2001 Dodge Neon 1.9L turbo diesel from North America

Summary:

Not a good car

Faults:

Distributor, and wires/plugs had to be replaced quite early, after leaving me stranded on the road. Warranty covered it, plus the rental for the weekend.

Some other engine light issue was covered by warranty, but my weekend was shot again bringing it to the dealer.

Brakes always squeaked; the dealer couldn't fix them and said, "It's typical" and to live with it.

Automatic transmission seemed like it needed an overdrive. The engine RPM was quite high on highway travel.

For a small car, the fuel economy wasn't the greatest.

General Comments:

I guess I should have spent the extra few grand more and bought a Honda or VW.

I sold this car at 60000km. The VW dealer said he could not give me much for it as a trade-in because he would have a hard time selling it. I had the car for only 3 yrs and it totally depreciated big time. I feel like I almost gave it away, and still owe the bank money.

I bought an Oldie '93 VW Golf diesel and an old '91 Honda Accord for the price I got for my newer Neon. Both cars I've had for longer than I had owned the Neon, and no issues other than new brakes and other simple wear items.

How is it that I bought a new car and it was in the shop all the time? Buy used quality, and no issues other than tires and brakes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

9th Dec 2008, 13:23

Because the cars they build these days are pure crap. There is nothing else to it.

9th Dec 2008, 21:00

Probably just a mistake, but to my knowledge the Neon's never came with a 1.9 diesel engine, more like a 2.0 liter gas.

7th Oct 2009, 12:07

Sorry, that was a typo on my part. Yes 2L gas engine in the Neon. I was thinking of my vw. It's been a while since I originally wrote this post. I just sold that 91 Honda. Bought a newer Honda. The old Honda ran fine and didn't have any issues with it except normal wear items. 93 VW Golf diesel still running, just wear and tear. Never once had to bring either car to the shop. I did the brakes and maintenance stuff myself.

I spoke to the woman who bought my Neon. She sold it 2 years later. She had some transmission problem with it just after the warranty expired.

2001 Dodge Neon SE from North America

Summary:

Great little car!

Faults:

The engine stalls when I use the A/C, but not all the time. I found that I needed a tune-up, and I may have a converter problem.

General Comments:

Great little car. Good gas mileage and standard repairs are within reason.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2007

2001 Dodge Neon e.s. 2.0 vin 'c' from North America

Summary:

OK for the money

Faults:

At 95,000 miles the head gasket blew. I replaced the head gasket, water pump, timing belt, a few oil seals, and the alternator belt at this time.

Also at 95,000 miles I realized that rust was appearing on the pinch welds on my hood, they later began wearing a hole through the top (clearcoat) developing a hole that grew and grew. However, the dealer said that he had to be able to see through it in order for it to be covered under warranty.

At 98,000 miles I had to replace the lower torque engine mount bolt (manual tranny) ; because it decided to shear off. I didn't think this would be possible due to the inside of the mount having a urethane insert.

At 99,000 miles I had to replace an outer tie- rod- ends due to play. I decided to replace them with a brand that offered grease fittings. I can't believe the car didn't come with grease fittings!!

At 100,000 miles I decided to not put stock pads/rotors on it anymore due to premature wear.

At 110,000 miles I had to replace the oil pressure switch that was leaking a little oil.

The whole time I've owned the car the rear drums have squeaked (especially when wet outside, or on dusty roads).

General Comments:

Alright bang for the buck, still some quirks to work out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th June, 2007