By on July 31, 2017

1993 Dodge Colt in Arizona junkyard, hood - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Chrysler began importing Mitsubishi Colt Galants for the 1971 model year, and Mitsubishis bearing Dodge (or Plymouth) Colt badging streamed across the Pacific Ocean and into American dealerships for the following 23 years.

I spotted this vibrantly decorated ’93 model in a Phoenix self-serve yard earlier this month.

1993 Dodge Colt in Arizona junkyard, RH rear view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
The hatchback Colt disappeared after 1992, and most of the 1993-1994 seventh-generation Colts were four-doors. You could get this car with Eagle Summit badging through 1996, but the Neon replaced the Colt for 1995. It was sort of an anticlimactic end for the Colt Era.

1993 Dodge Colt in Arizona junkyard, speedometer - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Not quite 200,000 miles on the clock before its demise, but close enough. Colts didn’t hold together quite as well as Civics or Corollas, but they were more reliable than members of the Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon family, which lasted all the way through the 1990 model year.

1993 Dodge Colt in Arizona junkyard, front seats - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
All the Dodge Ram vinyl decal badging seems out of place on a Mitsubishi, but at least the red leopard-skin interior makes sense.

1993 Dodge Colt in Arizona junkyard, fender filler plate - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Some Mirages had marker lights here, so Chrysler saved a buck by filling the holes with plastic badges bearing Dodge emblems.

1993 Dodge Colt in Arizona junkyard, engine - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars
Power came from the fuel-sipping 1.5-liter 4G15 four-cylinder Orion engine, cousin to the powerplant used in the early Hyundai Excels.


“Colt’s multi-valve engine is a great way to get your kicks.”


Pump up a kei car in Japan and you get a Mirage!

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18 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1993 Dodge Colt Coupe...”


  • avatar
    threeer

    I still prefer my variant of the Mitsubishi captive…my 1978 Plymouth Arrow.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Arrows actually had a bit of a ‘cult’ following.

      And a friend of mine had a Plymouth Cricket that was the first generation of Mitsu using that badge after Chrysler stopped badging British built vehicles as Crickets. It was actually quite a fun car to drive.

      Newer generations tend to forget that in North America for a considerable period Mitsu was able to compete with Toyota and Datsun and was regarded as a making a ‘better’ vehicle than those imported by Subaru, Honda and Mazda.

    • 0 avatar
      paxman356

      I still prefer the Charger/Sapporo (I had an ’83 Sapporo Technica).

      I also owned one of these. I only got rid of it because I had kids, and needed extra doors. I loved it, though. Good handling, decent power, but 35mpg all day long.

  • avatar
    CaptainObvious

    Not a bad looking little coupe – minus all the added crap of course.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    I remember these quite well. When we lived in Florissant, MO, there was a Dodge dealer right up our street from us next to a field, and I used to take the dog and kids walking up there all the time. Our dog was quite popular and the kids brought home all the junk they could find from the parking lot! I actually bought a couple of cars from them. Not a bad dealership.

    These were Mitsubishi Galants underneath? Never realized that, because years later when the Galant was a popular car around the late 80s, it was much larger. Of course, all the Galants by that time were sedans.

    Today, that Dodge dealer encompasses the entire Chrysler line up and took over the old field as well.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    I had a roommate in college who had one of these, which back then was nearly new. It might have been the Mirage version, I don’t know. I always thought it was kind of a blah little car. I never thought somebody could make one so ugly. Ugh!

  • avatar
    TDIGuy

    My wife had the ’92 hatchback. Not a bad little car. Since they all had A/C buttons whether equipped or not, she didn’t know it had A/C until one day she hit the button by accident. The compressor was almost seized, so she never used it again. Got us an extra $100 when we traded it though because the A/C worked long enough to convince the used car manager.

  • avatar
    Syke

    Another reminder of when Mitsubishi mattered, and made worthwhile cars.

  • avatar
    statikboy

    I hate to be the pedant (who am I kidding, I love it) but the seat covers are red TIGER skin.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    No DSM = No sale.

  • avatar

    Never in life have I seen this generation Dodge Ram Colt coupe.

  • avatar
    StudeDude

    I bought my mother a used ’93 Eagle Summit version of this car. It was a 4 door with the 1.8 engine and a 4 spd auto. It was a very reliable car for the 6 years she owned it. We sold it in 2003 and upgraded her to a ’95 Eagle Summit wagon AWD.

  • avatar
    Delta88

    The only thing worse than those gawdawful decal graphics is the dealer badge over the trunk keyhole. That would’t last 5 minutes on any car I’d own. In fact, I peeled a dealer decal off a friends car with my fingernails when they weren’t around. Am I sick or not? Feels good…

    I’m really struggling to remember seeing these on the road. I remember lots of identical Mirages. Pretty much the same demographic that drives the current generation (tired of getting stranded by 13 year old BHPH lot cars they got themselves a car with a warranty but again at 18% interest)

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    I bought a 93 Plymouth Colt new. It was a four door with the 1.9L DOHC four valve engine and an auto four speed gear box. It was a fun car around town which is what I bought it for. On the highway, even in OD, the engine revved too high for my tastes. Only money I spent on it over 11 years and 120k miles was routine maintenance. The tranny was getting funny at the end and required manually turning of and on the OD button before it would shift into OD on the first shift. Once you did this , it shifted normally. THe car met it’s end when my then 17 year old son lost control in the rain and hit the car ahead of him. No big loss as it didn’t owe me anything by then.


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