The Little Car That Could
By Hyper on
2001 Dodge Neon Highline SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bought this car used in 2002 after it had been a rental. During the next seven years and 70,000 miles, I replaced oil, a battery, and the relay for the radiator fan. I had a trailer hitch on this car and pulled a U-Haul trailer back and forth across the country several times. In the end, the car was rear-ended by a large GMC pickup that was too high up to hit the bumper, but even then the trunk crumpled like it was supposed to, saving me from injury. My Neon was totaled in this accident just last week, but this was and will probably remain my favorite of the dozen cars I've owned in my 42 years.
Despite being so small, it was sporty even in its base version. The interior was amazingly ergonomic for me. An extremely reliable car despite its price that could take some abuse. The fuel efficiency was phenomenal, and I weathered the gas price increase easily.
Get rid of the pointless Calibre and start making Neons again, Chrysler.