TD New Guy
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: NE Wisconsin
My Ride: spirit rt/IROC rt
Engine: vnt 2.2l/2.2t3
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Re: Soon to be new R/T owner
I've been daily driving my spirit rt in the summer for about 2 years now 20 miles each way to work and have had ZERO problems come up other than one day a fuel line sprung a leak... which obviously isn't t3 related...
From my little bit of experience, I would say that once you take care of a few things (valve springs, jackson idler mod, timing belt tension and general maintenance) you should have a pretty reliable car as far as 20+ year old cars go anyway...
Jackson is right, but in all honesty, tsi has some points about the issues that one can face with t3's if you don't take care of the things that Jackson talks about doing. Sooo if you're not willing to mess with them a little bit (or pay someone to do it for you) they may not be the best cars for you unless you can find one that's had these issues taken care of already.
Once you take care of a few things, they seem to be pretty much as reliable as any 8v turbo mopar, you just have to be willing to do a few things after purchase.