2001 DODGE NEON

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210,236 Miles
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Vehicle Details

Mileage: 210236
Body Style: Sedan
Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
Engine Type: 4 Cylinder
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Fort Smith, AR
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Rude & Sarcastic Internet Sales Manager Bob

1
T Rosson on 11/19/2016

Customer Service: 1.0 Buying Process: 1.0

Bob the internet sales manager is a very funny guy... If you accidentally send him the wrong offer you'll get to see his creativity in full force. They had a great price but it came with a side of rudeness and sarcasm that made me go elsewhere.-------- Original message --------From: Bob Renfro at Orr Nissan of Ft SmithDate: 11/18/16 4:25 PM (GMT-06:00) Subject: Orr Nissan of Ft Smith Thank you for your interest in Orr Nissan. My name is Bob Renfro, Internet Sales Manager.We appreciate your offer of $15500 for our Subaru. If we need to wholesale this vehicle out we will give you a call. Our price is obviously a very competetive and fair price or you would not have found us on the internet.I will call if we need to sell this below our cost.ThanksBob RenfroInternet Sales ManagerOrr Nissan of Ft Smith brenfroatdealer-contact.ComOffice: (479) 648-1900Cell: (479) 226-9949

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.4
  Based on 53 reviews

Brilliant for a first or second car.

4.6
dodgeneon1 on 03/10/2013

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I just came upon a free 2001 Plymouth Neon. The only problem I had from it, was because the original owners let it sit, because it had a mold issue. from sitting the battery went bad, and the right rear brake seized. Other than that it is a great car. It starts right up, and stands up to performance standards, and is very good on gas. Its a very reliable car, besides its bad reputation. It has 120,000 miles, and it runs strong. Very good car, and would recommend it to anyone.

Should have blown up by now

4.3
ibear on 07/27/2012

Performance: 5 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Being that I am required to say this, I work for a company that makes bolts for Honda, Nissan, Ford, Toyota and a few other small companys. But that has nothing to do with this. I bought an automatic 2001 neon es with 117K on it almost two years ago. It now has about 135 on it. It was dew for and oil change at 118 and I'm an idiot and never got around to it. I still haven't done it. This car is still runng strong. I dont know how, but it is. It kinda has rust issues and the ac just went out. Bought winter yokahoma tires for it and its great in winter. Most reliable car you can buy for the money. Ive been tough on this car for almost 20k with no oil changes and its still going.

Great car!

4.6
Kandie on 07/30/2010

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this car used in 2002 with 36,000 miles, it now has 128,000 I just put on new ties, new battery, timing belt & water pump, because of the high miles (The old one looked perfect when they replaced them) I'm giving the car to my parents. They could of done a better job with the paint. Either way, a great running car! I wished they still made them!

Decent overall, horrible in snow

3.1
Cargirl on 04/24/2010

Performance: 3 Comfort: 2 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 2 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 2

The Neon was great for me for the first couple of years. It had decent power for a 4 cylinder car and excellent gas mileage. However, it is horrible in snow and would get stuck on hills I never even noticed without snow. Other small cars would pass me by as I was stuck. As soon as I paid it off, I started having problems with the exhaust manifold, passenger power window, water leaking from the rear lights into the trunk and passenger seat, as well as some minor issues. The exterior was built well, though! It survived having a tree fall on it in the middle of an nice storm with only minor body damage. Visibility was great in front, but poor to the rear. Seats uncomfortable on longer rides.

Still ticking

4.9
Happy2010 on 02/26/2010

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my neon brand new back in 2001 and it is still getting me where I need to go. Other than replacing the tires, battery and a few belts, I have not had any major issues with this car. It has over 150,000 miles on it. My only drawback is the paint job. Other than that, this is a great car! I wish they still made them.

Not Bad for $500.00

4.1
Anyon on 09/12/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This little car has 133,000 miles on it and it still starts and drives very well. Very reliable, couple of gremlins, but nothing major. Lots of aftermarket parts available. Fun little project for the four banger enthusiast. Shaky idle (probably could benefit from a tune up).

