I bought my Neon new in 03 and continue to use it as a daily driver. Don't be fooled by nay-sayers who want to project the first gen's problems on the second gen car. My car has been rock solid and reliable. It is as quiet today as it was when new, no squeaks or rattles. And it's a steal on the used car market.
This is just a fun car to drive. With the sunroof open and the windows down, this car is a very fun car. Gas mileage is good, and this is both a good commuter car and a roadtrip car. The trunk has plenty of room, as does the car interior. Car maintenance has been simple, with just routine oil changes providing and tire rotations meeting the cars needs.
The appearance, the sunroof and the stock speakers. This car is a physically good looking car. The sunroof is large and almost gives you a convertible feel with the windows rolled down. The speakers (along with a non-stock stereo) provide great sounding music and more than descent bass.
2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I bought this car in Feb of '03. Now with 40k miles, no problems to report other then my 3rd synchro going out and multiple torque mounts breaking on me. It's really a love/hate thing with this specific car. Either you love it cause you're an OG neon owner like myself, or hate it cause it got caught with the old Neon stigma. Truthfully I don't think I will ever part with it. I love it that much!
4 doors definitely! Turbo built engine, turbo, seats, body style. Looks good stock. No need for a body kit here. Easy to work on.
Tranny definitely needs to be looked at by DCX since there's many owners with problems. You got power windows up front, how about the back? Shouldve started with wider stock wheels
I bought this Neon from a dealer that use it for a loaner. It has been a very fun car to drive and very reliable. I am on the third set of tires and had to replace both front end wheel bearings, brakes and rotors around 50,000 miles. I have over 75,000 miles and get great fuel economy, around 32 overal with 36 on the highway and 28-30 in town.
Great sound system, handling, looks, fuel economy, performance and reliability.
At 52,000 miles I had to replace the transmission and again at 87,000 miles. Had to replace the entire cooling system as well as the fuel sensor. Nothing but very expensive issues with this car! Don't buy it!