really appreciate American made cars especially the Chrysler Corporation.


Favorite Features

My favorite features are the power doorlocks, powerwindows, heated mirrors, four wheel disc brakes, smooth shifting A-523 transmission and of course the 210 Ft/lb 150 hp 2.5 turbocharged engine.


Suggested Improvements

I think the ES models should have been equipped with air-to-air intercoolers. With a large displacement and plenty of room under the hood it doesnt make sense to not have an intercooler. With cooler air and bumped up horspower Im sure this car would hang with other domestics on the street.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Awesome car
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Eric
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona ES 2dr Hatchback


Review

Greatest car I have ever driven. I bought it with a minor idle problem and thats all, I had to clean out a "vent" in the oil pan. Very reliable. There are a lot of people who have gotten 200,000+ miles out of the V6 :). It spent two weeks parked outside during a -20 weather spell and turned over once or twice before it started. It also handles beautifully and accellerates quite well. You may have a bit of trouble finding body kits, engine mods, etc., but they are out there. The interior is great too, as long as you don't look at the rear seats. The front seats have plenty of leg room as long as you don't have anyone sitting in the rear. They really could have just taken the rear seats out..


Favorite Features

The way it smokes any car I've raced on winding roads. It will also do 140 after a purchase price of $900 and a few repairs and mods of ~$100.


Suggested Improvements

Don't get the automatic, I've heard a lot of bad things about the durability of them.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Turbo Shelby's Live Forever!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Ernest Laird
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona Shelby Turbo 2dr Hatchback


Review

Mine is actualy an 87' Shelby Z, but similar enough to the 90'. I found the car with on ly 71k pampered miles on it, garage kept, in near perfect condition. I conduct all the regular service and repairs on it myself, except alignments, This is my thrid Dodge/Plymouth of this type, early 90's FWD, and all of them have been an incredible joy to drive, given me verry verry few problems, and the few they gave I was able to fix myself easily and at minimal cost. These cars are incredibly fun to drive every day and have a devoted following of verry inteligent and helpful owners. I hope to drive a car like this for the rest of my life, fun, fast and beautiful.


Favorite Features

Tubocharged Intercooled 2.2L SOHC 8V I4 Engine creating a whopping 174hp and 225ft/lbs of tq. Heavy Duty Getrag of Germany designed and build 5 Speed Manual transmission. Easy to work on and maintain. Lots of high performance parts avalible. Smoking Civics who never see it coming.


Suggested Improvements

Few if any, perform regular maintinence and take good care of them and they will run forever.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Don't Believe Consumer Reports!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By regar
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona ES 2dr Hatchback


Review

I ordered this car new from the dealer with every option available. The most reliable car I have ever owned. I have the 5-speed so there have been no transmission problems. I ordered it with the V6 so there was no turbo to burn out. The engine performs well and shows no sign of quitting. Excellent "snow car" for our Northeastern winters. Forget "initial quality" assesments; this car was made to last.


Favorite Features

V6 and 5-speed manual make a good- performing and reliable combination.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Still fast after all these years!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By WTtech2
on

Vehicle

1990 Dodge Daytona ES Turbo 2dr Hatchback


Review

Fun to drive. A real value for the money. Still stylish after 14 yrs. At the track, this car did the 1/4 mile in 12.97 seconds @ 107.31 MPH!


Favorite Features

Five speed.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat*
Chat online with us
Email
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Phone*
Call us at 855-782-4711
SMS*
Text us at ED411