The Plymouth brand has always been the more practical, more affordable yet equally elegant and stylish brand in the Chrysler Corporation's squad of cars. And before the brand was totally phased out in 2000, a sedan as capable as the other Chrysler sedans was introduced. This car was the Plymouth Breeze, a brother to two other Chrysler sedans having similarly "cloudy" names.
The Plymouth Breeze is Plymouth's entry to the midsize/compact sedan arena for the mid 1990s. It was introduced in 1996, a year after similar models in the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus was introduced in 1995. Just like the two other Chrysler cars, the Plymouth Breeze was based on the Chrysler JA body platform. It shares most of its features and parts with the two other Chrysler sedans, except that it came less equipped with standard features and some engine and transmission options. Nonetheless, the Plymouth Breeze still comes with a fair amount of standard equipments for its affordable price, compared with most other family sedan in the same price category.
What makes the Plymouth Breeze inferior among its Chrysler cousins is its engine and transmission. Upon introduction, it was equipped only with a 132 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine coupled with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic. While the car would run fairly well with the 5-speed manual transaxle, performance with the 4-cylinder engine/4-speed automatic shift combo is extremely unsatisfactory. A larger and more powerful engine was introduced in 1998, a DOHC 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 150 hp, but such engine was available only with the 4-speed automatic shift. Further, the engine is extremely noisy and unrefined.
On the plus side, however, the Plymouth Breeze is as competitive as its two stable mates. Priced affordably while having the same stylishness and elegance as the other two Chrysler sedans, the Plymouth Breeze proves to be the practical choice for the budget-conscious, young and first time car buyer. It offers a spacious interior that can comfortably seat five adults and gifted with a fair amount of interior amenities, far more equipped than other family sedans in the same price category. It also offer you a good run of your money spent on fuel, as it drives at an average of 30 mpg with the manual and 27 mpg with the automatic shift. The car also handles well and maneuvers smoothly on curves.
With its affordable price, and more affordable resale value, the Plymouth Breeze must really be a good choice for a family sedan. While it has a lot of good characteristics, its bad side can be easily remedied by using high quality Plymouth Breeze parts. Here at Parts Train, we offer a vast number of Plymouth Breeze auto parts like high quality engines and engine parts, suspension parts and other auto mechanical parts. Every Plymouth Breeze part you'll find here in our website are guaranteed to be of premium quality in working condition.