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.
Great gas mileage, despite significant decrease in the colder weather (normal). The car has strong acceleration if you drive it at higher RPM, but anyone shifting before 3k will get poor pickup in the next gear. Comfortable seats, spacious rear seats. Alloy rims. Good fact speakers.
Better road noise dampening. The windows fog very easily, and the rear defrost works poorly. The tail light gaskets leaked water into my trunk and I had to re-seal them. No issues since. Shifter seems cheap, suspension very taught (normal for the sportier ACR's, a good thing for cornering though).
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 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.
Nibble handling. Good pickup with 5 speed manual. Easy to change spark plugs, wires and oil filter.
6 speed manual...to get better mpg at high speeds. Improve access to air filter.
I bought the car to comute to work ($4200/63K miles). I've done zero maintance in the two years I've driven it (no oil changes). It has never broke down. I wash it twice a year whether it needs it or not. It's been the cheepest car I've owned.
Good gas mileage, corners well, stops well. All around a fun car to drive.
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
Lots of upgrades either from mopar or
the aftermarket companies. You can not
beat what you get for the price
I cant think of anything. These cars
go as low as $300 used, you get more
than you pay for. When they were brand
new the head gasket wouldve been a
valid complaint but like I said
chances are your new used neon has
been taken care of. www.neons.org can
help you alot!