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Dodge/Plymouth Neon

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  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    For the Neon at 11K, they paid for everything since it was under 12K. Now, at 18K the rotors and pads need maintenance again because there is a little pulsation when braking. That sucks, because they won't cover it this time, no matter what. I already tried.

    On the Protege, the brakes were replaced at 27K and I had to pay for it. It was very difficult for the shop to find replacement pads. They went through 4 sets and none of them fit! They finally just went to a nearby Mazda dealer and purchased the pads there. It took them 2 hours to do the brakes though. Amazing, because the Protege isn't a sports car or something, it's only an economy car.

    The Neon's steering "whines" occasionally as well. It just seems like everytime I take the thing in for repair, the only thing the mechanics can say is "no problem found". Bullcrap! The car's idle speed kicks up and down (surges and almost stalls sometimes) and they cannot find anything wrong with it. The engine light flashed one time, so hopefully the computer stored the code. The only reason Chrysler doesn't wanna work on the car is because it's under warranty now. Little do they know, my friend has an extended warranty to 5 years/75K. The car would have been long gone if not for the extended warranty.
  • Yes, I did realize I was going to lose when I traded in my Neon. I agree with TubbyN that 3,000 is a little steep. When you consider that the car cost me 14,400 (all options except alloy wheels, no extended warranty), a 3,000 loss is difficult to swallow.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Took my roommate's car to Carmax for an evaluation back when it had 14K on it. They told me it was worth $9300 and he owed $14,000 on it (extended warranty with LOADED ES model- every option but sunroof and CD). Carmax even said it's a nice car and all, but they cannot give a high amount for it because of the deals on new ones. Why would soemone pay $13,000 or so for a car with 20K miles on it if they can get a new one for about the same amount?
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    Trading any car in the first year or two will result in a large loss. Cars depreciate the most in the first three years, and then less (percentage wise) after that.

    The first year is the worst, since you'll probably never recoup the "add-on" costs of taxes, fees, and title/tags - unless you trade the car and live in a state that credits the tax paid that way.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Since I drive my 1999 Protege alot (almost 30K now), I will probably never recoup the amount owed on the car. Might as well just drive the damn thing until it dies. Since it's very reliable and has only been in the shop once, hopefully I will get at least 150K out of it.

    My roommate, on the other hand, just got a job where he has to do some commuting. He will drive about 40 miles a day. He has nearly 18K now, so I know the car's value will never be recouped. BUT, he could trade it in and put down $1500 on a new car and get close to the same payments, as long as the car isn't more expensive than about $14,500 or so. Then, the extended warranty people (outside source, not Chrysler) said he could get a refund on the warranty of about $1500. That would almost break him even.

    Still trying to decide whether or not to trade the Neon on a 2001 Cavalier Z24. I think he needs something better though. But we shall see.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    That warranty at GM turns out to be 2yrs 39K,the 36 mo. 36 K is included.I wonder about the DC warranty.
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    You might want to consider an Escort rather than a Cavalier - the Escort has had a better reputation than the Neon or Cavalier for years now. I think Ford phased out all but the sporty ZX-2 for the 2001 year, though.

    The Focus is clearly a better car than the Escort (and by just about every reviewer's measure, the Cavalier and Neon as well), but it hasn't exactly come out of the gate trouble-free (a couple of major recalls, one I believe involving all of them).
  • enetheneth Posts: 285
    DaimlerChrysler's warranty is the same as GM's - 3/36 bumper to bumper, no extended powertrain warranty standard (at least in the US).
  • hersbirdhersbird Posts: 323
    well I think I've beat this down before but just look at numbers from edmunds. A 1999 civic DX sedan with common options and normal mileage has a trade in of $9765 just $1500 more then a comparable 1999 neon. The accord cost $3000 more initially not counting the rebate on the neon for most of 1999 was $2000 (the rebate has always been at least $1000 on the neon, its just something chrysler almost always does on all of thier products not matter how well they are selling.) So you potentially pay $5000 more for a civic but just two years later it's only worth $1500 more then a neon. All that time you got worse gas mileage and equal repair costs (both covered under warrenty) and less driving excitement. I'll take a neon over the overpriced imports anyday.
  • tubbyntubbyn Posts: 6
    well all i am getting ready to take my neon into the shop on Monday Oct 30,2000... i ham having them look at my cd player, idol speed, the vibration and raddling in my dash board, and anything else that i can think of between now and then!!! i think that 10 to 1 says that they say nothing is wrong and that "Everything seems fine to us!" will be one of the first words to come out of there mouths! also i want to know why my damn trunck doesn't pop up! oh also i my drivers side power mirror doesn't go down it will go up and to the left and right just not down! humm... Well i will talk to you all later!
    TubbyN
  • tubbyntubbyn Posts: 6
    what time it this thing set on???? where i am it is 12:33 in th morning oct. 26 at it says i posted at 10:24 in the evening oct 25???? Just was courious???
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The trunk thing is normal. It doesn't pop up when you unlock it on any Neon, not even the older ones. And you are probably right. "No problem found" are the 3 favorite words of Chrysler service centers.
  • Mark,please do your self a favor:
    Don´t listen to vocus and/or protege2,vocus is posting the same crap about GM,so what´s the point?
    It´s the way he is,he drives,and behaves.