Original owner & still driving it

4.6
oceangal313 on 08/21/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This has been a great and fun car. I have replaced 2 front tie rods and the radio. I also replaced the radiator even though the dealer said I needed a tranny too, they lied. I bought some nice Elbrus wheels for it and Komho tires, added a spoiler and a faux hood scoop. My husband added a nice stripe to it and some V8 Hemi decals from an old Dodge truck. The car is awesome! With the Cars for Clunkers program I am thinking of trading in an old pickup and getting something new. If I do I am going to miss this car. It got me through my 40's :-)

GM Dependable. Who would have thought?

4.3
bdiddy1 on 08/01/2009

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought this as a used car with 40K on it in 2003. It now has only 68K in the last 5 years. Except for one splurge for new car parts which has extended its life, I have to say I'm really pleased with this car. It's not great in the snow but it can handle most things. I really like the moon roof although there are some issues with the switch. If you don't have to drive a lot and just want a reliable car with some sporty features, then this is a solid, good car. It's not a clunker because of its gas mileage and that's another good feature. With some eco driving, it's a fairly clean car.

The Little Car That Could

4.6
Hyper on 06/11/2009

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Bought this car used in 2002 after it had been a rental. During the next seven years and 70,000 miles, I replaced oil, a battery, and the relay for the radiator fan. I had a trailer hitch on this car and pulled a U-Haul trailer back and forth across the country several times. In the end, the car was rear-ended by a large GMC pickup that was too high up to hit the bumper, but even then the trunk crumpled like it was supposed to, saving me from injury. My Neon was totaled in this accident just last week, but this was and will probably remain my favorite of the dozen cars I've owned in my 42 years.

2001 Neon ACR

4.6
HazMatt24 on 11/13/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Loud, rude, and crude. Just the way I like it. I have used this car for a daily driver and autocross/time trial car. The handling is great for a front driver and acceleration is great for only 150 HP. Adjustible struts realy make a difference when driving at the limits. No mechanical problems to speak of yet. Fun little car to play with.

2001 Neon, I bought new

4.8
gtohrl on 03/24/2008

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

No major problems with this unit. Typical maintenance, tires and battery, really didn't need one yet but replaced for peace of mind, and that is about it. Replaced all four struts, added brace bars front and rear and added inserts to the motor mounts. Radio went bad after 6yrs. Easily replaced. Has paid for it's self as far as I am concerned! The whole vehicle, I mean to say.

Nice car

4.4
Neons_rock on 09/10/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned my Neon for about 2 months now and I've never had any trouble with it. I bought this car with a bad transmission because it was really beaten and was in a wreck. I purchased a used transmission and it was good to go. It's really zippy and a great driving car. It is a little bit noisy but it's a great deep fun car noise.

Great Value

4
The Shamus on 04/10/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Neons generally have a bad reputation. My 2001 was purchased new, and I have replaces two tie-rod ends and a fuel pump switch. I had a bad battery replaced under warranty. The interior is roomy for my large 6 foot 2 frame and the seats are more comfortable than anything else I drove in this range. I have 100K miles on this car, and it still responds well. The front disc brakes and exhaust are all still factory original. It does not handle deep snow well. I've come back to a dead battery a few times for an unknown reason. The radio is upgraded and works well. Infinitely more comfortable and spacious for the passengers than my wife's Corolla.

Outstanding Value

4.1
JR on 03/25/2007

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

My Neon was purchased brand new with 38 test drive miles. I loved it in 2001 and I love it now. Value for the money and low maintance costs and upkeep is awesome. With 58000 miles I have put roughly $3500 worth of upkeep into. That includes tool purchase and tires.

I love my R/T

4.5
becksr/t on 07/13/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

If you like to pull onto the highway with confidence that you can merge without getting rear ended, this car is for you. I haven't taken it to the 1/4 mile yet, but it has all kinds of power. If you want to lay down some rubber you'll have to push the trac-off button. But the traction control will be a big plus when I do hit the strip, in a couple weeks. If you are over six feet you might not be comfortable. The wheels aren't that hard to clean. They're clear coat so just spray on some mean green scrub for 10 seconds with a sponge & hose off good. For a compact car, you couldn't ask for more, sporty, fast, yet toddler friendly.

