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I am buying a 2000 dodge neon with a 2.0 and its a 16 valve. Needs a new timing belt to it. should i buy it? Answered

He did a compression test with a mechanic and everything was fine. Im not sure if I should buy it or not.


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Burf (author)2012-10-24

The bluebook value on a 2000 Neon is $2000 plus or minus depending on condition and where you live.
Figure out how much it will cost to put in good running condition and deduct that from the true value of the car when repaired. Don't pay any more than that amount.

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canucksgirl (author)2012-10-24

You should do some research before you make your decision. Neon's never had a great track record (although the 2nd generation was better than the 1st gen's). They also had a poor safety rating according to the IIHS and were among vehicles with the "highest rates of driver deaths".

Here is a good place to start for the 2000 Neon. It lists the typical problems associated by type.

Then check Kelley Blue Book to see what the car is worth.

If this vehicle is being sold by a reputable dealer, the price is good, the condition is good and mileage is low, AND they offer you a used car warranty, then buying it may be okay (your call).

If this vehicle is being sold by a private individual, with NO written warranties, then the car is being sold "AS IS"; meaning if there are problems down the road, you can NOT go back to the seller to complain (because you have NO legal rights to do so). All private sales are deemed "as is" sales, and verbal statements of "it runs great, but needs a new timing belt" is not an expressed warranty. (Its important to understand this).

Let me know if you need more help, otherwise good luck. :-)

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bwrussell (author)2012-10-24

How mechanically skilled/challanged are you? HERE is a lot of info on replacing it yourself. Scroll down a bit to find lots of good links.
It sounds like it's a pain but doable and you will need a special tool.
It also depends on the mileage, cost, clean title, etc. How long has the belt been bad? What will you be using the car for? Freeway, city, or rural? Daily commuter or run-about?

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