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Dodge Neon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 132 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 24/31 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2000 Dodge Neon

  • Even though it's been redesigned, the 2000 Dodge Neon retains strengths such as its spunky attitude and weaknesses such as a lack of powertrain refinement -- the optional automatic tranny is still a primitive three-speed unit.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Large interior, competent handling, attractive interior and exterior styling.

  • Cons

    Noisy engine, archaic three-speed automatic transmission, lack of feature content.

  • What's New for 2000

    Everything's new inside and out, as the second-generation 2000 Dodge Neon grows up, not old. A totally redesigned suspension and steering system, low-speed traction control, and a complete exterior redesign head up the notable changes.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Love my lil neon.

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan

Love this lil thing! bought for 1800 as a commuter for school. Accidentally got a 3spd auto. but for living in a small town it does fine, I just avoid all hwy's. Parts are reasonably priced it's burnt orange manual everything cept auto obviously, but this lil nellie gets the job done no rain issues lights stay off =)




Pleasant surprise

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan

I have had the car now nine wonderful years. I have over 100K miles and honestly I have missed many service times and still the car runs and drives like it did when I bought it with only 2 miles on it. I have owned a honda civic and toyota corolla and hated both those cars in comparison. Parts are cheap and readily available almost anywhere. The ride is a touch stiff compared to a toyota but it is faster lighter and more fun to drive. the AC has never been touched and blows freezer like cold. My brakes seem to last almost three years with 80% left on the origional drum shoes in back. The factory sound system was nicer than the civic EX I had before this.




2000 dodge neon

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan

117K miles in 5.5 yrs. It's been driven hard both city and Hwy miles. Routine mechanical have incl. tires 2xs, brake work, spark plugs once. Clutch still going strong with not so nice driving. Brakes squeak in the rain or high humidity. Best car I have had. Good gas mileage. However, car now at 136K miles and developed an oil pressure problem. Was a GREAT car until now.




2000 neon

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan

I purchased this car last year. It only has 31,000 on it and was in excellent condition. I was originally looking for a newer car but this car was in our budget. I was vert leary at first having owned a 1996 model that fell apart at 70,000 miles. This difference in the models is great. The only problem we had with this car is an oil pan because a previous mechanic overtightened the drainbolt. We added a CD player and added BFGoodrich Traction TAs and it is great car. It gets over 30mpg. If you have owned a first generation model you will really be superised.



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I love my neon!

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan

I bought my Neon a year ago. So far I've had no problems with it, just new tires. I bought it when I wrecked my Intrepid and I needed a car in a fix. I bought my Neon for $4,500 with 27,000 miles on it. I've never cared much for Neons because I used to work at an auto parts store and people that had them would always complain about them. But it was a good deal when I needed one. A year later, I'm glad that I bought this car.




Good looking, performing w/"no-frills"

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Vehicle: 2000 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan

Put a new water pump on at 65K that cost a bit. Other than that, I haven't had a problem. I just started having water leakage into the passenger side floorboard -- that MAY turn into a big prob. Mechanically very reliable, efficient, fast, and good looking ride for the $10k I paid for it new. Good value.



Full 2000 Dodge Neon Review

What's New for 2000

Everything's new inside and out, as the second-generation 2000 Dodge Neon grows up, not old. A totally redesigned suspension and steering system, low-speed traction control, and a complete exterior redesign head up the notable changes.

Introduction

The race to build the first 2000-model-year production car goes to DaimlerChrysler with the all-new Dodge and Plymouth Neons. However, the company's claim that "the 2000 Neon will be the first car of the new millennium" is not accurate; remember, historians, the new millennium technically starts in 2001. But "the first car of the last year of the old millennium" is probably too wordy for marketing purposes.

DaimlerChrysler is also billing the 2000 Neon as "quiet, sophisticated and still a lot of fun." Fun seems to be the catch word for the Neon. It's used repeatedly by the manufacturer including, "fun-to-drive handling and steering" and "fun-to-drive attributes." Its maker obviously wants people to know that while the Neon has grown up, it hasn't grown old. It's probably worthwhile for them to stress the fun factor, since the coupe version has initially been scrapped, meaning that a four-door sedan will have to suffice for all the entry-level economy car thrill-seekers.

Under the hood is the familiar 132-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four, but improvements to the air induction and intake manifold system provide torque over a broader rpm range. A new exhaust manifold, cylinder head and timing-belt cover also decrease overall engine noise, further boosting the new Neon's civilized character. Unfortunately, the 150-horsepower DOHC engine is not available for the year 2000- and the automatic transmission still only offers three forward gears.

Thanks to increased wheel travel, the ride is smoother, and it's further enhanced with premium shock absorbers and rear sway bars. The power rack-and-pinion and revamped suspension also contribute to the cruising quality. Stopping power comes from a front disc/rear drum combo, but buyers may want to opt for four-wheel discs with ABS and traction control.

You won't have any problems distinguishing the 2000 model from previous Neons. Exterior changes include new, jewel-like headlamps, a smoother roofline and updated taillamps. By increasing the wheelbase and widening the track, the new Neon offers more interior room and a more stable ride than did its predecessor. And the Neon has a few interior "surprise and delight" features that include a radio/cassette and four Big Gulp-sized cupholders.

The small increase in price from a year ago is reflected in the Neon's lack of features. The top end model doesn't even have power rear windows or cruise control. If Chrysler wants to continue to compete in this market, they better up the feature content level.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 24
  • cty
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  • 31
  • highway
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