The Dodge Colt was introduced in 1970 as a federalized first generation Mitsubishi Colt Galant. It was a front engine, rear-wheel drive that featured a traditional unibody layout. It was equipped with MacPherson struts in the front, a live rear axle, and a 4-speed manual standard transmission. It also came in an option of a 3-speed automatic and a four-cylinder engine. Although it has been around for quite a long time and has gained a lot of followers through the years, it would be advisable to take note of the following problems that most consumers have encountered with the Dodge Colt.
The 1993 Dodge Colt received a lot of complaints for being difficult to start and sometimes not starting at all when the weather is bad. The transmission cooler hoses for the 1993 models were also prone to leaking and these leaks usually result to a transmission failure. In 1994, consumers complained about accelerator switches that are out of adjustment which ended up causing harsh coast-down downshifts. Third-gear starts were also among the other problems encountered with the Dodge Colt especially when the pulse generator has been installed backwards after a rebuild in the transmission.
Aside from the transmission problems, engine misfires has also become one of the consumers' complaints about the Dodge Colt. Just like the 1993 model, the 2005 Dodge Colt also received complaints for its misfires and its engines running roughly. These problems with irregular rough idle and stalling after acceleration is usually caused by the bad ground connection for the engine control computer. Some consumers complained about surging between 45 and 55 mph on cars with 1.5-liter engine. This problem is usually the result of a wrong transmission fluid. Other car-owners stated that the vehicle stalls when it's cold especially when oil and carbon build up in the air cleaner and airflow sensor. This issue is often resolved by a revised valve cover.
The Dodge Colt's brake lights have also become one of the main problems of Dodge Colt owners. According to consumers, moisture easily builds up inside the brake lights. At times, the lights would appear on the dashboard intermittently. They would remain lit even after the brake pedal has been released and remain on until the car is turned off and this problem usually causes the battery to die.