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Old - March 28th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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Question Automatic Transmission, 92 Dodge Stealth

I have been looking at a '92 Dodge Stealth ES to purchase. I found it at a local pawn shop just sitting behind it and went it to ask about the car. The owner gave me the key and told me to go have a look. The car condition is rather remarkable for being that it has sat there for about a year or so and hasn't been owned by anybody for about 3. My question is, the owner pawn shop owner tells me that he is very interested in selling the car, in that he needs room for new cars and is willing to answer anything as honestly as possible, so what I tell you is to be assumed as truth.

Its a '92 and hasn't been owned since '05, was owned by another pawn shop till about a year ago when this one bought and drove it over to the location is it currently. The man says that the car drove over great, engine ran well and no particular signs of problems. However, the previous guy said that the man who pawned the car claimed that 1st gear slipped (its a 4spd Auto) And that was all that he knew was wrong with it. I understand that something like that is significant and after calling around a few transmission repair shops I have gotten an answer ranging $2,000-$2,500 for a rebuild or replacement transmission. Because the Mitsubishi build engines are very compact and to even reach the transmission its a very invasive act. I ask this because the car is for sale for $600 and it is in really good condition...cosmetically. I haven't gotten the chance to drive it, since the battery was dead, however in the next few days I'm going to go back with a battery from another one of my cars and see if I can start it up. My question is, being that I'm a sophomore in college and money is moderately tight (as it is with all college kids). This car is a good deal I love the Stealth body and look, and its overall a very attractive car, from what I've seen...unless the transmission is shot. Would you recommend the purchase? Like I said, all lights work (according to the store owner), interior has one blemish, the drivers seat has a tear. The seats are all real leather, which is a plus, there are also no dents on the body, no scratches, the tires are at about 60% tread life, and has all original wheels. It looks good, to me, but I have no body I know who really knows squat about the Stealth so any help would be greatly appreciated!

The car has 141k on it as well. Plus its very possible the previous owner attributed poor hp with slipping, so if this being the case, what are some things that I could check?

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Old - March 28th, 2008, 10:28 PM
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Newbie here also- great deal on it even if you have tranny issues. is it a twin cam or a single cam engine? anyways, you canb look on here or go to 3si.org to find your tranny issues covered. if you are pretty handy when it comes to cars, it could be a worthwhile project, as there are lots of things you can do yourself on these cars (as long as its not a twin turbo model). however, diagnostics can be a pain.there is no plug and play tool for these cars like there is for hondas and toyotas. being a college student though i would steer clear of it if you don't think you can work on it or have the time to spend. cool car but it can be a pain.as far as giving thousands to a shop you called, i would get suggestions from folks on here for where to take it. quality of workmanship can vary WILDLY when it come to tranny work. good luck though. and if you decide you don't wanna do it, let us know where its at and one of us might rescue it from the boneyard!
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Old - March 28th, 2008, 11:37 PM
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It is a Dual Over Head Cam, and time isn't really the issue, for now anyway, and I can dedicated a bit to it. Is it too bad that the tranny slips in 1st? I've heard (not saying these people knew anything, just other voices) that a in a car like this you don't even need first. Or is this just a myth? Hehe, please dispel any faux theory's if you can!
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Old - March 29th, 2008, 12:14 AM
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Hi, and welcome. Is it a SOHC or DOHC? More than anything, the SOHC would explain the price. A DOHC model should be somewhere in the $1500 - 3000 range, unless there is something really wrong. At 141k, expect to do a full tune-up immediately. That will run around $1000 - timing belt, water pump, plugs, wires, etc. This is very important, especially the timing belt. If that thing is bad, the OHC valves will collide, resulting in an expensive upper-engine rebuild. If the tranny is starting to go, that will cost a minimum of $1000 to get it done. Any less, and you'll probably end up having it redone again the right way. You can probably find a used one on ebay for less, but that will only last so long. I had mine done at a reputable performance shop, and it cost $2500. Not cheap, but I feel it was money well spent. I hate transmission problems. Before you go down that path, though, pull the TCU and ECU, and have a good look at the circuit boards. Leaky capacitors is a very common problem with these cars, and is a relatively inexpensive fix (compared to a tranny rebuild, that is). A bad TCU will cause poor and/or erratic shifting, or even 'safety mode', which is only third gear all the time. A bad ECU can not only cause poor shift timing, it can also make cylinders misfire or not fire at all, and can definitely contribute to a loss in performance. Other things that can cause poor performance include a bad wiring harness, old fuel filter, a dirty or failing AIC, carbon buildup in the throttle body, coils, ignition pack, etc. These are just some of the problems I've encountered, including replacing the ECU and TCU twice. There are plenty of other things that can go wrong. Cool cars, YES, but cheap to own perhaps when compared to a Vette. Having said that, I absolutely love mine, despite it being a pain in the ass for the first year and a half I owned it. I totally understand the temptation, but I just want you to be aware that there is no doubt you will be spending more money on that car. Do not buy that car if you do not intend to get a full 120k tune up immediately. The money you spend on a tune up now will save you a lot more later on. I hope this info helps ya...good luck!
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