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.
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