I'm more than happy with my '99 Neon R/T. It handles very nicely and with regular maintenance has been extremely reliable. I avg around 25 mpg in town and 37 mpg highway (all of which is at an elevation of 3500 ft or higher)on 87 octane reg gas. Head gasket blew at the 3 yr mark but dealer covered it. Headlights dull badly with age but aftermarket polishing helps. Seems to burn out an O-2 sensor every few years and the moonroof tracks have both broken once despite minimal use. Biggest problem (chronic to Neons) is the intermittent failure of the instrument cluster (due, I'm told, to poor solder connections). All in all this car has been incredibly reliable, fun to drive and economical.
Reliable, fun to drive, economical and has a sporty look.
Instrument cluster should have benefited from a factory recall years ago. Moonroof track system has a very short lifespan. 5-spd shifter is inconveniently close to the dash..a loose coat sleeve can pull the car out of gear while messing with the stereo.
Loved the look of these R/Ts when they
came out and had been very pleased with
my 4 door Neons purchased in 1995 and
1998. It's sharp, comfortable and
responsive. Good road manners even on a
long drive. 5 speed is a joy to shift.
My only disappointment; I don't think
this car is as quick as it should be,
although I'm not one to pound on
Compact, fast, tight handling, awsome
gearbox, unlimited possiblities.
pulling up to a stop light next to a
camaron iroc-z, and beating the crap
out of it, makes you feel that much
better because your getting 20 mph
more than they ever will.
2.0 high output DOHC, 5-speed gearbox,
4-wheel disc, sunroof, that nowhere on
the body does it say "neon"
5 years of reliable, problem free
driving. I have personally performed
all service on this vehicle and found it
to be easy to work on. I have not
experienced the leaky head gasket
that had plagued earlier models.