At 43,000 miles my rear wheel cylinders went bad.
At 49,000 miles my CV joints went bad.
At 55,000 miles my catylic converter was shot.
And most recently at 77,000 miles my lower control arms went bad after my extended warranty was up at 75,000 miles.
Every since I have owned this car after 22,000 miles stuff has gone wrong with it.
I have taken this car in to be fixed more times than I would have liked to. This was suppose to be a new car for me and it was suppose to bring maintenance cost down for me because it was supposed to be of better quality.
My 91 tempo who had over 200,000 miles on it and still runs to this day with out half as many problems as my 2001 Dodge Neon.
I like the way the car looks and everything, but I hate the build quality of the parts use and its reliability.
Granted it has 81,000 miles on it in little over 2 years I still shouldn't have this many problems with a newer car.
27th Jun 2003, 17:11
As you see from most other Neon reviews, Neon's from 2001 and newer are excellent buys. My wife and I went to a lot of dealers and since their job is to get cars off of their lot regardless of whether they are crappy or not, not only did we not let them talk over us, we disregarded everything they said and inspected the cars thoroughly. When you Then we would go online and see what other people had to say about their cars and what kinds of problems those specific model of cars had.
Like the Ford Taurus and the problem it has with the oil going into the Cooling system for instance. There was no way we were going to buy a Taurus because of this specific reason. Or the old Neon. Neons 1999 and under have the worst reviews and when you sit in the car it literally feels like a disposable car, like any Kia does. Ride in a KIA and you'd swear you saw your hubcaps rolling down the road in your rear view mirror, that's how much it feels as if though the car is built just to fall right apart.
I don't understand what this guy took into consideration when he bought his Neon because Radiators don't just blow. You have to be really abusive toward a car for something like this to happen. Or the car has to have this flaw coming off of the assembly line, like the Taurus previously mentioned. But if you read other reviews, obviously it's not one of this cars characteristics, thus his car must have been really abused for it to have had such a problem. There is no way you can buy a car and have the radiator blow a month later, unless you are clueless. All you have to do is pop the hood, look around and most importantly: SMELL THE ENGINE! If it smells fishy, or greasy or like gasoline, truly take that into consideration. Look for wet spots on the engine. There should be none! The engine should look clean and beautiful. Make sure the engine doesn't shake too much. It's just common sense things. If it looks like it's going to explode under the hood, the most natural instinct would be to run, right?
How is it possible for anyone to buy brakes and rotors after just one month of use? This is impossible for any new car. If he bought this car used, there is especially no reason for him to use the braking system as judgment of the cars quality.
My wife and I bought our 2001 Dodge Neon used for $5900 September of 2002 and although it is considered a mid-low end car, we love it. The first thing my wife and I agreed on after we decided to buy a used car was that if not just the brakes, possibly the entire braking system would probably have to be replaced so we took that in consideration when we went to look for a car.
Sure enough, two months later it was the first thing that we replaced for around $250. Other than that, we have had no problems with the car. The cars engine gets a little bit loud when going speeds above and around 55, but at $5900, this is a non-issue. Power windows work, power locks, Radio, the trunk button in the glove compartment...It's a great car for the money!
So if you feel like you are a bit insecure about a car, but you feel it is the right one for you, don't hesitate to ask the dealer if you can take it into a mechanic of YOUR choosing so they can do an inspection on it. It may cost you $60-100, but it's better than buying a $6000 surprise bucket.
Oh yea and most importantly: Please consider that you might have to replace the wipers, maybe even the wiper fluid!
Have fun with whatever you choose!!