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Old 03-20-2012, 07:36 PM
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I wasn't going to say anything but as I am reading the posts I felt I had to put my 2 cents in. First the new Dart WILL be come collectable, I say this because like someone said earlier the K was a disposable car, and it was, and because of that the surviving ones are being sought by collectors, I personally turned down two offers for mine $4800 and $5200, remember every car that was ever built past or present has its own fans. When I was showing my K she would get attention at shows not only from MOPAR fans but from people who remembered either owning one or knowing someone who had one, and all of them had a story to tell about their K.
Second I agree with "a vehicle will last as long as the owner takes care of it", about 3 years I had 2 '05 Chevy Impalas in the shop they were identical in color and options, one had 56k on the clock the other 52k, the lower mileage one was falling apart and the other looked and ran like new, the owner whose car was falling apart would always complain every time he came in that his car was a POS , and if you looked at what little service records there were he never did any thing but put gas in it and the OCCASIONAL oil change. The one with 56k was meticulously maintained, problems were addressed when they were small issues.
As for Chrysler bringing back old names for the hell of it. They are bringing back these names because market research showed these are names their target demographic can associate with, thus hoping to generate sales on the whole nostalgia factor. Even though market research might have shown the Dart name would "click" with consumers, personally I think if any name for a compact should be resurrected it should have been Aries, like it was said earlier in this thread and as all of know it was the K that saved Chrysler and even gave birth to the Caravan. That name would have been more fitting for Chrysler who is making a comeback.
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If it were to come with a turbo I beleive it would be a decent car. Reason being is that it would be built better across the entire platform to handle it...no weak parts. Had a gf who drove like grandma that bought a Neon in 2000...ask me where that car is now, lol!
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Had a gf who drove like grandma that bought a Neon in 2000...ask me where that car is now, lol!
Oh gosh, please please please let me answer this one.... the SCRAP YARD where all the rest of them went...????? (lol)

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Well you aren't supposed to break in a car by babying it. That is very bad for everything. You need to drive it at different speeds and get aggressive with it for everything to break in properly. When you only do it at one speed (slow) as soon as it passes the threshold of fast, everything fails.
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Well you aren't supposed to break in a car by babying it. That is very bad for everything. You need to drive it at different speeds and get aggressive with it for everything to break in properly. When you only do it at one speed (slow) as soon as it passes the threshold of fast, everything fails.
I wonder how many old people there are out that drive like that...wow! Lol.. I guess that means that I prolly shouldn't buy the ole 67 430 biick rivierra my 80+ yr neighbor has that he putts around in from time to time. Looks are deceiving huh, lol? I'm just teasing...you're idea is good if you drive hard but not nessesarily a must for everyone....just my opinipn of course. Anyway, I don't know how he use to drive but today I've never seen him drive over 20 or anywhere near the speed limit in the six or seven years I've known him....I want that car, I'll take all of those kind of cars driven like that you can muster. And btw, the Nissan she gave her son when she bought it out lasttted it...both droven by the same person the same way.
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Well you aren't supposed to break in a car by babying it. That is very bad for everything. You need to drive it at different speeds and get aggressive with it for everything to break in properly. When you only do it at one speed (slow) as soon as it passes the threshold of fast, everything fails.
O really?
If we both buy a New car, You can break in my car by babying it, never go over 2000rpm, and I will break in ur car the way you said it, let see which car last longer.
j/k, I know what you mean.
But the thing is, I've serviced quite a few Old ladies 10yrs old car with less than 20k miles. with Cob webs in the engine bay, and Motor oil looks like it just came out of the bottle. I would definitely buy the old lady's car over a car that went thru all type of driving style.

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I owned a new 97 Neon and a new 03 Neon. Both were great cars. The 03 is still being driven by my son with just over 180k miles. Look, if you guys want to suck on Japanese er propaganda, more power to you. I've had every generation Chrysler compact and mid-size car going back to my 65 Coronet. I have also had the torture of owning new Toy****a and Nissans. You guys believe what their commercials and bought off "consumer magazines" sell. Good for you. You are sheep who will always follow the crowd. Being a Chrysler owner, I have always been mocked and insulted. I have also spent far less to buy and maintain my vehicles than import owners. No, I'm not happy Chrysler is owned by FIAT now. But I won't trash the company and the cars of the past to say how great the jap cars are. You dolts are obviously not real Dodge or Chrysler guys. So what? Why troll here? If your Toy****as and Hondas are so great, why not go join their forums? You can find the way there easy enough. Just follow all the other sheep that love licking jap @$$.
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I owned a new 97 Neon and a new 03 Neon. Both were great cars. The 03 is still being driven by my son with just over 180k miles. Look, if you guys want to suck on Japanese er propaganda, more power to you. I've had every generation Chrysler compact and mid-size car going back to my 65 Coronet. I have also had the torture of owning new Toy****a and Nissans. You guys believe what their commercials and bought off "consumer magazines" sell. Good for you. You are sheep who will always follow the crowd. Being a Chrysler owner, I have always been mocked and insulted. I have also spent far less to buy and maintain my vehicles than import owners. No, I'm not happy Chrysler is owned by FIAT now. But I won't trash the company and the cars of the past to say how great the jap cars are. You dolts are obviously not real Dodge or Chrysler guys. So what? Why troll here? If your Toy****as and Hondas are so great, why not go join their forums? You can find the way there easy enough. Just follow all the other sheep that love licking jap @$$.
I'm happy Fiat owns them because Daimler didn't give a **** when they owned Chrysler.
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I'm happy Fiat owns them because Daimler didn't give a **** when they owned Chrysler.
Actually they did. They cared so much that they did everything in their power to DESTROY Chrysler.
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Actually they did. They cared so much that they did everything in their power to DESTROY Chrysler.
Seems like an extremely anti Chrysler thing to say. . .
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Seems like an extremely anti Chrysler thing to say. . .
Not at all. Extremely anti-Daimler.
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Yeah, I agree. DB sucked Chryco dry and stole the next gen Viper and are now selling it as an MB, then dumped its corpse on the corporate parasites known as Cerberus. It is a miracle Chrysler is alive. But it's not because of bad product, it's because of bad executives. I still would pay to watch Bob Eaton die a slow, painful death. The frickin lime-squeezer sold out Chrysler in the first place. Damn I hate Bob Eaton.
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Oh gosh, please please please let me answer this one.... the SCRAP YARD where all the rest of them went...????? (lol)
Have to ask, You do ANY maintenance on your vehicles? I do, and can't see where you get off trashing the Neon and other Chry. My 03 neon is currently sitting at 257,011, and I would fire it up and drive from here to Cali. without a secont thought. Original untouched engine, not even head work, Dealer rebuilt trans, because my father's previous mechanic filled it with DEX 3 instead of +4 at 89,000 mi. 06 Caravan-205,000. 2000 Grand voyager-177,000, loaded with tools and equipment, and pulls a 12' enclosed trailer all of the time. 05 1500-172,000, Overloaded with tools and equipment and draws trailer duty any time that anything needs to be trailered. All are currently licenced and insured, and driven daily. Learn to take care of your S*it. The only 2 neons in my local scrap yard, by the way, are totaled beyond recognition.

