1971 Dodge Dart User Reviews

1971 Dodge Dart Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Overall: 4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5

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Carl writes:
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it rawks

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it rawks too much

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It Rawks — Fastest car on the internet. never lost a race in the 30 years I've owned it. people tremble at the mere sound of it rumbling to life. it caused the earthquake in haiti. tears up asphault everywhere it goes. be afraid, be very afraid.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nelson writes:
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4

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it's cool looking, fast, and love how it sounds

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handles like an old hay wagon.... for now ;)

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Love It, And Will Eventually Go To My Daughter. — it's an awesome car, designed for going fast in a straight line. i used to see this car drive past my home when i was a kid, guess the owner was dating a neighbors daughter... and always loved this car, when i'd see it up for sale from time to time i'd cringe as i could never afford it... but when i did finally see it for sale in 92... i did everything in my power to get it...

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Ted289 writes:
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Looks, Power, Low upkeep

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Not for iexperienced driver, the pampered or faint of heart, or have poor bladder control.

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1971 Dodge Demon — Not really a Dart per se. Really a Demon. Acceleration is almost enough to make you pee your pants.Gobs of torque to throw back into the seat. Burns rubber like you owned Goodyear. Handles decent but not a Porsche. Stops better and straighter than most new cars. Could use some front end work and a new paint job. Cost of ownership? Insurance is about $45 per month, new engine and transmission @ 268,000 miles, how's that for an AMERICAN car? Gas mileage ? What do expect from an old tech car with 300 h.p.? About12-14 in town and 20-22 on the highway. Big cost is buying tires if you can't control your foot. Yearly maintenance is less than 2 car payments for a new car! Looks? 'Vette and Viper owners look when I drive by.Interior comfortable by 1971 standards but basically function oriented. All real goages, no flashing lights and chimes. Ladies 18-60 stop me in the street to tell me they love it. This is not a car for the inexperienced. No power assisted anything, no reclining seats. Only attempt at civility is the stereo and A/C. Looks good, runs great.

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John writes:
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engine

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mpg

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Drive Straight — Its a 1971 dodge dart with a recon 440 with kb pistons and rods steel crank 902 heads.The running gear is a nissan skyline r33 gtr with lsd irs on the back and coil over front. body work needs a lot more work.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Gary writes:
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Power, Handling, Styling

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Fuel Mileage, Build Quality

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71 340 Demon — Performance: Acceleration 12.80@104 mph in the 1/4, KelseyHays 4 piston calipers with brake proportioning valve, handling heavy duty torsion bars with rear leaf springs and front and read Addco Sway Bars. Build Quality, unfortunately typical 1970's. Appearance. 340 stripe package with dual hood scoops screamed American muscle. Mileage was typical for a 373 cubic inch stroked 340 9 mpg. Serious Fun, especially with the handling because most people do not expect a muscle car to be able to brake and turn.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jeff writes:
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More Reliable than ANY Toyota

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Can be a money pit.

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Great Car For Hauling, Driving Around, Easy To Work On, Simple, Reliable, Gets Decent Gas Mileage. — This car is one of America's most well driven cars in the 60's and 70's besides the Chevy II and the Novas and the Mustangs, and owners usually drag race them. Hurst has made Hemi versions of them, making a respectable 11 seconds in a 1/4 mile. While the base 6 cylinder models are known for better power and toque than the other inline sixes that GM and Ford had to offer during the time. The motor itself has a reputation of being the most durable and reliable motor ever conceived, rivaling if not beating that of Toyota Motors. The Performance of the vehicle is a surprise to most people, they would feel the car take off like a V8 of it's time yet once you go higher up the power band the power starts to fade, the motor itself has v8 torque at 3,000 RPM, but 6 cylinder horsepower at 4,400 RPM. With the timing retarded by a few degrees from zero, the engine's low torque is beefed up quite a bit, but suffers at mid/high end power. I have raced my dart against a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer ES and I can tell you for a fact that the torque makes a huge difference. When we drag raced i left him in the dust by TEN Car Lengths and as soon as i hit third gear the Lancer slowly started to catch up to me. This is a very big surprise for someone who would want to drag race a 4 cylinder car. The motor has only needed a new head and carburetor, which is around 750 dollars, but after that and adjustment, usually the car can last for a very long time. The only issue that i have had is that remanufacture companies that rebuild old carburetors are usually not built good so a good tearing apart and cleaning and getting a rebuild kit and rebuilding it yourself or have a professional rebuilder do it usually fixes this problem for good. The body has a lot of dings and dents in it, but most have been taken out so the body isn't a huge issue. Most darts will have dents and dings in them, but nothing huge, A good chunk of them all have rust spots. Another issue all Darts, actually all Mopars have is that they ALWAYS rust in the trunk, so be sure to check the trunk for any rust damage.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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John writes:
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Beautiful body shape and very light.

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No negatives, I cant do that to my car.

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1971 Dart Swinger 318 — Currently in progress of getting the mechanicals back in order, It has a 318 smallblock that that has a heart of a lion. It is parked in my garage on jack stands at the moment, I have a built 8 3/4 rear end recently rebuilt by AZ diff specialists and with strange axles, putting Baer brakes on the rear to get rid of those ancient drums. I also plan on putting coil overs in the front to replace the torsion bars, with magnum force upper control arms and 73 a-body spindles so I can put some real brakes up front. I also have a heavy duty sway bar. I want to go fast and handle well! I have had this car for a long time and plan on keeping it forever.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Jacob writes:
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One of a kind

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Not a sportscar

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Muscle Car — The car is under construction right now. I've been assembling and building the car for a few years now. It's going to be a 440 six-pack car. It has a roll cage, Dana 60 rear end with a mini tub job, and super stock springs in the rear. Pretty much a bad ass car.

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Drew writes:
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Gets Chicks

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4 Door

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Sleeper — 1971 Dodge Dart Custom (4dr). 86,000 original miles. 225 slant six. Blue with white vinyl top. A work in progress. Plan on swapping gears and upgrading to clifford 4 barrel setup with true dual headers.

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Alex writes:
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All American Muscle

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All American Muscle

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American Muscle That Is Fast Enough To Do Something Stupid With. — This is a great Muscle Car that gets over looked. There are the general Muscle Car issues so yea handling and wear/ tear is harsh. However, if you take care of it and put in the effort you will have a piece of MOPAR history that has some serious attitude and speed that kicks you in the face and forces those around you to pay attention. There is nothing quite like a Dodge Demon.

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1962 Dodge Dart Reviews

Take A Good Look At It Cause Once Its Gone You'll Never See It Again. By Derek

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A Great Starter Car At The Time. By Tracy

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Fun Car To Drive-no Back Seat So Not Much Of A Family Car By Benjamin

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