I brought my 2005 SRT-4 3 weeks ago. Driving it everyday and absolutely love it.
I owned a few sport cars before (or high performance car if you will). Taking into consideration of performance, handling and price, this is the 2nd best one I have. The number one being a 94 Dodge Stealth Twin Turbo (I was way younger then).
Not too many people like Dodge; as a matter of fact, me neither. But they do have pleasant surprises particularly in low cost, high performance cars. If you really loves the art of driving and are not into luxury stuff, SRT-4 won't fail you. But, if you are into luxury stuff; or if you don't have the experience to drive a high performance FWD, you are better off with other models. Also, double clutching is important in this car if you want to control it well during cornering. So if you are not up to it, again go to other model; preferably with automatic. The SRT-4 is probably not for you.
I agree with the last poster. Neons have been great cars compared to anything in it's class. They have been efficient, cheap, great performance, roomy, easy to maintain, safe vehicles.
I currently have an 05 SRT-5 and I love it. I plan on commuting daily and don't want to drive it everyday. I plan on getting a regular Neon with an automatic to do that job and save the SRT-4 for weekend fun.
I can get a Honda or Toyota, but why would I want to spend thousands more on a similar vehicle with less fun?
I've only owned Hondas, but recently I bought a 2004 srt4, and don't get me wrong, I still love Hondas, but you can't touch the srt4; very powerful, comfortable, and very affordable! People are just jealous of these cars, cause we paid less for more, and they paid more for less. Thanks Dodge!!
I am looking at a 2004 srt-4 and VERY excited to buy it. Hopefully within the next 2 or 3 days. My cousin has a 2002 Honda s2000 and as soon as I get the srt-4, I will then again come back and comment on this page letting everyone know the ups and downs and which is better.
I bought an '03 SRT-4 in July of '03. Have had no problems at all. No repairs at all. Replaced the tires once and have done routine maintenance (oil changes, plug changes, clean air filter). Approximately 60k miles. No rattles. Handles very well. Had some dummy bump into me from behind while at a stop light and no damage other than a paint rub which I was able to buff out. Installed Mopar's Stage 1 at about 15k miles and have had no problems at all. It's a solid car, and a blast to drive. After 5 years it still gives me a stupid grin every time I mash the GO pedal!
You must be one of the few with 60K and no problems. I used to see tons of these cars around, and now I almost never see one. Either they are all in the junk yard, or the owners moved on to something better by now. I still can't trust a car this fast to be that good for the money. Dodge isn't exactly known for super high quality.
The reason you don't see many SRT-4's around is because people are holding onto them due to their great performance, looks, and the fact they are holding their value very well. I love people bashing this car, leaves more on the market for serious Neon owners like myself.
The only SRT4s in the junkyard are from kids who couldn't drive & wrecked them. They're fast, tough (you can't beat on a WRX like you can a Neon and walk away with reasonably priced maintenance bills)... and oh, did I mention they're fast? 300whp with just with a dealer installed Mopar Stage III kit. Plus, it's great blowing the doors off a Porsche, 'vette, and every Honda ever... with a Neon! Recommended buy! Take care of it and it'll give you the ride of your life.