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#846 of 1773 Need to decode 2001 VIN
Oct 25, 2001 (8:08 am)
Someone tried to sell me a 2001 Dodge Neon SE. Because the owner got the car from a rental company, all the documents are gone. All I got is the VIN number, so I really don't know whether the Neon is really a SE or some other trim. I can only find the VIN decoding on neon.org up to 1999. Does anyone know how to decode the 2001 Neon VIN? Is there anyway to check whether the car is really a SE trim? Thanks for helps and comments!
Oct 25, 2001 (8:51 am)
Is there some feature on the SE that comes standard on it exclusively? I mean that you cannot get even as an option on another trim level. If there is such a feature and the Neon you are looking at lacks it, it is not a SE.
Does anyone see a flaw in that thinking?
#848 of 1773 Look...
Oct 25, 2001 (9:17 am)
Look at the car and if the back door letters are "SE" and not "ES", then it's an SE. And, the SE is the lowest trim level of Neon anyway. Who cares if it's an ES and has more equipment in it.
#849 of 1773 just had to laugh
Oct 26, 2001 (4:43 pm)
I like the phrasing of Lee's first statement. Almost sounds like he got approached by a street vendor peddling used late-model Neons.
"Hey you, come here. Want to buy a Neon?"
Out of curiosity, Lee, was the selling party a dealer? If not, you might want to steer clear of that particular car. If you bought it, that would make you the 3rd owner of a 1 year old car - kind of a frightening proposition.
Rental cars may have low miles, but they haven't been babied. Every time I feel myself getting tempted by one of those newspaper ads featuring 2001 Neons starting at $8995, I recall how I drove my last company car and quickly flip the page.
#850 of 1773 Good point..
Oct 30, 2001 (2:12 pm)
It seems like everyone always "dogs" their company and rental cars. I wonder why?
#851 of 1773 Great car so far
Nov 09, 2001 (7:45 pm)
I just got a brand new black 2001 neon for graduation. I think its a great car. I have already put 5,000 miles on it in 4 months and I have had no problems with it. It is so much fun to drive. I feel it is a great car for any 18 year old, however I do not think it would be a good choice for anyone with a family.
Also, If you really want to check out the vin number go to carfax.com they will tell you what kind of car it is, the trim level, who has owned it and if it has had any major repairs or accedents
#852 of 1773 My 97 base 5sp...6,000 miles in
Nov 13, 2001 (2:59 pm)
Just an update for anyone who may be considering the purchase of a used Neon. I'm about to get my second oil change, which puts the car at about 72,000 miles and it simply purrs. I love it. I had a problem with an on again/off again engine code 32 (EGR System), but that seems to be quite common and not at all serious (according to folks on neons.org who sometimes block it off entirely), and it seems to have gone away (for good?) by simply using premium gasoline. Don't ask me why, but it's been off for 3,000 miles now. Also, I still don't know if it has the old or new head gasket, but it isn't giving me any trouble and I'm not worried about it. Anyway, if people are considering a used Neon and worried by some of the horror stories around, I'm at least one happy pre-owned Neon owner.
By the way--what's up with this whole "pre-owned" instead of "used" car thing? Wouldn't a pre-owned car be "new" car? I mean, you don't watch previews of a movie after it's already left the theaters, right? Pre-game warmups after the final buzzer? I know it's supposed to be short for "previously," but it seems to be improper use of a prefix for smarmy sales people who are afraid to call it what it is--a used car. It just bothers me. I'll shut up now.
Nov 13, 2001 (9:01 pm)
It's good to hear that you are enjoying your post-original owner vehicle.
#854 of 1773 25,000 miles and still at zero defects
Nov 14, 2001 (5:38 am)
I'm at 21 months and 25K miles with no problems. I think I may have lost it to my wife though. I'm sure I'll get it back in four to six years when we get another new car. At least that's how the cycle usually goes.
Nov 14, 2001 (2:08 pm)
Was your Neon a 2000 or 2001?