Used 1999 Dodge Neon Coupe

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1999 Dodge Neon
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Pros

  • Zippy performance with 5-speed and DOHC engine. Handles the twisties with aplomb.

Cons

  • Loud interior. High-silled greenhouse results in that "sitting in a bathtub" feeling. Sketchy reliability history.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

vehicle overview

Neon has virtually redefined what it takes to compete in the small car market since it debuted in 1994 as an early 1995 model. Featuring likable styling, a zoomy, go-fast engine and plenty of room for four, the Neon has become the benchmark for manufacturers looking to build inexpensive small cars.

The new Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer are more refined than this Dodge, but still can't match the Neon for sheer driving fun. The Toyota Tercel is 40 horsepower and a personality off the mark. Nissan's Sentra is bland in comparison. Chevy's Cavalier feels heavy and ponderous; ditto the Pontiac Sunfire. The Toyota Corolla is a fine car, but can't compete with the sheer value offered by the Neon. Neither can the Chevrolet Prizm. Mazda Protege and Honda Civic suffer the same problem.

What about reliability, though? Well, if the surveys conducted by several independent firms around the country are any indication, the Neon suffers from hit-and-miss quality. Edmund's has received mail from folks who think it's the greatest car they've ever owned, and from others who wanted to know if their problems qualified for any lemon law protection. Overall, the impression we've gained is favorable, though we are hesitant to recommend this scrappy compact to those who've traditionally driven Japanese imports.

Order the R/T Group, and you'll receive a sport fascia with fog lamps, racing stripes, sport suspension, sport-tuned engine controller, 14-inch wheel covers, four-wheel disc brakes and Tango interior fabric. The R/T stripes are great for financially-challenged Viper aficionados with active imaginations. For less boisterous personalities, the stripes can be deleted. Sounds like a recipe for fun, considering the 2.0-liter DOHC and sport suspension. As we've said before, the Neon Competition and R/T are the most fun you can have for $15,000, aside from a used Mazda Miata or a year vacationing in Cabo San Lucas.

If Chrysler Corporation can quell consumer fears about the reliability of this little car and keep prices in line, there won't be any point in shopping around. Just drop in to any Dodge dealer and drive off in one of the best values available today.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1999 Dodge Neon.

Love my R/T
scotr, 11/19/2009
I'm more than happy with my '99 Neon R/T. It handles very nicely and with regular maintenance has been extremely reliable. I avg around 25 mpg in town and 37 mpg highway (all of which is at an elevation of 3500 ft or higher)on 87 octane reg gas. Head gasket blew at the 3 yr mark but dealer covered it. Headlights dull badly with age but aftermarket polishing helps. Seems to burn out an O-2 sensor every few years and the moonroof tracks have both broken once despite minimal use. Biggest problem (chronic to Neons) is the intermittent failure of the instrument cluster (due, I'm told, to poor solder connections). All in all this car has been incredibly reliable, fun to drive and economical.
1999 Dodge Neon Coupe
kbuhl, 11/1/2004
Good car until about 60,000 miles, lots of rattles. Everything starts wearing out. $2000 in repairs in the last year. I would not buy another used one, or a new one if it's only gonna last 60,000 miles.
Fun to drive and reliable too!
gr00vych1k, 5/20/2003
This is a very fun car to drive - it is very reliable, gets decent gas mileage, and takes corners like it's on rails! I purchased this car after owning a ford escort, which gave me nothing but problems. I have had the Neon for two years and have had minimal problems. The car has been completely reliable despite the commute I have put it through.
Coupe competition
Troopx3, 10/15/2006
The Neon is fast, but my fuel economy is bad. Other than that, the car is excellent. For a small car, it is roomy and comfortable.
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Features & Specs

MPG
24 city / 36 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
132 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
24 city / 36 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
150 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
24 city / 36 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
150 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
24 city / 36 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
132 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Poor

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Used 1999 Dodge Neon Coupe Overview

The Used 1999 Dodge Neon Coupe is offered in the following styles: Highline 2dr Coupe, R/T 2dr Coupe, Sport 2dr Coupe, and Competition 2dr Coupe.

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