RepairPal is your advocate for car care advice and guidance

Q: 03 Neon needs a new clutch and timing belt... fix it or buy something new? on 2003 Dodge Neon

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?
Get a Repair Estimate
Guaranteed by certified locations nationwide. Learn more
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 1,700 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more
| |
Don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Fix the car and make it roadworthy again since that's far less expensive than buying a new vehicle not to mention the insurance costs and addl car payments. If the exterior and interior are shot then I would consider it and take better care of the next new car.
Yeah, that is my inclination as well. Apart from the clutch and presumably the timing belt, I don't know that anything else needs to be done to the car, and the exterior/interior are both in very good shape. I'm mostly just concerned that I might spend this money fixing up the car, oblivious to some other major costly repair that is predictably around the corner and that should factor into my thinking.

Didn't find what you were looking for?