by jimalee2000 on Apr 24, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe
I bought my car at an auction last year. I have driven it every day and had no major problems other than: The 4 cyl has a not so known issue of the valve cover gasket leaking oil into spark plugs. This was found by a mech telling us so I have yet to replace gasket. I take the plug out clean it and it's good to go for a few months longer. Secondly is I have to put oil in it cause the oil pan gasket is bad. BUT knowing those two problems I am ok with it. It is known for bad heads and often blow. I haven't had that issue yet! But the engines are so easy to find it is good to work on.
by Larry S. on Jan 26, 2008 Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe
Have the Sport Coupe with manual tranny, bought new in 1998 for $13 grand. As of this post have 71,000 miles on it. Getting 32 mpg overall, 36 on interstate. Great performance and handling. It's a fun car to drive! Needs premium gas to get max performance but I "mix" 89 octane with premium to lower gas cost. In 10 years the only major problem was the water pump died. Cost was $600 to repair which was high but couldn't shop around for lower price at time. For the low price and great performance it can't be beat in its segment of the market. I also have a 2003 Neon (only made as 4 door)with manual, but it only gets 26 mpg avg. and ain't as quick or the looker of the coupe.
by ETPHONEHOME on May 17, 2005 Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe
I purchased the car used for about $4K. I knew it had an oil leak when purchased. I had to change the head gasket and drive shaft seal, and also decided to change the water pump. Another $1K invested. The head gasket was known design defect that was fixed, and I've had no leaks since. The car now has 160K miles on it and still runs great. No problems. It's fun to drive. It has a good interior and great head room for persons under 6 ft. I'm getting 36 mpg (70- 75 mph) in warmer months with good Mobil gas...generic gas about 3 mpg less. Best $5K I have ever invested. An excellent basic commuter car.
by JustynTime on May 3, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe
I needed a new car. I wanted a neon. I
found a 95 neon with alittle over 100k
on the ticker. I never had a problem
with it.then my girlfreind wrecked it.
I needed a new car, again I wanted a
neon. This time I got a 98 with about
50k miles. I have had to replace the
head gasket but the key to not having
to replace it again is making sure you
replace it with the correct gasket.
Being that it is 2004 you will be
buying one of these babies used and
the head gasket has already been
replaced. Now my girlfreind needed a
new car. Guess what we got, thats
right a 95 4door neon. Out of our 3
neons we have only had the one
by BC Reed on May 12, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe
This car is fantastic! I have an Iceman cold
air intake on it and it gets 30/40 mpg easily
with a gain in performance. I am over six
feet tall, yet it is comfortable to drive on long
trips or around town. I have yet to find a car
that combines the power (150 plus HP) with
the mpg and the room that this little baby
offers. I have had zero trouble with it and I
will keep it until it dies. I HIGHLY
recommend a Neon to anyone who wants a
performance car that has all of these pluses
and still runs on regular gas.
by Qbert on Oct 9, 2002 Vehicle: 1998 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe
Dependability and good mileage. This
car is rock solid. It has some road
noise but what small car doesn't. 4.5
years now with nothing but gas and oil
changes. Except for a bit of wind
noise on the drivers side, frameless
window, this car is the ultimate for
price vs. performance. Unless you need
a truck or have a three kids, I highly
recommend this vehicle.
All I see on the road is bumpers and
headlights (hard to get away from that
in a small car).
Summary: Not a luxery vehicle but
great return on investment:)
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