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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2003 Dodge Neon Sedan

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Don't buy it!
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By bc
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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!


Best Features

Nice looking car


Worst Features

Well, you stopped making it, so there ya go!


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Fun To Drive and Economical
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By larry s.
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Have 44K miles and almost 4 years on my lease. Get the 5 speed, quicker and better mileage. About $6 grand less than Honda Civic. Dodge made mistake by replacing this car with Caliber, which doesn't handle as well, and ain't as sporty looking. One problem that has come up recently is the front strut bushings (rubber ring to cushion ride) have slipped down making ride more rough. Car shop quoted $330 to fix, but they tend to be more expensive for repairs. Hope for a recall since this problem should not happen on a car with 44K miles.


Best Features

Quick, sporty looking, good mpg, nice stereo, lots of room inside and trunk space, all for a very reasonable price.


Worst Features

Build quality, especially front end shocks, bushings.


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My very first new car
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By Gil Davis
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car after owning a full- sized Dodge van. I'm 6'3" tall, about 340 pounds...and I FIT! My girlfriend has a Hyundai and I'm cramped. I've taken the Neon on long road trips, the AC is FANTASTIC, get a little better than posted mileage (about 34 on a 4sp auto) on road trips, and have had no problems, other than some annoyances when it was new that were fixed immediately by the dealer. Because of the engine design (short piston skirts to save weight), however, it does tend to get a bit of piston slap when it's really cold outside, but it does go away in about 30 seconds or so after the car idles. Not harmful, just annoying. It gets lots of attention when it does that! :-)


Best Features

Unbelievable air conditioning/heating, great stock stereo, sufficiently large cupholders (there are 4 and one will hold a 44oz cup).


Worst Features

Needed a bit more power, but it's fair. I've had problems getting the last 2 gallons of gas in the tank, it doesn't seem to like to fill completely. When the nozzle kicks off, it's only just about 7/8 full. Takes a while to get another 2 gallons in. That even leaves the required air space. Hmmm...


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So far so good
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By Jay
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Make sure you buy the stick shift in this model. The automatic is really slow. Driving this model with the stick has been great. It more than keeps up with similar vehiles in this class. Haven't had one single problem with the engine. Gas mileage is great, getting over 32mpg


Best Features

Awesome stereo, for being a stock radio.


Worst Features

Need a sharper turning radius and a bigger gas tank


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Fun to drive
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By Fun to drive
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2003 Dodge Neon Sedan R/T 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I just bought a 2003 R/T and it's really fun to drive. Good performance from the engine, although it could use a little more power. Many aftermarket parts are available to increase horsepower if you want that though. This is a great car to drive that feels like a sports car, and at a low cost compared to others of the same type. An especially good value if you buy it used like I did, only 24,000 miles and a fraction of the original cost.


Best Features

High performance engine, steering and braking ability.


Worst Features

Lowered body, larger wheels, wider tires. Since they're not making Neons anymore, this won't happen. The SRT-4 had larger tires and wheels that should have been standard on the R/T.


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