Bought 5/1/2006 with 25k miles (yes, 25k). Had to get A/C compressor replaced (normal for age) and replaced a malfunctioning EGR valve. I was aware of the issues before purchase. I bought the car for $4,300 and I considered it a decent deal despite the fact that it's a Neon. I've put on 14k miles since purchase without issue. The oil is relatively clean after 3k miles (mixed hwy/city). The shifter isn't the most confidence-inspiring one around, but I've driven much worse. I averaged 28-32 mpg between May and November, but once the weather got colder my mpg dropped to 25-28 (also let my car heat up for 10 mins in mornings). Significant interior noise and rattling.
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I bought my Dodge Neon used with 40,000
miles. Now, at 70,000 miles, I cannot
wait to get it off my hands. The car
is poorly constructed. I've spent way
too much of my free time fixing the
car. Only 3 months ago I dropped
almost a grand on a tune-up. Now, the
head gasket is broken and I have engine
damage. Why did Dodge continue to make
this car when they knew the head
gaskets would go with so few miles?
It's a very expensive thing to fix.
For a little more money, I could have
had a reliable car and peace of mind.
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