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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
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.
#417 of 1773 Not so bad reputation
Oct 10, 2000 (9:45 pm)
There were a number of cases where playing children locked themselves into the trunk and died a horrible death (heat in trunk well above tolerable levels when car in sun).
Car manufacturers reacted to this by adding in "in trunk" release.
So Mexico is not so bad after all It's these playing kids that we owe credit for this feature, which like you say will also come in handy when being kidnapped.
#418 of 1773 Great experience so far
Oct 15, 2000 (6:17 am)
I bought a new 2000 Neon ES in March (5 speed, sun roof, cruise) for about $12,100 after rebate, plus tax and license. Having had over 50 cars of most makes and models over the years, I guess I'm something of a car fan. I was looking for a fuel efficient car that was fun to drive. It had to be a stick. It had to accomodate a 6'6" adult (one of my overgrown kids)in the front without jambing his knees against the dash AND in the back without seriously cramping his neck or legs! I drove several cars, but selected this one because it met those requirements best for the price.
So far the Neon has about 8400 miles on it. Gas mileage has been as follows (about 50/50 in-town and hwy miles): the first 2806 miles averaged 30.7 mpg; the next 2797 miles was 32.2; the most recent 2813 is 32.8. The best was a trip this weekend (600+/- miles, all interstate hwy. at 70 mph the car got 33.0 going and 37.3 returning). The worst has been about 27.6 with less than 1000 miles on the engine. I tend to get better mileage than most drivers, but this offers some parameters to go by and what improvements you might expect as the engine breaks in.
How do I like the car to date? I absolutely love it! Problems? None so far, so I'm cautiously optimistic. A potential problem: the idle sometimes falters once during the warm-up cycle, but recovers without stalling. If it develops into a stall, I'll have it checked out.
For those who have had both good and bad Neon experiences and took the time to share them, thank you. They helped me ask some hard questions before I bought.
#419 of 1773 Well, shucks...
Oct 17, 2000 (10:09 pm)
After getting caught up on several hundred back entries, I find that most of the entries are either never again and/or it's better than my girlfriend/wife. Sometimes I think that the *lemon* models were put together by a group of assembly folk that were all at the same party and came to work with the same hangover. It is not as tho some high muckymuck comes down to the plant on some specific day and said that all the cars today will be put together by aliens. Mork and his buddies. It is just the throw of the dice. I recall when there was a Ford plant in the area, and if someone on the assembly line was buying something produced at the plant, the work would go down the line of that fact. Unless, the worker was a real anal cavity, everyone would take special care in the assembly of that unit. Of course management would hotly deny this, but a cat would be surprised what the mice can get away with.
I have a new '98 coupe with auto and have had no trouble with it. I find that the auto really works if driven properly. One of the major advantages of the auto is that it allows both hands on the wheel, and that comes in very handy on some of my favorite knarly roads around here. Don't put down automatics. Even Ferrari uses them in their F1 cars. Gives an edge over the, am I in 3rd or 4th crowd. The only complaint I have is that I did not get the RT model, but with the '01 RT returning, perhaps....
'Nough said. The most important thing, if one is a car nut, enjoy what you have, and if need be, some personal touches should make you happy. Such as having the front seats covered with a nice soft leather. Oh yes, there is nothing wrong in being a car nut. There are nuts on everything. Trains..planes..ships..playerpianos..Bach..Boogie Woogie..Writing long thingies..hating everyone and everything, but yoself..thinking that every era was better than this one. Just sit down and imagine what it was like to have a tooth pulled before novacaine (not too long ago). Or, what happened when you got a scratch that became infected....you died.
So these days aren't so bad after all. Did you know that to fly from SF to Honolulu in the late '30s cost over $300? Factor in inflation since 1938 and could YOU afford it? Just a thot.
Byee for know and aloha
Keep writing crew, no matter what.
#420 of 1773 That questions and technical advice web site...
Oct 17, 2000 (11:15 pm)
That questions and technical advice web site...
I have also looked for a good Dodge web site to ask questions and technical advice, opinions, etc. The best site I have found is www.moparchat.com This site is clearly the best in quality, with over 60,000 posts! Good luck either way Trevor!
#421 of 1773 my 2000 neon
Oct 18, 2000 (6:31 am)
I found this page though Edmunds on-line and decided that i would tell you all my story! I have had my 2000 Dodge Neon ES for 16 months!... During this time I have had many-a-troubles with this shall we say "Peice of junk car!" It first started out about a week after I first bought my new car! the stitching around the leather covered steering wheel was comming unraveled... i took it back to the dealer ship and they orderd a new steering wheel for my car and said that it would be in by the end of next week.... hey no problem i thought to myself.. plenty of time before i go on vacation to Florida to see my dad!... i live in Indiana by the way!... Well i call the dealership (Fletcher Chrysler in Franklin)to see if the steering wheel had been ordered yet (one weeks time) and they said that it had came in and that they could get it put on by Tuesday. Well Tuesday rolls around and I took off work so that way they could get it done and finished. i pull into the dealership get out of my car and walk into the service dept. to find out that they orderd the wrong color for the interior of my car! so i would have to wait another 1to2 weeks for delivery of another part!... ARG! i told them that i was going to Florida next week and that i needed it to be finiished by then because i did not want to drive 1300 miles with string hanging off of my steering wheel that by now was only partially covered by leather! They said that they would try to get it finished but they could not garentee anything!... well the next day they call me saying that they had gotten the steering wheel from another dealer ship and that they could get it on that day if i were to bring it in! So i drove the 45 minutes to the dealership to have them put in on and they got it put on and everything was fine!... i went on the trip to florida and while i was there i had troubles geting my trunk to pop open with my Remote keyless entry (RKE)... after several times of pushing the damn button i frustrated because i could hear it click but it would not pop up so I just decided to give up and do it the old fashiond way (i used the key) well i had realized that rubber seal around the edge of the trunk was stuck to the trunk lid! the glue that it was stuck on with got all over the inside of my trunk and stuck to anything that it could stick too... i drove it over to the dealership in St. Petersburg and they fixed it imeadiatly... they even shampooed the inside on my trunk out to get all of the glue out of it! Well even to this day the damn trunk doesn't pop up with the RKE you have to go back and click the button and pull up on it with your hand... (not very effective if you are comming out of Wal-Mart with you hands full of bags! when i asked the guys at Fletchers what the problem was they said that they had never hear of that before and basically told me to put vasaline ont the rubber ppart so that way it doesn't stick.
