2000 Dodge Neon ES 2.0 4-cylinder from North America


$ money pit $


Bought this not even one year ago from a used car dealership.

I liked that it was 1 owner after being bought from a rental car auction. From the CarFax report, it appeared to be a well-maintained, great buy at 71K miles... Right?


The first day I brought it home, I noticed the brakes would squeal a bit when I depressed the pedal. Low brakes, right? No, cheap brakes was what I was told, with 80% pad on the front, and the drum brakes looking great as well.

The second thing that I noticed that very first day was the poor craftsmanship of the interior. My son went to find the hook to his seatbelt, and ended up pulling up the whole back seat! It surprised me to see that the seat was no more than stacked foam padding, with a hook that snapped into the metal!

The next month thereafter, the interior right trim molding that leads from the seat to the headliner mysteriously popped off at one end. I noticed it hanging when it caught my eye in the rear view mirror!

75K miles and my front driver's side tire began to clunk when it turned. Bearings were blown. Another 100 USD!

A little more time passed, and I began to feel that the engaging and disengaging the gas pedal jerked my car. Why? Busted engine mounts. Really? I'm a mother of two. I drive slowly over bumps and I don't go off-roading in this thing. Turns out, the mounts break like crazy on these things, and are so cheap that the mounts sell for about 35 USD a mount!

At 89K miles, I began to hear a swishing noise around my front driverside tire. A worn out bushing. About 100 USD to replace one. But wait! I would need to replace the other as well to ensure even wear!!

At 92K, most recently, I had a bad scare. My brakes were totally depressed and I was coming to a stop, but the stop never happened! Until I rolled into the back of a big rig truck. I had depressed the brakes, put the car in Park, and even pulled the emergency brake, and nothing would stop that car! Well, yeah, until rolling into the back of a big rig at about 5 MPH, which did about 2,000 USD of damage.

Another Neon owner and I compared notes. Our results: they are a MONEY PIT! They are so bad that their trade-in value is only just over a couple of thousand USD, if it's excellent-looking with low miles, that is! Don't make the same mistake that I did.

**Buy Japanese or buy Ford.**

General Comments:

Sporty and cute, but buyer beware!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st January, 2011

1st Feb 2011, 11:46

I remember seeing a fleet of these as a junkyard, how did Chrysler make this after making those reliable K-cars?

1st Feb 2011, 17:08

That's why they've lost billions and are a dead company.

21st Aug 2011, 07:23

Maybe your problem was that it was a rental car. Everyone knows people drive those as hard as possible because they can. Did you really expect it to be in good condition?

2000 Dodge Neon 2.0 from North America


Worth the investment


Mainly cosmetics - Clips for the sunvisors breaks. Cup holder console had to be replaced. Interior door lights stayed on during driving; had to take the bulb out.

Mechanically - overheated and had to replace the radiator. Change and flush as recommended.

Exterior - paint faded at about 100k.

General Comments:

147K, engine strong and still kicking!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2011

2000 Dodge Neon ES from North America


A good high-school kid's car, but not for anyone valuing reliability or safety


Transmission and exhaust need repair (100,000 miles).

Any minor bump (like backing into another car just lightly) and it shows. Obviously poorly/cheaply made.

Power locks on passenger side are noisy and don't work anymore.

Had to have electrical system worked on at 100,000 miles, because the lights (exterior) weren't turning on anymore.

General Comments:

It's a quick little car that gets GREAT gas mileage, but it's probably not the kind of car to own long-term. Too many things go wrong with it, and at 120,000 miles, I'm ready to ditch this one.

Commuting and long trips aren't very comfortable... small cabin and very little trunk room.

It's a rolling tin can as far as safety goes... I wouldn't trust it to keep your family safe.

Always starts in the winter (in Iowa, that's a big deal).

I'd say it's a good car for grandma's weekly store trips or a kid's first car (because of it being inexpensive and having little need to have many people in the car at once), but probably not a good choice for families or anyone looking to have a car that will hold up to daily wear and tear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2010