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Fun Facts about the Dodge Spirit

  • According to Car & Driver, the Dodge Spirit R/T was the fastest four-door sedan in North America back in 1991. Reaching 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds, the Dodge Spirit R/T was even able to beat the 6.4 seconds it took the 1991 BMW M5, one of the leading high-performance cars, to reach 60 miles per hour. Since the Spirit R/T was not really marketed as a big performance vehicle, these figures show that the 1991 Dodge Spirit R/T is actually one of the little-known sleeper cars.

  • When the Dodge Spirit was introduced in 1989, it received a warm reception as the replacement for the smaller Dodge Aries and the Dodge Lancer hatchback. With around 60,000 units sold in its first model year, the Dodge Spirit successfully replaced both the Aries and the Lancer in the Dodge lineup.

  • The Dodge Spirit was also sold in Mexico but it was rebadged as the Chrysler Spirit, since Mexico mainly associated the Dodge name with trucks back then.

  • From 'True Blood' to 'Spiderman 2', the Dodge Spirit has already appeared in over 60 movies and television series. From being a mere background vehicle in popular films like 'Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles' and 'Basic instinct', to being the main character's vehicle of choice in 'Kuffs' and 'Frozen River', the Dodge Spirit has proven to be a very well-liked vehicle in the movie and TV industry.

  • The Dodge Spirit, with its Chrysler AA platform, was a derivative of the famous K-platform from Chrysler. The then-popular K-cars, namely the Plymouth Reliant, Chrysler LeBaron, Dodge 400, and Dodge Aries, were front-wheel drive American cars that were able to carry up to six passengers. The six-passenger seating was made possible by the use of a three-seat-per-row bench setup.

  • Bolstered in part by its title as America's fastest car of 1991, the Dodge Spirit was named as the "Domestic Sport Sedan of the Year" by Motor Trend magazine. Although it looked more like a typical unassuming sedan compared to the flashier Ford Taurus SHO (Super High Output), it was able to beat the Taurus SHO for both 1991 and 1992.

Dodge Spirit Articles

  • Dodge Spirit Problems

    The mid-sized Dodge Spirit sedan was well loved during its seven-year run because of its affordability and seating capacity. Marketed as a reliable family sedan, the Dodge Spirit was able to capture quite a nice chunk of its segment market. Still, the Dodge Spirit, like any other car, had a couple of problems along the way.

    Engine problems

    Engine oil leaks in Dodge Spirits that are equipped with 2.5 liter four-cylinder engines are one of the most common problems with these mid-size sedans. Many drivers have complained about engine oil leaking from the camshaft seal, valve cover gasket, ignition distributor, and the cylinder head gasket.

    Apart from engine oil leaks, some 2.5 liter four-cylinder engines together with a couple 2.5 liter four-cylinder turbo engines and 3.0 liter V6 engines have had problems with stalling and starting due to failed distributor plates on the Dodge Spirit. Some Dodge Spirit users have also heard knocking noises from the pistons and other engine noises caused by broken motor mounts.

    Transmission system

    Throughout the history of the Dodge Spirit, several service bulletins have been posted regarding the vehicle's transmission system. The most common issues on the Spirit's automatic transmission involved the automatic transaxles that had trouble with starting up, leaks in the transmission pump that resulted to a shuddering in the shifter, and fast wear and tear of several components of the transmission system caused by faulty seals.

    Safety issues

    Dodge has issued two safety recalls for the seat belts on Dodge Spirits. The first recall was issued in 1991 for seat belts that had faulty latches. Some drivers have reported that these latches can open up during sudden stops resulting to increased injury risks. The next recall was issued in 1994 for seat belt latches that did not satisfy the minimum load requirements.

    Other problems

    Some Dodge Spirit drivers may also experience problems with the car's air conditioning. There have been a few reports about air conditioners in the Dodge Spirit that gradually lost their cooling power. There were also a few cases of serpentine belts or alternator belts that have been removed from their pulleys when the Dodge Spirit went through deep snow.