Ask Experts Questions for FREE Help !
Ask
    modular01's Avatar
    modular01 Posts: 129, Reputation: 36
    Junior Member
     
    #1

    Jun 5, 2007, 08:24 PM
    1995 Dodge Neon: How reliable are they?
    I'm involved in a potential trade with a guy who has a 1995 Dodge Neon 4 door with a 3 speed automatic transmission. The top end of the motor was just redone, and the car was just repainted (due to the wonderful paint that the cars originally came with). I'd be trading my entire video game collection for the car.

    How reliable are these cars? What are the common problems to look out for? I'm a Ford and Chevy guy, so I don't have much experience with the newer Mopar cars.
    kitch428's Avatar
    kitch428 Posts: 1,428, Reputation: 152
    Ultra Member
     
    #2

    Jun 30, 2007, 07:54 PM
    I would really consider keeping those video games. :D

    Murphy's law with 1995 Neon's... what can happen... WILL happen. :mad:
    nauticalstar420's Avatar
    nauticalstar420 Posts: 3,699, Reputation: 423
    Ultra Member
     
    #3

    Jun 30, 2007, 07:56 PM
    I've seen transmissions go out on those cars. Like kitch said, keep your video games :)
    korn6958's Avatar
    korn6958 Posts: 23, Reputation: 1
    New Member
     
    #4

    Jul 5, 2007, 07:21 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by modular01
    I'm involved in a potential trade with a guy who has a 1995 Dodge Neon 4 door with a 3 speed automatic transmission. The top end of the motor was just redone, and the car was just repainted (due to the wonderful paint that the cars originally came with). I'd be trading my entire video game collection for the car.

    How reliable are these cars? What are the common problems to look out for? I'm a Ford and Chevy guy, so I don't have much experience with the newer Mopar cars.
    Piece of
    modular01's Avatar
    modular01 Posts: 129, Reputation: 36
    Junior Member
     
    #5

    Jul 10, 2007, 09:05 PM
    Thanks guys; I decided to keep my video game collection. Did some research and the transmissions (automatics at least) are less than reliable.
    nauticalstar420's Avatar
    nauticalstar420 Posts: 3,699, Reputation: 423
    Ultra Member
     
    #6

    Jul 10, 2007, 09:11 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by modular01
    Thanks guys; I decided to keep my video game collection. Did some research and the transmissions (automatics at least) are less than reliable.
    Good for you! Wait it out for a reliable car. I have a Kia Spectra. It was very affordable and ranked one of the highest for being a reliable and dependable car :)
    modular01's Avatar
    modular01 Posts: 129, Reputation: 36
    Junior Member
     
    #7

    Jul 10, 2007, 09:20 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by nauticalstar420
    Good for you! Wait it out for a reliable car. I have a Kia Spectra. It was very affordable and ranked one of the highest for being a reliable and dependable car :)
    I originally had 3 cars, a 2001 Mustang GT, a 1980 Datsun 200sx, and a 1985 Delta 88 Coupe.

    To make a long story short, I ran into some hard times financially, in which I decided to sell the Mustang and Datsun. I'm left with the 1985 Delta 88, which was given to me when my grandfather passed away in November. Needless to say, I'm very attached to the car for sentimental reasons.

    I've actually been looking at getting a cheaper economical car the past few weeks, and I've came across some that piquéd my interest. I'm looking at the Chevy Cobalt 5 speed manual coupes (not the SS model), a Ford Escort ZX2 (manual also), and possibly a Mercury Cougar (2001-2002) with the V6 and manual. Even the Hyundai Tiburon seems like a decent car as well.
    nauticalstar420's Avatar
    nauticalstar420 Posts: 3,699, Reputation: 423
    Ultra Member
     
    #8

    Jul 10, 2007, 10:01 PM
    I've heard really good things about the Cobalt. :) I hear the gas in those things can last forever!
    kitch428's Avatar
    kitch428 Posts: 1,428, Reputation: 152
    Ultra Member
     
    #9

    Jul 11, 2007, 07:44 PM
    My brother was given a '85 Delta also. He loved that car and like you wouldn't part with it. We found out one day after it quit running that GM used plastic timing gears in that 3.8L engine. So a word to the wise after 100k miles...

    Other than that, good decision on keeping those vid games. You seem like you're into cars and not wanting to be seen in grandpa's car all that much, so I'm sure you'll find what fits your needs.
    modular01's Avatar
    modular01 Posts: 129, Reputation: 36
    Junior Member
     
    #10

    Jul 11, 2007, 08:51 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by kitch428
    My brother was given a '85 Delta also. He loved that car and like you wouldn't part with it. We found out one day after it quit running that GM used plastic timing gears in that 3.8L engine. So a word to the wise after 100k miles....

