I bought this car from a family member and have been happy with it. It hasn't been in the repair shop in 7 years except for routing maintainance. Totally reliable. It developed a leaky trunk but I fixed it myself in about 10 minutes. It also has an oil leak (116,000 miles).
The Neon has lots of power and a relatively good handling and comfort. Over 30 mpg.
Power. especially when wound up. Fun to drive. Roomy interior for a compact. Feels like a bigger car than it looks when you drive it.
Too noisy in the cabin above 65 mph. Too much suspension noise on rough road.