Even the junk yard doesn't want these cars taking up their valuable space
The car shimmys at 30 MPH...If you are in the auto manufacturing industry (like CHRYSLER /DODGE are) you would think that a car that just come off the line wouldn't shake or shimmy at a speed of 30 mph. Come on! I can think of cars built in 1950 that don't do that! Lets gather some factors: any corporation that sells cars (like Dodge), tells you they can't fix your car, and then turn around and sock you with a bill saying, "we will have to charge you. Then we can tell you whats wrong. Well, we didn't find anything, but I think we will still charge you anyway."
If you have a Neon, and it's acting up your best bet would be to ask around of friends, and so on. Even your local auto garage, where you have taken your vehicle to in the past, is going to say, "AHHHH I DUNNO." So don't even think twice about buying such thing as a DODGE NEON. Seriously, I would rather buy a 1971 Ford PINTO. Seriously, the '71 Pinto will at least make it through the year without any hassels; maybe even 2 years.
Look at it like this: 1977 CHEVY PICKUP TRUCK WITH a four barrel carb gets about the same mileage as a nineteen nighty-five; (yes, you are reading this correctly) 1995 Dodge NEON. When that fuel gauge hits the EMPTY mark, you have approx 10 minutes to get some fuel, or you are thumbing it. The transmission in a homemade GOKART with a 5 horsepower lawnmower engine will last longer than your Neon will any day of the week!
I bought my '95 Neon Sport for 200 dollars (yes! two hundred dollars!) I'm the kind of guy that like to dink around with cars; it gives me something to do. That's why I picked it up. I'm not going to dump large amounts of cash into this Neon thingy. I do all the work myself, so I'll sit there and work on this thing every day of the week until it's back on the road; until the next time it breaks down, which is about 30 days. Hassel-free Neon driving, then it's back into the garage for the next thing; gives me a challenge in life.
I also have a 1987 SAAB 9000S; ANOTHER lemon that I fixed very cheaply. Again; $350 for that car, but very hard to work on. Retail list is 26,000 dollars, but I bought it for 350. It took me 2 days to find the alternator on this dumb thing. Like I said, it gives me something to do; a challenge. So if you are thinking about spending 2,500 on a Neon, FORGET IT! Shop for other makes, like VOLKS, VOLVO, TOYOTA, SAAB, SATURN, SUZUKI, HONDA. (These are worth dumping a little cash into, like: pumps, tires, clutches, headlights, windows, fenders, taillights).
And then you have these makes you want to stay away from, including: JEEP, BRONCO, S10, S15, BLAZER, CHRYSLER PRODUCTS, GMC PRODUCTS, CHEVROLET PRODUCTS, SAFARI(GMC), ASTRO, and GEO. (These makes will require head gaskets, U-joints, transmisions, and engine overhaul).
FAULTY wiring; when you buy products like VOLKS OR VOLVO, you will have to put 3 trannys in a GM PRODUCT before the the tranny goes out for the first time on an IMPORT. Believe me, I've travelled this country coast to coast, and on the side of the road you will count the number of S10, S15, BRONCO, BLAZER, and Geo vehicles; they are all the same manufacturer. As I drive by these folks in the middle of the Nevada desert in my 1970 Volkswagen speed buggy (coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota heading to Los Angeles these cars will drive around the globe before this Neon hits Mason City, IOWA. NO JOKE!
If you are looking for a quality car try this; '95 Toyota Camry. But you are going to have to pay for it's reliability, like... 6k 7k, but in the long run it's worth it...
Don't buy it.
Don't buy it.
Don't buy it.
I'm warning you.
Don't buy it.
Oh yes, it looks good.
You might as well tear the floor board out and use your feet like Fred Flintstone, or push it home like Al Bundy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th September, 2002