Love it

4.6
Shawn on 04/23/2006

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I got the car used, it has 150,000 km's on it now. The car has never let me down. I bought it when in school, and it was a great buy. The car seems to have a bad rep, I however really cant find many bad things to say about it. I sold it to buy a new BMW 3 series when I finished school mainly because I needed a more grown up machine. If you want a cheap, long lasting little economy car, with a bit of sport, but an RT Neon.

The original leather seat Neon.

4.9
clonehawk on 04/13/2006

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I can't understand why the Focus ever beat this car in Consumer Reports given the high number of recalls the Focus has had. Replaced the factory tires, battery and have had the half of the factory speakers quit working. Other than that it has been trouble free. Dodge seems to have figured out how to make a reliable inexpensive car.

My car

4.4
Just y on 08/22/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I bought my Neon during the spring of 2003. I drove it out to Houston and from there to southern California as well as all the driving around the cities. I also drove it 50 miles one way to work 5 days a week. I have 108,600 miles on my Neon and it is still running like it was when I bought it with 33,000 miles on it. I have never had to do any major repairs. It is the best car I have ever owned. I really enjoy it.

great little car

4.1
pat72880 on 03/23/2005

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I bought this car over 2 years ago and have had no major problems with it. Handles great, no leaks, smooth ride, and easy to maintain. I have already 75K on this car and it seems to get better the more I drive it. Couple minor things, factory wheels are 195- 50-16s. Very had to find and expensive tire. Also, highway gas mileage runs from 30 to 40mpg plus. City mileage however is only 20 to 25. And it has a small 12 gallon gas tank. Sound system is great but my speakers blew out 3 months ago and I had to get new ones. Mostly my fault I guess. Overall, best car I have owned.

R/T Neon 2001

4.5
kenroberts11 on 09/29/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my 3rd Neon & all have been very good cars. NO problems of any import. Great gas mileage, good pep & nice comfortable seating. For the money, can't be beat.

A Self Destruct car

3.5
Beezer6801 on 09/19/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1

This is my 2nd Neon, the first was a 95 and I ran it 95K and had one major problem a blown head gasket. The 2001 now has 63K miles and is in self destruct mode, I don't know where to start with all the problems I have with this car. I just spent clost to $500 for rear brakes cylinders, leaked terribly new AC temp sensor, new engine balancer's unlike most straight cylinder engines which use hormonic balancers, Dodge uses rubber mounts enclosed in steel and bolted to the body, I now have a check engine lite, the third one in 6 months, the O2 sensor have been replaced.

Katy Rocket

4.5
Katy80DMS on 05/29/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Absolutely the best little car I've driven and I've had Escorts, Cavaliers,and Subarus. Handles with crisp precision, with a little understeer. Excellent acceleration for engine of this size, generally no problem at all merging with Houston freeway traffic.

Santa Fe Dodge Sucks.

4.8
TwizeeK on 05/29/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

I instantly fell in love with the car, great handling, good pickup, affordable aftermarket upgrades, and a killer sound system. Everything went great until i had an unfortante opportunity to have to use the extended maintenence warranty purchased from Santa Fe Dodge. This is when my nightmare began. The dealership was simply un-cooperative, slow, and above all else rude and incompetent. I ended up paying $500 for an insurance deductablt when the salesman told me it would be covered. My advice, buy this car, but from ANYWHERE but Santa Fe Dodge.

Great car for the price, just not new!

4.8
flamingpinhead on 03/14/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

very fun to drive (5spd). not very fast on the straight but its great in the turns (autocrossed last year and loved every bit of it) the front seats are ok but get uncomfortable on long trips, they make my lower back ache after about an hour no matter how i position the seat. is at 75k miles and still gets over 30mpg consistently. looks stylish both inside and out. i keep it exceptionally clean inside and out. runs great after all those miles. had to have the tranny replace after 10k but the dealership was very good about getting it done quickly and giving me a loaner car automatic neon, once again reminding me why i got a 5spd.

