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  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Look at the car and if the back door letters are "SE" and not "ES", then it's an SE. And, the SE is the lowest trim level of Neon anyway. Who cares if it's an ES and has more equipment in it.
  • buoyantbuoyant Posts: 128
    I like the phrasing of Lee's first statement. Almost sounds like he got approached by a street vendor peddling used late-model Neons.

    "Hey you, come here. Want to buy a Neon?"

    Out of curiosity, Lee, was the selling party a dealer? If not, you might want to steer clear of that particular car. If you bought it, that would make you the 3rd owner of a 1 year old car - kind of a frightening proposition.

    Rental cars may have low miles, but they haven't been babied. Every time I feel myself getting tempted by one of those newspaper ads featuring 2001 Neons starting at $8995, I recall how I drove my last company car and quickly flip the page.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    It seems like everyone always "dogs" their company and rental cars. I wonder why?
  • I just got a brand new black 2001 neon for graduation. I think its a great car. I have already put 5,000 miles on it in 4 months and I have had no problems with it. It is so much fun to drive. I feel it is a great car for any 18 year old, however I do not think it would be a good choice for anyone with a family.

    Also, If you really want to check out the vin number go to they will tell you what kind of car it is, the trim level, who has owned it and if it has had any major repairs or accedents
  • Just an update for anyone who may be considering the purchase of a used Neon. I'm about to get my second oil change, which puts the car at about 72,000 miles and it simply purrs. I love it. I had a problem with an on again/off again engine code 32 (EGR System), but that seems to be quite common and not at all serious (according to folks on who sometimes block it off entirely), and it seems to have gone away (for good?) by simply using premium gasoline. Don't ask me why, but it's been off for 3,000 miles now. Also, I still don't know if it has the old or new head gasket, but it isn't giving me any trouble and I'm not worried about it. Anyway, if people are considering a used Neon and worried by some of the horror stories around, I'm at least one happy pre-owned Neon owner.

    By the way--what's up with this whole "pre-owned" instead of "used" car thing? Wouldn't a pre-owned car be "new" car? I mean, you don't watch previews of a movie after it's already left the theaters, right? Pre-game warmups after the final buzzer? I know it's supposed to be short for "previously," but it seems to be improper use of a prefix for smarmy sales people who are afraid to call it what it is--a used car. It just bothers me. I'll shut up now.
  • buoyantbuoyant Posts: 128
    It's good to hear that you are enjoying your post-original owner vehicle.
  • 71charger71charger MDPosts: 116
    I'm at 21 months and 25K miles with no problems. I think I may have lost it to my wife though. I'm sure I'll get it back in four to six years when we get another new car. At least that's how the cycle usually goes.
  • buoyantbuoyant Posts: 128
    Was your Neon a 2000 or 2001?

    Just curious...
  • 71charger71charger MDPosts: 116
    Purchased in February of that year.
  • yooper53yooper53 Posts: 286
    aka trunk handles. Mainly I frequent the Protege forum but am in full agreement about trunk handles. I had no choice since it came w/the ES pkg. I thought seriously about the body shop route but w/the cost of bodywork, repaint etc. to remove it I figured it wasn't worth the cost. If NOT getting it was optional I'd have gladly paid not to have it! There's only one other guy in "my" forum who feels as I do.
    Hey vocus. I trust you're enjoying your new ride.
    Beyond the first post regarding your decision I think all the rest should have been to you via e-mail. JMO.
  • My 01 has worked well with the kids -- I looked at the Focus ZX3 and as soon as my 6 year old daughter had to squeeze behind the front seat I knew that was not the car for us. I have hauled my eldest son who is 15 and his friends around and have never had anyone say "where's your mom's van J?"

    As far as spoilers go, I like the way mine looks. I know it is completely useless, but you can't take a $12,800 car too seriously.

