I love my car. The one and ONLY time it didn't start was when the battery died. I've never had any other problems than that. I love everything about the car. I love the color, the look of the car, the handling, smooth ride, etc.
I am really attached to my little neon expresso! It has needed a new transmittion right after i bought it and has a minor oil leak. The gas gague hasn't woked since i bought it but i just go by the tripometer. It gets about 27 mpg. The interior design is a little tacky but seriously comfortable. I live in a mountainy area and this car handls turns and hills spectacularly at the speeds i push it to. It ratles a bit but hey it's a decade old and I bought it with 150,000 miles on it. Paint has faded and chipped a bit though.
I bought my Neon in 1997 with 24,000 miles. The reason my Neon cost me $20,000 is repairs. I paid $13,999 for the car and more than $6000 for repairs. Here's the list of replaced parts (not including what it came with): 3 head gaskets, 8 sets of brake pads, 3 sets of brake rotors, 2 sets of brake calipers, 1 transmission and several gaskets and seals. Don't ever buy a Neon. I have yet to find anyone who has owned a Neon for more than 6 months who enjoys the car. So I'm getting rid of mine now that I've worked 2 jobs to get out of debt. I had to pay so much in repairs I couldn't afford to pay my other bills. My credit will be ruined forever. Thanks Chrysler!
My Neon is a great fun car because it gets great gas mileage, 35 mpg hiway and 33 in town. Its AC system works great even on 115 degree days cooling the cab fast. I drive this car 95 miles to work and back 6 days a week.
I've had my Neon for a long time now, and I've had to do some substantial work to it. It is pushing it's 200,000th mile and is still going good. Personally, i think the older Neon's are a great beginner car for a young driver because they are easy to handle and have lots of safety features. I love my Neon and wish I could keep it much longer.