Ive had this car since about 07, when I acquired it from my mom who was the 2nd owner (originally bought from a dealership). Ive been driving it since I was 16 so its been through a lot. Aside from regular maintenance this car has been very low maintenance. Ive had the oil changed about every 5k miles and a few tune-ups but this car has not asked for much more.
In terms of repairs this is what Ive had to have done:
-brakes a couple times in 7 years
-fuel pump twice (wear in the fuel line which was unnoticed)
-various parts of the cooling system
Still has the original clutch after 13 years! This car lasts forever if you care enough.
200k miles plus!
The interior is phenomenal (besides the headliner which I think the dealership replaced incorrectly and is loose now) and still looks brand new even 13 years old. The clutch is stiff and so is the gas which makes driving the car feel like driving a real stick and not one of those new crap manuals that are impossible to stall out. Only parts of the grill and spoiler have shown wear in the paint and the rest shines like new when waxed.
Downshifting is a BLESSING in this car in the ice and snow. The car itself is too light to use the brakes and I don't think it has ABS so downshifting is key!
Also, EXCELLENT gas mileage! Even in its old age this car gets 28-33mpg average.
Overheats occasionally in heat and humidity even since I had most of my cooling system rebuilt. Not sure what's going on but selling the car soon so haven't taken it to a legitimate mechanic to find out.
The display went from bad a couple years ago to worse and now the speedo and odometer work half the time.
Also manual locks and windows are standard with this car which drives me crazy. Oh and the CD changer is located in the trunk which is impossibly inconvenient to change with a memory like mine so you always end up listening to the radio (equally as bad as repetitive CDs).
Keep in mind technical issues occurred after 100k.. Like I said, work horse if you don't treat the car like garbage.
When I found my Neon R/T, white with blue stripes, I thought I had gone to heaven. And there is no question that it is a fun car to drive when it runs but I have had nothing but trouble since I bought it. I have had the engine rebuilt twice and numerous things replaced, much more than I would expect even for a car that has over 150,000 miles on the odometer (I bought it at 94,000 miles). The trunk and right rear seat area leaks buckets of water in every rain or snow storm. If it wasn't for the consistent 30 mpg I would dump the car ASAP.
It is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage.
Apparently blowing head gaskets was a significant problem for the early Neons.
This car is fun to drive, very sporty,
great gas mileage (29-30). However,
we had 22 service visits in first 3
years, 20 of which were for Service
Engine Light! They never really knew
why, but kept replacing things. After
50K miles, it mostly stopped. AC died
at 50,300; after all our trouble, they
did a courtesy adjustment. Sun roof
has issues. One bad thing...slow-
speed (20 MPH) front end collision
(fender bender) completely crushed
Too much damage to bother fixing, so
sad to see it go.
Sportiness, gas mileage, sun roof
(when it worked), easy to drive
Gotta fix the reliability to avoid
service calls; more reliable sun roof;
more stable and/or less expensive-to-
repair body; BETTER/MORE CUP HOLDERS
I think this is a GREAT car, I was in a
accident where i was hit in the rear
really hard, and the persons car went
up under my car and just scratched my
rear I feel so safe in this car,I lost
my other car in an accident, this was
my second car, i really like it allot.
Nice design, my husband has a sound
system in it and it sounds great! It
good on gas,handles well. I recommend
I like the inside design,its pretty
roomy, and lots of trunk room.Good gas
mileage. I believe if you take care of
your cars, you won't have much trouble.
I wish the steering wheel lifted up. I
have a little bit of a problem getting
in and out of the car, but no biggy.
my experience has been good with the 98
neon r/t. just look at it for what it's
worth—a cheap car. build quality and
dash components need some work.
performance and fun are high points.
car corners like a dream—only 2500 lbs—
dodge has done a great job with
suspension. the dohc requires premium
gas, but you get better gas mileage
(29/38 mpg) and more power from the
engine (150hp.) the seats may feel
tight for normal people, but just right
for small/skinny people. abs, sun roof,
dohc, etc. are some good options. the
rear windows didn't come as automatic,
though. 5th gear whines and can get a
little loud. it's a darn good car for
great cornering, suspension, sunroof,
good gas mileage, great price
engine noise needs to be muffled,
overall dash usability should be
clearer, build quality is still not
where it should be