"I bought this car on 5/2/16 from a dealer with 153,000 miles on it. The car drives like a rally car, it is so fun to drive. The maintenance is so ridiculously cheap on parts. The car appearance is very sporty and it looks like a Porsche. The gas is very economical, I fill this car with 87 regular takes me from point A to point B with 32 mpg. The seats and trunk space is so roomy and comfortable. I am a proud owner in owning this 2000 Dodge Neon ES. Best first car ever owned."
Cons: "Repairs would cost a lot if done at a shop"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Got it used with 49,000 miles in 2008 for $10,000. A year after, I began having problems with it not starting or starting and immediately turning off. Took it to the dealer I got it from, withich was kind enough to mess with it after their warranty expired, and they couldn't figure it out. I told them it sounded like a fuel pump and they replaced it. After that didn't fix it, I took it back when it wouldn't start the next day either. Usually, it would work fine when I got it there. They replaced the PCM under Chrysler warranty because it was less than 5 years old. That seemed to fix it for a few months. Then it did the same thing and I looked it up online. Found out that this is the Idle Air Control motor. You can replace it for $300 or clean it with electrical cleaner. I cleaned it and it worked fine for 6 months. Cleaned it again and it lasted for a couple years. It did the same thing at 6 years old and cleaned it again and its worked since.
Took it to a shop for an alignment and was told it needed a head gasket because it was leaking oil from the back of the block. Turned out to be the oil sensor. Fixed that myself.
Timing belt broke at about 120,000 miles. My fault, it was supposed to be replaced at 100000. I got lucky and it didn't bend any valves. Replaced the head gasket, water pump and tensioner while I was in there. I've replaced 2 timing belts since on Neons at roughly the same mileage so i'd recommend the 100,000 mile interval.
Suspension parts wear like crazy. I'm a delivery driver and put a lot of miles on it, roughly 20,000 per year. I've done control arms at least 4 times, because of bushings or ball joints. Replaced struts at about 5 years old and it needs new ones in the back again. The part store I go to started enforcing their policy of one exchange for the lifetime warranty because of me. Wheel bearings on the front at least 5 times. Back bearings once. Catalytic converter was replaced. Bracket broke off the muffler and I replaced the whole thing with a Magnaflow.
It does have 200,000 miles on it now and it still drives nice, has plenty of power and handles amazingly in the snow. I use good tires. Its a manual transmission. And I use full synthetic oil in it and I change the oil 2 to 3 times per year.
I recommend it if you can do the repairs yourself because to take it to a shop for all of the repairs would have cost well over the value of the car. Front wheel bearings are $300 each."
"iv had this car for 10 years now, very safe/reliable, traveled from state to state through the snow anything and everything no problems at all , iv never once have gotten a flat,broke down or stranded anywhere or any big fixes for that matter!! i dont think i will ever trade in/or sell it, ill keep it for a reliable back up car or maybe in 5 years my son can drive it! now i have an suv for more room kids/dogs ect. but i still drive my neon!! and always will!"
"Thru 100,000mi-200,000mi the transmission went two times, pwr steering, hoses, sensors for; windshield wipers, ceiling light, ignition sensor, etc. As well, the radiator, all motor mounts, axels have gone bad. I paid $3,500 7.5 yrs ago."
"I bought my Neon brand new in 2005 with 10 miles on it and have been driving it ever since all over the united states and i have 180 thousand miles great care and never left me stranded. The only thing i don't like about this car is the seats are uncomfortable win driving for long trips."
"I bought my Neon SXT 9 years ago. It has been a great car for me. I have only put less than $200 in a few small repairs. It is easy to do all of the maintenance yourself if you want to. I call it "The Adventure Mobile" I can fill it and go where ever I want for super cheap because the gas mileage is great. I have taken it on back woods roads, to the tops of mountains, to the lowest of valleys. It also does great in the snow. It's not a sports car, but still does great passing on the highway, or getting up a mountain pass. Not the best for comfort on a super long trip."