I have had my SRT-4 for about two months now. I love the car. It is an absolute blast to drive. I bought it used, so I have had a few problems to fix, but I believe those to be the previous owner's fault, not Dodge.
The ability to upgrade this car is easy as pie since dodge offers most of the parts you need. Do I need say more than Mopar's turbo upgrades. this car has the ability to have almost 350 hp. that is nuts for the size of this car.
My main complaint is the black bar between the windows. It starts to look bad a day or so after getting the car washed. It is really noticable.
Ok, prior to my SRT4 I owned a WRX. I miss my WRX alot, mainly because of the AWD and respect that car has on the road. However, the SRT4 has done nothing but impress me. It has much better top end power than a WRX. I am interested in seing what a stage 2 mopar package is going to do for me. Since I live in CO, I'm dreading the winter w/o AWD. However, when you let the horses loose on the 2.4L turbod engine from the on-ramp of I-25 (which is 75MPH) there is no differance of feeling from an SRT4 and an STI. the regular WRX actually feels slower!
The turbo. Top end power, especially. Bucket seats are awesome. Engine sounds nice. I love the fact that you can upgrade through mopar and keep your warranty. Extremely nice stock sound system. This car is just a great buy for the money. would recomend to someone spending under $20K
SRT4's need more of a rally look for the interior. I feel like I'm driving my aunt's PT Cruiser when I grab the shift nob. Interior is too plasticky. It needs to look more sporty to turn some heads. Right now, to most people, it's just another ugly Neon. no cruise control! could you imagine w/ AWD:)
I've been looking for a car like this since I bought the 1994/1995 Neon. I remember prototype turbocharged Neon's that were in Car and Driver that must have evolved in to the SRT-4. I bought this car after a friend of mine took me for a ride in his red SRT- 4. I went to the dealer 1 week later and got the Orange Blast w/ACR package. I was not really crazy about the color, but it has grown on me so far. So far, build quality, performance, and overall enjoyment has made this purchase one of my favorite cars ever. Gas mileage has only been 22mpg at highway speeds below 80mph, but what do you expect from a car that can out-perform most V-8's?
Turbo, ability to modify with most reviews saying "installation should be this easy on other cars."
The improvements are already there. It is the improved version of the Neon, which should have been there the first year that they made the Neon.
After doing research, I found that the design and engineering that went into this car was amazing. I don't see how Chrysler could make and sell a car like this but then Viper and Prowler come to mind. Simply put, this is a performance bargain! The car isn't for everyone. You must appreciate high performance and a taste for the daring because the ride is a bit on the harsh side. It is designed to be high performance and everything about the car from the stance, engine sounds, to the look, feel and ride remind you of what it is. This is not a car for first time drivers or people with bad backs. It can be driven daily with ease but it is truly at home being raced at a track.
Looks, sounds, performance. Outside, the car looks a star athelete. The interior is clean and simple without being distracting. The engine has a lot of torque. Power comes quick. You don't need to make the engine scream to get good performance.
The sears are a bit uncomfortable after a while. They serve their purpose but can hurt some.