Reliability: The V6 can suffer from high oil consumption due to worn valve stems and guides. Engine oil leaks are common. The four-speed automatic transmission is unreliable. If you detect a burnt smell in the transmission fluid or a slight shudder while changing speeds, these are signs of a problem. Transmission failures occur between 70,000 km and 100,000 km. The cars you are looking at now will likely be on their second or possibly third transmission. A/C components often fail after three years.
What to check: V6 engine: excessive oil consumption (blue exhaust smoke leaky gaskets, low compression), cam seals (oil leaks). Four-cylinder engines: cylinder head gaskets (leaks), emissions system air pump (seized), ignition system, oxygen sensor (defective), electronic transmission controls (defective circuits), CV joints (excessive play, worn), original-equipment radiator (inefficient, corroded), original-equipment front struts (worn), rack-and-pinion steering (leaks), inner tie-rod ends and ball joints (excessive play), brake discs (overheated or warped), front brake calipers (seized), parking break (seized or out of adjustment), engine mounts (excessive play), A/C (insufficient cooling; black dust deposits on the condenser are a sign of a leak), leaking or excessively noisy compressor, front wheel bearings (worn, excessive play).
Rust: Places to check: door bottoms and rocker panels. The right rear brake line near the fuel tank is vulnerable to advanced corrosion. Check and replace if necessary. Mediocre paint adhesion on lower body panels, particularly blue, silver and burgundy.
Safety: The sedans had a driver-side airbag in 1993, 1994 and 1995. The coupe and convertible had a driver-side airbag in 1993 and the convertible had dual airbags. ABS was optional in all years on all models. The cruise control button placement, low on the steering-wheel hub, is hazardous. The 1995 Dodge Spirit received a four-start rating for driver protection and a three-star rating for the passenger when crash tested by the NHTSA.
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