    I did consider a Protege, my sister had bought one earlier in the summer and I really like the way the car looks. I just recently drove her's when I "volunteered" to take it and get the oil changed for her -- the seats are way to firm. We looked at the Mazda minivan and that is one of the main reasons we went with the Ford -- my wife liked the zoom-zoom of the Mazda but hated the seats.
  • 71charger71charger MDPosts: 116
    I went to register the Neon on one of the auto parts websites and it asked if the engine code was a Y or a C. I have both in my VIN. Which digit indicated the engine. I thought there was only one in 2000. Maybe one is federal and the other California, I don't know. Anyone with a service manual that can check for me?
  • It is called a pre-owned vehicle and not used because the pre is short for previously.

    Yes, I know my answer is a serious answer to a not so serious post.
  • dayedaye Posts: 1
    I am looking at buying this 1999 Plymouth Neon. There's a lot of reasons
    not to buy a Neon, but with all the constraints, this is the car I am
    seriously considering.

    Anyway, nothing wrong was found in the $40 Goodyear buyer's check. The
    guy at the garage mentioned that the dealer has detailed the engine, so
    they wouldn't be able to tell whether there had been anything wrong (ie
    gasget) in the past. He said the tire pressure was 'funny', because they
    are 'perfectly' right. The dealer must be an extremly careful man. The
    car runs good in 3 speed automatics trans (very smooth). However, when I
    accelorate it really hard (which means push the padel to the end for a good 5
    seconds from 60mph) on the highway, my wife (driving another car behind)
    noticed a light 'gray' smoke came out of the exhaustion pipe. At more
    than 60mph, the smoke was gone in a second, can did not came out again.
    After a half hour drive, the pipe is dry and there's no residuals.

    Could this be a 'sign' of problem? If so, what kind of problem could it be?
    Please help, thanks.
  • buoyantbuoyant Posts: 128
    It's normal to see gray exhaust when a car hasn't yet warmed up or it is cold outside. In fact, up here in MN, your car can be running all day in the winter (completely warmed up) and you'll still see gray exhaust if you punch it or travel at high speeds down the freeway.

    Be concerned if you see bluish exhaust (burning oil) or lots of whitish/light grey exhaust on a warmed up car on a mild or warm day (blown head gasket).

    That said, the prev generation Neon has had its fair share of head gasket problems, but I believe it usually resulted in actual engine oil leakage rather than coolant mixing in with the oil. Then again, I could be wrong.
  • I am thinking of buying a used Neon... I saw one good post from a used Neon owner... Consumer reports appear to be poor... are there any other good feelings about used Neons out there?
  • beanboybeanboy Posts: 442
    2003.5 Neon SRT (Launch scheduled for three models on Dec 10)
    This definitely adds excitement to our Neon line up. The SRT will feature a 2.4L turbo engine with 225HP with a manual transmission and a top speed of 150mph. We plan on building 5,000 units per year. The SRT build definitely adds process and build complexity, as 193 unique parts will be required. The SRT will come in four exterior colors of Red, Solar Yellow, Black and Bright Silver. It will also feature 17" tires and race style pedal pads.
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    Injectors might be dirty too.
  • hjr2hjr2 Posts: 105
    one lady said engine mts needed replaced,electrical shocks, computer needed replaced...etc....

    Now you know why i get mad when people bash Hyundai. ALl makes have some cars that have problems! Nuff said.
  • Here is a link with everything you would want to know on the car.

    Looks promising, but it is a very competitive market segment.

  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,870
    In terms of acceleration per dollar the Neon is going to spank it's competition.

    Chrysler Group, trying to capitalize on the renewed popularity of compact race cars, or so-called pocket rockets, is introducing the 2003 Dodge SRT-4, a souped-up version of the automaker's Neon. The SRT-4 comes equipped with Viper-style racing seats, 17-inch aluminum performance wheels and performance gauges.

