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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#658 of 1773 is this still the Neon board?
May 11, 2001 (10:04 pm)
Well, I'm still looking for a 2001 or 2000 Neon 5spd that cares to share gas mileage info with me...
jackiele: I thoroughly understand why you want to share your negative Neon experience with others. I would too. Actually, at one time I was thinking about buying a used Neon (96-98), but was deterred after reading about the whole head gasket thing. It's just not worth the hassle. I do really love the new (2000 and newer) Neon's styling and think the car is an amazing value for the money.
The head gasket problem has been remedied and I really feel it should be at least as reliable as the average car now. The low price of parts and maintenance and the convenience of having a plethora of Dodge/Chrysler dealers (I have no problem driving another 4 or 8 miles for a better service dept) in the Minneapolis area are all important factors in the buying process for me.
Initially, I really wanted to go Golf but it's too costly all-around - not to mention there are only 3 dealers in metro area. Since they started producing them in Brazil, I think reliability is a wild card (read: Mexican built Jettas and Beetles). I don't think VW has as tight of control over its foreign manufacturing operations as say...Nissan does. And the only thing worse (for those of us that like to keep our cars to 200k miles) than owning an unreliable car is owning an unreliable car that's expensive to fix and difficult to service.
snowman: If you're an automatic kind of guy, have you considered the Intrigue? I just talked my parents into getting a new one and they think it's the best thing since sliced bread. With the $2000 rebate and the 60 mo/60k warranty, it strikes me as the best value in the $20k area and it drives beautifully. Makes me think of their old ad slogan: "There is a special feel in an Oldsmobile"...15 years too soon I guess.
I think the biggest pluses with the Camry and Accord is that you can get them with the manly man trans. Apparently, I am one of the select few who'd love to see a stick in a midsize domestic. Oh well...
If I get a better job between now and next month, maybe I'll go for the Accord EX 5spd instead. She's a plenty nice ride and easy on the eyes. As far as the Toyota...I still haven't met anyone hip who drives a Toyota yet. I'd hate to have to battle that nerd stigma all night just because I pulled up in a Camry.
May 12, 2001 (3:39 pm)
Yeah, I am aware of that rebate but it is not just my kind. Honda and Toyota are great cars but every body has it and to me they are way over boring. In my community I can easly point 20 Accords from my front porch. But there is no Intrepid.
I live in MD -DC area right by 495, traffic is horrible here, you can't imagine. Driving a stick is a suicide.
Unlike some complaints, our Neon has 4K and is running with no ding, no ping. It has 4 wheel ABS, CD, AT, Black and we only paid 11.5K after rebate last year. And this car can beat the hell out of any Civic including EX interms of performance, I don't even consider others.
I drove Intrepid for 1.8K during my Florida vacation and fell in love. Amazingly comfortable, strong nice looking. I think DC is in the right track.
#660 of 1773 2000 ES Gas Mileage
May 12, 2001 (5:56 pm)
I drive about 45 miles each way to work at about 75mph. On the highway at this speed the car gets 31-33mpg, it varies by tank and how bad I get hosed coming home through the I-70/I-270 interchange construction. If it's just used around town with no highway mileage it gets 26.5-28mpg. I did get over 35 on one long trip. By the way it's a five speed. I just hit 18,000 miles and the car is 15 months old and have still had ZERO mechanical defects. Although, I must admit, there is a slight buzz that seems to eminate from the dash near the base of the driver's A pillar on rough roads that started at about 15K. 99 percent of the time it's not there so I don't worry about it. If it gets worse, I'll pull off the dash pad and us a little foam rubber and cable ties and quiet it right down.
