1989 Dodge Daytona Overview


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First Car by Dodge_Daytona_89
 — Well, my first car would have to be the 1989 Dodge Daytona c/s with the turbo II. It sat for about two years so it got flats on the bearings. well with that known i blew the engin in about a month. it... Read More
Zoom Zoom Zoom by Chris
 — Its quick, go-kart like, pretty, rare, sounds nice, was decently reliable, and gets alot of attention. I always loved driving it through the high school parking lot after school and making noise. I ... Read More
Hot Little Shiny Unit, Named It The Dolly D. by Mollie
 — Bought my Daytona 3 days ago it came home for a great price tag. The red paint needed waxing, have started with a few minor repairs. I am the 2nd owner, and was well loved and maintained. I would lov... Read More

1989 Dodge Daytona Overview

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1989 Dodge Daytona

They certainly don't make them like the Dodge Daytona anymore, an economy car that has the look, style, and engine performance of sportier models.  Aside from its great price, the energetic turbocharged and Shelby models helped propel this hatchback to the top of the market, and 1989 was the top sales year for the Daytona.  

The Shelby Z name might be gone in 1989, but its spirit lives on in the Dodge Daytona Shelby, virtually identical to its predecessor.  The Pacifica name is also gone in 1989, replaced with ES, which comes with either the 4-cylinder 2.5-liter, 100-hp or new turbo 2.5-liter that gets 150-hp.  The ES Turbo gets some sportier dressing than the base Daytona, adding a rear spoiler, hood scoop, and ground effects (which some owners say scrape the pavement too easily).  The Daytona Shelby still features the 2.2-liter Turbo II, 174-hp engine and performance tuning.  All 1989 Daytonas come standard with a 5-speed manual or a 3-speed auto option.  The two C/S sports performance packages are offered only with the lighter-weight base models.

Other new features in the 1989 Dodge Daytona include driver's side airbags.  A trip computer and digital dash display are optional in the Shelby.  All the Daytona hatchbacks feature bucket seats and seating for four, though most owner says the backseat is put to better use when folded down, expanding the cargo capacity.  

The Daytona hatchback is geared towards the driver, with convenient controls and a roomy and comfortable front seat.  Handling is responsive and tight, especially around curves.  Though some feel the acceleration is labored, particularly in non-turbo models, the Daytona is satisfyingly speedy once it hits its stride.  The engine is also durable and reliable, according to most owners.  The sluggish automatic transmission is a waste in a car that's designed to look sporty, and other complaints mention the lack of power, poor ground clearance in the ES, and peeling paint.  The heavy weight of the turbo trims can interfere with maximum sports performance as well.


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Parts For A 1989 Dodge Daytona Es

I need a module that operates the hidden headlight mechanism. I also need a switch that controls the windshield wipers. Can anyone help? I have exhausted local resources. thanks joe

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My Head Lamps Work But Wount Flip Up

144 views with 5 answers (last answer 7 years ago)


How do you take off the doors? And where is the wiring harness for the doors? I'm trying to take both doors off of an '89 and replace them with ones from a '90.

85 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 years ago)

Mpg On A 1989 Dodge Daytona C/s

im not sure the mileage that i am getting. does anyone know.

297 views with 1 answer (last answer 7 years ago)

Intake Valve Rocker

Rocker arms keeps coming off #1 cylinder. Reinstalled once (expensive labor) and came off again. What is the best fix? What is the least expensive fix?

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