2001 Dodge Neon Reviews - Page 13 of 14

2001 Dodge Neon ES 2.0 Single Overhead Cam from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Single Overhead Cam Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired22 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant


Well price sporty looking car


For the time that I have owned this 2001 Dodge Neon ES and have had nothing go wrong with it. It runs and works like it's brand new.

General Comments:

I bought this car fully loaded with power window, locks, AC, 4 cd in dash player with cassette and am/fm radio. It also came with 16 inch alloy rims with nice sticky low profile high performance tires. It also came with the sports package including aggressive rear spoiler, sports suspension, and slightly tinted windows. Basically all I can say about this car is I got more than what I paid for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2002

2001 Dodge Neon ES 2.0 Liter SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Liter SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance21550 miles
Previous carHonda Accord




The only minor problem that I had with my car is that when I want to adjust the car when I've just parallel parked and move in an closer, the engine automatically shuts off.

General Comments:

Oh my god!! What else can I say about my Dodge Neon, but Wow.

The Dodge clearly sets the standard for all the economic compact cars that are out there today.

The car is comfortable, roomy, quick, and handles well.

The Neon is also very attractive, sporty, and definitely makes a great centerpiece to your life.

People are too quick to judge today's Neons because it is American and it's predecessor (the 1st generation neons) didn't really capture the buyer's hearts.

I also hate people who do criticize the Dodge Neon often are the ones who settle for it's Japanese competitors (ie: Honda, Toyota, Mazda, etc.) Coming from someone who previously owned a Honda, I can tell you that Honda's are not what it's cracked up to be.

People claim that Honda's are reliable and that their little engine could last for many years. But you know what, this isn't entirely true. I believe that how well you take care of your vehicle will determine it's longevity. As for me, I like to pamper my beautiful Dodge Neon. I plan to keep it for a very long time.

The only car I would think of trading in for my Neon is the upcoming 2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4. Believe me folks...just think 206 hp.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2002

10th Jan 2007, 19:54

Being a second owner of a Neon 1998 & 2005, I have to say that I have driven these cars in some of the worst conditions imaginable:

City driving; driving on a grade daily for 6 years; snow; desert heat; a full day in the rain; over deep puddles; mud; used it for moving countless times; been rear-ended and crashed a few poles here and there, and BOTH cars have survived without a dent, miss or complaint.

My 1998 did have the bad head gasket. I drove it this way for over a year, and then had the dealer fix it with a $100 deductible.

I've driven both cars aggressively (they seem to like that).

I've also passed 3 smog checks with a faulty O2 sensor (1998 car).

My 1998 had over 160,000 miles when I sold it to an owner that loves it. It needed a new radiator (small crack) and 1 brake job plus the head gasket. That's it for the 160,000 miles.

My 2005 is trouble free after 18,000 miles.

I do regular maintenance and the maintenance doesn't require mechanics with Ph.Ds.

These are great cars that jealous people like to bash.

2nd May 2008, 21:26

I agree with the original reviewer. I bought a 2001 Neon ES new in 2000 and never had a problem with it. Before that, I had a 2000 Toyota Corolla that was the biggest piece of garbage ever! I even tried extra hard to like it because of of all the good reviews everyone gave it. But, I paid less for the Neon than I did the Corolla and have never had a problem with it. However, due to our growing family, I passed on my Neon to my wife and I bought a 2004 Intrepid, which has been Flawless, because I shuttle the kids around most of the time. Anyway, I just changed the oil at 175,000 miles. I never normally keep my vehicles this long, We just can't get ourselves to get rid of it! However, in the next few months, we plan on trading it for a Caliber, which is a little safer, but also just as efficient. To wrap it up, for the price, there really is now better car than the Neon. Functional, affordable and reliable really sums it up.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 48 reviews