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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
Jun 03, 2000 (2:25 am)
I agree 110 percent on your assesment of the new neons, I got a 2000 es myself and I just love it. I have similar gripes also but they are trivial, overall one well built ride, a major leap ahead compared to the first generation neons.A question arises everytime I read about the new ford Focus: WHAT IS ALL THE HYPE ABOUT WITH THIS UGLY CAR!!!!!I'm not impressed with ford's new small flagship car, and I'm really sick of all the praise it get's while the neon is getting all the flack! I recently read about the neon r/t 2000 tested against the other companies sport versions(civic,focus,vw)and the neon r/t just got trashed,they just belittled the heck out of the car. I could'nt believe it, and for the final kick in the gut they praised the focus that had only 130hp in it's sport version zx3! I mean looks alone would fail the car if I had any say and only 130hp,common guys the base neon is 132hp, give it some credit. I believe the magazine was "automobile magazine". The whole test from the outset had no merit to it. Anyway I've had my say on the focus, it was building in me for awhile now.Does anyone else agree with me on this ford focus issue? GREAT JOB DODGE!!!
#64 of 1773 importfighter
Jun 03, 2000 (2:31 pm)
Focus people are very defensive about their cars... kind of like Neon owners. But I like to think we have qualities to defend. ;D
In seriousness, the Focus is probably getting attention because a) it's the first truly competitive econobox Ford has built in ages and b) it's the closest thing to a world car in the market today.
That's about it. I haven't driven one, but I have been in one, and the interior is Quite Bad. Typical Ford - lots of plastic, generic labeling, and no feel. The 00 Neon's interior is vastly superior.
I read that R/T test in Automobile and was just blown away by the criticism... will have to see how it all pans out.
#65 of 1773 2000 Neon Rebate
Jun 04, 2000 (5:20 pm)
I live in the Washington DC Area & I am thinking about purchasing a 2000 Dodge Neon sometime in the near future, and I was wondering about the rebate. I see Dodge commercials on TV which states a $1000 rebate on all Dodge cars, while in the newspaper states there is a $1500 rebate, but both the Dodge Website & Edmunds list the rebate for $1250. Any comments or help greatly appreciated.
#66 of 1773 Oh by the way, theliz and other 2000 neon owners.....
Jun 04, 2000 (5:31 pm)
How are your neons holding up? Just wondering if you had to do it all over again, would your purchase another Neon? Why or Why not?
#67 of 1773 to importfighter,hijink re;NEON REVIEWS
Jun 04, 2000 (10:45 pm)
If I had listened to the reviews,and trusted them, I would have been influenced negatively in purchasing my Neon ES. The reviews seem almost conspiratorial in bias. They point out in almost all of them the vast improvements in decor,the great handling,powerful engine,and value yet discount all because of "engine boom" and a rear spoiler. One review was critical of the shifter knob being baseball size and to big for "their" liking.Also they complained that the seat fabric was too grippy for one of their editors large butt.
I personally love the size of the shifter knob (and the easy shifting gearbax)and the seat's "grippy" fabric does not stop my butt from moving.
Nit picking to the extreme.These same folks,if the engine was muffled and the seats more slippery,would complain "gone in the xxxx NEON is the wonderful song of the engine and the grippy seats of the 2000. model" I kid you not, this is probably what they would say.
As for the Focus, it seems that just because FORD has a somewhat passable compact,despite years of horrendously bad compacts, it is now the "shining light" for the rest of the world. What rubbish.
My main contention is that for what I paid ($15,000), I got a fully loaded 5-spd car that can run with, and surpass many cars that cost thousands more.The fact that it has a nice interior,fresh styling,and creature comforts also,is the icing on the cake.
I just don't know what to make of the reviews.They seem to dwell on the unimportant, while ignoring the larger issue of overall goodness.
BTW, has anyone with a 2000 NEON for several months care to relate any real world problems/praise?
