i bought this car as my first car during high school. it had 163k miles on it. still looked decent. i put this car through hell! weekly trips to the beach, hours of driving. this car refused to die! after 2 months it started blowing serious smoke, head gasket. kept driving! just added oil every other week. the convertible was nice in SoCal., i definately drove the car with style. not too many out there, def. a head turner. if you have the chance to get one with lower miles get it, it will run forever, even on its dieing leg it can still be sold and continue on the road.
I bought my Lebaron with 98,000 miles and now have 149,000. It has been a great car and I have replaced parts mostly out of precaution. I do an average of 40 to 50,000 miles a yr. The oil gets changed every 3 to 4 weeks. If you can find one with the 3.0 V6 go for it and enjoy it.
Although this is a fun car to drive, once it hits 6 or 8 years old, plenty starts to go wrong. A bad transmission, leaky roof and windows, and unexplained stalling are the main problems. Watch out for the leaking especially, as it tends to worsen with age. It does drive pretty nice normally and maneuvers quite well.
This has been an amazing car. It has Japanese (Mitsubishi) technology which might explain it's reliability The 3.0 V6 engine is "bulletproof". It still has the original top and exhaust system. I put on 1 set of pads on the front and the rear bonded are original. As a precaution 2 years ago I changed the spark plugs, timing belt and water pump for a very meager sum. All in all it ranks as the best car I ever had.
This car has been a BLAST! Only bought
it 'cause the price was really cheap
due to needing tranny repair. I still
have less than 3 grand in it and I've
put 60,000 miles on it in less than a
year. It was garage kept by a retired
lady who took REALLY good care of it so
my original top looks brand new, and
doesn't leak. Overall, this has been a
wonderful, fun, and extremely
econonical ride--I hve no complaints!