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 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.
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.
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.
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.