I bought this car because my '01 Stratus was totaled over the winter. It had 110,700 miles on it at purchase, and now has 113,000. This car handles freeway speeds of 75-80 mph with no problems, and I use the freeway 3 or more times a week traveling between 20 and 30 mile distances one way. The power seats are comfortable and all the controls are simple and within reach. I'm 6'4 and the leg room is ample enough for comfort. I would recommend the Spirit to anybody needing affordable, reliable transportation.
The power equipment, this car is loaded with it. The quality, availability, and affordable costs are big pluses in this economy.
Electronic fuel injection and at least a 4 speed automatic transmission.
I got my Dodge Spirit around 2003-04. It had the 2.5L engine which had decent pickup and was fairly good on gas. The seat had good back support and the interior was easy to navigate. The car was easy to drive and was absolutely superior on snow and ice to any comparable car that I have ever driven. I believe this is due to the weight and shape. I never had a problem with the car until I decided to race it super hard one night, allowing the RPMs to be very high for an extended period of time. This blew the cylnder head. If I had not done that, I would probably still be driving it today. I thoroughly enjoyed owning this car. I blew it up with about 130k miles.
The drive and appearance of this vehicle are unremarkable. It may leak oil on your driveway but you will not kill this car. Despite being able to find parts in salvage yards the only known cause of death I can attest to has been by demolition derby. The best part is she won.
This car has performed magnificently for me throughout my ownership of it. Although it was built for economy I found it large enough and comfortable enough for my needs. Although I have kept it serviced regularly it has required almost no repairs. If they still manufactured this model I would buy another one just like it!
Economy, reliability, excellent size and handling.
This year I used this car for business travel about 125 miles/day about 4 days each week. Car performed very well in all types of weather including snow and ice. I had winter tires on it. It would do 30-31 mpg at 75 mph all day long. Very quick and good handling, never boring to drive. It is possibly the best all around car I have ever owned. I would buy another with no hesitation if I could find a nice one. One shows up on eBay from time to time. I keep watching.
The high performance DOHC 4 cylinder was great. No mechanical problems ever. Worst that happened was I wore out two timing belts at about 45,000 miles on each. No engine damage, just a one day fix. Dodge really built a great one that year. Mine was white, production was 400 +/-. MPG readout great
An extra turbo boost guage was an option. I bought it but did not get it installed. A sunroof would have been nice, don't think it was offered.