Im not sure if this belongs in Repair and Maintenance or general discussion, but here it is
So I was have a job for the summer in Fairbanks Alaska, I am from upstate NY. The job will be starting in mid to late may and i would like to drive there, partially for the adventure of it, and partially because I would like to have my car while I am in Alaska. I drive a 2000 dodge neon with about 130,000 miles on it, I have had a few minor problems with it in the 5 years I have owned it like fixing the wheel bearings and doing brake work, and replacing tie rods, but I almost always fix the problem, myself so I have a pretty good knowledge of the potential problems I might have with my car. Currently the car runs pretty good, besides a little rust around the rocker panels, anyways I am fairly confident my car would make it.
So when I told my grandfather of my plans he tells me it is a horrible idea, and my engine, or transition will probably blow along the way, and i will be stuck in the middle of Canada. He is a bit of a car guy, but I feel like his experiences with cars all pre-date the 80’s. So tell me, is my grandfather full of it, or is my car really a ticking time bomb. Are there things I can look for in the engine and transition for signs of impending doom?