I bought this car in 2003 with 20000 miles on it.I drove it until 2009 and put an additional 90000 miles on it.Other than oil changes this car has been maintenance free for me.The 2003 Neon was the most reliable car I've ever had.I would have bought another one but they stopped making the model 3 years ago. I recently traded it in and bought a 2007 Kia Spectra.I'll miss my Neon though. I had zero problems with it in 6 years of daily driving
Great initial acceleration, handled curves very well,good gas mileage
I had trouble with the tape deck and the speakers were weak
I bought this car in Feb of '03. Now with 40k miles, no problems to report other then my 3rd synchro going out and multiple torque mounts breaking on me. It's really a love/hate thing with this specific car. Either you love it cause you're an OG neon owner like myself, or hate it cause it got caught with the old Neon stigma. Truthfully I don't think I will ever part with it. I love it that much!
4 doors definitely! Turbo built engine, turbo, seats, body style. Looks good stock. No need for a body kit here. Easy to work on.
Tranny definitely needs to be looked at by DCX since there's many owners with problems. You got power windows up front, how about the back? Shouldve started with wider stock wheels
Bought it sight unseen for sticker price when they first came out. Never even drove one, but I figured how could I go wrong for the price. Man was I right. Smokes almost everything on the road for $20K! Best purchase I ever made.
Power. Great seats, brakes. Build quality very good. No complaints at all. Easy and cheap to hot-rod. intake, stage 1, and exhaust set me back less than $2K and I make nearly 300HP at the wheels.
Too much wheel hop. Requires aftermarket motor mounts.
We paid over MSRP in April 2003 when these just came out. We weren't planning on a new car, but I was compelled by the performance and my wife had the same reaction to the styling. (Ours is yellow). We took a test drive, and the first thing we noticed is that this is NOT a Neon. The build was very tight. Special attention went into these cars. With limited production, Dodge wanted to make a statement. The SRT line was unveiled And we had to have it. Words to describe this car: Practical, economical, exhilarating, and reliable. We had to justify using this as a family car. A) the back seat was very roomy, and the trunk was spacious. B.) We get 29-30 MPG hwy and 25-26 daily driving.
Performance to economy ratio, stereo, styling, 4 doors, handling and price. You just can't find a better new car deal for any warm-blooded driver.
a.) It's hard to stay comfortable on long trips; the front seats are "race inspired" and leave little room for repositioning or for fitting a large rump, b.) No cruise control. Stay disciplined or you'll get tickets. c) Snow tires in 17" stink. Find some offset 15" rims that allow a larger sidewall