Plymouth Acclaim


Plymouth Acclaim

Infobox Automobile


boxcolor = darkgreen
name = Plymouth Acclaim
manufacturer = Plymouth
parent_company = Chrysler Corporation
aka = Dodge Spirit
production = 1989-1995
class = Mid-size
layout = FF layout
platform = AA-body
body_style = 4-door sedan
engine = 2.5 L "K" I4
2.5 L "Turbo" I4
3.0 L Mitsubishi "6G72" V6
transmission = 5-speed manual
3-speed "A413" automatic
3-speed "A670" automatic
4-speed "A604" automatic
length = 181.2 in (4,602 mm)
width = 68.1 in (1,731 mm)
height = 1989-1990: auto in|55.5|0
1991-95: 53.5 in (1,358 mm)
assembly = Newark, Delaware
Toluca, Mexico
weight = 2,783 lb (1,262 kg) base
wheelbase = 1991-95: 103.5 in (2,629 mm)
1989-1990: auto in|103.3|0
predecessor = Plymouth Caravelle
Plymouth Reliant
successor = Plymouth Breeze
related = Chrysler LeBaron
Chrysler Saratoga
Dodge Spirit

The Plymouth Acclaim is a mid-size sedan produced from the 1989 to 1995 model years. The Acclaim was first introduced by Plymouth as the successor to the discontinued, but similarly-sized extended-K Caravelle [Chrysler Corporation Master Technician Service Conference book "New Model Service Highlights '89" p.4: "Spirit and Acclaim are the new midsize sedans, replacing 600 and Caravelle." Available at Detroit Public Library or ebay] . At the same time, many automotive publications identified the Acclaim as the "de facto" replacement for the somewhat smaller Reliant which continued to sell for a short period. [Fifty Years of American Automobiles, the editors of Consumer Guide, Beekman House 1989, p. 335."It was conceived to replace the remarkable Reliant, but sales strength prompted corporate planners to let the new and the old run side by side, much as Volare and Valiant"] [ [cite web
last =Swern
first =Michael
coauthors =Aaron Gold
title =K-Chronology - Plymouth Reliant and Dodge Aries, year to year
publisher =Allpar, LLC
date =9/26/2006
url =http://www.allpar.com/eek/k/kron.html
accessmonthday = June 6, 2007
] "the Ks, for their final year, were allowed to share the showroom floor with their replacement model, the larger A-body Spirit - but they still sold over 100,000 units"
] [http://auto.consumerguide.com/Auto/Used/reviews/full/index.cfm/id/2029/Act/UsedCarReviewShowAll/ Consumer Guide] "Dodge's compact Spirit and Plymouth Acclaim were longer in wheelbase than Aries/Reliant, which they replaced."] . The Acclaim was very similar to the Dodge Spirit, as well as the Chrysler LeBaron and the export-market Chrysler Saratoga.

Platform

The Acclaim was a version of the Chrysler Corporation's AA-body 4-door sedan, which was an evolutionary development of Chrysler's extended K-car platform.

Marketing and advertising

Across the AA-body family of cars, the Acclaim was generally marketed as the low-end to midrange offering, while the Spirit's advertisements placed it as a midrange or sporty version, and the LeBaron as the more luxurious version. Although no sport-oriented models were offered, Acclaim (including, but not limited to the LX models) offered a great deal of available deluxe equipment not available on Spirit (including chrome accent moldings and vinyl roofs). The Acclaim differed in appearance from the Spirit and LeBaron sedan primarily in styling details (grilles, taillamps, interior and exterior trim). With this said, in its "LX" trim, Acclaim shared more styling cues with Lebaron, than with its Dodge counterpart. Virtually identical cars had been offered under Dodge and Plymouth nameplates for fifteen years by the time the Acclaim arrived, and the LeBaron sedan spread this tendency to the Chrysler brand as the nominally upmarket offering to compete against medium price entries from Buick and Oldsmobile.

With a base price of about $12,000USD for its final year, the Acclaim was an exceptional buy throughout its lifetime as a family car, a fleet car, as well as an upscale economy car. The Acclaim was the most reliable domestic car in 1991, according to J.D. Power, beaten only by the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. It was also one of the last Plymouths to outsell its Dodge stablemate, and one of the last vehicles to use the four-cylinder engines introduced with the Reliant.

