Chrysler Neon, What's up with them???

B00ne

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I was looking for used cars (germany) and it seems like ppl are almost paying money to get rid of them :). No really why are they so absolutely frigging cheap?? (there are the cheapest cars to be found by a large margin)

Are they really bad and one should stay far far away from them? If so why?: reliability, engine, suspension...?
 

CraigRT

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Neon is awesome..
2001 Neon R/T here... no problems at all... quick too (more powerful 2.0L with 150HP)
they as well as some other domestics, have completely horsey poo resale value. probably because they are a dime a dozen.
 

B00ne

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hmm so basically nothing wrong with them?
those dirt cheap models I was looking at were from like 96 and they were around $2500, sometimes as low as 12k km (8k miles), and all have 100kw

but I think I already scrapped that Idea, after looking at the pictures - the car is too big.... I think I am looking more for something like a Golf.... or smaller

Where I live it is already a nitemare to find a parking place with the tiny car I have now...
 

SyahM

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Originally posted by: Yield
Neon is awesome.. 2001 Neon R/T here... no problems at all... quick too (more powerful 2.0L with 150HP) they as well as some other domestics, have completely horsey poo resale value. probably because they are a dime a dozen.
Neon S R/T is gawd awful quick, 0-60 under six seconds according to Car and Driver this month issue.
 

Scarpozzi

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<Triumph Voice>Neons are great........


......FOR ME TO POOP ON! </Triumph voice>
 

StageLeft

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The 96 will probably be a POS reliability wise, but 8k miles for $2500 you CANNOT go wrong unless it's been used in combat scenarios.
 

iamwiz82

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i have had 2 neons, both daily drivers. My first was a 1996 that was fairly reliable. Just make sure the head gasket was replaced. Other than that, neither one has seen the shop. I sold the first one to my dad for his DD and it now has 110,000 miles. I now have a 2000 and its got 53,000 miles. Nothing is better for cheap transportation. I wouldnt exactly call it big though. Its about the size of a roller skate :)
 

iamwiz82

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Originally posted by: vi_edit
hmm so basically nothing wrong with them?
They go through head gaskets like George Clooney goes through women.
Any headgasket replaced after late 1998 will not blow again. The replaced it with a new design.
 

SyahM

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Originally posted by: KnightBreed
Originally posted by: SyahM Neon S R/T is gawd awful quick, 0-60 under six seconds according to Car and Driver this month issue.
I believe it's "SRT-4." But, yea, they're quite fast.
yeah, it's SRT-4 :p
 

StageLeft

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My mother had one. I put some good miles on that little thing. Fast as hell (not). One of the first cheap cars with a CVT I think...or something similar.
 

spaceman

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my friend has pictures in his garage of a "modded" justy
i guess with a lift and a few suspension upgrades and bigger tires,they make a pretty neat 4x4 woods vehicle.
 

B00ne

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Originally posted by: Cyberian
Originally posted by: B00ne

Where I live it is already a nitemare to find a parking place with the tiny car I have now...
What are you driving now?

Opel Corsa with monstrous 33kw :) - but I still lost my license due to speeding on the Autobahn in Germany (for 1 month)
here is a pic of one
 

StageLeft

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Originally posted by: ncircle
my friend has pictures in his garage of a "modded" justy
i guess with a lift and a few suspension upgrades and bigger tires,they make a pretty neat 4x4 woods vehicle.
It was a fun little car in the snow but my brother and I pretty well killed the transmission at 40k, but then we did treat the car like crap. Flooring it ALL day long and constantly doing neutral drops in our goal to get wheel spin.

 

Scarpozzi

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My exgf from like 3 years ago had one, and my high school had a fleet of them for Driver's Ed. They are great cars until they get some miles on them. It seems they have a life of about 2-4 years....Then the transmission isn't as powerful for whatever reason, the handling and suspension both get bad, and the interior falls apart (small things break...mirrors, knobs etc.)

I suppose if you really took good care of it, it'd be an ok car, but a Honda or Nissan would last a lot longer and be a much wiser investment. My exgf's was 2 years old and had more problems than I could count. Could have just been a bad one, but I dunno....
 

vi edit

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Opel Corsa with monstrous 33kw :) - but I still lost my license due to speeding on the Autobahn in Germany (for 1 month)
here is a pic of one
Wow. Is that the Dual Overhead Hampster Cam, or the SOHC version?
 

Zenmervolt

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I never thought that I'd see the day when someone called the Neon "too big". Of course, I do remember that back in HS the French exchange student thought my friend's Corsica was "a huge car", and of course the we American's consider it mid-sized if we're feeling generous. As for the Neon, the one thing that really gets me about the early models is the 3-speed automatic, IMO 3 speeds are not adequate. Chrysler has since started using a 4-speed auto though.

ZV
 

Chadder007

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Originally posted by: B00ne
hmm so basically nothing wrong with them?
those dirt cheap models I was looking at were from like 96 and they were around $2500, sometimes as low as 12k km (8k miles), and all have 100kw

but I think I already scrapped that Idea, after looking at the pictures - the car is too big.... I think I am looking more for something like a Golf.... or smaller

Where I live it is already a nitemare to find a parking place with the tiny car I have now...
Ohhhhh...the 96 model. Run like heck from doze man!
 

dmcowen674

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Up until the 2000 Model year the NEON was POS. They made some great improvements and it is a good small American car.
BY the Way People, the NEON chasis, engine etc is what is underneath the PT Cruiser. The Cruiser is just a NEON with a bigger shell and 17" wheels.
 

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