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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#910 of 1773 what a sorry car... I am very regret!!
Apr 22, 2002 (12:58 pm)
I am a poor college student, who is working hard trying try to support myself through the expensive tuition. I decided to support our own country by buying an American car after the 911 incident and "underwater" economy. I didn't want my money to go to Japan. This decision is my worst one that I ever made in my life so far!!! I purchased a brand new 2002 Dodge Neon SE with 5 speed manual on late March. The car was in the Dodge service department for 2.5 weeks. Well, according to the mechanic those are not "big problems", sounded like he deals with them daily. The car is not even 2 month with 1600 miles with 5 problems: defective steering pump, leak fuel tank, first gear lagging/weird noise, brake problem/weird noise, left front CV boot got not grease in it (caused damages on the front axle. they replaced the axle). God is really nice to me... actually sorry none of the god's business since I made the wrong decision. I owned a 1995 Honda Civic. I bought the Civic brand new and did only engine oil and transy fuild changes(no maintenance at all,except timing belt). The Civic has 130,000 miles on it and it never have a single problem. It was still running in very good shape when I sold it. My dad's Honda Accord hit 120,000 without any problems too. This is my first American car and it will be my last!!! Sure some of you may think that I am just unlucky, but American cars are commonly known to be problematic. It is not due to defective car design most of the time, but poor quality assembly workers. Where is the QC?? How could they ship out my Neon with no grease in my CV Boot??? Why my fuel tank was not assembled correctly???
We can built better cars than Japanese, but our assembly line SUCKS!!! I really "enjoyed" taking bus to college when my car was in the repair shop. I was ashamed to answer my Japanese classmate, who tried to convince me to get a Toyota(I hate the most, um.. actually seond most now), that my American built brand new Neon with 1,600 miles is having 5 problems and it is current in repair shop and that I came to school with 1.5 hrs bus ride.
Apr 23, 2002 (6:44 pm)
I rented a Dodge Neon lately and man this is one sad little car. It has no pickup, no getgo, and so many rattles it hurt my ears. The car is very loud and poor insulation and I feel every bump I hit. Its amazing to see people drive this car for more than 20 miles at a time. How do you do it?
Just my opinion...
#912 of 1773 Agree with Night Vision 7 Legero8
Apr 24, 2002 (5:47 am)
I also had a terrible experience with a 2000 Neon. I filed under the lemon law provisions in Pennsylvania. Chrysler settled out of court for a buy back. You may want to look into this option in your state. I have to tell you, even if you win Chrysler still goes out of their way to make your life difficult. I settled out of court in January 2002 and I am still waiting for the check. They just keep stalling and making excuses, check in the mail, etc. I now have about 37,000 miles on my Neon ES and every mile was painful in that piece of junk. Can't wait to get rid of it. I would have traded it in months ago if I didn't have the Lemon Law case going.
#913 of 1773 Did you know?
Apr 24, 2002 (5:55 am)
According to the leasing guide that tells all the residuals for leased cars, the Neon has resale value 2-5 years down the line equivalent to a Kia. That really shocked me.
Apr 24, 2002 (9:28 am)
How much did Chrysler agree to pay you back? How much did you pay for filing the Lemon Law? I pretty much left with no money after buying that junk. I just hope that it does not cause that much to file Lemon Law in my state. Thanks for the info.
#915 of 1773 lemon law & neon
Apr 24, 2002 (9:59 am)
To: Night Vision
There was no cost in my case to file a Lemon Law suit. The fee for the attorney is paid by the manufacturer if you are successful. Under the lemon law provisions in Pennsylvania, the manufacturer has to buy the car back or give you a new car if you win. I settled out of court for what I paid for the car less $2700 rather than taking my chances on a jury trial and wasting 3 days. I thought this was a good deal since the car has 37000 miles. The lemon laws vary by state. You have to research the law for your state. Send me an email from the user profile if you have more questions.
Apr 25, 2002 (4:36 pm)
Yea the neon is sad but I rented a Mirage as well and I will say the Neon is better. The mirage is junk on wheels. THe engine was actually louder than a neon and didn't even have tilt wheel. Now thats sad.
#919 of 1773 Mirage..
Apr 26, 2002 (8:46 am)
The only Mirages being sold right now are to rental agencies. The Mirage is alot more reliable than the Neon. Also, the Mirage was last redesigned in 1997, the Neon in 2000. So that's why the Mirage feels old and cheap, because it is.