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Unread 05-05-2016, 11:56 PM   #1
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So, I have 2003 dodge neon sxt, not to be confused with the SRT-4. The sxt model that I have is an automatic and I want to go fast because I like fast lol but I don't really have very many options with an automatic. I know how to launch one, and I've done it before but I was wondering, since 1st and 3rd gear are noted on my shifter thingy (I'm sorry I don't know the name) would it be possible to go faster on 1st/3rd gear or not? Also would it be a bad idea to launch my automatic in first gear?

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lol, get a different car, before you destroy your transmission by doing launches. it is 13 years old econobox, not a race car. you can not really make it fast, and anyone who knows a thing of two about performance mods, will not do it on a neon, this is not the car that takes mods well, or has much aftermarket support.

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****, rude much?

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He's giving you factual advice. The neon was never meant to be quick, and the transmission is nearing the end of its mechanical life. Stressing the clutches and bands will cause it to fail and since I assume it is your daily driver, you can probably not afford the several thousand dollars repair and downtime associated with a transmission failure.

Its fwd, its an automatic, and it was designed to get you from one point to another efficiently and inexpensively.

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I know, and I'm not disagreeing. It's really a school car but he was just blunt and rude. I didn't appreciate it that's all. But thanks for letting me know to the both of you before I continued

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no problem, to better answer your question, putting your car in 1 prevents the car from upshifting to maintain torque in the event you need it. 3 keeps you out of overdrive, a good idea if you are hill/mountain driving, or carrying a heavy load. Using those settings will have little effect on a launch besides delaying your second gear shift point.
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Tossing it into a gear aside from D or 1 when doing a launch...From what I've noticed in my old Explorer and my current Denali, if I put it into 2 or 3, it'll go to that gear and skip 1st, which sucks for launching.
You'd be better off swapping the autotragic out for a 5spd for launches like that.
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i could not find many successful auto-manual swaps, it sounds easy on paper, but in reality, not easy, and not cheap, it makes little sense to do, best way is to sell the car with auto and buy one with manual, but 2003 neon now worth less than a decent bicycle.

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It really isn't. The gear ratios between an automatic and a manual are altogether different, and the swap would also cause a different weight and weight distribution. You'd also need to change the pan for the transmission fluid and add a clutch pedal, which in an automatic's pedal arragement you might not have room for.

As for "launching" an automatic: How exactly do you do that? If you put it in N and shift into D (no sense putting it in 1, 2 or 3) than you'd be shredding the transmission soon enough. Using left foot braking might be marginally better, but I wouldn't bother with either.

I'd also hazard against the risks involved in doing all of that on the public road.

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No I know going from neural to drive is ****ing terrible for transmission. I'm left goody breaking, and pushing on the gas just below 1500 RPM. Then releasing break and flooring gas

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