A side note on customer service. When I bought my Shelby Charger new in 83 the trans. would grind going into reverse. Of course I got the "they all do that, it's normal" story. I was told to shift it to first then reverse and it wouldn't grind. This worked so I ceased to worry about it. The first trans. blew up and was replaced under warranty. The dealer had the car forever and still did a crappy job. But it still ground going into reverse. This second trans. lost second gear about 4 years, 11 months and 25 days into a 5/50 warranty. This time I took it back to the selling dealer as it was driveable. The service writer hopped in, started it, went to put it in reverse and it ground big time. He asked how long it had been doing this. I told him since it was new and I had been told they all do it. He said they don't all do it, and that none of them should do it and assured me he would make sure it was fixed right this time. That was the summer of 88 and I'm still driving that transmission. I guess my lesson was check it out when you get the "they all do that" story. I might only be on my second transmission if I'd been a little more vigilant back in 83.
May 13, 2001 (7:49 pm)
Hey thanks for the mileage info.
Snowman: I can imagine what the traffic is like on the beltline. I've driven in it during rush hour (I have an aunt and uncle out in Herndon).
Interestingly, a friend of mine moved back to Minneapolis from DC about 9 months ago after commuting on the Maryland side of DC for a couple years. He claims it's even worse here. Of course, he is commuting from the south metro way the hell over to Plymouth (takes him 1-2 hours to drive 9 miles). Idiot...
I'm still of the opinion Chicago has the worst rush hour traffic on earth. I have yet to encounter anything worse (I've driven in LA but not NY).
#662 of 1773 '98 neon
May 14, 2001 (3:26 pm)
I am a 16 year old who just got a '98 dodge neon. I would like to get the windows tinted. Can anyone tell me how much I should expect to pay? Is it a do-it-yourself job? Any advice would be appreciated. Also, my car has CD changer controls. Would I have to hook up a changer in the trunk? Does anyone know of any cheap good quality CD changers?
#663 of 1773 to jackiel
May 16, 2001 (7:33 am)
hey i saw the pizza guy the other day - he also works full time for a messenger service - this guy does dc to phila 5-7 times a week - said he also does richmond to new york once in a while too - i looked over his neon - he does have that many miles - i got to tell you - i admire this kid - he says he going to be rich and i believe him - he works 50-60 hrs doing the messenger job and does the pizza gig, too - i asked him - what do you do for fun - he said - make money !!! - if he's busy - says he can't spend it - says he's going to own the largest messenger service in the country - ah youth !!! - all things considered - his neon doesn't look to bad - has less dings etc. than you would expect
May 16, 2001 (10:30 am)
I don't think that she will visit this site anymore. Funny thing, I visited Accord problems topic before came here and realized two people have fuel sending unit problems eventough first replacement was done under warranty and guess what Honda is not even looking at their face. If their car was Dodge, they would scream everywhere.
#665 of 1773 Window tint...
May 16, 2001 (10:35 am)
Expect to pay $150-200 for a good window tinting place to do your windows. Not too bad, considering it will be covered for the lifetime of the car.
#666 of 1773 snowman
May 19, 2001 (8:08 am)
isn't that something - whenever someone with a japanese car has problems - it doesn't seem to count - worked with a girl who only buys HONDA -
he first one had the engine replaced and 2 tranny's in 40k - says she ONLY buys honda because they give her no trouble - she bought another one 2 years back - and guess what - tranny trouble - it does snow here in balto - and those rock hard honda tranny's can't seem to be rocked in the snow or soon they no longer go
she had a gm product before the honda - had to replace a starter - and for he - that was it - she'll never buy american again (her gm had 100k on it)
#667 of 1773 2001 R/T review
May 21, 2001 (8:41 am)
I thought Edmunds review of the R/T neon was done well except with relation to value. They fail to mention there is a $1000 rebate (there is always at least a $1000 rebate on neons) and that probably every Dodge dealer in the country will do at least $1000 under MSRP on the neon with little haggling and that puts their loaded R/T at $16500. Thats leather, sunroof, side airbags, and more. A more basic R/T would be $15500. I bet the Nissan SE-R or Ford SVT they talk of waiting for cost so much more then this R/T that you could add a supercharger to the neon and still beat their prices. Or just wait as www.car-truck.com reports the turbo powered 220 HP neon SRT is a go for 2002 or 2003, everybody has better stuff coming, the question is what is best right now.