The Spirit of the K: 1994 Dodge Spirit

When Chrysler declared bankruptcy in 1979 the company desperately needed a profitable platform that provided better gas mileage.  The K cars were born and fortunately for Chrysler they were a hit with consumers.  We got economy cars, family cars, luxury cars, convertibles and even the infamous minivan from this platform.  One of the last cars built on this platform was the Dodge Spirit. But does this 1994 Dodge connect with your spirit?

The Dodge Spirit and Plymouth Acclaim were solid sedans. Lee Iaccoca claimed that they were as good as the Honda Accord (which were their benchmark). These were available with the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder and the 3.0 Mitsubishi V6. (They were also available with the 2.2 liter turbo 4 in the R/T.) But even though these were good cars they were quite boxy at a time when sleek styling was the rage.

This car has 88,000 miles and the seller claims routine maintenance and repairs typical of a 23 year old car.  It also has good paint which is a rarity from a Chrysler product built in the early 1990s. This car also has the 3.0 V6 and 4-speed Ultra Drive transmission which could be troublesome.  Just changing spark plugs on this big engine in a small engine bay was tricky.

And there is the 3.0 V6 stuffed into this K-car’s engine bay.  Could this car prove to be reliable transportation for a while or is it going to be a maintenance nightmare? For $2800 it might be worth the chance, especially if you can get the seller to fix the blinker that just went out!

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