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Drove by it today. Guy wants 500 bucks for it, and it needs some rust around the rear fenders fixed, and new front brakes. Sounds great, slight tic, but better than anything else for the year.

I think I can get new calipers/pads/rotors for $200 or so, replace the rears while I'm at it.

Anyone driven a Daytona, are they as fun to drive as they look? This one has a 3 liter V6, I don't know if some come with 4's or not.

First thing I checked was the lights, and they pop up and illuminate like they should, which was a concern at first.

It might need new back shocks, the stock ones seem awful soft, but I'm used to the struts on a much heavier Impala, so I'm not sure.

I'm pretty interested, I have a nice car in the Impala, but I think something tiny and 2 door might be more fun for the summer. This one is black with silver plastic on the bottom.

I think most of it is that I enjoy working on cars, maybe even more than driving them...who knows... lol
 

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Don't you mean Dodge Daytona?? ;)


This is an invaluable resource, as well as a good basic info center which might help to make your decision a little easier :)

The only V6 ever offered in the Daytona was the (popular) 3.0L SOHC engine from Mitsubishi, good for 141hp
 

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Cool car man! I don't recall it being an exceptionally exciting car to drive, but at least with a V6 it should move not too bad. With a car like that it's less about the outright performance and more about how cool it is! You sure don't see many anymore, and it's got a decent quirk factor almost 20 years later! The fact that you like working on cars makes it even better! Enjoy! I love when car fans ressurect stuff like this.

And yes, of course, we're all waiting for pictures...
 

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I owned one for a couple of years (that was a few years ago) and loved it.

Mine had the turbocharged 2.2. Pretty decent acceleration and handling was quite good too.
 

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Don't you mean Dodge Daytona?? ;)
No, he means Chrysler. In Canada they came in Chrysler trim too, eh.

The tick is a '80s-early '90s Chrysler trait. Most common in the 2.2L and its varients, the V6s often had it too. The Daytonas usually came outfitted with the 2.2L I4, or it's Turbo varient. I think later in life the V6s came along. I owned one that was not driveable for a bit, so I've never driven one, but I've heard they're great fun. :yup: I've looked at a few and the owners always wanted more than I was willing to spend, since it would have been sort of a toy for me. $500 for one in decent running shape is a great deal for sure. :)

And Allpar.com is a great resource as EldoFan noted.

The one I had was a rare T-top. :cool: That would be sweet!
 

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try and buy the parts you need from a junk yard..or just throw pads in if you can...

Spending hundreds of dollars on a car your buying for 500 has some concern...

Why not just drive your impala in the summer?

Enjoy the reliability of just getting in and going...

JMO
 

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Not worth it if there is corrosion...
Why not? There aren't any that exist up here that have no corrosion. Well my K-car doesn't, but that cost me a pretty penny. :(
 

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My stepdad had a 1985 Plymouth Turismo... there was always something likeable about that car. I think it was because even in the day it was a little odd looking... but it had a fairly low, long, almost sleek look to it.

I'd love a car like that!
 

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Hahaha, Turismo :D
Haha yeah, that car just DOES make you laugh, doesn't it? The worst part was that someone threw a book of lit matches through an open window once and burnt the passenger seat and much of the interior... my stepdad just put in a qhite vinyl replacement seat (into a red velour interior) and sprayed a bit of paint over the burnt bits! When it was hot out the car got smelly and sticky... what a sweet ride!
 

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try and buy the parts you need from a junk yard..or just throw pads in if you can...

Spending hundreds of dollars on a car your buying for 500 has some concern...

Why not just drive your impala in the summer?

Enjoy the reliability of just getting in and going...

JMO
I definitely like having a nice reliable car with cold AC to drive, but honestly, it's about the most boring car to drive you could have, except maybe something like a De ville ;)

I would defiantly be keeping the Impala, I just think it would be fun to have something sporty looking-without needing a wing or bumblebee exhaust...

The guy who has it is really nice, but not exactly the brightest. When we started it, I said "the valves sound pretty quite for the mileage". And his reply was "yea I know man, and the motor sounds good too."

I think I can probably get it for $350 or maybe $400, put 500 in it, and sell it for a grand in the fall if I can get it looking good.
 

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I drove a '91 Chrysler Daytona a couple years ago. It was the Shelby with the 2.5L Turbo. Fun car. Unfortunately, the weak link was the spectacular Chrysler 3-speed autobox, which I replaced once...then the replacement went the day the buyer picked it up. My A/C never worked though but I never expected it to. It never worked in my '89 Sundance or the '98 Neon. '98 Escort...A/C perfect.
 

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Haha yeah, that car just DOES make you laugh, doesn't it? The worst part was that someone threw a book of lit matches through an open window once and burnt the passenger seat and much of the interior... my stepdad just put in a qhite vinyl replacement seat (into a red velour interior) and sprayed a bit of paint over the burnt bits! When it was hot out the car got smelly and sticky... what a sweet ride!
Just to give everyone an idea (yes I know, Volkswagen hubcaps...)


And a Turismo (Duster model?) TV ad from MTV!
http://jalopnik.com/360247/it-dont-get-more-80s-than-this-1985-plymouth-duster

Shelby Chargers were nice tho ;) :D



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Oh my goodness... was it REALLY that ugly? *Shudder* I think in my minds eye, as a 12 year old kid, that car was much cooler! It DID looks sportier in maroon!

Nah, I still love it! THAT car has some character! Buy the Daytona dude... if nothing else you can feel superior to Turismo drivers!
 

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I drove a '91 Chrysler Daytona a couple years ago. It was the Shelby with the 2.5L Turbo. Fun car. Unfortunately, the weak link was the spectacular Chrysler 3-speed autobox, which I replaced once...then the replacement went the day the buyer picked it up. My A/C never worked though but I never expected it to. It never worked in my '89 Sundance or the '98 Neon. '98 Escort...A/C perfect.
I was told the '80s Chryslers had the most robust A/C systems. The A/C blew cold in my 1987 Plymouth Reliant until 2005 and the only reason it stopped was I winter stored it and the seals dried and leaked. I had to get it converted to R134a and it wasn't as cold as the old R12. :( Still works though. Well I haven't driven it in 2 1/2 years. :rolleyes: But I bet all it would need is another re-charge if anything.
 
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