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.
Great for fast turns. Got to love the hatchback. MPG, looks, and part availabilities.
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.
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!!
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!
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!!
1990 Dodge Daytona Hatchback ES Turbo 2dr Hatchback
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
Don't get the automatic, I've heard a lot of bad things about the durability of them.
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
V6 and 5-speed manual make a good-
performing and reliable combination.