I purchased this vehicle used and after a month of driving (42000km) and adding only a thousand kilometers on it, the fuel pump ceased to operate.
The air conditioning assembly stopped working at 50000km and was replaced under warranty. This was causing the car to stall and shake violently, most notably while in reverse.
At 56000km both front tie-rod ends needed to be replaced. This was not covered under warranty.
At 57000km the stalling issue started again. Multiple visits to the dealership to correct this problem have not worked and the shaking has come back only 10x worse. The dealership told me this was normal.
The automatic transmission is slow up/down-shifting, often revving out the engine to the red line while it searches for the gear.
The muffler rusted out very quickly and there are now several holes in it.
Buyer beware! I have several friends who own the same year and model as my car, and none of them have had very many problems.
I suggest if you are looking to purchase a Neon take it to an independent shop and have them look it over. Neon's seem to be hit and miss when it comes to reliability and dependability.
The interior is not as bad as most domestic automakers, but still uses too much cheap plastic.
The car does handle great, but it handles even better when you upgrade the tires.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 6th August, 2005
2nd Sep 2005, 16:42
My Chrysler Neon LE has been a very good car, the only thing to go wrong on it has been the battery.
It has also been very economical to drive.
It is very spacious and comfortable.
I would recommend it any day of the year.
I am very pleased with it.
7th May 2006, 12:07
The air conditioning on my car broke at 50000 miles aswell.
30th Nov 2006, 14:19
My 2002 LX Neon with Leather and Navigations System has been absolutely beautiful. As beautiful as Rolex, but as reliable as a Casio! Absolutely perfect with no problems whatsoever. Routine maintenance is all she asks for, and it is infinitely more reliable than my 1999 Corolla.
2002 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0L 16v from North America
This car is CRAP
EVERYTHING From Electronics, engine, cooling, ac, head lights, horn not working, paint pealing.
Worst 3 years of car ownership I have ever had.
DO NOT BUY A NEON UNLESS you get a good warranty with it, and if its used, have a third party auto shop look at it.
I have really nothing good to say about the car, other than it looks good.
Nice red paint...
But a Lemon, Finally the bank is buying this car off me for the original selling price.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd April, 2005
14th Jan 2007, 07:56
Ever since I bought my neon 2.0L LX in 2002 it has never had any problems, except for the battery that I had to change recently. Just what I expect from a regularly car, I enjoy every journey I take with it - I just love how it handles at high speeds.