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renegade83
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New member from Louisiana, first time neon owner.

Post by renegade83 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:01 pm

Car is a 2000 Dodge neon es. Bought it with 114,000 miles on it in January. It replaced a 1994 Chevy with a v6, no a/c, no cruise control, and all kinds of things that needed to be fixed that I'd been neglecting, it had 435,000 miles on it. It's saving me $80.00 a month in gas on my four hour commute to work. Got a few things to upgrade/replace but nothing major. Got a bunch of stuff in Friday that I plan on installing once my motor mounts and sway bar bushings come in.

So far I've changed the tensioner pulley. Spark plugs and wires. Installed a new pioneer radio, pioneer amp, and 12" pioneer sub, and installed an optima red top battery.

Planning on replacing the old faded tint with 5% tint, and I'm going to replace all the bushings on the rear with prothane bushings once I'm done replacing the front ones.

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:38 pm

:hello2: How many of those 435K miles on the Chevy were yours? Just curious.
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Post by renegade83 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:59 pm

Somewhere between 113,000 and 150,000. Had the truck for 12 years and not sure of the exact mileage when I got it. It was a good old truck and I miss it, but a/c and the 32-34mpg I've been averaging in the neon makes me not miss it as much.

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Post by A@ron » Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:53 pm

Welcome! BTW did you notice if the timing belt had been replaced when you were in there doing the tensioner? Timing belt and water pump are recommended to be done at around your cars mileage.

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Post by renegade83 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:01 pm

Sure didn't, but I plan on doing that later on this year just to be on the safe side.

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Post by thomas_w » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:10 pm

Welcome! With the timing belt you are technically on borrowed time already. But with 435k on the Chevy you cannot really complain :) Wow, 4 hour commute; that is intense.

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Post by renegade83 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 9:57 pm

Well I drive for four hours but then I stay at work for seven days, then when I go home I stay home for seven days. So the four hour drive isn't bad and the 2nd half of it is on back roads through the swamps and marsh, traffic back there is pretty much non existent.

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