1988 Plymouth Reliant

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  • Styling5.6
  • Performance6.1
  • Interior6.5
  • Quality6.3
  • Recommendation6.3
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  • Styling4.0
  • Performance7.0
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  • Quality9.0
  • Recommendation8.0
The K car lives...! by Michael from York, PA on 01/01/2005. Trim: 1988 Plymouth Reliant America sedan, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: Simply put, its cheap, reliable transportation. The car is very good on gas with a 2.5L and automatic. Acceleration is decent, and transmission is smooth to shift. Interior is rather spacious for an economy car. Controls are laid out rather well for all functions, you do not have to reach far to access anything. Ride is somewhat comfortable. Car is exceptionally cheap to maintain and work on if you are mechanically adept. Parts especially are cheap at aftermarket parts houses. Car has an exceptionally long life span reaching to 250,000 miles or more. Engine is strong and rarely fails.
Cons: Style is boxy and boring. Headliners fall down. Headgaskets blow quickly. Transmission needs an overdrive gear. Engine winds too high at highway speeds. 2.5L engine is underpowered. Rust attacks this particular car quickly. Paint peels if you are unlucky and get red, blue, or white. Oil leaks are inevitible.
Overall review: The Reliant/Aries is an exceptional car if you need something cheap to keep and drive. This car is a good choice for someone mechanically adept as it is cheap to drive and maintain (25mpg average 2.5L/Auto). Car is comfortable and drives well. It does fair in bad weather, and is actually able to drive well in snow upto 2' deep! Car is cheap and easy to modify, add options, etc. Options are sparse, but hey, its a K car!
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  • Styling8.0
  • Performance7.0
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality5.0
  • Recommendation9.0
Good 2.5 bad 2.2 by Chris from Belle Vernon, PA on 10/11/2004. Trim: 1988 Plymouth Reliant America sedan, Owned 8 years.
Pros: Great Simple Car. Especially for a first car.
Cons: Rust, 2.2l engine kept blowing up.
Overall review: I like this car. I had two ( a dodge and the plymouth). I would be driving the plymouth today if the body didn't rust up on me. The dodge had a small 2.2 in it. I think I blew 2 heads on it. That was a little frustrating. I had to eventually junk it because it couldn't take a 600 mile/week beating from work and back.
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  • Styling4.0
  • Performance2.0
  • Interior7.0
  • Quality3.0
  • Recommendation2.0
There are much better options for this price by An MSN Autos Consumer on 03/15/2004. Trim: 1988 Plymouth Reliant America sedan, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: It's economical and realatively safe for a car built in the 80's. A well kept Reliant has a pretty nice interior.
Cons: Oil leaking when it was only about 5 years old. Extremely poor acceleration. Very boring styling inside and out.
Overall review: A trustworthy mechanic had to replace a part twice because of constant stalling. Make sure a mechanic carefully checks over the car. I've known many other Reliant/Aires owners with similar stalling issues.
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  • Interior10
  • Quality10
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HOORAY FOR THE RELIANT!!! by groovychick from Austin, Tx on 02/11/2004. Trim: 1988 Plymouth Reliant America sedan, Owned 1 year.
Pros: it's comfy and gets me where i need to go.
Cons: (No data provided)
Overall review: this is the most awesome car in the entire world!!!great for smoking and extremely comfortable!!!
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  • Styling1.0
  • Performance1.0
  • Interior2.0
  • Quality1.0
  • Recommendation10
The Unreliable Reliant by Catgirl in the Midwest on 12/29/2003. Trim: 1988 Plymouth Reliant America coupe, Owned 7 years.
Pros: The roomy back seat will hold five teenagers, six if one is laying down. The spacious front seat can hold up to four small people. The factory "stereo" makes a neat sound whenever you accelerate. The headlights dim whenever you apply the brakes, which gives the night roads a quirky strobe light effect. The trunk will hold one regular sized adult. Car is easy to pull out of ditches durring disasterous winter weather. Car is hard to dent.
Cons: The head gasket tends to malfunction on major roads durring heavy traffic. The oil pan and the power steering leeks make long distance traveling quite adventurous and full of surprises. When the headliner falls down, you can use thumb tacks in a multitude of colors arranged in designs to hold it back up and see out the rear view mirror. The car tends to not work when something important arises, for instance, school, work, dates, curfews, and midnight munchies. When the car catches on fire from an electrical malfunction, it is just best to let it burn. (The firemen are more concerned about the neighbor's house anyway.)
Overall review: Overall, I'd say that the Plymouth Reliant is a perfect first car for teenagers. It is large enough on the inside to occupy all of their friends and is a great taxicab for them. The obvious health hazard condition of the vehicle is always overlooked by teens who will just put stickers and obscene messages on the windows. To buy this car, you must come to the realization that you will pump more money into fixing it than what you initially paid for it. Two sets of new tires, brakes, oil leaks, power steering leeks, cracked head gasket, cracked windshield, mis-alignment, and the pretty blue black smoke that comes out of your tailpipe whenever you put the car into reverse. Oh, don't come to a complete halt at stopsigns in the winter. Your car will not start after it dies.
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