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Unread 08-29-2009, 02:45 PM   #1
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Default 1998 Dodge Neon

I'll will be getting one soon.

I don't plan on any 'mods' but I do want to;
maybe change the headlights(or just do the plastic cleaning in the other thread.) They're extremely dim as they are now..

Change out the Radio head unit to something that will allow me to hook up my Zune to it.(Recommendations? Maybe a price recommendation on how much I should spend?)


I also have a few questions...the car has 124k miles. So what belts/what-not need to be changed and how much will it cost total?



(also...the car is sorta free. My aunt is getting a new one and going to let me have her Neon.)
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Wow, 183,000 miles? You might just be better off purchasing a used car, but then if it is free, who knows, maybe it would be worthwhile?

That's a lot of miles on a 1st gen neon.

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I'm surprised it lasted that long...
Around 183k you can start seeing a bunch of problems. First that come to mind would be struts, control arms, tire rods, etc. If you hear unusual clunking when it drives, all that needs to be done.

About the CD player. My brother just bought a Sony Xplod at walmart for about 80 bucks. Cd player and AUX in, it works great.

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as for belts id check the timming belt and all the main belts. change the oil, oil filter and air filter. and id have the bushing/motor mount/ball joints checked to see if there are in need of replacing

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check the brakes front/rear,cv axles,upper and lower radiator hose and the heater hoses.

and everything else that has already been mentioned.

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Retrospekt speaks the truth.

I bought my Blazer with 190k on it, but i'm confident enough in it that it'll keep going for a LONG time yet. I intend on pushing 250-300k on it. Put a tranny in it and the engine runs like a top.
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As others have said, Alpha, make sure the car is in good running condition first. Here is what I would do:

1. Look it over mechanically (belts, hoses, fluids, braking sytem, drivetrain, tires, wheel alignment, etc.)
2. Repair any major cosmetic damages (big dents create drag)
3. Cleanup/replace the headlamps
4. Run it until it's dead. Save up some cash for your next car, and the towing fee when that Neon dies on the highway. It will happen some day. Maybe not for another 100k, but someday.

A free car is a good way to save up for your next one.
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As others have said, Alpha, make sure the car is in good running condition first. Here is what I would do:

1. Look it over mechanically (belts, hoses, fluids, braking sytem, drivetrain, tires, wheel alignment, etc.)
2. Repair any major cosmetic damages (big dents create drag)
3. Cleanup/replace the headlamps
4. Run it until it's dead. Save up some cash for your next car, and the towing fee when that Neon dies on the highway. It will happen some day. Maybe not for another 100k, but someday.

A free car is a good way to save up for your next one.
I planned on doing 3/4 ;P There really ARENT any dents...when driving it I can hear the belts though...I'm assuming they need to be changed.

The way I see it...if I just run it until it can't run no more I'll have enough for a nice car. It gets great Gas mileage, and like 20$ will fill it up. I'll just...keep saving.


Oh, and she said her car has 130k...I'm going to re-look at the odometer though ;P
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Is it an R/T, or auto?
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Auto Was wanting a manual to at least see what it's like...my next car will probably be a manual.
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Spark Plugs, Coil Pack.

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