2000 Chrysler Neon SE Unleaded from Australia and New Zealand


Great for its age


Had it for 14 years.

Major faults - radiator cost $2000.00.

Electric windows have a fault.

Bad oil leaks - still not fixed; I just use stop leak!

Very cheap to maintain! Cheap parts.

General Comments:

14 years and still going hard.

Maintenance - new brakes and rotors (twice).

New tyres (3 times all 4 tyres in 14 years).

New spark plugs (1 in 14 years).

Air filter (1 in 14 years).

Oil filter every oil change (5 times in 14 years).

1 battery change in 14 years.

Maybe spent $2450 on maintenance in 14 years.

Costing $145 per year.

I would recommend buying this car again, even 2nd hand, only the SE model - if buying, get a mechanic to check it out and check the spark plugs for oil on them.

For its age it's done well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st April, 2014

22nd Apr 2014, 15:06

So why did you rate running costs as 0? A radiator for $2K (whether it's AU$ or NZ$) is pretty dear - a BMW or Audi radiator only costs from $450-650 depending on model and gearbox). Still, good to know it's served you well - I did wonder about 7 oil filters in 14 years, so you changed oil once every two years?

2000 Chrysler Neon LE 2.0 from North America


I love my Neon, my wife is jealous


There is no caster camber alignment in this car.

Engine drives rough at low speed and cold weather.

General Comments:

Awesome design and remarkable achievement of the Chrysler Neon.

The shape of the car has been copied by lots of later models of other companies; even the 2012 Civic tail lights look the same.

This car, you can compare to a Civic, and it beats the other sedans of the year.

Good, economical, small car.

It never bothered me, except I bother the car.

Engine and transmission still work fine after 240 clicks.

Good on the highway and designed to cruise.. Love it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2011

2000 Chrysler Neon SE 2.0 from North America


It gets me to work and back without breaking down


General maintenance.

General Comments:

The Chrysler Neon is a basic 4 door sedan.

It's very economical, uncomfortable if you sit in the front seats, but what car isn't after a long road trip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2010

29th Aug 2010, 19:30

I often recommend cars to my friends. I'm a mechanic and car enthusiast and have owned lots of domestics and a few imports.

Based on my experience with a Chrysler sub-compact (nearly a quarter million trouble-free miles), I recommended a Neon to a handicapped friend of mine who had had nightmarish experiences with his Japanese import.

He bought the car (a 2002 model) new and it currently has over 120,000 miles on it without a single problem. He often neglects the scheduled maintenance and uses very cheap non-synthetic oil. In spite of this abuse the car has proven to be totally reliable in every respect.

These are some of the most under-rated cars on the planet. They are a far better buy than most imports.

2000 Chrysler Neon LE Sport 2.0 from North America


I like this car


There was a short in my brake lights, and I found the problem was the clutch, when depressed, wore out the wires that came from my brake pedal, and were causing the fuse for my brake lights to blow.

I was unaware of this problem for the first six months of owning my car, and it took another month to figure out where the short was. I suspect this is not an isolated incident, and there may be more people on the road without brake lights.

The power steering rack is leaking. This is not a serious problem, but it costs about $1000.00 to fix.

I had my rear brake cylinders replaced at 91000 km. This cost me $450.00.

When the engine is cold, my valves make a tapping sound. Once the engine is warm, the sound disappears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2009

4th Jun 2012, 12:37

The brake cylinders cost me $40 for a pair, and I replaced both and bled the system in just under an hour, because it's an easy job; the car reminds me of a go cart! So... you need a new mechanic my friend; even if they marked your parts up 60 bucks and charged you $100/hr, that's still only $200 bucks!!!