2003 Dodge Neon SE 2.0 liter 4 cylinder from North America
Fine, except for questionable reliability and dealer inability to resolve the stalling problem
Mysterious electrical system flaw caused car to stall in traffic, completely dead with NO electrical power at all, on many occasions. Dealers had no workable answer on the first 2 visits--first attempting to blame a loose bolt on the battery cable. The second visit, again nothing certain, claiming to have "flashed the power control module" per a service bulletin. Third visit they blamed a faulty connector between the battery and the chassis.
So far, the third time fix worked; however, I can't help, but think it will stall again, when I can least afford to be without wheels.
Car is a little too noisy, but handles great and feels tight. While not a road rocket, the four-speed automatic offers good acceleration whenever it is needed.
Interior materials and finish is much better than most other cars in the compact class, except perhaps the Corolla. I noted the 2005 Civic's interior materials at an auto show, and fould them to be amazingly cheapo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd May, 2005
14th Jun 2005, 21:21
Well, I just bought one of these cars from a dealership in Seaside, California.
It was previously a rental car with almost 46K miles on it.
The Carfax said it was a good car and it seems to be okay.
When I brought it home, a friend of mine said that I have about 50K good miles left on it.
My friend has a friend (yeah, we know how that goes) who said his Neon lasted fine until it hit 100K.
What does anyone know about this 100K "poop out?"
Is it true?