Which car should I keep?
Hi everyone. I could sure use your help on this. I
bought a 1989 Toyota Camry (showroom shape) a
few years ago that has 135,000 miles on it. I can't
tell you how many starters I've replaced, but I CAN
tell you I have replaced just about everything on it.
My friends gave me a 2000 Plymouth Neon with
about the same mileage on it. They bought it used
from a dealer and haven't done any work on it for 2
years, including routine maintenance. Both cars
need front-end work for around $600 each. My
dilemma is I do not know which car to keep.
Everyone keeps telling me to get rid of the Toyota
because it's a money pit. I'm on disability and can
only keep one. Any help with this would be
You answered your own question.you are on disability.neon 32miles per gallon.cheap for parts.you dont have much money to play with.
Plymouth Neons are really lousy cars and have many problems from head gaskets to overheating to transmission issues. The Toyota should be a much better car. I would keep the Toyota and hope for the best. The Neon will be trouble sometime soon.
the lack of routine maintenance on the Neon would be a deal-breaker for me. It's a ticking time bomb.
The Toyota will have better resale value even if the neon is newer. Make sure the starter is aligned correctly and that the voltage is correct at the starter if low voltage, locate the drain/short and put some electrical tape on wires rubbed bare. Make sure the ground wire is good Block to frame and battery to frame. Check the battery + terminal wire to starter. The Dodge neon is known for poor reliability. With either watch the temp gauge and do not let it overheat due to hoses, thermostat, ect which are maintenance items and replace when bad not after broken to avoid head gasket failures. Of course both are at the age to need more and more work, like brake rebuilds and suspension parts, axles, bearings. I keep one eye on the road and other on my temp gauge and both under the hood and the car looking for up coming issues. Now the condition on both cars as this can make you decide fast which to choose.
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