A good little car

3.6
shenny on 01/18/2004

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Not a bad car. Greg looks, especially with the spoiler. Enjoy driving it, although it is not real smooth. I bought it as a result of price. It was new, and I got it at an end of year close-out price of $8000.

2001 Neon

4.6
Michael McIntyre on 01/04/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

Neon is alot of fun to drive and is a peppy little car with little or no sway in turns and absolutely superb braking. This vehicle is sure-footed in snow and easy to drive in most other weather. For the price of this vehicle, you cannot complain about the drive although many do.

tough little car

4.9
clyjp on 01/03/2004

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Excellent commuter vehicle. very reliable and fun to drive.

This Car Rocks!

5
LoveMyCar on 12/16/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love Dodge Neons! I just love the way the new ones look, and my car is reliable. My only dislikes is that my car didn't come with a CD player, cruise control, or antilock breaks. Other than that, Great car!

Best Bang for Buck!

4.6
2001NeonES on 10/26/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

When deciding on a small car to transport my newborn child and keep that mess out of my show car I looked at all the small compacts. After driving them all I drove a Neon. When you get in the car you forget you're in a "Neon" and it resembles a high end sedan. Engine power is ok, but with a few bolt ons the car will easily hang with the everyday Honda. Handling rivals my old mustang and the looks of this car are definatly Mopar. I love the looks I get when passing people on the highway or when I'm in a parking lot and have people ask "Is that a Neon?!"

Great commuter car for price

4.5
krzkelly on 10/15/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is my first new car that I have ever purchased. Needed a new reliable car for my 155 mile daily commute. Have had no major complaints with this car. The truck did get some water in it at one point, but the dealer fixed the problem. A sealing problem around the rear tail lights. I now have over 92k miles on the neon in just 2 and a half years and the only thing that has needed to be replaced was the tires. Has turned out to be a great car, and with proper oil and filter changes it has to last for about another 2 years. Should be no problem.

MiniMopar

4.5
MoparFamily on 09/03/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

My wife's mopar of the trio (a 92 lebaron, 74 charger the others) is the sporty around town cruiser. Not to forget cross country, this little car, packed down with both our lives in the trunk and rear seats will still hit 115 on the open highway with the a/c on! The pick up is slow due to its outdated 3 speed auto (heck even my 74 charger has a 3 speed!!) but once the engine winds up its off. the steering is very precise,No problems with it so far, look forward to getting her an srt-4 in the future.

Great first car

4.1
HavasuNeon on 08/19/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

This was my first car. It is great. Very reliable, a/c works great (a huge concern since I live in an area that regularly sees 105). The only problem I have with it is that it does not have an interior trunk release, which makes it a hassle to drop people off at the airport/ pick up a person in front of a store, etc. No maintenance problems as of yet.

Fun car, but has some downfalls

4
jonjon5000 on 07/29/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 5

I drove a Neon for the past 3 months, and just upgraded to a Caddilac Catera. The Neon is as fast or faster than the 3.0L Catera with 200hp!! Handles awesome, and saved me from some fishtailing. Good, cheap car. Not smooth, though. American muscle without foreign finesse. Spacious trunk and interior. Fun to drive, but not too much comfort.

I LOVE this car!!!!!!!!

5
Buzzilla on 07/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I've driven a lot of "sport" cars....bmw 325,328, mazda miata, volkswagen corrado, GTI, maxima, SER, I30t, acura 3.2 TL, and many others. This is one of the most fun to drive cars I've ever driven. Given the other factors of comfort, utility and price this is BY FAR the best value out there. If you can pick up a 2001 or 2002 you will most likely get an amazing deal (like I did).

Great Car!