the next time that i had a fight with the dealership it was over my car idoling rough! VERY ROUGH... my antenna on my car was whirring out of control.... if i wasn't such a big fella i would have thought that my damn Neon would have been given clearace by the airport to take off! i took it to the dealership and i told them that it (the antenna) was whipen around in the air like a little helicopter... and they said that they put it on the computer and there were not missfire codes so there was basically there was nothing that they could do about it idoling rough!... well there was hell to pay when i went in the next week after having my car die on me in the middle of an intersection in Columbus! i was furrious.... i was so frustrated that i wrote a letter to the owner of the dealership telling them what a problem i was having with my new car! and all i got was well i am sorry but there is really nothing that i can do it is your car now basically!....
Well after about 3 weeks my car had a funny sound when ever i turned the steering wheel.... it sounded like a Ford Astro van .... you know the ones that sound like everytime you turn the steering wheel the wheels are going to pop off! Well i took it to the dealer ship AGAIN! and they said that there was nothing wrong??? could not find a thing???? WEll that was before i went into the service managers office and basically had to drag him out by the hair on his head in order for hinm to drive around the damn parking lot with me to tell him YES THERE IS SOMTHING THE MATTER WITH MY CAR!!!! so he finally agreed that it was the power steering pump and it was bad.... they had to order the part for that as well and it took 2 and a half week!!! yes thati right!!! 2 1/2 weeks!.... by the time that they got it fixed ole tubby baby here was driving his car with NO ABSOLUTLY NO POWERE STEERING WHAT SO EVER!!!! for over a week!!!!!
In the first 3 months that i owned my Neon it was in the serviced Dept getting serviced 5 no wait 6 times! and it is now going back for the 7th... i am going to have them fix everthing before the warranty runns out.... i am now at 33,956 miles and i do not plan on keeping it much longer than what i have to after the warranty runs out! i do not think that i will by another car from chrysler... or shall we say Fletcher Chrysler in Franklin, IN again!... i would like to know how these Dealerships can get a FIVE STAR RATING???? i want to be on that commity or at least have one of the members ask me about their reputation... cause let me tell you it is shit!
Thank you all for listening to be gripe and complain about my 2000 Neon... now that i have vented most of my frustration for the evening i think that i will go to bed! If you have any questions or comments about my venting.... please fill free to write me... constuctive critisism will be accepted and appriciated.... you can write back here, or at TubbyNaol.com thank you very much!
#422 of 1773 tubbyn
Oct 18, 2000 (11:36 pm)
The hassle you have gone through are incredible.
I would suggest you do the following.Start RIGHT NOW to document all of the problems that you are having or have had.If you have any, or all, of the old bills,or work orders, start to photo copy them.
On any other future work to be done , demand a work order.
Now what I am suggesting is that you write a letter, or better yet have a paralegal (they're cheaper) ,write a letter to Daimler Chrysler (DC afterwards) explaining when you bought the car, and explaining all the problems that you have had with it.
Send copies of all the paperwork you have gotten from the dealer and tell them that you are expecting them to have the dealer fix the problem.
Also suggest to them that if they cannot give you satisfaction, that you will be forced to take the matter to Small Claims Court or to the Attorney General.
Also send a copy of the letter to DC to the dealer.
I would also send a copy of the letter to your state Attorney General.Make sure that you have notation on the bottom of the letter that the letter is being cc'd to the Attorney General so that they(DC and the dealer) know you are serious.
I would then contact the DMV in your area or perhaps a lawyer and find out about the time limit for the Car Lemon laws in your state.
More than likely DC will get on the dealers A$$ and raise hell with him.If not, I would suggest going to Small Claims Court. This will be a royal pain in the ass for you, but an even bigger one for DC and the dealer ,if they are stupid enough not to show up for the case.It's not expensive to get the case into Small Claims Court.
Drastic I know, but the thing to do with any new car that starts to give problems as quickly as yours did ,is to document the problems. Then, apply for compensation under the Lemon laws in your state.
I've got a 2K ES 5spd.I bought it in May and it has 7000 miles on it. Not a single problem whatsoever.I love the car.
That's just me though. I would be mad as hell if it had given me the problems you had. But you know what?, I'd take DC and the dealer to court on the matter. The problem is that people let the matter slip into the limit of the lemon law (usually 18 months) and then it's too late.
I'd never buy another DC product if I had the same experience as you.I'm lucky with mine, and have to hope that your case is an isolated one.
Sorry , I can't do more man, but I hope you'll get a resolution to your problem.
#423 of 1773 thank you!
Oct 19, 2000 (4:49 am)
Well thank you for your writting me and telling me the steps and what to do ... it is greatly appreciated! i think that i will give them another chance... just to make sure that it wasn't me!... i will NEVER buy another DC product again... and i will sure as hell not buy a car from that dealer! i am planning on getting red of it as soon as the warranty runs out anyways! i am not going to put up with the crap for another 16 mos. i can garuntee you that one!
Thanks once again!