Ever buy something cheap thinking you can probably "get by" with it only to discover that it broke after 2-3 uses? That's exactly how I feel about my Neon. I definitely wish now that I had spent $4,000 more or so and picked up a Civic instead. I have had headgasket trouble, oil and transmission leaks, failure by the Dodge dealership to fix or even admit the problems, stupid window design that leaks air at highway speeds, plus now my gas mileage has dropped from almost 30 when new to 25. I took it to the shop and they can't figure out why, they just said probably engine and transmission wear. The cost of ownership and hassle have just been too much on this car. My advice - stay away from it like it's a virus.
It was cheap ($3,000 - $4,000 below comparable models at the time) and on paper looked good in HP ratings when I bought it.
I bought mine used with just over 40k miles. Since then, thankfully, I haven't had to replace the head gasket, though I'm just waiting for the day when it does. I'm up to 114k miles, and there's hardly a speck of paint left on the roof. It was white, now it's a nice shade of primer gray/rust. The car runs, though it seems to be burning oil. I still get decent highway mileage, though my city mileage, as I do mostly local driving, is slowly creeping more towards 20 mpg and away from 30. I'm ready to ditch it and upgrade to something nicer. My roommate keeps threating to use it to sight in his new rifle.
It's not a bad car, and I got a decent deal on it when I bought it.
The lug wrench included is prone to slipping and stripping the lug nuts. The cupholders won't hold anything larger than a 20 oz. bottle or medium soda from McDonalds, and the location right under the stereo doesn't leave a whole lot of room.
Well, I bought it with 124+K from a
local used car dealer. It was a one
owner that was ORDERED from the factor
by a woman who lives in my state. I
simply drove the car for the first 7
months with NO problems. Then I
elected to replace the shirt cables
(5spd) and the struts. I also did a
general tune up. The car is loaded
with pwrs and keyless entry. Great
ride, super MPG (36+), and looks good.
I guess I am the rare happy Neon
owner...compared to the responses
written here. Good luck people!
I bought my neon cuz I needed a cheap
car. That's all it is. I've had all
the leaks like everyone else. But my
car has been good to me. However, I
can't wait to get rid of it. I would
NEVER buy one again. It's not even
worth the parts that are in it.
Chrysler needs to take some
responsibility for their errors. It's
obvious it's a design flaw cuz EVERYONE
has a head gasket problem. It's been a
cute car with a zippy engine. But I
won't miss it.
It's speedy and fun to drive. It's
I want to enjoy my car, not constantly
worry about whether or not I'll make it
Bessie (my red 1996 Neon) is
suffering. Here is a list. - Horn
didn't work, then came on by itself -
A/C died 2X - Blinker switch replaced
2X - Brakes defective - Electrical
system died leaving only headlights
working 2X - Gas tank replaced - Head
gasket blew 2X (I refuse to fix it this
time, but can't drive it because it
goes through 1 qt. of oil every 2-3
Good when driving in snow. Sound system
WAS pretty good. Good gas mileage.
Always started for me.
Noise reduction, reduce fogging of
windows, better head gasket, find a way
of not having the front heat/defrost
blowing up the noses of the front seat