I have a 2003 Dodge sx 2.0 and have had multiple problems. I have had my cam shaft timing sensor replaced, knuckle bearing, bushings and no the outer tie rods.
I have had no problems with my 2005 SX 2.0, and I am at 115 000 km. The only thing I have done is change the oil every 5 000 k and change the brake pads. Fuel mileage hasn't changed at all, runs good as new! It all depends how you drive it.
My husband's '05 SX 2.0 is having multiple problems as well. Rough idle, low mileage, in the shop most of the time. Even our personal mechanic (not associated with Dodge) can't figure out why it's running so poorly.
Recently the engine started knocking and we can't figure out why. Something seems to be damaged inside, and is causing damage to the sparkplugs, etc. We have also had major problems with the car not starting, and with the on board computer putting out false codes so the car turns off in the middle of driving. We're hoping to take advantage of the Upgrade program Dodge is offering until the end of the month. Anyone have any comments/experience with this program?
The main problem seem to be that the mechanics working on your car don't know what they are doing. Same old story, sorry to say. They break more than they fix when they start tinkering about in the engine bay. When they've replaced something twice or trice on a near new car, then they are just working in the blind, replacing things blindly.
I have a 2003 SX 2.0. Bought it brand new, and have had nothing but problems.
Within the first 3 months of owning it, they had to replace the front dash, they had to replace the axle too, along with ball joints, power steering rack and pinion, all within the first year.
The struts and mounts I've replaced too, the tie rod end, the oxygen sensor, and within this past month my transmission fluid backed into my radiator overflow, and blew my radiator, and I'm told by several mechanics that Dodge knows this is a problem with these cars, and they are unwilling to fix it.
I was sold a lemon, and will never deal with Dodge again. I've paid double for my car since I've owned it.
I drive a 2003 Dodge SX 2.0. I have had many problems with this vehicle. Hard to start and had to replace the cam sensor. Bad gas mileage. I find that the car hesitates as if it can't breathe. Replaced air filter but it still acts up. It could be the throttle body. I also had the problem of the coolant escaping into the transmission and it destroyed the radiator. Had to be replaced. Wheel bearings galore. I have had a couple of Dodge vehicles but no more. Time to move on once this one is done.
I recently bought a used 2005 2.0 SX. I had it for two weeks, and it's starting to sound rough. The front brakes smoking doesn't feel right.
I bought my Dodge SX 2.0 2003 brand new. I have 205000 KM now, and the engine is knocking like a disco. It made the noise gradually (could not here it inside the car at first), but now it is ridiculous, and I am ashamed driving it around. I keep driving it anyway, to show people what they get if they buy a Dodge.
The dealer must have known when they changed the oil every 5000 KM, but never bothered to mention it to me. All I know is I have spent $3000.00 in repairs since I got it, and my wife has put a puny $200.00 on her Honda Civic 2003 bought that same year! She has 160000 KM and it runs smooth!
I always encouraged the North American cars manufacturers, because I wanted to support our economy, but no more! It's too bad we can't make good quality vehicles. It's always cutting the corners to save money for these companies, and then there are the people who make the parts, who sometimes let things pass quality control, even if the specs are not perfect.
I bought my 2004 Dodge SX new. I now have 142,000 k. The only warranty problem was a fuel injector. The only other repairs other than normal maintenance were front control arm bushings.
But I am getting poor fuel mileage the last few years, and can't figure it out, any ideas?
My 2003 SX 2.0 is getting bad gas mileage too. I wanted to know if anyone knows if the high output motor has the same 02 sensor as the regular 2.0?
I have a 05 SX 2.0, and have had no problems, great car, good MPG, peppy, good handling, and overall fun to drive.
I have 2003 Dodge SX, 2.0.
While driving on the highway I experienced sudden pull back (I thought I ran over something). 10 minutes later the engine light came on. When I stopped 20 minutes later the car wouldn't move. It started, everything working, but would not engage tranny...
Any ideas why?
I have had exactly the same problems with my 2004 SX2. I bought it brand new, it had 13 km on it when I brought it home. At 2812 km I had it towed away from the front of my house, the rack had fallen out. The dealership has also spent about 4000 hours trying to figure out why it was running so poorly; if you were idling at a light for example, you had to sit with one foot on the brake and the other on the gas so it wouldn't stall, the rpm's would drop so low. But if you turned ON the air conditioner, it idled properly. They could never figure out what the problem was, and I got tired of it being in the shop just to NOT have the problem solved.
I also had the transmission fluid leak in to the coolant and blow the radiator last fall. All this with less than 100,000km on it!
Bottom line, it's being traded for a Nissan next week, and NEVER AGAIN a Dodge or Chrysler product!
I bought a 2004 SX brand new, and I have not had any problems. I have over 140000 kms on it, and have not had any repairs outside of regular wear and tear, aside from the struts being replaced about 3 years in and under warranty. No complaints here; I guess I'm lucky.
Maybe it's a Friday or a Monday car off the line... They don't work as well due to weekends...
I bought my 05 SX 2.0 used in 2006 from a dealership with 12,000km on it. Since then, it's been in the shop 3 times for replacement release bearings, and needs another now.
It had a bad stuttering problem where it shook like a beginner driving a standard for the first time, before it finally shut down completely. Had to be towed to the shop for a new throttle position sensor.
It has bad knocking sounds coming from the struts.
It's had 2 clutch actuators.
Alternator squeals every time I turn on the rear defogger.
Replaced block heater.
Sun roof quit when it was in the open position (motor failed) - had to be replaced.
Clutch cable broke.
Emergency brake cable is starting to stick.
None of this is routine maintenance. I still keep up on that, even though it has more issues than a depressed teenager.
OH YEAH! Let's not forget one of its newest developments. My trunk has filled up with water. Pulled out the spare tire and there it was. My own private fishing hole. Still haven't figured that one out. Ended up drilling a few holes in the well to allow the water to drain whenever this happens. And yes it has happened more than once.
Nickle and Dime. That's what I call my car.
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