Great Car...if you upgrade
By Jeff on
Vehicle2003 Dodge Neon SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI have had this car for three years now. Bought it with 44,000 miles on it and have taken it to 100,000. Really fun car to drive. As an experienced mech, i new that dodge parts are not even close to par, so i installed aftermarket parts for nearly every system on the car. Costly yes, but well worth it. The only original parts that have had to be replaced due to fault are the Cam position sensor (which all dodges are notorious for), EVAP canister(naturally due to mileage), and the timing belt(again, naturally due to mileage). Other than that, great car for the price. I would suggest you are at least somewhat of an experienced mech though. Parts are SOOOO cheap for this car. Labor is not.
Best FeaturesStrong 132 stock HP 2.0L, Great stock sound system, Outstanding handling, and overall great endurance for long range high rpm drives.
Worst FeaturesHA...Tranny needs to be completely overhauled and taken back to the drawing board.The tranny cooler is directly linked to the radiator(ASKING FOR PROBLEMS). The Neon is 1 out of 6 compacts in production with this set up. And 1 out of 13 cars total. 6 of which dodge currently produces.FYI
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