5
Shenny on 05/25/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A great buy! Last day of the month, and I bought the car brand new for $8K. I've had two problems. One was with the steering column clicking, which the dealership fixed by replacing the steering column free of charge. The other is the sound the brakes make when wet (and I knew that was an issue).

2001 NEON ACR

4.3
ginpin on 05/11/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

I'VE HAD THIS CAR FOR ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF, AND IT IS TRULY FUN TO DRIVE. ONLY COMPLAINTS ARE THAT ITS TOO SMALL FOR 2 KIDS IN THE BACKSEAT(WHAT DO YOU EXPEC FOR THE PRICE) AND THAT IT RIDES LIKE A TRUCK. HOWEVER, THE SUSPENSION THAT MAKES IT RIDE SO ROUGH ALSO MAKES THE THING HANDLE LIKE IT'S ON RAILS. I RECOMMEND IT FOR THOSE WHO WANT A CHEAP LITTLE CAR THAT'S FUN TO DRIVE.

PEICE OF JUNK!!!!!

1.6
TDBoy on 05/03/2003

Performance: 1 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 2 Fun To Drive: 1 Interior Design: 2 Exterior Design: 2 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 2 Reliability Rating: 1

Within the first two years I had to visit the shop about a dozen times for repairs that shouldn't have to be done on a new car. It vibrates too much, engine surges, slips gears, the auto sunroof broke, engine mounts had to be replaced, gearshift doesn't disengage sometimes when brake is pressed. Would you like me to go on. If I could figure out a way to drive it off a cliff, I would. Stay away from ALL DODGE PRODUCTS< THEY SUCK!!!!!!

I like it

4.4
aht on 04/14/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I've had zero problems with my Neon. ANd man is it fun to drive. Small engine, but also in a small car with a 5 spd and 0-90 is flat out fun. Handles pretty well for a small car with a decent ride.

My little race car

4.8
Gstock on 03/19/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the ACR competition model; a factory racecar intended for SCCA Road Racing and Solo competition. Keep that in mind if you consider and ACR. Great handling - but even with the suspension set on full soft (all 4 struts are adjustable for both rebound and compression) it’s a very firm ride. The pay off is it handles like it’s on rails! The power is adequate, 150 hp in a 2600 lb car. As for reliability, the battery went out at 20K but other than that it’s been good. It’s my daily commuter, my long distance hauler and it’s my racecar for SCCA Solo II Autocross events. And for the price I still can’t beat the performance. It’s a fun car.

I like it

5
bdwhite on 03/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

Vehicle has been driven in both hot summers and cold winters and operates very well providing excellent interior temperature control. Gas mileage has ben good

This car handles GREAT!

4.8
neonguy on 02/09/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This car runs excellent... I put about 100 miles a day on it and use a fraction of the tank of gas. In the snow, it handles great- it helps to put weight int he trunk in the neons, as they seem light in the trunk. Highly reccomend this car to anyone for a reliable, safe, and peppy little car.

Great Car

5
Mkfax on 02/02/2003

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

This is the BEST economical car that I have ever owned! It looks sporty but at the same time the price is less than that of a real "sports" car. It has a lot of "guts" for a little car. I live in the mountains and it is great going up and down the hills.

Reliable Transportation

4.6
Ozgurozayvar on 01/13/2003

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Cheap,reliable vehicle.I have 14.000 miles without any problem.

CHEAP CAR

2.3
lofty08 on 01/01/2003

Performance: 3 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 3 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 1 Build Quality: 1 Reliability: 1 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 1

Bought this vehicle for my wife to commute back and forth from college approx. 100 miles round trip. Price was $10,000.00 brand new. After six months the battery died. After 36000 miles water soaked trunk and rear passenger floor after rain. Very very poor fit and finnish of body panels. Don't get fooled by the cheap price. You get just what you pay for. A piece of junk..

it's okay

3.6
momma on 12/05/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 3 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

This is a comfortable car for a teenager!

