22nd Sep 2003, 21:30
I don't think you really meant it when you said... the Neon is better than a Civic! Unless you had one that was badly abused before.
2nd May 2006, 21:12
"Fact is the Neon was a mistake that Chrysler refuses to acknowledge."
But that doesn't matter now, since the Neon's dead (and has been since September).
3rd May 2006, 09:27
Well, the Dodge Caliber is out now and it is hideously ugly, offers mediocre handling/features (according to at least five independent magazine reviews I've read), is overweight, and probably will be unreliable.
Call it Neon V2. Buyer beware.
5th Dec 2006, 17:15
I've owned one American made car (a 97 Ford Taurus) and will never buy American again. Crappy re-sale value, reliability, not-so-good mileage, little things that go wrong like the check engine light and door ajar light being lit when it wasn't ajar, etc.
I have since stayed with Toyota and Honda and have had ZERO problems. Better fuel economy too. And when I traded the Honda Civic in, the DEALER gave me $1,000 more than I owed on my loan, compared to being upside-down like on the Taurus. Great depreciation!! I will buy who ever makes the better product. :)
5th Dec 2006, 20:09
Depending on what model of Taurus you had they are extremely reliable cars. The slight glitches you had are probably due to worn out parts normal for cars with people who slam doors. It's resale value is crap because of the high volume sold directly to rentals. Not the cars fault for being crappy or unreliable; simply Ford sold too many to the rental companies. Also reliability shouldn't be an issue for that model, the standard 3.0 OHV Engine has been around since 1986 and is one of the longest lasting engines still available from Ford in new vehicles. Unless you received the Axod-e transmission instead of the AX4N, but highly unlikely. The SHO is a whole new story I won't go into.