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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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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Dodge_Daytona_89 writes:
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good strong dependible drivetrain

Cons

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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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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Adam writes:
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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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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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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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1984 Dodge Daytona Reviews

Love It! By TimWhitcher_1

I bought this car used with 80,000 miles on it. It's in great shape, although it needs paint. I always wanted this model. I owned a base N/A Daytona in 1984. It's a real trip. It has it's problems. Ex... Read More

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1985 Dodge Daytona Reviews

1985 Dodge Daytona By tliddle

I went with the 4 cyl version so as to try to reduce my traffic enfractions. My 4-4-2 and Mustang got me pulled over so much, I - TO THIS DAY - can tell you my drivers license number. This was a nic... Read More

Its A Good Car! Plain And Simple By Ozzie

Performance- The performance is a little lacking with the N/A 2.2. It seems like it can't flow enough air through the TBI fuel injection, even with bigger exhaust and no cat it doesn't have much pow... Read More

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1986 Dodge Daytona Reviews

Buy One That You Can Test Drive. Don't Grab One Thinking Its A Quick Fix. Trust Me, It's Not. By Derek

still isnt running yet bet from the specs i can tell its not a speed demon. the interior is somewhat small and there is hardly any head room unless you take out the t- tops and drive ace ventura styl... Read More

Should Be A Fun Build. Not Sure How Performance Will Turn Out. By Dstratt01

Not running yet. Needs a few things here and there. Once completed it will be a pretty fun car to drive. 4 cylinder turbo with a 5 speed manual transmission and t-tops. It's gonna be a great summer ca... Read More

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1987 Dodge Daytona Reviews

For 1100$? Hell Yes. Now For About Another 2k In Repairs. By Miles

Maybe if the first day i bought it it hadn't thrown a rod bearing i'd give it a 5. They are fast as hell though, on 7psi instead of stock 14 even. Especially nice with the 5-speed and t-tops. The Pow... Read More

First Car By John

Got the car to drive to school. Back seats were punishing because of the sloping roof and hatch area. The stereo was awesome. PPI amp and JL sub was the best thing about this car. T-tops leaked an... 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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