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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
78,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had car scrapped (2 reports)
1986 Chrysler LeBaron engine problems

engine problem

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1986 Chrysler LeBaron Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 152004

LeBaron Convertible 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


The engine cracked, mechanics said that the entire engine needs to be rebuild. It was a beautiful fun car. My blue car's engine cracked at 85,000 miles which is very low mileage. My friend had the gold 1986 convertible same as mine, his engine cracked as same just like mine, I think his mileage was around 70,000. We were disappointed of the quality on the turbo 4 cylinder engines. It burned oil and overheated when that happens.

- classicdriver55, Tucker, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 252001

(reported on)

LeBaron Turbo Sedan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

Bought this car from my grandparents with 62,000 miles on the odometer. Every Sunday they drove it to church & then on to the local grocery store & back home. And a yearly trip from New York to Florida & back. I thought what a deal, I'm getting a car that's been babied its whole life. Boy, was I wrong.

I can only assume my grandfolks must have used my LeBaron for drifting corners & burnouts while they owned it, because at 70k miles, the engine blew. Head cracked without warning or any prior trouble.

Since the car was in pristine condition otherwise, I thought geez this engine failure thing this must be a one-time unfortunate event. I paid the local shop to replace the head for $1,100, which somehow turned into $1,700 by the time they were done.

After that the car went through oil & overheated constantly. Engine blew after another short 2k miles. Got $45 for scrapping it. Barely made it to the scrap yard on its own.

It was a learning experience about cutting losses while you are still screwed the first time. Thanks, Chrysler.

I imagine Chrysler putting a turbo on a weak-ass engine didn't help. The turbo was a joke, only made it accelerate like every other car out there, but after a 5-second lag while it spooled up.

- Mike W., South Hero, VT, USA

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