Lebaron Turbo Life Expectancy Question

Discussion in 'LeBaron' started by Longfellow, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. Longfellow

    Longfellow Guest

    I've been led to believe that the turbos in Lebaron 2.2's tend to go
    after about 100K miles. I was wondering if this was true even if one
    drove in a way that rarely caused the turbo to engage.

    Thanks in advance for your informed responses.

    Longfellow, Dec 28, 2003
  2. In the first place, no it is not. The life expectancy of a turbocharger is
    a factor of the robustness of the installation -- how well the turbo is
    cooled, in particular, whether the owner changes the engine oil using the
    correct oil at appropriate intervals, whether the owner abuses the turbo
    by blasting in off the highway and immediately shutting down the engine
    *or* cares for it by letting the engine idle for a minute or so before
    shutting down after a hard run, and some amount of just plain luck. There
    are plenty of Chrysler 2.2 and 2.5 litre turbocharged engines running
    around on the original turbocharger with considerably more than 100K

    In the second place, there's no such thing as driving "so the turbo
    doesn't engage". The turbocharger is always "engaged".

    Daniel J. Stern, Dec 28, 2003
  3. I had a 85 Chrysler Laser XT with a 2.2 Turbo and I had 170,000+ miles
    on it when I sold it and it went another 40,000+ afterwards and NEVER
    any turbo problems.
    I also had a 88 Chrysler LeBaron 2.2 Turbo that had 150,000+ miles on
    it when I sold it and again, NO PROBLEMS.

    Regular oil changes and letting it cool down properly is definitely
    the key. The turbo is ALWAYS energized, because the exhaust goes thru
    the turbo to get out of the engine.

    VEHICLES then anyone else and still alot out there.
    Richard Benner Jr, Dec 28, 2003
  4. Longfellow

    Big Boy ES Guest

    If you have a Lebaron 2.2 then chances are you have the Garrett TB0378.
    The keys are maintenance maintenance and maintenance. The life span of
    the turbo is limited to how you treat it. Too thin an oil, not letting
    the turbo spool / cool down after a spirited drive all leads to
    heatsoak on the bearings

    My 87 Shelby has ~89 000 miles on the T03 Garrett Turbo. Knowing that
    the car gets hot when sitting in weekend traffic, I changed the oil out
    to Mobil 1's 5W30 Synthetic, upgraded the radiator / water pump, and
    muscled in a Volvo Intercooler. The temp needle never gets past cool

    Unfortunately everyone drives a car differently, and that's going to
    affect what components fail first. Last pricing I saw for a rebuilt
    Garrett was $500.00, you may want to keep in mind.
    Big Boy ES, Dec 28, 2003
  5. Longfellow

    Steve Raft Guest

    My '85 Daytona Turbo is going strong at 198,000 miles
    Steve Raft, Dec 30, 2003
  6. Longfellow

    frerichs Guest

    My 84 Laser has over 260,000 miles on the original turbo and is still
    They were designed to last 100,000 miles.
    frerichs, Jan 3, 2004
  7. Who says they were designed to last 100,000 miles?

    Matthew S. Whiting, Jan 3, 2004
  8. Longfellow

    Billccm Guest

    When I bought my 1988 Lancer Shelby new, I went back and talked with the
    dealership's service manager. He said that Chrysler had 'confidence' in the
    turbo and even the headgasket to last beyond the 5/50 warranty they offered at
    that time. When I asked what he meant about 'beyond', he claimed that with
    'normal' maintainence, 70K miles was probably headgasket time, and 100K miles
    was probably turbo time. He also added that with maticulous maintainence, these
    cars could last a lifetime.

    Although not an 'apples to apples' comparison, my brothers 1984 Colt GT Turbo
    went a long, hard 200K miles before the turbine broke loose and flew into the
    engine during one of his high rev runs, and my ol'Lancer Shelby is still doing
    fine without any isses at 89K miles.
    88 Lancer Shelby
    91 LeBaron Convertible
    01 Chevy Impala LS
    Billccm, Jan 3, 2004
  9. A dealership service manager is hardly qualified to discuss the design
    targets of a turbocharger ... especially when it isn't even made by

    Which suggests that the design life is likely much longer than 100K miles.

    Matthew S. Whiting, Jan 4, 2004
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