I bought my neon in Nov. '99. It was
great for the 1st 3 years except for
the plastic molding on the driver side
door cracked. Then my warrany expired-
my driver side door lock broke. I took
it in to the dealership and they
replaced the door lock but since then
all it does is lock and unlock itself
numerous times- even when i drive. I
took it back it and they told me - very
rudely that there was nothing wrong
I just received this car from my parents and I absolutely dislike it. When driving it, I can never feel comfortable because it does not feel like a safe car at all. The vehicle is thrown all over the road and has no power while going uphill. On the other hand the gas mileage is pretty fair, and the sound is alright. Over all I believe there are more downs than ups for this car and I would not recommend it if you are looking for a safe car.
The gas mileage is great.
More safety features, better interior, and more power.
This is my second Neon. The first was
a 1995 that I purchased brand new. I
was able to get the mileage up to
189,000 before a dumb mistake roasted
the engine. The 2000 Neon is styled
nicely. The windows take getting used
to. The interior is improved as is the
space. The engine is a little easier
to work on, except the jack point ins
not really in a great area. Overall
the Neon is a good starter car or just
Body style, passenger compartment.
The paint does not seem to be of the
highest quality. The window blind
spots are odd. The side mirrors get
dirty as you drive. Some way to keep
Did not have a great experience with this car. Build quality was horrible. The brake pads fell off locking the wheel on way to work. Also had the brakes not work at all (vacuum problem) and almost ended up in the Bay. Lots of rattles, bumper faded (seems to be a usual problem with red Neons). Car feels small, but did have a comfortable seat. With seats down, you could fit quite a bit of stuff. Had a 5 speed manual transmission (automatic was only 3 speed!) which was a bit clunky. The rubberized plastic parts were peeling before I bought it, and only got worse (even with my obsessive car detailing!).
Comfortable front seats, good stock stereo, cargo room was good when seats were down. MPG was good (around 30-32), but a little weak for the trade off of its V4 power.
Build quality was horrible. Brakes a real problem. Use better red paint that doesn't fade on the plastic back bumper. In 2005 it's now a real boring design. V4, even with the 5 Speed manual was clunky and weak. Lots of road noise. All of this and I got rid of it at below 50K.
I bought this car for 1500 and despite having only one previous owner, this person didn't do ANY maintenance on the car, and left all of that up to the next owner, me. The front power windows haven't worked since the purchase. A/C went out after 1 year. Chipping paint is pretty common on the front bumper. The front passenger speaker blew around 80k mi, and the in-dash speaker on the same side went as well around 92k. I have all aftermarket speakers in the car now. I had problems with the alternator twice, but only had to replace it once. It is comfy however; lots of room for 5 passengers. The CD changer broke on me when I tried playing burnt CDs, which lead to the replacement of the stereo.
The CD changer was an excellent feature until it broke. Comfortable. Never had a problem trying to start the car though, and it's a daily driver. Heat works great (almost too well).
Quality of parts. Acceleration (front tires spin and bounce the car up and down while activating the ABS and makes a horrible noise, and shakes like no other - scares the crap out of people, lol.
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