I bought a pair of R/T's new for me and my wife hers white/blue stripes mine Brilliant blue pearlcoat with silver stripes. hers remained totally stock,mine received a cold air/K&N combo with aftermarket exhaust.we have not had cars as fun to drive or reliable in our lives. Both our cars still get about 38mpg (I bump the rev limiter on a daily basis) with each over 150k miles we are deciding on what we would want to replace them with...seems funny that todays hi-tec hybrids and flex-fuel vehicles only get low 30's mpg What was so special about our neons? (I was raised on Big block Chargers and Road Runners..a lot of fun, but a huge difference on reliability)
I love how easy they are to tune up and maintain.I love how they look and am always amazed with how well they handle.
I know this came later....Turbo would have been nice...got spanked by many a new eclipse turbo in my day and they were bone stock.
I loved this car. I had it for years. Timing belt broke at about 210,000 miles. Spent about $1300 dollars. Drove it a month and now it is smoking lilke a freight train. I want it fixed. I love the car. I drove a newer neon and the comfort, handling and performance was nowhere near as good as my Neon.
This car handled great. It got decent gas mileage. It was fun to drive.
This is one of the best cars for the money. Even after 7 years, it can't be matched on a performance for the dollar and reliability basis. I drove the heck out of it for 132,000 miles without even so much as a wimper. No only did I teach two teenage daughters on the car, we autocrossed it hard for 5 years! What other car could be had for $13,000, 7.5 sec 0-60; 15.9 1/4 mile and 130mph top end and gets 37+ MPG? To top it off it's big enough to haul anything except a sheet of plywood. All I can say is wow!
Favorite feature is the engine by far. Power all the way to the 7250RPM rev limiter
I've had the car for 5 years and
69,000 miles. Love driving this car.
Alot of fun to drive everyday. I've
had the head gasket replaced under
warranty at 45K. EGR valve several
times. Sunroof assembly replaced once.
Other than that it has been a
wonderful car to me. Well worth the
money paid. I plan on keeping this car
for a long time.
Handle's GREAT!, Performance for a car
under $13K is top notch. The 5 speed
R/T's are great to drive everyday.
Main complaint(s) Cupholders are
horrible, headlight switch is in a bad
location/position, frameless windows
will eventually be noisy/rattle (and
you'll need to tighten them once once
a year) Oh and the sunroof is prone to
We bought this car new five years ago.
It has been very reliable over the five
years. We have only had to make minor
repairs to the car. It still gets
great gas mileage. Within the first two
years we did have problems with the
sunroof, but it was under warranty and
our local Dodge dealership took care of
the problem in a timely manor. Other
than that...no major problems.
I love the sporty feel that it has when
you drive it. For a compact car it has
a lot of guts!
You get a lot of road noise in the Neon
and even with brand new struts it is
still a bump ride sometimes.