Best car I've owned in almost 50 years of driving
I bought this car from my son, who bought it almost brand new. In 8 more days I will have owned this car for ten years.
Nothing major as far as engine repairs; needed to replace the radiator at one point, a broken power steering hose (high pressure side) and belts. Tires, batteries, brakes and rotors, spark plugs and wires, and an occasional wheel cylinder were all normal wear and tear items.
Usually did most of the repair work myself, so I don't have any comments on a dealer.
Unfortunately, now the "rocker panels" on both sides are rusted through, and it needs a new outer tie rod end and four new tires for inspection, so it's time to retire the best car I've ever owned in 50 years of driving. NEVER EVER left me stranded!
For some reason my gas mileage was never more than about 23 or 24 MPG, driving about 12,000 miles per year.
Would I buy another Neon? Sure would!!
Even though I'm sending this Neon to the junkyard tomorrow, it is still a comfortable car to drive, the steering is still as responsive as ever (okay, a little shimmy due to the tie rod end) but it amazes me how solid this thing still feels. I could probably put 4 new tires on it and get another year on it, but the panels under the doors are extensively rusted out pretty much from front to back.
Also, the last year or so I've noticed a puff of blue smoke when I start the engine, and it uses about a quart of oil a month now, so it's time to put the old gal out to pasture!! I will miss my little Neon.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd September, 2013