2002 Dodge Neon from North America
This is a low quality, cheaply manufactured lemon
Shaky and loud clanking engine idle.
Electrical problems from day 2.
My parents came home with this car for me right before I moved to CA. They were afraid that my older Ford Escort wouldn't make the 2k trip.
After having it for 2 days, the radio completely died. It now blinks on and off, but doesn't function at all.
After the first couple of weeks I would have to boost the car every morning before work, because the battery was dead. I took it to the Dodge dealership, who had it for a week, and they said they had no idea what was the problem. They even went so far to say that "it appears to have fixed itself." Wrong.
I have had continuous problems with this car including:
- Loud engine.
- Rough idle, to the point of having to shift into neutral at stop lights.
- Loud clanking engine sounds when I first start it up.
- It's occasionally dead when I try to start it, even though I've had the battery replaced. I now carry a battery pack booster.
- Not so good mpg. Perhaps 25 mpg.
I should have kept my old car. Never had any problems with it. But I do know that my next car (I'll be trading very soon) is not going to be an American one!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th June, 2008
The radio went... what a bummer!
Anyway, you could've considered replacing the spark plugs when experiencing rough idle. It's part of regular maintenance, and would have probably fixed the issue.
I recommended a Neon for a good friend back in 2001. He took my advice and now has 120,000+ miles with absolutely zero problems. My previous Dodge Omni (what the Neon replaced) had been driven 240,000 miles with nothing but routine maintenance. The A/C on it never even required Freon. All our Dodges have been flawless.
OK, a clanking sound would probably be the throw out bearing.
A battery dying is the alternator going out.
Poor mileage would be the pre catalytic converter oxygen sensor, or you have a lead foot.
And the car most likely had electrical problems. So it was a pre-owned car that was not taken care of.
Please read your Consumer Reports annual auto issue that comes out every year around April... it will give you the good and bad of many cars made today... Many mechanics are charging 80.00 per hour to work on cars, and also charging a 80.00 inspection fee also... Bad cars can become an expensive money pit very quickly...
Also as car sales dim in this bad economy... many dealerships are relying on parts and service to keep them afloat... even a cheap new car can run $27,000+ to own over a 5 year period... so don't be a victim... do your homework before you buy any car out there... new or used