Can't go wrong with this one

5
SpyderWeiss on 10/26/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I love my neon, i've had it for 10 months now. Great ride, plenty of power. More than any car in it's class, including civic, echo, corolla, metro, well, you get the idea. Engine makes great noise, gotta love that american power. Only thing i regret about buying it is now dodge is coming out with their srt 4 version, so it looks like i'll be selling it asap to upgrade :)

My experience with my R/T

4.9
Chesta on 09/24/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

A good car despite some negative reviews I've seen from some car mags. (Car and Driver who I can only assume has some axe to grind with DC) This car is fun to drive, has more power and outhandles all others in its price range. I can run circles around Cavaliers, Focus Zx3s, and Civics all day long. By far the most bang you'll get for your buck if you're looking for performance.

Sharp little car with common pep

4.3
01rtman on 09/18/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

Sharp little car with nice body stlye. Engine isn't any faster than any other car in it's class. So far 19,000 miles and no problems except for a a/c compessor switch and recalled brake vaccum line. Stock tires only lasted 11,000 miles. Slim selection with stock tire size. Went to a wider selection, 205/50/16, car handles better. Should have come with a Turbo option, really needs extra pep. Fortunately, companies like Hahn Racecraft are developing such systems. Stock suspension is pretty good. Interior is kind of cheap, but very roomy. Trunk space is plenty for it's class.

Slick Car

4.6
John Pouwels on 09/04/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4

Good small car, roomy in the back and good trunk Good engine - Power Slick looks

My Neon R/T

4.9
ListerofSmeg on 06/03/2002

Performance: 5 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 5 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5

I just drove my to Central California and back (to Seattle). It handled beautifully. The R/T kept it's speed of 70 mph up a 5% grad hill over a span of about four miles! It took all the turns and bumps with very little effort. I only had to fill the gas tank 6 times on a 2600 mile round trip (that's about 433 miles per 12.5 gallon tank)! Overall, I absolutely love driving this car and so do all of my friends.

An excellent "driver"

4.6
Glenn Laycock on 05/01/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 5 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 5 Interior Design: 5 Exterior Design: 4 Build Quality: 5 Reliability: 5 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5

I have owned 2 Neon's now, and both were extremely good at doing their job; however I was surprised as how much improving Chrysler had done with the new model; the Neon has definately moved upscale, trading in some of its handling in favor of a much nicer ride, refinement, and comfort. My first impression was that of a German sedan with the excellent seats, quiet torque"ie" balanced powertrain; and quality of materials and finish. The original Neon missed it target just slightly (particularly early models); but this one is dead on; its only handicap is the association to the name of "Neon" which does not reflect the high value of the new model.

2001 Dodge Neon - commuters-only car

3.4
Kensey on 04/22/2002

Performance: 4 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 3 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 3 Exterior Design: 3 Build Quality: 4 Reliability: 2 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 3 Reliability Rating: 2

Overall, this is a decent car, but a bit expensive for its type ($600 for a three-speed automatic? Come on, Dodge). This model has had at least one recall, on the brakes, so be *sure* yours has had the recall work done (the recall issue can lead to total brake failure while stopping). It gets good city fuel economy, not-so-good (but still OK) highway, and the cabin is a bit cramped if you're taller than 5'8". This is a car for the commute to work, not the road trip to Washington. Very distinctive style, you'll either love the look or hate it.

good car

3.9
neon_lover on 03/22/2002

Performance: 3 Comfort: 4 Fuel Economy: 4 Fun To Drive: 4 Interior Design: 4 Exterior Design: 5 Build Quality: 3 Reliability: 4 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4

For those who are knocking the 2001 Neon, just take a look at the maintenance costs compared to the Japanese models. I used to have a 1995 Neon which had some problems but it made it to 150K with the only costs being A/C issues and a bad head gasket design (new design worked okay). I previously had a Toyota Celica and replacing the muffler, tires, etc. was minimally double what it costs on the Neon. Yes, there were some nuisances, but they are all taken care of in the 2001 model. No rain through the door jam, no squeaky brakes when moist, road noise down almost completely, windows tight, more "containers", brighter headlamps, etc. I love my 2001 SE.



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