Overall, I've been very happy with my Neon
Head gasket replaced twice (once at 13K km, the 2nd time at 105K km).
Factory paint (lapis blue) began peeling shortly after the warranty expired (3 years).
Sunroof had a life expectancy of about 1 year. It was fixed at least once every summer under warranty. When the warranty finally ran out, the roof gave the same troubles and Chrysler agreed to replace the whole thing. That lasted for about 5 years before finally breaking down again.
The Neon is definitely not even close to being perfect, but despite its faults, it is a good car for what it is. Sure, it had its problems (including that infamous head gasket appetite), but it is also a very spacious car, considering its exterior dimensions. It handles very well, it is frugal on gas, and it can also be very quick for an economy car.
If you are mechanically inclined, the car is also relatively easy to work on and parts are both cheap and plentiful. I'm coming the original owner of my Neon, and I'm coming up on 13 years of ownership. I have every intention of driving this car into the ground, but hopefully that won't be anytime soon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 2nd March, 2010