2004 Dodge Neon SXT 2.0 from North America
Nice looking and cheap on fuel, but make sure you have AAA
The car has had a cold start knock (piston slap) since I bought it.
Both rear wheel bearings. One at 45k and the other at 65k.
The cam sensor went at 60k, causing the car to "buck" and only drive 20 mph.
The rear brake shoe came apart and locked the rear wheel. Could have been aftermarket brakes, I don't know.
The CD changer stopped working at 65k.
A pin came out of the sunroof, causing it not to close properly. It was a real pain to put back in.
All of the chrome wheels leaked air, so I bought a set of steel wheels and hubcaps for $100 at a junkyard.
The tie rod broke while making a turn, requiring a tow, a tie rod, a new tire, and an alignment. $275
The most serious problem has been that the radiator/trans cooler blew at around 65k, causing all of the trans fluid to leak out. I got lucky because this is a very common problem and usually causes coolant to pump into the trans, destroying it.
The car looks nice, runs fairly well and is fuel efficient. I love the spoiler and sunroof, and I wish the chrome wheels didn't leak.
Having said that, I wouldn't advise buying one of these unless you are able to perform moderately challenging repairs yourself. I imagine it would be expensive to pay a shop to keep this thing up.
Again, beware of the radiator issue. It may be worth it to go ahead and replace it with an aftermarket unit. A $100 radiator may save you a $2000 dollar repair.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th July, 2011