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Pros: price and gas mileage
Cons: lack of durability
Advice: If you can afford to buy something more upscale, I would recommend you do that.I had transmission work done on this car at only 24,000 miles (covered under warranty) and the radio had to be replaced (also covered under waranty). Gas mileage is good, but brakes had to be replaced at 24,000 miles (I did majority of city driving). I hear a knocking from the engine at times that can't be 'fixed'. I'm wondering what will break next.
Pros: The nice exhaust note and great performance.
Cons: Moderate road noise at highway speeds.
Advice: Buy an SRT-4 if you can find one. If not the R/T is adequate.When I bought my R/T, i had no idea there was a much faster and all around better car than a regular Neon. Then I drove my buddy's SXT and thought there was something wrong with it. If you can't afford a SRT-4 or dont feel the need for all that speed, the R/T is your best bet. You should always have fun when you drive your vehicle, and the R/T delivers.
Pros: smooth shifting 5 speed
Cons: lack of power windows in the rear doors
Advice: k&n air filter and mobil synthetic oili live in denver..thin air..cars don't run that good here..i invested in a k&n air filter..very wise move on my behalf..more torque and more horsepower..my commute to and from work is 35 miles..i'm averaging 32 miles per gallon..why??? the k&n air filter..well worth the $45.00 investment
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: get a five speedWe traded a 99'cougar on a 2002 sxt neon and I like the car over all except they talked my wife into a auto and I would rather have a stick in a four cyl. The car drives great but the gas mileage we're getting is no better than my V8 Dakota, we're getting about 200 miles out of a tank, hoping it gets better after the engine breaks in alittle. Car handles great in the corners. Car is comfortable on long drives,we drove it to West VA about 700 miles total. Should have the 150hp in all models, It needs more than 132hp, It's hard to keep the rpm's up with the automatic.
Pros: Large amount of room in the front seat area.
Cons: The seat belts are not comfortable.
Advice: Check the car out really good and bring it back promptly if you experience problems.The Dodge Neon dies out when idling at stop lights or drive thru's at times. There is a noice coming from the engine or automatic transmission at around 35 miles per hour.
Pros: The way the car handles.
Cons: No factory cd player? Who owns tapes anymore?
Advice: Take one for a spin. You will be suprised by the performance of this American compact.My second Neon. The 2002 ACR replaced a 1999 Highline. Let me say the second generation has a much better build quality. The Magnum 2.0 has about the best horsepower and torque for a car of its price. The handling is unbelievable on the ACR trim. Fully adjustable struts, larger front sway bar, addition of a rear sway bar, stiffer springs, and a 16:1 rack make this car awesome on the curves. Very fun to drive, although the car really needs a 6th speed (overdrive) to help with fuel economy considering the 3.94 final drive, and to help keep engine noise down. Thankfully D/C added full frame doors and killed the wind noise problem of the first generation Neons. After driving one for several months I know why they win so many SCCA events.
Advice: Great car for the money.This is my third Neon. Handling and brakes are still excellent. Suspension has improved - is much less punishing. 150hp engine is quick and economical. Wind noise has decreased, but road and engine noise remain.