Replacement

After production ended on December 9, 1994, Chrysler would not initially replace the Acclaim with another Plymouth. Unlike Dodge, Chrysler only offered the Dodge Stratus, and upmarket, award-winning Chrysler Cirrus, both of which applied the cab-forward styling first introduced by Chrysler's LH platform in 1993. One model year later, the Plymouth Breeze would be offered as a value version of the Chrysler Cirrus (with only four-cylinder engines being offered, much like the preceding Reliant and Caravelle) until the Plymouth nameplate was retired entirely.

Trim levels, features, and colors

Trim levels and features

From 1989-1991 the Acclaim was available in three trim levels:
*base
*mid-level "LE"
*high-end "LX"

For 1992, all of these models were dropped in favor of a single standard model, that could be loaded up with options, if the buyers wanted. Some of the options available included a power sunroof, cassette player, air conditioning, power windows and power door locks, cruise control, and an anti-lock braking system (ABS); later on, many of these options would become standard features.

Starting in 1993, the Acclaim was offered with a "Gold Package". This package offered as an upgrade to the Base model,and offered options such as gold trimmed alloy wheels and gold pin-stripes. They were available in both 4-cylinder and V6 models. In Canada, the Gold Package was among the best sellers of all the option packages available on the Acclaim.Fact|date=June 2007

Colors

"note": the colors listed below were available various model years
*Aqua Pearl Metallic
*Ascot Gray
*Banzai Blue Metallic
*Black
*Bright White
*Cirrus Blue-Gray Pearl Metallic
*Dark Quartz Gray Metallic
*Debonair Red Pearl Metallic
*Emerald Green Pearl Metallic
*Glamour Turquoise Metallic
*Jewel Blue Pearl Metallic
*Lapis Blue
*Light Blue Satin Glow Metallic
*Light Driftwood Satin Glow Metallic
*Light Montego Blue Pearl Metallic
*Light Royal Blue Pearl Metallic
*Light Royal Blue Satin Glow Metallic
*Medium Water Blue Satin Glow Metallic
*Nitro Yellow-Green
*Pale Blue
*Poppy Red
*Radiant Fire Metallic
*Radiant Fire Red
*Raspberry Red Pearl Metallic
*Teal Pearl Metallic
*Wildberry Pearl Metallic

Engines

The Acclaim was available with a choice of several engines. The base engine was a 2.5 L TBI I4 engine producing 100 hp. The optional 141 hp, 3.0 L V6 with MPFI was made by Mitsubishi. Also available in 1989 through 1992 was a turbocharged I4 engine producing 150 hp. In 1993, 1994 and 1995, a flexible-fuel Acclaim was offered, powered by a 107 hp multipoint fuel injected version of the 2.5 L engine specially modified to run on fuel containing up to 85% methanol.

Transmissions

Several five-speed manual transmissions were available, depending on which engine was installed, but relatively few Acclaims were equipped with manual transmissions. The three-speed Torqueflite automatic was the most popular installation on Acclaims with TBI and MPFI 4-cylinder engines, and was also widely installed in conjunction with the V6 in 1993 through 1995. From 1989 to 1992, most V6 Acclaims came with the four-speed A604 electronically-controlled automatic.

Changes through the years

The Acclaim was given a new radiator grille and other minor trim detail changes(like a new chrome Pentastar hood ornament) for 1993. Another new option for 1993 was a CD player, as well as a new gold decor package, with gold accented wheels and trim. A motorized passenger's side seat belt was added to US-market Acclaims in 1994, to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208's requirement for passive restraints. These motorized belts do not comply with Canada's safety standards; Canadian-market Acclaims continued to use a manual passenger seatbelt, and 1994-1995 Acclaims [http://www.riv.ca/english/html/how_to_import.html cannot legally be imported] across the US-Canada border [http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/import/FMVSS/#SN101 in either direction] . For 1995, its final year, the 2.5 L engine got a slightly revised cylinder head and both the 4-speed A604 automatic transmission and anti-lock brakes were dropped. . Otherwise, the Acclaim remained mostly unchanged throughout its 6-year run.

References

External links

* [http://www.imcdb.org/vehicles.php?make=Plymouth&model=Acclaim IMCDB: Plymouth Acclaims in movies & TV shows]
* [http://www.allpar.com/model/acclaim.html Allpar Plymouth Acclaim/Dodge Spirit page]
* [http://auto.consumerguide.com/auto/used/reviews/full/index.cfm/id/2089/ ConsumerGuide.com's page on the Acclaim]

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