2002 Dodge Neon Base 2.0 SOHC I-4 from North America
Cheap and reliable little car
Leaky solenoid on the transmission at 35kmi.
Piston Slap, fairly mild though.
The car handles fairly well and the brakes are good. Good power at the top of the rev's, but lacking of low end torque.
Reliability has been excellent.
The cabin is basic and some cheap materials. Squeaks are starting to show up here and there.
In short it's a good car that doesn't cost much to buy or keep.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th March, 2006
9th Jul 2006, 17:15
In late 2001 I helped a handicapped friend of mine purchase a new Dodge Neon. We were very concerned about reliability because of his situation. He had previously owned a Japanese car that had been a real nightmare as far as mechanical problems. I was VERY CONCERNED that the Neon would not be dependable, and had begged him to buy a Ford (we've put 300,000 miles on Fords with no trouble). Well, it turns out the Neon has been an amazingly trouble free car. At 80,000 miles it has never seen the inside of a repair shop except for oil changes. Thankfully, I was wrong about my assessment of the Neon.