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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
Apr 11, 2001 (7:21 pm)
I bought it new in August of 99. Salza Red (kinda Orange really) Its a cute and confortable car and gets decent mileage. I've maintained it regularly and has cause me no problems so far after 30k. The things I really dont like about the car are the noisy engine and the whine that it seems to amplify I was told its normal for a neon at my dodge dealer),the lack of power windows in the rear (who thought of this idea?)and the visability looking out the rear.The brakes also seem a little weak and need some kind of power assist if you ask me.I have had the power steering pump drained to let air out of the unit that stopped some whining in that area. But the other whining sounds like low tranny fluid, but isnt. Overall though its a reliable car. I'm not sure I would buy another one like it however.
Apr 15, 2001 (2:54 pm)
Hello all, new here. Just turned 16 and my parents let me choose a car. I chose a new neon R/T. I love this car. It is pretty fast and the handling is superb. I just hope I dont have any problems of the old neons.
Apr 16, 2001 (1:19 pm)
besides my protege I also have a neon r/t. Handling is no where near that of the pro, and it is pretty noisy, but acceleration is decent. Word to the wise DO NOT GET THE AUTO TRANS!! Other than that, I've put around 8K on it and nothing has gone wrong with it yet.
Apr 16, 2001 (10:41 pm)
ajb4 is it a 2001 R/T? a 98 R/T or any neon ACR will flat out handle or out accelerate any Protoge ever made. This is based on road tests and SCCA competition. There may be a lot of flaws with the neon but handling is truly not one of them. You can't even get a ACR or R/T with the automatic anymore so that's a mute point. I haven't driven or seen any tests of the 2001 so who knows maybe they determined the superior handling was not necessary (why not honda did it to the civc) I doubt it though.
#598 of 1773 2001 Neon questions
Apr 17, 2001 (12:55 pm)
I'm just wondering detailed stuff about the 2001 Neons.. such as auto vs. manual, R/T vs. other models, etc. Things like that. I am looking at the Neon for a new car and in the price range it is in. Would you consider it the best car for it's price range (13000 - 18000)? Thanks!
Apr 18, 2001 (12:17 am)
If you don't want a manual, I wouldn't get the neon. Otherwise the max a R/T with every possible option shoulc not cost more then $17,500. That's with leather, sunroof, in dash CD, side airbags, etc. I've seen 'loss leader' ads for stripped neon at about $10,000. If you are going for stripped or loaded it's hard to find anything else close to this price. Go drive all the different brands & models, that's the best part about car shopping is the chance to drive tons of different cars. Don't let the salesman slam you into something until you've been all over town and actually driving, not just looking. I loved our neon but it wasn't cutting it for my wife to use at her nanny job. I do think the Neon's prices have been creeping up too much lately. My 98 was pretty much loaded for $11,000 new. A similar one now (a loaded ES) would be $14,800. In 98 nothing even came close to matching the neon's bang for the buck, now there are quite a few choices around $15,000.
Apr 18, 2001 (5:13 am)
Have a June 1995 build Neon, no problems at all except for an O2 sensor code at the moment. Did get an inner tie rod replaced under warrantly. Bought it used and autocrossed it for a couple of season. Going to throw some goodies on in a month or so, and enjoy the 'new' car for a couple of more years before moving on. Can't beat the performance-to-fun ratio for a used Neon R/T or ACR if you want decent economy and room to boot.
#601 of 1773 Just joined the sucker club
Apr 18, 2001 (4:52 pm)
Ah... I never knew it but driving my neon each day was like pulling the lever on a slot machine. In the end, the house always wins and you always lose.
Head gasket is gone and it looks like I'm looking at a new head as well. My warranty covers the gasket but not the head, so despite getting the best warranty the dealer had on offer, I'm still out over $1300 when you factor in the rental car.
At first I wondered why no recall was ever issued, but it's an expensive fix, so I understand only people that get in their faces get some of the job paid for.
Tommy: "But don't they care?"
No, Tommy. No they don't.
Anyone who's sat in a marketing class for more than five minutes knows that on average, when a customer has a good experience they will tell one or two people about that experience. But when they have a bad experience they will tell eight. This is why intel decided that even though the pentium flaw would affect practically none of its customers that it would swap customers chips at no charge. "Sure, we'll swap it if you want us to, because if we don't we look bad whether there's a problem or not."
Let's think about this: Intel swaps a chip that will likely not affect a particular customer. Chrysler allows the neon to be sold with a head gasket that they know will fail and then they have the audacity to pretend the problem doesn't exist.
Try this: Call their customer service line and describe the symptoms. Tell them your mechanic can't figure it out and ask them if they've heard of anything similar before or have any ideas. See what they say.
Call them back again and say "I've got the headgasket problem."
Note the very different responses you get.
Tommy: "Is it different? I'll bet it's different!"
You're right, Tommy. It *is* different.
And to me that really bites. In addition to the head gasket I've got numerous electrical problems. Are these common as well? I've given up on ever listening to the radio again in my car. I took it in, broke in a month, took it in, broke in month, and on and on. One day I finally called up the dealer and cancelled yet another appointment: "Sorry, I can't miss another day of work because of a car stereo. Maybe in Dodgeland that's like a sick day or a floating holidy, but not here on planet earth."
Tommy: "Is zat why you always sing to yourself in the car?"
Yes Tommy, it is.
My spedometer looks more like a tachometer. One minute I'm going 112mph and next I'm going -6. When the gas gauge goes I have to rely on the trip odometer and dumb luck. One time I went in for a fillup and it only took two gallons.
It's like Grady Seasons said in "Color of Money":
"It's like a nitemare, isn't it?"
Yes, yes it is.
Well, despite the best efforts of my parents and Jesus Christ himself, I'm big on payback. Screw me over and then walk away? Better think again.
So in addition to covering practically every writable surface on the net with my tale of woe, I've decided to form the Neon Sucker's Club (NSC), an exclusive club of neon owners who have been sold the nouveau lemon, a car designed to explode right outside of its warranty period: the neon.
Current membership benefits are few, unfortunately. But as this thing grows I'll put up a website and make t-shirts. Email me now at jcasetnlmy-deja.com and tell me your tale. Tell me how much time from work it took from you. Tell me how much it cost you. Tell me about that cancelled trip to Disneyland.
Tommy: "To Disneyland? Are we gonna go there?"
Sorry Tommy, busted head gasket.
All stories will be told on the site, and in return for your story you will get your official NSC number. In a year the new NSC members will see your low number and know that you are one of the ancient and wise, one of the first to be suckered! They will look to you for guidance and ask you thinks like, "What is the sound one man being suckered?"
More than anything else, you will know that you are not alone and you will have the satisfaction of warning potential Chysler customers of the kind of company they are about to invest many thousands of dollars in.
Tommy: "Yeah cause tha-"
Shut up, Tommy.
So email me at the above and let's do our little part to stick it to the crooks at Chrysler who built a shoddy product and then left us with the bill.
Apr 19, 2001 (7:58 pm)
What year is that neon bomb?
Apr 19, 2001 (8:51 pm)
Hey put me down for an awesome ride with my neon. I loved it and still love the current generation neon. Of course $1300 buys a whole new neon long block but don't let that ruin your story. Of course by your own admission because I liked the car, I'm with the non-vocal majority. So count my experience times eight, it's marketing 101 you know.