    My 2 cents!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    What I am posting is my own experiences. I had a Chevrolet Cavalier that was nothing but trouble. Now my roommate has this Neon that's the same way. He was even thinking about trading in the Neon on a Cavalier because of the good deals now, but that's like jumping from the frying pan to the fire, so to speak.

    And the Neon and Cavalier couldn't hold up to the way I drive eh? Then how come my Mazda has in 30K been in the shop twice for an ailing transmission and a CD player that wouldn't eject and that's it? Maybe it's the quality of the product, eh?? Get a life dude.
  • AAAHHHHHHHH!! Now you speak,"AN AILING TRANSMISSION and a CD player TWICE!!!!!!! NO KIDDING,MAZDA COULDN¨T HOLD IT?????
    So Mazda is so reliable that it had an ailing tranny,or it was your fault?,pick an answer!!
    So who needs to get a life??????

    Do you have any job or anything to do in life besides flaming,bashing,and getting into other peoples business????
    If you do,it doesn´t show buddy!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The car was in the shop two different times. Once for the transmission and once for the CD player. No car is perfect though. But at least Mazda gave me a rental car and all, unlike Chrysler. Chrysler told me to come and pick up the car after they put it back together the best they could and bring it back in the next day. I then called Chrysler customer service and they were no help either.

    I am not trying to be a troll or anything, but I think Chrysler needs to be more in tune with their customers' needs. I also think they should build better cars. After all, it's not like they are cheap to pay for and all. Peoples' hard earned money is being used to purchase these cars. I think these customers deserve a better product than what Chrysler is offering them.
  • protegextwoprotegextwo Posts: 1,265
    Pepe, I think you did the best you could when you purchased your Neon. Now; you know more, and would demand more from your next new car purchase. Thats life! You live and you learn. I never flamed you or insulted your particular car. I have stayed out of your owners topic, for months. Why do you continue to flame me? I think you are a loyal hard working person. You don't need to fear me or warn other Town hall members about me. I have learned my lesson. If you don't "own one" don't bash other peoples cars in the owners topics. If I wish to express my opinion, on a crude rough domestic sedan; I need to do that in a "comparo" topic. Your real concern is with your fellow Neon owners. They post their concerns and complaints here, not me.

    Respectfully,
    Larry
  • At some point I agree with you,but if you wouldn´t started,this wouldn´t happened; so I will respect yourself,and I expect you keep your word an respect myself.
    And from now on I expect there will not be anymore flames between you and me,so let´s keep it cool.

    Take care.
  • It was time for me to agree in something,I agree with you that you speak about your own experiences; SO DO I !!!!
    So I have a wonderful experiences,with ALL the Neons we had,and with ALL Chrysler products,BUT I can´t say the same about Mazda,my son had one,and other two friends of our family still drive Mazda,and they all complain about them,for my son the car,the service was terrible,he traded the car for a Neon,and was happy with the car,no major problems.
    Now he is driving a Beetle,also a very good car,but in 3,500 miles,it has been in the service dept. already 4 times,for "minor" problems,but so far we feel the car is a very good car,it feels better than the Neon,(it costs more).and it feels much better than the Protege.
    So as you can see,I also post my own experiences.
    Finally we agree in something!
  • It was time for me to agree in something,I agree with you that you speak about your own experiences; SO DO I !!!!
    So I have a wonderful experiences,with ALL the Neons we had,and with ALL Chrysler products,BUT I can´t say the same about Mazda,my son had one,and other two friens of our family still drive Mazda,and they all complain about them,for my son the car,the service was terrible,he traded the car for a Neon,and was happy with the car,no major problems.
    Now he is driving a Beetle,also a very good car,but in 3,500 miles,it has been in the service dept. already 4 times,for "minor" problems,but so far we feel the car is a very good car,it feels better than the Neon,(it costs more).and it feels much better than the Protege.
    So as you can see,I also post my own experiences.
    Finnaly we agree in something!
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