I bought my 95 Neon sport with 17k miles in 1995 and it now has 200,000 miles. I replaced the timing belt twice as well as a water pump and O2 sensor and nothing else. I am still driving with the original clutch. Of course I did tune ups, brake jobs and performed basic maintance. The car has been one of the most reliable cars I've owned and has always been a blast to drive. I would not however recommend the automatic. I don't understand why this car has such a poor resale value and poor reputation. It certainly exceeded my expectations in every way.
Fun to drive especially with the 5 speed. Great gas MPG's. I often averaged 38 mpg. Very tight and rattle free. Very reliable.
My auto trunk release never worked. The radio/cassette was marginal.