King of Bang for the Buck
By SRTified on
2004 Dodge Neon SRT-4 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
What a great little car! Stuff a 2.4L Turbo, heavy duty trans and limited slip diff underhood, then add a good suspension, different styling, and viola - the perfect FWD performance deal. I've been getting about 27 mpg after the engine break-in. No problems to date. Exhaust is a bit loud, but I kind of like it. It doesn't drone on the expressway. Handling is darn good for a FWD car, and brakes are terrific. It has the Kicker/Livin Loud stereo, and sounds very good! I would prefer to be able to turn the sub up a bit. Can't go wrong for the money!
Sick power, ease of modification, great handling, FWD and limited slip diff with snow tires will make it great in the winter, decent fuel economy, 4 doors and a nice trunk. In short, sports car performance without the sports car drawbacks.
Engine bucks/bobbles a bit much, could use stiffer motor mounts, which is easy enough to add. Throttle response a little soft, especially when releasing the clutch. And yes, cruise would be nice!