    SRT-4 is the second-quickest car in the Dodge lineup, accelerating from 0-60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds, trailing only the Dodge Viper SRT-10.
    It has a 2.4-liter, turbocharged, 205-horsepower engine. Appropriately, "SRT" is an acronym for street, road and track.
    The car is priced at $19,995.
  • Hello. I recently saw a 2002 Neon R/T on a dealer lot and am hoping to test drive it today. I can't believe how much I liked the car. As the owner of a 96 Plymouth Neon Sport Coupe I really didn't think I'd ever consider another Neon, but that R/T looks really cool and it seems like alot of performance for the money (just like my 96 was). Have the Neons really improved over the years? Are there any known problems with the new ones? Have they addressed/corrected past issues such as electrical, trim, and head gasket problems? Does it still feel like an anchor has been thrown overboard when the A/C is turned on? I read about the turbo coming in 2003, and not sure if I'm interested. I had an 86 Shelby Charger back in 1990 and have very ugly memories of numerous turbo problems. Considering that Dodge hasn't produced alot of turbo vehicles, I'm not sure if I'm ready to try one. Also, if anyone is considering a used 96 sport coupe I can say that other than minor electrical problems I've had 88,000 miles of trouble free, really fun driving. I still get 33 mpg and the car doesn't use oil. It has developed some valve/lifter noise that subsides eventually, perhaps a lifter that's slow to fill. $18000 will buy some pretty good cars these days, I'd just like to know from some of the owners here if the '02 R/T is worth the money.
  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    The SRT-4 is a huge improvement and I think it should just be called that, with no dippy "Neon" name attatched to it!
  • gisomgisom Posts: 144
    I bought neon in june of 94 new. It has 160,000 on it and finally the head gasket went. First problem with car. I was considering getting a new one because it has been such a charm to drive, but now I know about the horror stories on the head gaskets I will leave the neon alone. It was nice while it lasted.
  • Just to clarify, you are saying your Neon has a blown head gasket, and that is the only major problem in 160,000 miles and over 8 years of driving a $10,000 car?

    I don't see how you can think that is a horrible reliability record. The bad thing about the Internet is people can claim anything, I take it all with a grain of salt.

    I cannot think of a single person I personally know that has that many miles on their car. My friend has a 93 Lexus with 144,000 miles he's owned since new, and it has a bad oil usage problem. He has spend out the wazoo to perform all the scheduled maintenance as well.

    If that was my only problem with a car in 160,000 miles, I'd buy another one without a second thought.
  • 71charger71charger MDPosts: 116
    You're the luckiest person alive. I think the 94 head gasket probably should have blown much sooner. Chrysler re-engineered the head gasket for the Neon in the late 90s and it is far superior and as good as any in the industry. As far as basing a purchase decision of a new Neon on "only" getting 160k out of a 94 head gasket that's like not buying a 300M because the straight eight in your grandfather's Town and Country burned oil. Night and day, apples and oranges.
  • gisomgisom Posts: 144

    I just feel that in this day and time with the modern technology of the car industry, I just think 160k is not enough. The car itself has just a little rust around the emblem on the hood, otherwise it looks great. The paint job still shines nicely when waxed. It is never at a good time when your car quits on you. I been checking around to see if I can get a rebuilt engine for it because I don't want to put a $1000 bucks into fixing the engine with that many miles on it. I would feel better or more secure with an engine with many less miles on it. Don't you agree? As it is or was, I always bragged on the car because it held up so well. Is it because it was built in Mexico?
  • gisomgisom Posts: 144
    I forgot to mention that my olds 84 delta 88 had 220,000 on it before things started falling apart such as power window switches falling in arm of door, door latch would not open on driver side. I had it for 14 yrs. My 77 buick century had 175,000 on it before the rust took over in 7 yrs so I am use to getting good miles on my cars.
  • 71charger71charger MDPosts: 116
    I would like to buy a Flame Red R/T. Anyone seen one on a dealer lot in MD? No. VA (Alexandria, Arlington, Sterling, Leesburg OK). S Central PA also doable (Hanover, Gettysburg, Chambersburg, Carlisle). West Virginia panhandle is also just down the road (Charlestown, Martinsburg). Anyone seen one? It's hard enough to find an R/T much less be choosy about the color. I might consider black. Definitely not silver or white. I am in Frederick so Eastern Shore/So. MD is a bit of reach but would consider the drive for the right car. Prefer five speed with cloth but would consider auto and/or leather.
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