1989 Dodge Daytona User Reviews

1989 Dodge Daytona Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 7 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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Adam writes:
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Pros

Turbo, T-Tops, Shelby, Whats more to like?

Cons

80's Technology

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1989 Dodge Daytona Shelby — This car is not for people who know nothing about cars, most of them were beat hard and never maintained. They are alot of fun, they are rare and can be mildly modified for cheap. T- tops are awsome but come with consequeses, body flex can sometimes be detected, however its no where neer as bad as a convertable anything. The brakes on this car are rediculous, 11'' vented rotors all the way around plus a SSB hose kit I added. Performance wise I did a DOHC swap to this car and with the proper tune this engine is capable of over 350hp safely, more if willing to put pistons in danger of melting lol. Fuel milage hahhaha thats the funny part, sure you have to run premium but this thing will get 35mpg on the highway, but get into the boost alot and that number goes waaaayyy down.

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Dodge_Daytona_89 writes:
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good strong dependible drivetrain

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hard to find interior parts

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First Car — 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 spun a bearing. after a new motor and a new after market turbo the car has stayed strong. i get about 12 pounds of boost, so yeah. i have been able to blow past a 2007 scion tc going up hill in a street race, so i think that is car is worth it.

Owner for 3 years, 0 months

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Mollie writes:
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Pros

They do not build cars like this any more. The 1989 Daytona at today's market is priced right and get great gas mileage.

Cons

Wished the old radio still worked, may upgrade soon.

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Hot Little Shiny Unit, Named It The Dolly D. — 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 love to keep it on the road for another 23 years. RIP Carol Shelby, who passed today at the age of 89.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Chris writes:
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great for auto x-ing events, perfect race car with little work and money

Cons

blowing head gaskets

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Zoom Zoom Zoom — 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 always had people coming to me to talk about it just after seing me drive it; whether i knew them or not. It has been so much fun!

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

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Norm writes:
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It was cheap.

Cons

It was cheap.

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I Should Have Dropped A Hemi In It. — Dodge had paint issues...in other words, the paint peeled off. On the upside, this was my wife's car so I got it for free. About a year later, the headliner came down. I found a place to fix it for $129, but just as he was pulling the car into the shop I saw a sign on the wall: "SALE! Sunroofs installed, $79.99". So I got a sunroof, which fixed the headliner issue. And it leaked. But it looked cool.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Patrick writes:
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Fun to drive, comfortable and suprisingly fast.

Cons

Has occasionally been a miantenance nightmare.

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'89 Daytona Es — I have the Daytona ES with the Turbocharged 2.5 liter. It has a ported head and a Mopar performance cam in it. It's also had the balance shaft assembly removed. Even though it has the stock teeny Mitsubishi Turbo, it's pretty quick. Just had new front brakes installed. Great for getting from point A to point B reasonably fast and very comfortably. Cushy velour seats and power everything. It's definetly had it's fair share of problems since I've owned it though. Blew a head gasket awhile back (since been replaced), needed a new rear main seal and trans. pan gasket, it eats alternator belts (but hopefully that's fixed now), leaks water in from one of the quarter windows, and it runs rich and idles poorly upon initial start up. With all it's faults I still love the car. It looks sharp, has gobs of torque and power. It's good on gas and is a blast to drive - especially on twisty country roads. It also handles roads well in the wintertime which is a plus since I'll be taking it North to Minnesota with me.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matt writes:
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Great look and design. Keeps people guessing what it is. And lots of play
room in terms of performance upgrades.

Cons

It initially had a "slow to spool" mitsubishi turbo on it and does not have
an intercooler on the 2.5l Turbo engine stock from the factory.

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Old School Tuner — The car is a true throw back to the 80's with the fact that it has T-tops. Granted this was the last year for the Daytonas to have this option, the car is actually rare, being the fact that it is just an ES model with that option and everything else being power.

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1993 Dodge Daytona Reviews

Great For Enthusiasts, But I Wouldn't Recommend It To Anybody Because Of The Difficulty To Get Parts By Jordan

Quick little car. Grips the road awesomely. Has needed minor things here and there. Looks aggressive outside but pretty basic, yet nice, inside. Milage of about 14MPG off the lot city and 18MPG highwa... Read More

Daytona By Mike

great car, quick, i love this car, its loud and can handle its own, lots of miles but still has a lot of balls left, very fun to drive and hasnt shown me many problems yet, love dodge, mopar baby Read More

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1992 Dodge Daytona Reviews

I've Owned It For 13 Years So Far And Will Keep Going Until The Wheels Fall Off. By Steven

I have owned this car for 13 years. I bought it when I was 19 and making bi-weekly 400 mile trips to see my girlfriend. I'd be lying if I didn't say the 140 mph speedometer didn't intrigue me as a k... Read More

Good First Time Car. By Sara

I loved my little blue car, Sammy, god rest him. I had five people besides my self packed into that thing that one fourth of july it was hilarious... It was so much fun to drive but had small issues l... Read More

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1991 Dodge Daytona Reviews

Fiesty By Ridin_Dirty

I love this car! I take it out when I want to race. It beats most cars and trucks off the line. Made a couple updates to the interior for a bit more flash and it turns heads. I'll keep this car till t... Read More

Sporty Little Car I Bought For $300.00 Dollors. By Bobby

The overall look and handling of the car was good brakes are dinomite its got god gas mileage no knocking good front leg room no cup holders small ash tray booming stereo poor rear leg and head room ... Read More

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1990 Dodge Daytona Reviews

Nice Outside, Engine Disappoints. By Bow_Win

It was a great first car for me for the $1000 I paid but would of liked more out of it. The trans went bad and he gauges were beginning to go bad. Gas wasn't too bad would of liked better. Car was qui... Read More

Overall, I Love My Daytona And Would Not Trade Her For Anything! By Angie

I've owned this car for 12 yrs. I'll admit, it's cost me a lot to keep her running but part of this was because the previous owners ran her hard and did not take care of her as I do. I just had her re... Read More

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1988 Dodge Daytona Reviews

1988 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z By Anders

Shelby Z version Loved this car. With modded ECU I could keep up with Mustang 5.0s of the time. Performance - front wheel drive, 2.2L I-4 Intercooled Turbo. Averaged 30+ MPG on one trip with an aver... Read More

My Custom 1988 Daytona By Jonathan

Originally: Non-intercooled 8-valve turbo, 3-speed automatic Current engine: 2.4L DOHC Turbo The engine is originally from a 1998 Stratus. Upgraded with SRT-4 pistons, rings, rods, bottom end bearin... Read More

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