1999 Dodge Neon ACR 2.0L DOHC from North America

Summary:

Cheap fun

Faults:

Just normal maintenance.

General Comments:

Fast and fun, super grip, super brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th December, 2010

1999 Dodge Neon RT 2.0 from North America

Summary:

The last attempt to compete with the foreign makes was a failure

Faults:

Head gasket replaced at 21,002 miles.

Crank position sensor replaced at 23,429 miles.

EGR replaced at 33,278 miles.

Cam shaft position sensor replaced at 34,087 miles.

Front brakes replaced at 40,561 miles.

Head gasket replaced AGAIN at 45,418 miles.

EGR replaced AGAIN at 47,905 miles.

Exhaust manifold gasket replaced at 52,648 miles.

Engine wiring harness replaced at 62,603 miles.

A/C compressor replaced at 79,767 miles.

Camshaft position sensor replaced AGAIN at 82,083 miles.

Radiator replaced at 86,152 miles.

Muffler replaced due to hole at 86,755 miles.

Speedometer cluster replaced at 90,491 miles.

Headlights get all milky and faded - poor headlights.

Sunroof assembly replaced TWICE before 90 miles.

Turn signal switch replaced at 92,971 miles.

General Comments:

The DOHC 2.0 moves this car nicely.

Handles like a go kart.

Not a comfortable ride with poor suspension travel.

Good on gas mileage.

I think the bean counters at Chrysler killed this car and all it could have been.

A serious money pit. Check engine light will come on every 2-3 months.

Only buy these cars if you are a mechanic or know what you're doing.

DO NOT buy this car if you want to remain married, or continue to have a girlfriend.

DO NOT let these vehicles sit more than several weeks without starting/driving, especially in wetter climates. You will have strange electrical/grounding issues!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th September, 2009

17th Nov 2009, 05:44

Sounds like we had identical cars! Many of the same problems you mentioned, plus if I or someone in the house didn't start my Neon for the 1-3 weeks that I was typically away on business, I would come back to all kinds of weird issues (check engine lights, rough idle, surging, and sputtering).

The winter time brought all kinds of strange noises in the suspension to the power steering pump/etc.

In concept the Neon was a noble idea that was executed poorly, and was definitely decimated by the bean counters at Chrysler as you stated. You only get once chance to make an impression, and I'm thinking the Neon left a life long bad taste in MANY auto buyers mouths. Many people will NEVER consider a Chrysler product ever again. So many buyers were left out in the cold with the head gasket i$$ue alone! You eventually either reap rewards for the products and services you offer/provide, or you slowly die. A very sad tale of "what could have been" It truly was Chrysler's last attempt to take on the imports, and you'll never see this again.

24th Jun 2012, 20:17

Wow... all of your comments and problems listed brought back a lot of bad memories. Despite all of those problems, it was a fun car to drive, and I still have a warm place in my heart for it. Sadly, if you do the research on how they went about designing and building this vehicle, we'll never see another vehicle executed the way the Neon was. It was the last of its kind in many ways.

I'm thinking if the bean counters had allowed a proper MLS head gasket from the start, it would have saved us all so many headaches, and not left such a bad taste in our mouths.

1999 Dodge Neon highliner from North America

Summary:

I love my neon and wouldn't trade it for anything

Faults:

Some things that go wrong on a neon is that a neon has spark plugs gaskets and they go out and you get oil on the head. Another thing is that they always loose bearings in the air conditioner belt and it starts to sqeak.

General Comments:

It is a good and fast car it goes from one point to another and gets there. When your darting out of traffic it goes in tiny spots that you would think it wouldn't make it, but it does.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2005