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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#407 of 1773 I did this...
Sep 23, 2000 (1:55 pm)
Right after my warranty was up I traded my 98 Dodge Neon in and I got $7,000 for it. I bought a 2001 CyberGreen New Beetle GLX 1.8T and its been absolutely wonderful!! In my opinion its a big inprovement than my neon that I had. I am very VERY happy with my beetle. Go ahead a test drive them and see Let me know how things went if you decide ok!! Take care
#408 of 1773 To those with 1st Gen Neons & 2000 Neons
Sep 25, 2000 (12:57 am)
Experiences with any car, is a matter of careful research,prudent buying, and unfortunately, luck.
If one researches a car's history, buys the right comfort/performance options,then luck diminishes. It still however,does not eliminate the chance of getting a car that was poorly designed, or made by a disgruntled or overworked employee.
I am not a Neon fan who is "diehard" and will lie or ignore the car's faults or reputation.I look at the Neon without forgetting that it is an inexpensive ,small car. As with all small cars, you will have either, a fuel efficient,cost effective appliance, or a nimbly handling,exciting car. The VW Bug, Rabbit and 1st generation GTI's,Toyota,Celica Datsun 510,BMW 2002,and Ford Mustang fall into the category of mostly reliable, always fun to drive, and inexpensive.
I would like to think that the Neon also falls into this group.
The 95-99 Neons, were basically a small car with a large powerful engine, and a very competent suspension.Fit and finish, creature comforts, and admittedly, overall RELIABILTY, were not up to the performance of the vehicle.the 95-99 models sold well over 600,000 units so there had to have been something that attracted buyers.
There are however, many 95-99 owners that have had execellent reliabilty from their Neons, and unfortunately, they don't come here and tell their story.There are also many who have had hell on earth with their Neons, and many of them have also not come here. Both are to be given the respect that opinions of anyone should get.However, it's not accurate to ignore one and listen solely to the other.
Despite what people say, the 95-99 Neon DID redefine and change forever the notion of a cheap compact car as an appliance.Its acceleration,cornering, and numerous Sports Car Club of America wins in STOCK form, attest to it's basic goodness.
This forum is about the 2K and as such,comparisons with the 95-99 models are not fair. While the engine is similar, it's torque and power band is completely different from the 95-99 models. It has two on-board computers, (one for engine management, the other for all other functions,such as lights,warning,etc,etc))versus the 95-99's one computer.Its interior is larger an more confortable.
The new shape,interior,ride,fit and finish are a direct result of complaints/suggestions from owners of 95-99 owners. It rides better, does not bottom out,has no squeaks,and rattles,and is put together well. Much of the assembly is robotic, eliminating human errors.
It does however have a "audible" engine,an auto gearbox that downshifts harshly,and in the auto model..., idle vibration.It is however,heads and shoulders in overall quality over the 95-99 models.The 5sp. manual has none of the vibration and shifting problems of the auto,but you can still hear it's 132 HP motor(the largest engine in it's class) when it's flogged.Next to the Viper,the 2K Neon ,believe or not,is the fastest accelerating Chrylser product.
Fully decked out (A/C,Premium Sound,Alloys,ABS,Lighting,tyres,sunroof) it costs about $5000 dollars less than all other models and will outrun and outcorner them also.My 5sp. ES
with everything but the sunroof cost me $14,300.
It is the first American made car I have owned, after many Japanese and European sedans(I've been abroad for years).It is a gem of a car, especially so, if ordered with the 5sp.,alloys,15' tyres,and alloy/ABS.Not a rattle,squeak ,or problem in the brief 6000 miles I have owned it.
I was aware of the problems with the 95-99 models, (the 98' was rated highly, however)but bought it for its performance, and cost effective price.I also drove the competition beforehand.
With $380 dollars of modifications I've run 16.8,84MPH for the quarter-mile, with time loss due to the wheels spinning at take-off ( first time racing..,I need practice!)at a local drag strip.It will fly with just minor additions (cold air intake,free-flow exhaust).
I respect, and empathize with all of you that have problems with your Neons. I believe you 100%.
My experience, is just that..., "my experience".
