2003 Dodge Neon Consumer Review: My first car was a disaster

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My first car was a disaster
By acd88 on


2003 Dodge Neon SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Needed a car to get to work and college. Bought a used 2003 Dodge Neon from dealership with 54,000 miles on it. Ran great for the first few months. Then it idled rough so I replaced spark plugs and wires. Ran good for a while. Had trans flushed at 62,000 miles and things went downhill. Radiator ruptured two months later. Trans fluid leaked out, coolant fluid contaminated the trans. Replaced radiator. At 68,500 miles had AAMCO inspect it. Said trans was good but needed to replace motor mounts.The day before Thanksgiving the transmission went(71,000 miles) Mechanic says the coolant fluid that got in the trans, destroyed it. Thought it would be an easy maintenance first car. Boy was I wrong!

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Handles good. Great gas mileage. Fun car. Easy to find parts to maintain it.

Worst Features

Radiator problems leading to Trans failure seem to be common issues. It would be nice to have lever to pop the trunk instead of having to turn off the car and using the key to open the trunk.
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