1994 Dodge Neon Highline 4 door 2.0 SOHC from North America
The cheap little car, which could have been a contender
MTX - 2 rebuilds, and then replaced with new rebuilt before 75k under warranty.
Computer replaced once, and then reprogrammed several times under warranty.
Head gasket - typical leak and then replaced (with secret warranty assistance) along with time belt/water pump (preventative maintenance) at 108000 off warranty.
A/C croaked at 130,000, but just replaced belt with non-A/C belt to still use power steering.
Original headlights have typical neon headlight glaucoma. Tried polishing them, but have to keep after them.
Early models lacked a trunk light, but this was retrofitted with an Omni trunk light and a mercury switch from something else.
Early models lacked front door map pockets, but have retro fitted the door panels with junkyard replacements.
Chrysler lost money on this car's 75000 mile warranty.
Over the 10 years owned, the car was in multiple car accidents (90% not owners fault) to the total of about $9000 (!) of repair work:
Shoddy repair of right rear door/gas tank area let water in the trunk, but was fixed with 1 1/2 household sized tubes of silicon plus spray in undercoating in wheel well.
Radio died after one accident (after warranty out), but replaced it with a Dakota radio and then warrantied the Dakota radio out!
Owner replaced clutch, CV axles, clutch cable, shifter cable grommets ("booger bushings") at 160000 miles - wouldn't have been worth it to pay service labor/parts cost to do this.
Want to get Sport front/rear anti-sway bars to replace the standard front only anti-sway bars.
If kept maintained, these cars run forever, but the market who can afford these cars usually beats them and throws them away.
Fuel efficiency for an 11 year old car is between 37-40 MPG using 89 octane (87 octane knocks).
Paint has actually held up since it was repainted due to previous accidents.
I got the car from my ex-wife, who bought it new 11/94, so having a known history is a help.
'95 SOHC models had the better cam versus later models (plus MTX helps!). Drove a '97 or '98 auto trans car, and it was a pig.
Neons.org helped a lot with keeping this car on the road. Booger bushings for the shifter cables alone saved about $200!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 16th June, 2006