I can agree about the dealer experience. I just went for a test drive and it seems Chrysler still believes in the high-pressure sale. I didn't buy, but they were very aggressive, especially on price.
Test driving the car I found it very good, ergonomically designed. Comfortable seating, but high lumbar tended to cut into the legs slightly. Biggest drawback was a very harsh ride that had the car bouncing on larger bumps and feeling every crack on the road. Roof pillars tended to be in the field of vision which takes getting used to.
Good responsive engine, smooth and much quieter than the Cavalier's buzzy Ecotec engine. SX is nice and nimble feeling, a fun car to drive.
I just purchased my SX 2.0 and I just love it. I was driving a ’95 Neon before and the difference is incredible. The SX 2.0 drives smother, accelerates faster and the passenger room is awesome…not to mention the loads of cargo room in the trunk. The car is so much fun to drive and I know I can rely on it for many years.
For me the buying experience itself was fun. The salesman, the manager, the financial consultant and the rest of the staff were amazing. They made it fun, stress free and comfortable. There was no pressure to buy anything, no sugar coating and they didn’t try to force me to like anything that I didn’t want to buy. They were very upfront with the pros and the cons, which I thought was great and they knew the answer to every question that I had…and trust me, there were many. They made it very easy to know exactly what I was buying.
I bought my 2004 SX 2.0 in April of 2004 and by Spring of 2005, I already had to replace my Radiator. Now it is one year later and once again, the rad has gone. I haven't even owned this car for 24 months and I have had to replace the
Rad twice!! Don't get me wrong. I love my car. It's sporty, fun, fast and I'm sad they aren't going to make them anymore, but obviously my car's lot has something wrong with it. But as far as the rest of the car goes, it's great. But I definitely don't want to replace my Rad again next spring. Hopefully 3 times a charm.
I had the same problem as most Dodge SX 2.0 owners will have or have had; the radiator needed to be replaced. I heard the same line as most of you heard or will hear; the transmission could be damaged as well. I brought my car it into my Chrysler dealer and they gave me a price of $1,500 to start. I just laughed. I got a new radiator off the net for $185.00 taxes included life time warranty and shipped to any garage of my choice. Go to a garage you trust get them to install your radiator. Get a transmission flush and you will save half of the cost. 90% of the time the transmission is fine. If transmission is leaking it is more than likely you need new gaskets.
My Dodge SX was purchased in the fall of 2003 with 74 km in Barrie, Ontario. As mentioned in one post, I thought the fuel economy was awful. Mine averaged 23 MPG highway almost the same as my mini van. Besides that, life was good with this car and felt I received good value.
Mid last year my luck ran out. At 74,000 km's the transmission failed on the way home from work on Highway 103 in Halifax Nova Scotia. It was under warranty with the 7 year or 115,000 km, whatever comes first, power train variety.
It was towed free and the transmission was rebuilt - not replaced. (As per the fine print in the warranty book) They also dinged me a $100 deductable. (Ditto) That was just petty and cheap. Not even worth taking from me.
As luck would have it, a few weeks later when they found out my Caravan was free and clear they called and wondered if I would like to get something new. The answer is flat out - NO!. Why? I was asked by the sales rep. I said that I wasn't about to make a huge purchase from a company who was so petty as to charge me $100 to fix their defective product. I was also not very comfortable with the service manager who made me feel I was stealing something because it was warranty work. So in the Clint Eastwood line "Go ahead, make my day" vain, I came up with - "Was that hundred dollars worth it, well was it."
Now it is January 15th, 2008, my SX has 95,000 kms and I was on my way home from work when the transmission started slipping - AGAIN. When I pulled in the driveway it smelled bad. I think the rebuild was a one year warranty, so at 6 months and 21,000 kms I think I'm a $100 repair away from being back on the road. The experience has left a bad taste in my mouth and I don't think I have faith in the product.
I have bought and driven Chrysler vehicles since my 1987 Dodge Shadow. I have been a happy loyal customer. The next vehicle purchse will now be off shore, most likely from a auto maker like Toyota or Honda. (Since they are manufactured in Canada in Alliston or Cambridge)
Update: Service informs me the rad failed putting anti-freeze in the tranmision and it is a $1,000 fit not covered under warranty. To me that is power train and should be covered by the 7 year/ 115 deal.
I have a 2004 SX 2.0 RT. Bought it right off the lot. It's one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has more pep and power than a lot of cars out there. It has never let me down, plus there are a lot of options for the future.
I have a 2003 dodge SX as well, and I have had nothing but problems. Things that should never really break on a car breaks. This is what I have replaced in the last 4 years.
- Light harness
- Both front sway bars
- Master cylinder
- All of the front bushings
- All the wheel bearings
- All the struts
- All the shocks
I'm sure theres more, but I'm just too angry to think of any other parts that I have replaced. So pretty much everything that could break has broke.
I'm not sure if anyone else has had this problem, but the relay switch that controls your fog lights buzzes. The only way to make it stop is to pull the relay out. There's no fixing it. Unless you want to spend hundreds of dollars. Cheapest and easiest thing to do was to just pull out the switch instead of driving with your lights on all day and night. Stupid car.
Just a word of warning to all those people who want to buy a Dodge SX - DON'T DO IT!!!