    Other than that, good decision on keeping those vid games. You seem like you're into cars and not wanting to be seen in grandpa's car all that much, so I'm sure you'll find what fits your needs.
    Luckily, the car I have has the 307 Olds V8. It's still a boat anchor motor (where power is concerned), but it works great. It has some body damage from my grandpa going through a garage (literally), but nothing that new fenders can't fix. If it got better gas mileage I'd be all over it like a cheap suit, but it only gets 15mpg. =(

    But it only has 94000 miles, not bad for an older car. =)
    kitch428's Avatar
    kitch428 Posts: 1,428, Reputation: 152
    Ultra Member
     
    #11

    Jul 12, 2007, 04:31 PM
    Ahhh. The ole 307. Yep... boat anchor all right. You want one even better? The Pontiac 301. Best damn boat anchor ever produced out of detroit.
    I really pity GM through those periods. Big boats, little engines to power them. Meanwhile, I started at Toyota around those times, and what they were putting out compared to the big three in Detroit, NO COMPARISON!!
    modular01's Avatar
    modular01 Posts: 129, Reputation: 36
    Junior Member
     
    #12

    Jul 12, 2007, 08:41 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by kitch428
    Ahhh. the ole 307. Yep...boat anchor alright. You want one even better? The Pontiac 301. Best damn boat anchor ever produced out of detroit.
    I really pity GM through those periods. Big boats, little engines to power them. Meanwhile, I started at Toyota around those times, and what they were putting out compared to the big three in Detroit, NO COMPARISON!!!!
    What about the Vega Cosworth motor? That had good power, until the aluminum pistons ate through the unlined cylider walls.

    The 350 diesel from the 80's was bad too. GM used stock gas engine cylinder heads, pistons, and the block, not thinking that the massive internal pressure caused by converting it to a diesel would cause it to fail.

    Yeah, the 301 was an automotive wreck. Especially when they put an anemic turbo on them.

    Thankfully GM has come a long way from those dark days.

    PS: Let's not even start on the Cadillac Cimmaron. It was essentially a Chevy Cavalier for double the price.:D
    soon2bemommyof2's Avatar
    soon2bemommyof2 Posts: 1, Reputation: 2
    New Member
     
    #13

    Jul 12, 2007, 09:08 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by modular01
    I'm involved in a potential trade with a guy who has a 1995 Dodge Neon 4 door with a 3 speed automatic transmission. The top end of the motor was just redone, and the car was just repainted (due to the wonderful paint that the cars originally came with). I'd be trading my entire video game collection for the car.

    How reliable are these cars? What are the common problems to look out for? I'm a Ford and Chevy guy, so I don't have much experience with the newer Mopar cars.
    My brother in law has a Dodge Neon he loves it! He says it's great with gas mileage and drives very smooth! But a thing is a lot of people I heard had problems with the head gasket! Hope that helps a liitle!
    shift kit's Avatar
    shift kit Posts: 4, Reputation: 1
    New Member
     
    #14

    Sep 8, 2008, 02:12 AM
    Very reliable,I would say 270,000 miles with original motor,trans is reliable.As for the head gasket some early ones had that problem but it was fixed,Remember Toyota/Honda have this problem existing today...
    modular01's Avatar
    modular01 Posts: 129, Reputation: 36
    Junior Member
     
    #15

    Sep 8, 2008, 05:09 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by shift kit
    Very reliable,I would say 270,000 miles with original motor,trans is reliable.As for the head gasket some early ones had that problem but it was fixed,Remember Toyota/Honda have this problem existing today....
    Just an update for everyone, I know it's been over a year since I originally posted this question, and I do thank everyone for their insight and help. I eventually picked up a 92 Acura Integra coupe that now has 167,200 miles on it, and still runs like new. I know that some things to keep in mind are the timing belt replacement, as well as the automatic models (which I have) having transmission problems, but do you know of anything else to watch out for with these cars?

Not your question? Ask your question View similar questions

 

Question Tools Search this Question
Search this Question:

Advanced Search

Add your answer here.


Check out some similar questions!

1995 Dodge Dakota [ 1 Answers ]

My son has a 1995 Dodge Dakota V6 that the Auto Shutdown Relay will not energize. He has replaced head due to water leak and now can get engine to turn over but the Auto Shutdown Relay will not energize, no fuel pump relay, no spark. Can anyone suggest next step to perform? Thanks

1995 Dodge Dakota Sport [ 2 Answers ]

I have a starting problem... after it sits for a while when you try to start it it will not start But if you try it then turn off the swich then try it again 2 times it will start.. once it starts it runs smooth no missing but after it sits you have to turn over the motor turn off switch a couple...

1995 Dodge Spirit will not start could be ecu? [ 3 Answers ]

Have a 1995 Dodge spirit. I went to start the car today and nothing happened. No clicking no starter noise nothing. THe battery looks fine (green) accessories run fine. After trying to start the car the first time and holind the ignition in to start it longer than I should have I started to see...


View more questions Search