2002 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0 from North America
Overall I am very satisfied with this car for the money spent
The only thing to go wrong with the vehicle to date is the left and right upper and lower control arms. These went at 64,500 miles. The sway bar bushings were also bad and were replaced at the same time.
The car handles and drives very well. My only dislike with the engine is that it is noisy, both inside and outside the vehicle. When I start it in the morning it ticks for about 15 seconds. This occurs both when it is cold and when it isn't. The ticking goes away after about 15 seconds, but the engine still sounds loud. It almost sounds like a diesel engine at times.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th March, 2005
I don't know if you know or not,...but if you paid for upper control arms on the vehicle, then you were taken for a ride. Upper control arms do not exist on that vehicle.
And that's one of the best reasons to get at least a Haynes manual and get to know your car! I was nickel and dimed on my first car for repairs when I would have been better off putting the money into another vehicle. I told the mechanic I talked with yesterday I wanted to hug him, because he questioned whether I really want to put the money into my own "trouble making" 2002 Dodge Neon (instead of just taking my money). But it looks as if I'm going to go ahead with removing the control arm to get those ball joints replaced. Learning to do a lot via that manual and other info.