A great value for money sporting saloon
Only a couple of minor niggles. When I picked the car up I noticed poor qaulity paintwork on the rear bumper. This was put right by the garage with the minimum of fuss.
The right hand headlamp for some unknown reason had a tendency to collect water, which would then steam up the lens and create algae. This headlamp was replaced speedily by the dealer and the new one has been fine.
No other problems.
Aside from the minor niggles on collection I have had no problems whatsoever with this car. The Neon R/T has provided me with two years of hassle free motoring so far and has been 100% reliable. Dealer service has been exceptionally good.
The 2.0 litre engine in this car is reliable, and provides enough power to make this little saloon a lively performer. My only criticism of the engine is that it is a little coarse and noisy at high speed.
The R/T version of the Neon had stiffened suspension, larger wheels and low profile tires. It therefore handles incredibly well and is great fun to drive. However, the consequence of this is a totally bone-shaking rock hard ride.
Loads of fun though. I also like the figure hugging sports seats and generous boot. It is a very attractive and sporty car to look at too, not to mention great value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th August, 2004