Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Dodge Neon 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 130000 miles
While driving the car, the timing belt broke. I understand that this engine is an " interference engine", meaning that if the belt breaks, the engine is ruined and a new engine should be installed.
My local Dodge dealer tells me that they can replace the belt and its related parts (tensioner, pulley, water pump, etc.) For $ 1,500 and the car be usable again.
Is this true?
Yes, the engine can still be salvaged (rebuilt) if the timing belt breaks. They would just have to replace the valves and possible pistons along with a few other parts. For $1,500 though, your vehicle only books for around $2,000, so its your choice on paying out the repair bill or just selling it for what you can and buying a different vehicle.