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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2003 Dodge Neon Sedan

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By Dave
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my 3rd Neon. Previously owned was a '95 sedan and '97 coupe. My excellent owner's experience with them in the past prompted me to buy this '03 SXT and I'm glad I did. For 38,000+ miles it's been near flawless. The only problems were the result of a minor accident and the subsequent improper repairs by the body shop which have since been corrected. The only option my car does not have is the engine block heater...seriously. The only option I required was ABS as it's a VAST improvement over the standard non-ABS brakes. I wish it had a 5 speed for a little better performance but the new 4 speed auto is decent and much improved over the old 3 speed. Overall, best car I've ever owned.


Best Features

Interior room is at the top of the list. I'm 6'2" and even with the sunroof option, I fit just fine. Trunk room is great. Ease of routine maintanence and how the car responds to performance mods is definitely a plus.


Worst Features

Engine vibration is still a minor issue with these things. It's not in the league of the older Saturn SL series...but it's close. Paint could be a bit more durable. More horsepower is always nice.


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Transmission is pathetic
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By larry price
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Car handles well and has some pep at low speeds. Cruising on the interstate above 70 mph the car is very sluggish. The transmission has been worked on two times and the dealer service was pitifull (one dealer FORGOT to put in transmission fluid)


Best Features

The gas mileage is okay, but not as good as I was expecting.


Worst Features

Improve the transmission reliability. Put some slack in the crusie control so that when the car goes down a hill the car does not down shift to maintain the exact speed.


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Cute, but some problems
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By Sportster
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I've had this car almost 2 years now. I have the Solar Yellow with a manual transmission. I bought it at the time with being a affordable car with a $3000 rebate. The car is cute, and is comfy for the long trips. I don't get near what the sticker said on gas mileage. The car has a 10 gallon tank, and I'm getting on 250 miles to tank of fuel. I'm not happy with that aspect of the car. I'm having paint problems on the body where the door closes, being worn off by the door's rubber seal on both sides. Dealership trying to give me run around saying it normal for Dodge. Whatever... I love the car, but worried it will have problems when warranty wears out. I only have 10,500 miles on this car.


Best Features

The interiors dash, and cup holders. Seats are very comfy. The Solar Yellow color.


Worst Features

Fuel enconomy needs much improvement for a small car in this day and age. At least a 12 gallon tank. Paint is not satisfactory for a new car with only 10,500 miles


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2003 Neon SE
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By Nicki
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my car used in October of 2003 and it has had no problems. It runs smoothly & has a slightly gutsy sound when you accelerate...like a mini- muscle car. It's a great car for commuting to work, school, or just for a day around town. The only downfall with this particular model, the SE, is the little perks between the SE and the SXT. The engine and everything is the same EXCEPT for power windows/locks, paint-colored body trim mouldings, trunk release & trunk lighting. If you have the extra $2-3k, but don't want anything too expensive, go for the SXT. Either one is a good car to own.


Best Features

Handling, stock speakers/stereo, comfortable seating & legroom


Worst Features

Trunk lighting & trunk release inside the vehicle


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LOVE IT!
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By Eric Waterhouse
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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After purchase, I dropped it 2 inches and put on rims, intake, and exhaust. I took it to VA and got 34-36mpg in it. The intake and exhaust really brings that little motor to life. This is my second Neon and I think I'm hooked.


Best Features

Sporty looks


Worst Features

I must say the brake noise when wet is annoying.


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