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Should I buy another car, or repair what I have?

cbeigle54 cbeigle54
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 04/17
Posted: 04/22/17
05:07 AM


I have a 2004 Dodge Neon. I bought it for 5000.00 in 2013.
Since then, I've replaced the transmission (2000.00). So
now, my 5000.00 car is now 7000.00. So, having that much money
IN this car (with other problems BOUND to pop up with a 13
year old car.....when should I consider buying another vehicle?...
or should I just keep this one (repairs and all?) Thanks.


Just Try It1 Just Try It1
Moderator | Posts: 2579 | Joined: 08/14
Posted: 04/22/17
06:28 AM

the idea would be to drive it and start saving for another.

if it has a catastrophic failure. then its time to walk away..

since its a neon.  its Bound to have another failure..

there is an option since its working to sell it now.. but neons don't have a really high resale value unless its really clean.. i see dozens between 600 and 1800 with a few priced up between 2500 and 5000.

have you done the timing belt yet.  those are usually replaced every 100,000 miles.  water pump failure.. its driven by the timing belt will cause the engine to overheat and blow the head gasket..  so its.. water pump.. timing belt.. timing belt tensioner..  cam and crank shaft seals..  replacing the coolant.. and an oil change at the same time.  this is expected stuff to do and usually i advise my customers to do it about 10,000 miles short of the recommended mileage of 105,000. so you can schedule it for the best time for you.. not after it fails and bends the valves.  it does show this is an interference motor.

it also depends on how many miles a day you drive.  if its paid off. start making monthly payments to a bank account to save for another car.  this depends on your finances.  

driftinJ driftinJ
New User | Posts: 16 | Joined: 04/17
Posted: 04/23/17
11:21 PM

Sounds your Neon is a money pit. If it were me, I would sell it and get a newer one with good mpg and high reliability.  

Leo Parker Leo Parker
New User | Posts: 17 | Joined: 04/17
Posted: 05/01/17
11:00 PM

Looks like you are wasting your money on your old car. You should sell this car and buy a new one.  

karlox karlox
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 10/17
Posted: 11/02/17
02:37 AM

I would look for a car that has a low maintenance cost.  

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