#68 of 1773 2000 Neon Review
Jun 05, 2000 (6:18 pm)
I've had my 2000 Neon for 14 months and 31K miles. If I had to do it over again, would I buy a 2000 Neon??? Definitely NOT.
I've had more problems with this car than any other car I've owned. My Ford Escort had 130K miles on it when I traded it for the Neon. Never had any major problems with it. Just normal maintenance.
My biggest complaint? The engine idles very low (almost to the point of stalling out) at stops. The service department can't seem to find what's causing it. Now they're telling me it's "normal". I don't think so. I've driven three other Neons (all rentals) and not had the same problem. I've had many other problems with this car. If you'd like a list, just ask.
Needless, to say, I will be trading my Neon in soon before the 36K mile warranty expires.
#69 of 1773 To Justpurple
Jun 06, 2000 (1:41 pm)
Sorry to hear of your problems. Unlike others I will not berate you on your decision. I would be interested to know if your Neon was Automatic or Manual?
Have'nt had that problem with idling on my manual 2000 neon.Also I would be interested from a selfish standpoint, of any other problems you had and at what mileage they occured.
#70 of 1773 something interesting
Jun 07, 2000 (7:51 am)
My brother has been out looking for a commuter car that will get over 40 MPG on the highway. There are only a couple of cars made by each company that fit this. We are going by EPA ratings alone not personal experiences. The 2000 neon does not fit this criteria but my 98 is EPA rated 41MPG highway. This is the same as the Toyota echo and my 150 HP neon will blow away the echo in everything from handling, to acceleration, to passenger room (and especially looks). What's the big deal about the echo and why did the 2000 neon loose so much efficiency? BTW I have actually averaged 45 MPG on a complete tank of feul of all highway driving (OK it was my wife driving, my lead foot can't get better then 38 MPG!)
#71 of 1773 My 2000 Neon
Jun 08, 2000 (2:57 pm)
I bought this car in May 99. I bought because it has a lot of interior room for such a small car.
I still like this car after 18k. I think with the extended warranty I paid too much. Even after all the rebates. Especially 9.9% APR. What was I thinking. I will never buy another vehicle so quickly.
My main problem with the car has been with the starter. It seems to get hot and quit sometimes.
It happen when I had 6k and I was on may way to my wedding. What luck. Dearler replaced starter switch but I think I need a whole new starter.
My main complaint with the car is with the maintaince. I no this is a small complaint but acording to the manual at 30k I need new plugs and the coolant flushed. I suppose I got spoiled with chevy trucks with platinum sparkplugs and dexcool coolant. I know this is a small complaint
but it is the new 2000 model.
I also do have the static problem and a very loud
power steering & cheap tires.
All in all, its a good car. I am glad its my wife drives it and likes.
As for me, I'll just keep driving chevy trucks.
#72 of 1773 2000 Neon problems.....
Jun 08, 2000 (7:44 pm)
First off, mine is a automatic. My last two cars that I owned for a total of 13 years were manuals.
Problems so far:
1. Piston ring broke at 3500 miles.
2. Around 6500 miles, service department informed me that the intake valves were carboned up. They also "flashed" the computer to try to resolve the idling problem that started after cylinder head was replaced at 3500 miles.
3. At 9500 miles the power steering went out. The pump had to be replaced.
4. At 11000 the alternator bolt broke. Both the bolt and the alternator had to be replaced.
5. Within a couple hundred miles after that the CD player broke and had to be replaced.
The front motor mounts have been replaced twice in attempt to fix the idling problem.
Tomorrow I'm taking it back to have the console lid replaced. It's all bubbled. The window pillars in the middle of the car(outside) are discolored(turning brown). I'll ask about that tomorrow.
The windshield was also warped. I opted to not replace it as the warp was not in my line of sight and the service department felt I might have more problems (leakage) if they replaced it. However, about two months ago, I took a rock off the windshield and it cracked. It was replaced then.
My gas mileage has never been what I expected it to be. The best was 27 mpg. It averages about 25 in mostly highway driving.