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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#105 of 1773 Comparison of my own...
Jun 30, 2000 (1:39 pm)
My friend has a 2000 Dodge Neon with about 9800 miles on it and I have a 1999 Mazda Protege that just turned 22,000 miles yesterday. He told me he likes the looks of my car and all that, but never drove one. I told him we could change if he wanted for about a week, and see what each of us thought. No decision yet, but we shall see. I know his Neon is faster, but I get better mileage and have more front room inside, but we shall see.
#106 of 1773 clunking and other things w/ neon
Jul 04, 2000 (10:09 pm)
the clunking in my 98 neon also remains undiagnosed, unfixed and frightengly loud at times. I'm afraid I can be of no assistance to you re: the cause or cure. I am a single mother trying only to get to/from work and get my kids where they need to go, in a car that has been one headache after another. To the person who said, basically, " stop complaining and trade it in", I am doing just that at a $6,000. loss. I can ill afford this, but neither can I afford a car w/ a rebuilt engine (at 1.5 yrs, 18,000 miles!!!)that now burns a quart of oil per month (and stinks), a car that does not consistantly start when wet, a car that gets 18 mpg, a car that now needs a new steering column (yes, perhaps the source of the clunk...or maybe only of the clank)...Nor do I wish to deal any more w/ the dealership(s) in my area who have treated me very badly from the first time I brought the car in for clunking. The dealer stories are quite funny, but I won't waste the space here. However, I will take space to air my "negativity" in hopes of advising or warning others away from a poor product. While it is true that one car can be a lemon, that one dealership may be anti-women or that one group of mechanics may be basically bad at their job, in all cases these people and these products are representatives of Chrysler Corp. I tried the legal route: are you aware that this law is set up to protect the manufacturers as much as to protect the consumer? My car does not QUITE fit the criteria for a lemon. So I will steer my new Honda away from all Chrysler products and will continue to advise others to do the same.
Jul 06, 2000 (3:20 am)
I don't understand, if your neon is a 98 and has only 18,000 miles then why is it not under warrenty? How can you lose $6000 on a car that you should have paid under $10000 for in the first place? If a Honda dealer is only giving you $4000 for a 98 neon with 18,000 miles that can be fully repaired under warrenty it is Honda who are the crooks. I'm sorry I'm not too sympathetic, but then again every Dodge shop I have ever visited has been nothing short of a friend to me.
Jul 07, 2000 (1:50 am)
Well, since we are all fully aware of everything that could go "wrong" with the new neons(or any year neon..) I am here with some semi-good news: My neon is the best car I've ever had! Period. I've had chevy's and foreign jobs (but no ford's-I'm not nut's ok!). Now these car's are all well and good but after about 4 months with my new neon I can say without a doubt that it is already the best car I've had yet. I know other's will disagree and to be fair I understand and possibly sympathize with those who have had problems with thier neon's especially if you are involved with arbirtration-I wish you luck. I can only say that if you're experience with the new neon was the same as mine, you would be very happy. Now I ordered my neon from the factory and just maybe they put that extra special care into putting it together,maybe not. What I know for sure is that my car is great, service is ok(at best),and the neons competitors are mediocre in surpassing it. 4 months is a short time to hazard an opinion but I have enough faith in DC (hope they back me on this)to make my decision. Hope this brightened up the neon forum a bit-you know with all the negativity and all....
#109 of 1773 Well...
Jul 07, 2000 (1:47 pm)
My friend has a 2000 Neon with about 10,300 miles on it and the front brake rotors are warped already! He took my Protege in for service today and I drove his Neon for my 50-mile-each=way commute this morning. It was a nice ride and nice handling too. Also, it has features (power windows, keyless entry, etc.) that my Protege doesn't have. But, my car has more room for the driver in it. Also, it's engine is quieter and its tranny shifts smoother. I do like the Neon for the price, but have to give the hands-down to the Protege.
#110 of 1773 the warrenty repair issues
Jul 08, 2000 (8:31 pm)
hersbird: I am honestly glad you've had good experiences w/ yr dealerships. I just havn't. I pd 14,000 for my neon, I was taken a bit... (the financing was 0.9%) My mistake, and I've learned from it. So I owe 10,500 and am getting 5,000 on the trade in. Repairs ARE under warrenty, car has 24,000 miles. But the poor gas milage (18 mpg) the stink (which truely makes me sick) and the clunking are undiagnosed. I need to DRIVE my car, not only drop it off for repairs. If I went the BBB route I might "win" but it's my choice to take a loss and get out. Currently, it's the makers of excedrine that are getting rich off of me. If I told you my dealership stories, my decisions would be better understood. That's not a tease, thet are just a bit long.
Jul 09, 2000 (12:00 am)
All problems aside (and I realize there are plenty), I must stick with my overall opinion on the new neons: that they are a great car. I read about other individuals and what has happened with their new neons and I am just blown away at what is going wrong with their car. I wont speculate on whether their claims are legitimate but I will say that odds are good that not "everything" is falling apart because of manufacturer defects or poor quality. For those of you who know full well that the car is actually the culprit-then disregard this post I am not directing this at you. However, with that said I just cant believe that ALL those posts about vehicles breaking down, stalling, warped brakes, engine problems and such is the being caused by the car "itself". I mean it's as if you could park the neon and just watch it fall apart piece by piece. Let's be realistic here, the neon's have problems but these descriptions are outrageous. I think in certain situations the problem is partly caused by driver abuse/habits. I think another person posted this same scenario a few posts ago and I agree with him. I see the way most people drive and their not "driving miss daisy". All I'm saying is on some of these stories that are hard to believe the actual problem is much deeper than what is percieved to be the going on. Take this into account when making your opinions on a particular car. Oh and by the way- on the issue of engine noise on new neons dodge intended for it to be that way, dodge boys like aggressive throttle response and hi horses even on their small cars so combine that with a more aggresive cam position you get the additional noise, some like it some dont. As for me I like it, it gives the car character and it's nice to know you've got quite a few extra horses in there.
#112 of 1773 Well...
Jul 09, 2000 (12:30 am)
My friend has a 2000 Neon and I have been tooling around in it since yesterday. I like it a lot. It has nearly 10,500 miles and the brake rotors are warped already and the dash pad is pealing, but I still like the car. We shall see how it fares.
Jul 09, 2000 (5:00 am)
All problems aside $5000 is too low a trade in for the most stripped 98 neon with 24000 miles. It should be at least $7000 unless there is some accident damage you are not disclosing here. I understand you just want to get rid of it but don't let the Honda dealer take advantage of your current situation to help him buy that new house on the hill. Bottom line is it can be fixed, the warrenty is good for 6 more months so it won't cost a dime and even if you don't want to deal with it somebody else will. If you continue on this path you will end up with $5000 added to the MSRP on an already overpriced civic and then you'll have yourself a $20000 Civic DX. But hey, I bet in two years and 24000 miles it will be worth a whole $8000!
#114 of 1773 MLaporta...
Jul 09, 2000 (11:22 am)
Take the car to a different Dodge/Plymouth dealer before getting rid of it. You would be a fool to get rid of a car still under warranty and take a big loss like $5000. Also, as an alternative, try CarMax. Don't know where you are, but check into them if you are near one (http://www.carmax.com). They give pretty good trade-in. But that should be your LAST resort besides taking it to another dealer or even getting a lawyer involved.