4th Mar 2010, 20:32
It sucks. I wasted over 3000 dollars in repairs.. I totally regret not getting a 2001 Hyundai Tiburon over the Dodge Neon.. Next time I'm car shopping, I'm passing Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep.
5th Oct 2010, 20:15
I've got a 2000 Neon with 175000 km on it. The only thing I've done to it is lower control arm bushings on both sides. This was done under warranty and I never had an issue again. Great car, great experience!
20th Nov 2010, 22:21
I bought my 2000 Plymouth Neon in 2002 with 30,000 miles. I immediately got new tires and I'm on my 3rd set.
I had a 60,000 mile tuneup in 2006, and had spark plugs replaced in 2007 or 2008.
Last April I had to get a new clutch and a CV joint boot; I had about 93,000 miles on it.
7 months later and I'm still not at 100,000 miles (probably 98). The only complaint I have is the brakes squealing like I'm killing a cat!
For being 10 years old, I have done very little maintenance (knock on wood).
At 100,000 miles I am scheduling a timing belt and water pump replacement.
28th Nov 2010, 14:09
I have a 2000 Neon that I bought new, now has 120,000 miles.
Rebuilt transmission at 38,000 miles.
Rear door switches fail due to my kids slamming the doors with the seat belt in the door jams, breaking the switch and causing the dome light to stay on all the time.
4 radiators because of parking blocks; my wife and daughter can't stay off those parking blocks.
Lower radiator core support pushed back to the AC pulley, cutting 8 small electrical wires. I repaired the wires and used a Port-o-Power to push out the lower radiator core support.
Spark plugs at 70,000 miles, due to a crank no start condition.
2 rear hub assemblies.
Welded exhaust pipe that cracked.
Driver's side window motor "up" goes really sloooow.
With me being a mechanic, it doesn't seem like I have spent very much money on this car, but it does need new struts on the front ($165 each) and rear ($135 each).
I've replaced both front stabilizer links, water pump, timing belt, AC condenser.
Stay off those parking blocks; the bottom of the radiator is there. I told my wife and daughter if I have to replace another radiator ($300 each time), I'm going to weld a splitter on the front of the car.
24th May 2011, 14:53
Yes. I had a problem with the trunk. You need to replace the plastic parts around the doors and trunk.