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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#490 of 1773 Recall Repair, Tires, & Rotors
Nov 11, 2000 (8:50 pm)
Its been a while since I posted here. It appears things have settled down some and I have actually enjoyed reading some the of the recent posts and thought it was about time to post again.
I took my 2k Neon with 18,000 trouble free miles to my dealer for its PCV valve repair. I was having a small vibration at 65+ mph on the highway so I had the dealer re-balance my front tires while it was there.
I was also concerned about my rotors as they were pulsing when the brakes were aplied. I thought they were warped.
The good news is that I got the car back in 3 hrs as promised by my dealer and the highway vibration is completely gone as well as the pulse I felt under braking.
Can faulty tire balance also cause a pulsation under braking? I dont know, but I think they were related.
I also had a chance to check out some 2001 Neons while at the dealer. They have some awesome new wheels and new colors. I think the wheels were 16" with 195 tires and they make the whole car look more substantial and sporty.
I think they issued the recall to bring all of us 2k owners in with our crappy 14" & 15" steel wheels & hubcaps with those tiny 185 tires to see the new cars and make us want one.
I complained about the 2k tire and wheel packages months ago, apparently Dodge was listening!
#491 of 1773 Response to Snowman
Nov 12, 2000 (5:42 am)
You won't get flamed from me. I just ordered a 2001 Neon ES (I have a close relative who works for DaimlerChrysler) with every option available, including leather interior, EXCEPT auto trans and engine block heater. Had an original Neon with every option available (including auto trans) except for engine block heater and loved everything about it except for the auto trans. Since the Neon have had two JA sedans (Breeze and Stratus) with 5-speed trans. Replacement for JA sedans, the 2001 JR Sedans (Stratus and Sebring), are not available with 5-speed, only coupes have 5-speed available and they're Mitsubishi vehicles. Really looking forward to the 5-speed in a better handling vehicle. Wasn't sure if I should have gotten the R/T with the 150hp engine, it didn't seem that I would notice 18 extra hp and the steering/wheels/tires/suspension are all the same as the R/T. And no premium fuel required.
Nov 12, 2000 (5:19 pm)
I agree with you,the 5 speed is the best Neon,but new ratios for ´01 makes the car feel much better than the ´00 Neon
#493 of 1773 matthewcpa
Nov 13, 2000 (4:47 am)
I don't recall your screen name but did I offend you without knowing it that you started your posting like that???? If I did then I am sorry.
But anyway, the neon we purchased is for my wife, I am driving it for proper brake-in period. I have 99 Accord LX 5 spd (runs like Swiss Clock). MD ares 495 traffic is killing me. Driving 5 spd was fun but this traffic is miserable.
I requested quote from my dealer for 2K Intrepid. Because of 0% APR I might switch the cars and end up paying less.
Good luck with your car. Temparature is going up, I have to leave.
#494 of 1773 My Y2K Plymouth Neon
Nov 15, 2000 (11:18 am)
I have a 2000 Plymouth Neon LX, I have been very happy with it. The car has 11,500 miles on it, no problems at all. I am planning major modifications to it, but for now I have an AEM Cold-Air Intake which improves performance as well as the sound of the engine. Along with the intake, I have blue-HID look alike headlights, which I think look great considering the car is the midnight blue. My future plans include exhaust, suspension, as well as bodykits. Maybe if I get around to it, I will add a turbo eventually. I plan to keep my car updated here on the posts, so let me know what you think. I live in the Tempe area in Arizona, so tell me if you live here!!
Nov 15, 2000 (12:38 pm)
Don't forget a really big exhaust pipe tip, or you will never get your "props from your peeps"!
#496 of 1773 BugsWest/Protegextwo.
Nov 15, 2000 (10:47 pm)
Elias. Do you have the name of the supplier of the blue-HID look alike headlights?
Protegextwo keep the grate enthusiast of alwaysĄ
Nov 16, 2000 (5:12 am)
I think you are using the wrong racial slur there. To imply getting the "props from your peeps" would lean toward a ghetto theme but the coffee can exhaust tip is clearly "rice".
What bugswest is working on here is a nicely personalized neon that would spank some serious high dollar iron from over the big ponds.
Neons are not normally "riced" out as say Hondas and Mazdas so often are. Not to say it never happens, just that the 'per capita ehaust tip diameter' is much higher on say, oh I don't know, maybe a Protoge!?
Bugswest- welcome to the NEON board, please take the 'never even sat in a neon' poster's comments with a grain of salt, or better yet a shot of Jack Daniels. All the Mazda fans here are just looking for a recount of horspower, come to think of it the Protoge does look a bit like a pregnant chad.
#498 of 1773 Thanks Ya'll
Nov 16, 2000 (9:53 am)
I really appreciate the input from this BB, you guys are (mostly) great! My husband and I are hardcore rotary fans, with three second-gen RX-7 TII's in the driveway (plus an NA parts car), but this weekend we're going to go talk with the boys at the local DC dealership about a '01 Neon. I'm going to use my oldest baby, a lightning-fast '87 turbo with some nice mods, as a trade-in for something with pep *and* a back seat. We already have financing set up, and I'm thinking that this will enhance our bargaining power, along with the advice I got from a couple of ya'll's posts. What do you think?
Either way, I'm excited about the prospect of riding in something with a more comfy ride (the RX's ride is hideous- I feel every pebble on the road!), without sacrificing insane entrance ramp speeds. Can we say "psyched"?!?! The performance, coupled with the easy payments, are what drew us, and of course we're going for the 5spd, even if it means ordering it from the factory. We checked out a lot of '01's after hours (and free of bothersome salesmen) tonight, but it was full of ES's with that god-awful automatic (whimpeeee! It's like driving a Ferrari with training wheels when you opt for the automatic, IMO). We have no gripes about engine noise, obviously, and while we can afford a more expensive car, we're holding out for a North American release of the updated RX-7 and the Neon will make the wait pleasant and fun.
Anyway, thanks again, reply if you think the pre-approved financing will help, and I'll let you know how it goes.
#499 of 1773 advice for performance
Nov 17, 2000 (4:44 am)
Don't buy an ES with the R/T's and ACR's just around the corner. Clearly you are interested in the best of performance and you'd be forever unhappy the first time you drove an ACR (or R/T if you want more creature comforts) if you settle on an ES. Check out this link:
Drive this car before making the final decision. I drove an ACR when I first was looking back in 1997 and was forever changed. It was before the announcement of a R/T version and I decedied I needed more creature comforts then a ACR offered. That and an ACR didn't get the 150hp motor in a four door (the 132 was what a sedan ACR got). I didn't think I would be able to feel the difference between the sport and and ACR but I could, I cant feel any difference between an R/T and a Sport but the ACR just has everything done right from a performance standpoint, there are just no compromises. A stripped down ARC would have cost amost the same as my loaded Sport, it just shows they are really putting some money in the suspension of an ACR.