Where to start? I have barely owned the car for six months and have already put $1000 in it for repairs! I haven't even put 5,000 miles on it yet.
At first it seemed perfect, like a dream. I bought it from a guy who was a mechanic (it has a reconstructed title), but he assured me it was only in a minor accident. My father inspected the car and agreed that he was telling the truth, so it seemed like I was getting an awesome car for a great price (I paid $1900). And at first, it was great. It drove great. And then the trouble started. First the hazard light on my dashboard came on with an annoying buzz sound, but only every now and then. My friend who's a great car guy tracked it to the fuse that controlled the dome light (which has never worked, incidentally) so we figured it was the fuse messing everything up. We pulled it out and instantly the buzzing stopped... took it to a Chrysler dealer who told me it was the "dome light relay system" and gave me another one for $40. My fiance and I were pretty happy... we took it out to the car, popped it in and shut the doors and the buzzing started all over again. Now the fuse rests comfortably in the glove box in its original box, as I have decided I would rather live without a dome light than dig into the entire wiring of my car. Freak thing, right? Guess again.
Two days later, my fiance and I were supposed to leave for Canada in the morning, and he called me from Walmart to tell me he was stuck and the car wouldn't start. Had it towed that night...fortunately, I was lucky this time. It was just a loose wire near the battery and it only cost me $16. Thank goodness I have an honest mechanic.
About a month later I went home to get my brakes fixed as they had been squeaky and not working as well for awhile. The brakes were bad and cost me about $100, but there was another major problem... a HUGE leak in the oil pan that almost cost me to lose my engine! Again, thank goodness I was taking it in to get the brakes looked at. That cost me another $100.
I thought for sure I'd be good to go, but my brakes continued to squeak and I noticed a foul smell like burning brakes after I would be driving for awhile. So over Spring Break I took the car back to the guy who did my brakes because my fiance figured maybe they weren't adjusted right... WRONG AGAIN, but this time I wasn't so lucky. You guessed it... Head Gasket. Cost me $700 to fix.
So I finally got the car back up to school, and my fiance joked with me about how "nothing else can possibly go wrong"...the next day I was on my home from classes about 20 minutes from where we live and the car stalled in the middle of the street. He came and pushed it off the street, and I had it towed once again that night... this time it was a broken Cam Sensor. That cost another $118. Again, thank goodness for my honest mechanic!
It's a very deceptive vehicle because on the outside it looks beautiful and it's very spacious inside as well.
It drives wonderfully - quiet and smooth.
Despite all of the problems I have had in the last month, I continue to hope that perhaps they were a few freak things and the car will straight out now. I am either a wishful thinker or a very poor college student who is desperate for some hope.
However, I have also developed an intense fear of driving the vehicle because I never know when it will break down and it scares me.
It's very economical as far as gas goes - one tank seems to last forever.
Bottom line, if you're looking for an inexpensive vehicle, the Neon is tempting... but do your research first! I wish I had.
If you're strapped for cash, shop around because so far my Neon has only been more money in the long run to fix all of the bad things that have happened to it.