1st Generation (1989—1995) Spirit Problems

Spirit owners with a 1989—1995 model year have the most problems with the engine (44%), transmission (22%), and the interior (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 1 complaints at an average of 74,565 miles in the 1992 Dodge Spirit.
  2. Loss of Power 1 complaints at an average of 78,000 miles in the 1995 Dodge Spirit.
  3. Lights Don\'t Work 1 complaints at an average of 137,000 miles in the 1994 Dodge Spirit.

What Spirit Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 1992 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1995 1 0 47 0.87
1994 2 1 44 0.51
1993 1 0 44 0.18
1992 3 1 40 1.53
1991 0 3 35 0.0
1990 1 2 33 0.17
1989 1 2 27 0.18

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