2000 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0i


PANTS! If you want to empty your bank account due to repairs... then this is the car for you!


The list is endless... it feels.

The air conditioning went at about 50k. £500 repair cost that I had to bully the warranty company to cough up. What a carry on!

The Brake discs had to be replaced at 70K

(By the way... The Brake Audible alarm was driving me mad... it would bleep to me for mile after mile if it felt like it. Had it checked by garage - no result. Nothing in the manual to explain the problem...crazy... however having had the disc brakes changed seems to have sorted that. Obviously this was the cause... something I did suspect... but couldn't prove with out going to a dealership).

Intermittent fault with the cigarette lighter which shouldn't be a problem for a non smoker such as me... except that I use it for the SAT NAV.

Then I took it for an MOT last week and blow me... the Front Sub Frame has corroded to a point where you can put your finger through the rust... Which is a bit worrying when it carrys the engine! £600 for the part alone plus bushes offside and near side that need replacing...£1000 cost all in.

Alloys tend to stain easily with a little corroding.

Let's not forget the cost of a fog lamp... £120 quid for a bit a glass and housing.

General Comments:

When I first got the car, I must admit I loved it. Nice shape and leather interior, air con, central locking electric windows and mirrors. It did in fact awaken an interest in cars that had been submerged previously. I was the "anything will do to get me from A to B" guy.

In low revs it sounds like a diesel. But not a problem.

OK round corners and the neon pulled off the amazing when an idiot in 2004 pulled out onto me from a side road and nearly crashed into me. Talk about swerving and control. Or may be I'm a good driver??? ;-)

The paint isn't too good, mine is in black and it has a white undercoat??? Black car polish kept it in trim, but what a 'mare to keep clean - as with any black car. Annoying to see the odd white mark break through though, on the edges of doors.

Seats comfortable and the leather has not worn badly.

34 miles to the gallon.

All in all the car looked nice at purchase time... although the shape is looking a little old fashioned now in my opinion. Doesn't look chunky enough for the exec driver compared to some in 2006.

But in the end... whilst the car never failed me on the road... it severely let me down in the repair garage... This car was a nightmare to keep up with repairs and I've decided to rejoin mainstream and get a new Vauxhall Vectra.

It's been the most expensive 42000 miles I've ever travelled in two years!

I will never buy a Chrysler again. Not even a Crossfire which I love the shape... but again... £500 for an exhaust?? Get real America!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th May, 2006

8th May 2006, 15:07

Sounds like the Neons intended for the UK market are just as bad as those over here in the States. Sorry you got a lemon, mate. As for the Crossfire, I'd imagine it'd fare much better being basically a Mercedes. The 3.2L V-6 is a gem.

8th Sep 2006, 15:01

I've just had almost exactly the same issues- Brake disks at 75k, bushes/arms at £130 each at 100k, sub-frame at 112k for £600. Love the car to bits, but I can only throw so much money at it... Just ONCE please pass an MOT!

2000 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0L


Surprisingly good car


Brake light relay failed.

General Comments:

Not particularly comfortable, although it appears to be well put together, despite the rattles and squeaks. The engine is noisy and the petrol consumption is high (particularly when using the air conditioner-which is necessary for demisting the screen).

Having said all that, this is the most reliable car I have ever owned. The dealers, although expensive, are excellent and always make you feel valued. Positive ownership experience.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th September, 2005

2000 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0 petrol


A brilliant car for the money


Alloy wheels were very prone to corrosion. And bizarrely had to be replaced twice.

No other problems.

General Comments:

This was a very dependable car to own. Totally reliable and fine quality (except the wheels!). I was so pleased with this car and with the service from the dealer that I replaced it with another Chrysler Neon.

Very comfortable with leather seats and air conditioning. Plenty of room for five and a generous boot.

Good performance and pretty good handling too, though the R/T version is better. The ride was a little on the firm side, but not uncomfortable.

Fantastic value for money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2004

2000 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0


A poor advertisement for Chrysler products


Engine noisy and lacking in power. Particularly, acceleration could be bettered easily by almost any other car.

The anti-pollution devices were over sensitive and unreliable, failing on several occasions which caused warning lights to come on, although there was nothing basically wrong with the engine. This meant lost time at the dealers for repairs.

The paint work was a disaster. It scratched and pitted just by being exposed to fresh air.

And who thought of fitting a non-retracting radio aerial to a car of this high price, just asking for a passing vandal to snap it off - and he/she did!

General Comments:

The model needs fundamental redesign and better quality control in the factory.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th May, 2002