Pros: "Smooth ride, good handling, reliable"
Cons: "Bad paint job, rust prone fr dr bottoms, hd gasket"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Lost the car from being hit from being rear-ended. At 115K and 20 yrs of ownership, it did not make sense to repair. It was tough to give ratings. I gave relative ratings. For example, Quality: Interior/ex would be 10 for aethetics -except for Chryler's bad paint job. There were issues here and there with repairs, but that car never failed to start (even after not being started in sub-zero for over two wks) and never stranded me except a couple of times due to my own major failures at scheduled maintenance. Temp guage was buggy - possible needed a new head gasket. Cons outweighed by the fact that this was a solidly built car as opposed to what they are making today. Visibility outstanding - oppossed to the bizarre low visibility cars they are making nowadays. Driving dynamics: I have been driving rental cars while I shop for a new car and let me tell you, the 2015- 2016 Ford, Hondas, Chevys I have test-driven or rented have nothing on the suspension, handling,and braking of my Plymouth Acclaim. I realize some of what I hate about the newer cars is tied to newer safety standards, but some of it is just lack of maturity in sensible design and engineering, i.e. elective choices. I had the 2.5 4cyl, so I could have used more than 100hp, however, once on the highway, the acceleration was excellent. I had trouble parallel parking some of the rental cars. The Acclaim was very easy to park. A strange feel when making turns on the newer cars...something to do with turning radius? (not sure). Acclaim not as tight on turns (heavier car and other dynamics), however, it did not have that strange feel. Overall, I miss my Acclaim terribly. Chrysler should not have abanonded this mid-sized car segment, continued to build upon the excellent engineering effort they put into this car, ironed out kinks with quality and they could be beating Honda today in terms of reputation. Recommendation relative only to used car buyers -this a 20+yr ikd model"
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