2005 Dodge Neon SRT-4 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This car is not for everybody. It's loud and frisky. Kids crowd around you when you park it. It's lousy in snow, and rides like an old Jeep. It's not refined. Understanding what this vehicle is not is vitally important. The scarce ACR package makes this outstanding handler even more amazing, with cornering approaching .91Gs. My Mopar Stage 1 upgrade brings 1/4 times into the mid 13s, with smooth turbo response across usable range. Braking is outstanding. What it doesn't beat, it embarasses. If you love performance, don't mind the tuner crowd, and can live with stiff-bolstered seats that make your middle-aged spread apparant, grab one of these cars and hang on to it.
Handling, braking and acceleration is absolutely outstanding for a vehicle in this price range. Fit and finish are quite good, with no rattles. Good legroom and headroom for a compact. Stock stereo is good. Learn to love the muffler-free exhaust; this car was made for competition. 30MPG.
I wish it was 2-door. GForce tires stick like glue on dry roads, but wander dangerously on dissimilar surfaces, and don't hold up (figure 20K max lifetime.) Shifter feels vague but aftermarkets available. Seats bolsters very hard on thighs. I miss the cruise control.
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