I will replace the neon with a Dart, if they prove to be as reliable as my Neon.

If you are having problems with warranty work, may I suggest that you find a different dealer, The one I frequent is FANTASTIC. 5 corners Dodge in Cedarburg, WI Haven't found a better service Dept, yet.
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Have to ask, You do ANY maintenance on your vehicles? I do, and can't see where you get off trashing the Neon and other Chry. My 03 neon is currently sitting at 257,011, and I would fire it up and drive from here to Cali. without a secont thought. Original untouched engine, not even head work, Dealer rebuilt trans, because my father's previous mechanic filled it with DEX 3 instead of +4 at 89,000 mi. 06 Caravan-205,000. 2000 Grand voyager-177,000, loaded with tools and equipment, and pulls a 12' enclosed trailer all of the time. 05 1500-172,000, Overloaded with tools and equipment and draws trailer duty any time that anything needs to be trailered. All are currently licenced and insured, and driven daily. Learn to take care of your S*it. The only 2 neons in my local scrap yard, by the way, are totaled beyond recognition.

I will replace the neon with a Dart, if they prove to be as reliable as my Neon.

If you are having problems with warranty work, may I suggest that you find a different dealer, The one I frequent is FANTASTIC. 5 corners Dodge in Cedarburg, WI Haven't found a better service Dept, yet.
A better service department is NOT going to fix your vehicle any better, its the so called idiots today that actually think they know how to fix vehicles today is the problem. Yes, i work on my own vehicles, recently retired after 30+ years of being a master tech in many dealerships. Nobody will ever change my mind that this new dodge dart is anything of a great vehicle, its just another cheaply made useless throwaway just like the rest of the 4cyl cars are out there today. If the PEON was such a great car, why has it been discontinued for quite some time. The PEON wasnt around long enough because they had way too many issues with them. They had ZERO trade in value as well. I know that for a fact, i use to work for dodge, no dealers wanted them on their lots. Ok, end of rant...lol
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There are plenty of Neon's around here still trucking along. I see at least one a day somewhere on the road.
The Dart is going to be a good economy car that should sell well. The engines are an updated version of the tried and proven World Engine that have been pretty much trouble free. If you buy/bought a Hyundai and it's a 4 cyl, you got the same basic engine. It was a joint design with Chrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.
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There are plenty of Neon's around here still trucking along. I see at least one a day somewhere on the road.
The Dart is going to be a good economy car that should sell well. The engines are an updated version of the tried and proven World Engine that have been pretty much trouble free. If you buy/bought a Hyundai and it's a 4 cyl, you got the same basic engine. It was a joint design with Chrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.
Have to agree. I parked next to 2 other silver ones at Subway 2 days ago. I have one, the neighbors have a pair, at least 2 live on the next road over, because I see them all of the time, my aunt has one, and as far as no trade in value, that may be so, but resale value isn't bad. Currently, there is an 04, and an 05 with under 150,000 miles on them sitting on the lot 6 miles down the road from me, both priced at $6,995, and the other local Dodge dealer just moved one priced at $7995.00, think that was an 05 also. Mom paid less than that (sticker-$4,800, got it for $3,650) for an 06 caravan W/137,000 3 years ago. I just drove past a 99 or older that was really bad looking and rusted, that the inner city used car lot still wanted $2,100. I do plan on finding a 3 year old off lease Dart in a few years to replace the Neon, if the fuel mileage is OK- Just drove a 2010 Ram 4.7 auto 4x4-I was getting 22 MPG. If all of the Chry vehicles follow suit, they should sell quite well.
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What gave Neon a bad name was the 95-98 models. I made almost my entire pay off Neons for the first 3 years....lol. But, you could fix them cheap and they weren't hard to fix.

I had the opportunity to look a Dart over this week. A pretty sweet little ride. Not cheapo either. Interior rivals anything i've ever seen. They will sell well. Yes, it is about the size of the last Neon, but it's not a Neon.
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