this is my wifes car it is a 2003 dodge neon SXT we have had it for 3 years and it has always mad a noise that i thought was just a exhaust leak. recently it started making a whining noise i took it to a mechanic and they said it was the power steering pump pulley, i took it to a different mechanic and they said it was the alternator bearings so the alternator was replaced, the sound stopped. about a week later it started making the same sound so i talked to the mechanic again and he said its the water pump. im tired of getting fucked over by mechanics. both belts were replaced as well, so i know its not that.
2003 Dodge Neon Sxt — Please see Pros and Cons.I really like it because it gives you good MPG and was a perfect car as a college student. Did not have much cargo space, but enough to keep golf bags, clothes, etc. 5 CD inserts served me well as a huge music person.
I have a 2003 Neon SXT (bought it new in 2004) which has 119,000 miles on it and has had very little work done on it other than regular oil changes, some break work, and recently a replaced hose to clear a check engine light for an evaporative emissions error. However, the clutch is in bad shape and I hear that replacing the engine timing belt is highly recommended at 100k+ miles. The local shop estimates the job to be $800-$1k for the clutch and I'm guessing somewhere in the $400 range for the timing belt. So the question is, is my Neon worth fixing up, or are enough things likely on the horizon that will need fixing that I'd be better off with a newer (presumably under warranty) car?