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Old 10-09-2002, 04:22 PM
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Default '83 Challenger??

I ran across an old 2 page ad at work today for a Dodge import (mitsubishi) w/ the name Challenger. It looked to be a 4 door sedan that claimed to get 35 mpg or better.

Just out of couriousity, what can you tell me about these cars?
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Old 10-09-2002, 07:19 PM
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Imported by Dodge made by mitsubishi a Plymouth was imported too....can't remember the name.
I had one, 4cyl, 4spd... the little engine is actually a mits. race engine, I don't remember seeing any 4 doors though.
The problem with them is there is a timing chain tensioner that tends to break off and allows the chain to "slap" the side of timing cover, this slapping can be covered by idleing up the engine.
I think I got around 25...26...27(?) mpg, but I had/have a lead foot.
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Old 10-09-2002, 08:46 PM
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I think the Plymouth version was named "Sapporo." Whatever the heck that means.
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Old 10-15-2002, 11:10 PM
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Yup, used to sell 'em new at Koenig Dodge in Waterloo, Iowa. Made me sick to see "Challenger" nameplate on an import. Was a good quality car with the MCA 'jet' engine. Had 2 counter-rotating balance shafts and a 3rd smaller valve (the 'jet') ing the combustion chamber that was like a secondary intake valve to swirl the air/fuel mix for cleaner burn and better performance. Same design in the Dodge colt fwd 1.4 liter and 1.8 liter, those little rockets could motivate rather well! 440cj
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Old 10-16-2002, 05:06 AM
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Mitsubishi actually sell a SUV down here that goes by the name Challenger. What an insult to the legend!!
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