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2004 Dodge Neon SE

Post: #1   PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: DRIVETRAIN upgrade questions Reply with quote

I have a 2004 Neon that has been parked for quite awhile now. I am preparing to bring it out and begin work to put it back on the road. It was parked because of an ASD fault that continued to re-occur as well as a battery drain that was aggravating as well.

My question is this: As I fix this thing up to get back on the road, I want to make it incredibly reliable, as well as VERY road worthy. Is there a list of things gathered in one place that can be done low budget to increase the reliablity for long range runs, as well as some spirited driving around town?

I am looking at drive axle failure rates, stiffnes of the chassis, etc. As well, I have new road lights for which I am designing mounts that will go onto a stiffening framework behind the plastic nose to help support it at higher speeds since this car had a minor front ender several years back.
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2001 Dodge Neon ES

Post: #2   PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is an ATX, you shouldn't have too many issues with the drive axles. I have 210,000 miles on my '01's original half shafts. They are one of those things can can live forever, or die prematurely. It comes down to how well the boots keep them sealed, and how much abuse they see.

Basically regular maintenance, and paying attention to anything that doesn't seem quite right, are the best things to keep it reliable.

For the miles I have on the '01, I can't complain, because I really haven't put too much into it as far as needed repairs. Just basic maintenance, and stuff I wanted. I might have $500 to $700 in repairs that were actual part failures. Not bad for the miles, and age. It was daily driven from 2001 to 2015.

2.0's and MTX can snap half shafts under the right conditions, as the 2.0 doesn't have enough low end torque to slip the tires, but just enough to snap an axle.

A lot of people claim they no longer break axles when doing a 2.4 swap. Of course if you go with stickier tires, you would be back to the same issue.

2001 neon ES MTX with '02 R/T PCM
1999 neon 2.4 EDZ MTX
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