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1996 Dodge Neon

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Vehicle Highlights

Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 24/Hwy 35/Comb 28 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1996 Dodge Neon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.9
Out of 10

Based on 262 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.5/10
    Quality
    7.2/10
  • Reliability
    7.6/10
    Performance
    7.5/10
  • Comfort
    7.2/10
    Styling
    7.1/10

Would buy again

By on Monday, April 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 260,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "economical to drive when in good condition"

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought this car from my sister-in-law in 2008 so it was already 10 years old but I knew its history. Drove it for 3 years without any major repairs, then, typically, everything started to break down. Great, fun little car to drive especially as a 5 speed. Cornered well and economical on gas. Also easy to change your own spark plugs and wires and make other repairs yourself. All in all, I had fun driving this car but I'm now in the market for something a little newer."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

drove it and love it!

By on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I owned and sold this car
Reason: hit a moose

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "very fun driver, fit in spots other cars cant"

Cons: "noisy ride, crazy colored seats"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"decided to go for the neon because iv known a lot of people who drive them. I get the 5 speed manual, first manual I have ever drove so it was a learning experience. I can say probably the best car for people to learn on. I was off after 5 mins of instruction. lots of power hidden in these little cars everyone doesn't give credit to, but also coupled with great fuel economy. its like the perfect package. the only thing id say that needs work is the road noise and the crazy colored seats. I hit a moose with my neon and turned around and bought another one. what does that say to you bout the neon. do a little research, might find it surprising."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

If I had my health I would keep this vehicle.

By on Thursday, November 14, 2013

I don't own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Nice commute car."

Cons: "A real gas saver."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This vehicle runs great good on gas and has a brand new paint job. This car belongs to my brother and he can no longer drive due to his health."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

nice reliable car

By on Friday, August 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,382

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great price,awsome on gas,nice and compfortable."

Cons: "needs a tranny and small car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"this car is a great car transmission needs to be replaced its cheap for this car only 300 just need a bigger car."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

This auto has been adequate for local operation.

By on Thursday, July 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 500,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "The motor is still running very well."

Cons: "hail damage and rust all over the car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"It was dented all over with hail damage when I bought it in 2008, but had been painted over the damaged dents without repairing any of the dents. needs new tires, the hail damage has now rusted all over the car. Was hit where I park it in 2011 and the left side still damaged some what. I installed a new front driver's side fender at that time as well as two headlights and one taillight. Paint damage and body work needed all over the auto. I bought new tires in 2008, but new tires needed now after 5 years."

Great basic car, if you are willing to do repairs

By on Thursday, June 27, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,485

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Keeps on driving, cheap to insure and good gas mpg"

Cons: "engine issues/quality of build, not a chick magnet"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I own a 1996 NEON BASE SEDAN model with automatic transmission, casette radio, a/c and rear defroster as the only options, and I bought this car off craigslist and I was scammed from the start because the owner had receipts and the old parts in the car,to "prove" he did the work. Well when I first bought it, the car drove decently for 2 days, the 3rd day I smelled a really noticable oil burning smell and found out the oil was leaking somewhere. I bought 4 quarts of oil and put in about 2.5 quarts. The oil was being burnt off because there was no sign of the oil leak under the car. took it to mechanic and found out the valve cover gaskets and the spark plug filler tubes had oil in it and it was leaking from 5 different locations of the valve cover gasket. The previous owner SWEARED that he replaced the valve cover gaskets and showed me a receipt of the work before I bought the car. So he lied to me and somehow must have known someone who could "repair" it. The car also came with a bad inner tie rod on the passenger's side, check engine light on for missfire, and partially clogged gas lines. I bought it for $700.00 so I should have expected that. I went to a family mechanic and had the entire valve cover area replaced with new gaskets and sensors, also repaired the tie rod. got the car back a week later only to have it return to the shop not even 5 minutes after leaving with the car. The car sat in the shop for 1 month and I took the bus. Finally got it back and according to the mechanic it was a back vacuum line, brake booster and master cylinder. forked out a total of $1000.00 for just those past repairs combined. So I paid more than what I bought the car for. But I drive it on the highway daily for work now, the check engine light came back on last week for a missfire but the car runs and drives fine with NO indication of a missfire. So I just drive it with the light on and I can still push the car to go around 75-85 mph on the highway without much resistance from the car. The automatic transmission likes to shift whenever it feels like so it feels sluggish and gets passed by everyone including those prius and sunday drivers, but can catch up and pass them eventually, I love how it can handle like an old go-kart when switching lanes multiple times at higher speeds. The rear end looks like it is sticking up in the air. The red, blue, green speckles against the grey cloth contrasts and reminds me of a blind and untalented artist. The factory speakers are only good if you HATE bass otherwise you hear the speakers buzz evertime the bass drops. Basic so manual locks and windows which lets you have a great wrist exercise turning clockwise and counter clockwise but NO petty electronic issues to deal with. Gas mileage is decent even though it could be better with a bigger gas tank the 12.5 gal disappears so fast. Great turning radius so no pesky three or more point turns to make. NOT an attractive car. Also works as a theft deterrant I mean you have to have such a low self esteem to be stealing a Neon. Other than that the car runs and in the end that is all that matters."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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