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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#140 of 1773 Neon is JUNK!!!!
Jul 24, 2000 (3:55 pm)
I have been driving my friend's Neon since Friday 2 weeks ago, accumulating a total of almost 2000 miles (commute 100 miles a day to work). The dash rattles near the steering column, the tranny shifts harshly, and the car is unrefined and loud.
The engine vibrates through the dash when idling in reverse (when cold or hot), and the engine also surges when idling in traffic. This has almost caused me to bump two different cars because it surges unexpectedly. Also, the engine tapped the other day when accelerating, and the engine was warm too. Time for a new engine already (I think), AT 12,000 MILES!!! Dodge. They're different alright!
#141 of 1773 unrefined and loud?
Jul 26, 2000 (1:55 am)
Yep, that's what I say too. Of course it's from 7000 RPM, spinning the tires through three gears, leaving a weeks worth of rubber through the intersection. Yeh, very unrefined and pretty loud too.
#142 of 1773 Dodge vs Plymouth
Jul 26, 2000 (12:33 pm)
What is the difference between a Dodge and Plymouth Neon? I priced out identical 1997 Highlines (Edmunds used car prices) and the Plymouth came out more expensive($1000).
#143 of 1773 Neons...
Jul 26, 2000 (2:46 pm)
They are the same exact cars, except for the exterior badging. One shouldn't be more expensive than the other.
Also, the Neon is loud and unrefined when just cruising. I have a Mazda Protege (1999) and my friend has the 2000 Neon. While I will readily admit the Neon has more power for accelerating and passing than the Protege, it is twice as loud too. Plus, I don't care what anyone says, the Protege's stereo is miles ahead of the Neon's. Of course, so is its reliability and durability too.
#144 of 1773 ayup, they are unrefined...
Jul 26, 2000 (3:22 pm)
But I bet I paid less than half of what you paid for your Protege, and I haven't had a problem yet. Certainly fun to whip around on the auto-x course to boot.
#145 of 1773 Beanboy...
Jul 26, 2000 (4:23 pm)
I don't think so. For a loaded Neon, it's about $13,500 and I paid $13,000 for the Protege. Don't even try it.
Jul 26, 2000 (8:00 pm)
Let me guess... you work for Mazda, right? If neon's are so bad, why do I see them ALOT more than protege's? Matter of fact, just yesterday I fell in behind two other 2000 neon's at a stoplight! There we were one green, one blue and one purple just sitting there waiting to cruise, pretty impressive. It seems to me the good far outweigh the bad on 2000 neon's. And whad'ya know I get alot of stares and a "nice car" looks. I've done my homework before I bought my neon and it paid off. :-6
#147 of 1773 Well...
Jul 26, 2000 (8:32 pm)
They are nice cars. They are assembled pretty well and look nice inside. I will not try to turn that around. They are not, however, refined when it comes to engine and road noise. They are also not refined when it comes down to the sounds the engine makes. When floored, the engine sounds as if it's coming through the firewall. It also idles very roughly. And Neons are not that reliable either. Check this forum right here of people who have had "lemon" Neons already in the 2000 models. Then check the Protege forum about lemon Proteges. Hardly any compared to Neons. Neons are famous for blowing head gaskets.
You see more Neons than Proteges because Neons are priced a bit lower than the Proteges. But a few hundred bucks on purchasing is better than a few hundred or thousand in repairs down the road. Also, Neons are used for rental fleets and the like too, and Proteges aren't. That inflates the sales figures of them too.
#148 of 1773 Looks...
Jul 26, 2000 (8:32 pm)
Those aren't nice-car looks you are getting. Those are "that piece of junk is still running and not in the shop yet?" looks.
#149 of 1773 Why so many Neons on the road...
Jul 26, 2000 (11:55 pm)
because Chrysler Corp keeps drawing people in with 0.9% financing.