When, and IF, mine goes wayward,I'll curse it like you too. Until then, I will sing it's praises, and enjoy the look on the faces of owners of $27,000 car as I pull away, in my, made in Ohio,"cheap" car, while listening to Beethoven's "Moonlight" piano sonata.
My hope for a resolution to your problems.My apologies for my typical long post.
Sep 25, 2000 (5:40 am)
I don't agree, with EVERYTHING you posted, but... I applaud your passion. Post #437, was by far the best and most logical pro Neon testimonial, posted at this topic! Your treatise was well written and made several excellent points! Thank you for taking the time, to compile your thoughts and opinions.
Sep 25, 2000 (4:16 pm)
Excellent post,nice writing,but no matter your nice posts some people here will start flaming,itīs how they are,so we better donīt listen to them and let them stay alone.
Thank you for such a nice post!
Sep 26, 2000 (12:57 am)
The only correction to post number 437 is that the Neon is not made in Ohio, but in Belvidere, Illinois. DaimlerChrysler converted the Toluca, Mexico plant to PT Cruiser production, leaving Belvidere (former home to the Dodge Dynasty and before that, the Omni/Horizon) the sole source of Neons.
#412 of 1773 eneth..,oops your right ,Illinois
Sep 26, 2000 (3:07 am)
SOrry guy, you're right on the money.I hope one day to visit the plant.
#413 of 1773 Whats happing copperhead1 ?
Sep 26, 2000 (4:28 pm)
How is life treating you, my friend? Keep in touch.:-}
Sep 27, 2000 (7:39 pm)
Hi all. I found this site and wanted to respond. I bought a 2000 Dodge Neon ES with sunroof and so far, I am satisfied with my purchase. I bought it the first week in July and now have 6030 miles on it. After reading other peoples postings on this site, I do get the "static shock" when exiting the car and it does idle "rough" at a stop light. A good sight gouge of the rough idle, is watching the radio antennae shake when at a stop light. I can live with it. It doesn't idle rough to the point of stalling out. My other car is a 99 corvette I bought last year. I bought the Neon as my everyday, drive to town, car. It gets great gas mileage compared to the "vette". And for the price I paid, its has a stylish shape and
I can carry four passengers in relative comfort. So far the car has had NO problems but will keep an "eye out" for those head gaskets or loose bolts you all have complained about. THANKS!
Oct 09, 2000 (5:10 am)
I have a neon 2000 purchased 4/99. I currently have 3500 miles, works great despite of noisy engine and some strange crack noise under the car when I twist the steering wheel and drive in reverse. But I just found a new little problem that could be really dangerous in case of an accident and I want to know what do you guys recommend me to do to tell DC about it and maybe make them do a recall on it.
I have two car seats that I was using on my 97 caravan with no problem, one of these car seats doesn't have the upper tie so it rely on the shoulder/lap belt combination to protect my kids.
On the caravan when you install the car seat after removing it you pull the shoulder belt after buckle up so that the lap belt tensions and hold the car seat tight. Well When I tried to do the same thing on the neon, I hear like a crack and I noticed that the tension was lost immediately so the car seat can go forward the driver still buckled up, so I discovered that the socket of the belt has 2 pieces of plastic that are placed around it and make the belt tense, and these were lying on the backseat, So I put them together and completed the belt back to normal and it did it again.... So I'm planning to take this higher than the dealer because it's ridiculous that they use this kind of belt to save lives. The one on the caravan has also plastic but it's a lot tougher than this one, check it out on your car and let me know your comments. If you want to see pictures go to www.vegena.net/jpg/neon1.jpg and then try neon2.jpg,neon3.jpg,neon4.jpg
#416 of 1773 Bad reputation.
Oct 09, 2000 (10:06 pm)
I think that in Mexico we have bad reputation in reference to safety in the stets and proof of that is the introduction of a system in the trunk that aloud to the kip nap person can escape for the situation.
This is not a joke when i look the manual of mi new car (neon 2001) i was surprise of that improvement.
and the funny thing is the drawing that is in the stick that activates the trunk door is a person try to open the door.
so please tell me that is not only in Mexico because i don't want to know that in Mexico is the more dangerous please to leave.