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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
Aug 25, 2001 (9:14 pm)
2002 Dodge Neon-
Anyone who loves NASCAR Winston Cup racing has to expect that Dodge showrooms are celebrating the marques return to NASCAR this year after a 15-year absence. Dodge has introduced special motorsports edition packages for Neon, Intrepid and Dakota vehicles that are flame red, black or silver. The package includes race-inspired wheels and tires, motorsports badging and a motorsports track bag/cooler with Dodge racing collectibles. Last but not least, the Dodge Neon SE is offered with a $660 Power Pak package that makes several popular options; including a single CD player; power windows, door locks, mirrors and trunk lid release; and 15-inch tires available on the base Neon.
#800 of 1773 Edmund's Future Telling
Aug 26, 2001 (9:04 pm)
2004 Neon: Based on the recently introduced 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, the upcoming Neon redesign will offer its own unique styling. The Lancer's 2.0-liter engine mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic will be the most likely engine/transmission package.
Aug 27, 2001 (7:38 am)
Thanks for the updates.
I'm kind of thinking the changes (other than the 4-spd auto) for 2002 are going to be nil for the Neon. It looks like just option groupings and colors are likely to change, which isn't all that bad when you think about it.
I was kind of hoping for thicker glass and more body insulation on the '02 (we'll see when the October issues of Motor Trend and Car and Driver surface in a couple weeks) for Sedan DeVille-like quietness, but that's probably a bit unrealistic.
#802 of 1773 Car noises that we can't seem to figure out.
Sep 01, 2001 (3:24 pm)
I bought 2 new front Pirelli tires for my 1998 Neon. A couple weeks
later, I had the brakes changed. Now, my car is making whirling
noises as the front left wheel is moving. When I brake, it sounds
like an airplane coming to a stop with a soft noise sounding similar
to a descending whistle. Not only that, but it seems like my front
axle is making noises as a I accelerate and then slowly step on the
brake pedal. I've had the mechanic take off the brakes, clean them,
and reinstall them, all while I was watching. Nothing looked out of
place or bent or anything. He isn't sure what the problem is.
Can anyone help me figure this out?? please.... I carpool, and I want
to know if it is just the car needing some lubrication or if it is
something a lot more serious.
Sep 02, 2001 (5:03 am)
How about a little more information? Aluminum wheels or Wheelcovers? If wheelcovers check for bent or broken attachments. Did the tire shop or your mechanic put the lugnuts on with an impact wrench? If so the rotor could have been warped. Does the noise change in intensity with a change in direction? For example gets louder turning one way and goes away turning the other, if so it's probably a hub bearing. Were the rotors turned? If so it may have not been properly done, if not your new pads could just be working their way through a rust ring on the rotor that your old pads did not make contact with. How many miles? Could it be getting time for CV joints? Check your CV boot(s). Are they intact? If there is a rip your lubricant is probably gone and the joint shortly will be.
#804 of 1773 2002 Neon priced right!
Sep 07, 2001 (3:06 pm)
I woke up today and looked at the new car adds as usual and got turned on by an add from a Dodge dealer in suburban Chicago for 2002 neons for $9473 with auto and air (my 2 requirements). Took a drive out 1/2 hour drive from home to the dealer and checked them out. I figured I couldn't go wrong! My temporary driver--a beat '89 Sonoma pickup is semi shot and the wife won't drive it. Your price $650 or best offer. I had the orignal "95" Neon since new till totaled in August of 2000(air bag worked great--my only injury waws a sore thumb). Anyway,I picked out silver over with the magic 2 miles on the odometer over the blue( I don't wash cars frequently)test drove it and put a few miles on it. It fit like a glove!. Somebody else was buying the only 2002 garnet red $9500SE neon while I hemmed and hawed so I sprung for it. The paperwork went fast$10473 +$815 Chicago tax,$143 IL title & license, -$1000 rebate for an out the door bill of $10480. Is this a deal? I'll let you know how we like this one.
#805 of 1773 garage man
Sep 07, 2001 (3:39 pm)
I haven't been able to find 2002 Neon pricing anywhere yet, but that seems like an amazing deal.
They must be selling them at true dealer cost.
Are you sure it was a 2002? If so, you got a damn good deal. Pat yourself on the back.
Please post the name of the dealership from which you purchased the car. I think a lot of us that are within driving distance of Chicago would be interested in price shopping with these guys in the future.
#806 of 1773 FOUND A 4 SPEED IN THE NEW NEON
Sep 07, 2001 (8:12 pm)
I was delighted to find an overdrive in the automatic I picked up at Downers Grove Dodge this evening. I hadn't seen any test reports yet on the 2002's and the dealers don't even have brocures for them yet. But there it was: a 4 speed automatic overdrive. The silver Neon purred like a kitten on the way home tonight. The motor really gets to run on noticably lower rpms in that steeper 0-drive. This new neon even has frames around them windows--not like my old '95 red one. The whole car seems to be put together real tight. Well, that's one complaint we won't have to read about anymore from the test drivers who said the auto needed the overdrive for the last 7 years. Incidenally, I got one of only 3 of the 2002 SEs that the dealer advertised in the Chicago Tribune this morning(9-7-01)at the special advertised price of $9473. The other two went quick. One was being bought by a nice young lady while I was there and the other went just after I bought mine. Of course they have a lot of other new cars. In fact I almost bought a 2002 4cylinder Caravan SE (auto and air)at the advertised price of $16,500 after I test drove it today--but I opted for the Neon. Those bright halogens lit up the road nice on the way home.
Sep 08, 2001 (12:56 pm)
The warranty was extended (in the U.S. at least) to 5 years/60,000 miles on the powertrain as well - likely the Korean competition with the 10-year warranties had started making inroads into Neon sales.