This car is a money pit. I used to love
it...before two head gaskets, The
latest todat to the tune of 1,000
dollars. Two weeks ago I put in $400.
As I bought this as a year old
rental...I have to wonder what they di
to it. AC has been repaired. New brake
system (FYI the breaks squeal on all
models for this year) Can't get the
dome light to turn off. Just found out
that the uneven tire wear is a problem
many others have had. A new set of
tires every year because of inside
wear. Ticking sound in dash. Stopping
in intersections (Had to put in a new
cable from the battery to alternator to
solve that problem.)
Paint peeled, speedometer went, guages
worked intermittently, had gauge
transplant, oil warning still failed,
CONSTANT problems w/ breakdowns -- oil
leaks, gaskets, have poured money into
fixing it -- don't want to add it up.
Noisy, hard to get out of, cup holders
impossible, no clock, no oil gauge,
overhead light went on while driving &
couldn't be fixed, same with radio;
hence no interior light (had to take
out bulb) -- a PAIN!!!!!!
We were happy at first- the style, cabin
capacity, and mileage are all good.
That was the honeymoon period. Then, the
head gasket had to be replaced and the air
conditioner repeatedly recharged. At 50,000
miles the engine started crapping out-
consuming oil and the engine needed to be
replaced- the cost would have "totaled" the
car. Had to fill it with a quart of oil once a
week. Speedometer worked only when it felt
like it... wiring in stereo was bad and the
right-passenger-side speaker set on fire.
Needed new tires at only about 30,000 miles.
Charged A/C a week and a half before we
traded it in, and was out of fluid the day we
turned it in.
Bought my Neon in 2000 with only 24,000 mi on it. The dealership had already replaced a head gasket. Since then, I have had to replace the radiator, an O2 sensor, and the dash circuit board (my speedometer stopped working!) The brakes squeak constantly, it slips in the rain even with good tires (I won't even mention in the snow), and the doors/handles freeze solid in the cold. Rear speakers are blown, tape deck quit working. So many problems, and it only JUST passed 56,000 mi. AC isn't very cold, and sucks the life out the acceleration. When I first got the car, I loved how cute it was, but now I look at it and I can't wait to buy my Honda CR-V. No more Dodge products for me!
The transmission went out on me within
two years of purchase. There are
numerous places where the paint is
chipping off. All the other older neons
I've seen have paint chipping also. Put
more money into it repairing it than