Not too bad compared to others of similar size/price
The brakes squeak despite numerous repair attempts.
Most of the air conditioner related parts were replaced between 45,000 and 55,000. I believe this was partly dealer's fault. I had relatively minor repairs done and they were not done right. The dealer admitted that repairs were done poorly and cause other problems and all air conditioner related repairs after the first were performed at dealer's expense (needless to say, I have since found a dealer with a much better service facility).
Head gasket was replaced at about 56,000 miles.
Other than the squeaky brake issue and the head gasket blowing, I've not had any major problems.
My gas mileage is about 27 city and 34 highway.
I won't claim that the car is the fastest out there, but passing acceleration beats the other compact/sub-compact cars I've driven.
Headroom in the front is very good. I'm 6 feet tall, and I found other cars in this size/price range a bit too vertically cramped. I wouldn't recommend adults riding in the back for any long distances.
For the price, the I've had pretty good performance from the car. I've heard of others with much worse experiences with Neons, but for me, the price/performance of this car made it my best option at the time I bought it, and I haven't had too many problems with it.
Personally, I like the appearance of this car much better than the new models - I don't care for the changes Dodge made to the front.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st December, 2002