The little Plymouth Neon is fun to drive, feels very solid on the road, and in general has a well designed interior. For a compact car, it has remarkable interior room for 4 adults, and the back seats fold down to allow more truck originated space. It's probably the best little car I've ever driven.
A little about my car and a comment on another post.
written on 08-22-2012
I purchased my 2001 used from a private seller. It had 120,000 miles and I only paid $500 for it. It was non - running the problem turned out to be bad battery terminals a easy fix for about $4. I love my car, its quick and sporty, handles well and seems to be well built and very reliable requiring only standard maintenance, something that most people simple forget or dont care to do. My only complaint is I wish the center console was bigger.
I bought this car the middle of last year and had to replace the brakes already once, the repair shop couldn't believe that they had already worn out! Neither could I. They also squeal almost everytime you push on them from slowing dow, my rating on the brakes? .02!
I have averaged 20,000 miles a year on a Neon since 1996. The second generation, while a little heavier, is a much better car. Excellent car to buy used, it's a better built car than it's reputation, and you can get a bargain price.
This is my third Neon. The 1996 was the best one so far, but the 2001 is close behind. I have an automatic and wish I would have gotten a standard. The automatics are loud, but the car is still fun to drive. Take a Neon for a drive you'll love it in the long run.