Surprisingly Decent Little Car
By AJH on Sunday, September 22, 2013
I owned and sold this car
overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Reason: Radiator clogged, bought a Jeep.
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Quick. Agile. Comfy. Big trunk."
Cons: "Weird electrical problems. Small. Bad on gas."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"A co-worker "donated" this car to me when my old Ford Bronco had kicked the bucket. I was a little wary, but finally picked it up. Now, I am told that when it comes to Neons, you either get a good one, which will last forever and ever, or you get a bad one... which are REALLY bad. I must have gotten a good one. In the three years I owned it, the only work I had to do was replace the timing belt and one fuel injector. Otherwise, it had it's quirks: sometimes the instrument panel wouldn't work or light up, until you opened the door -- THEN the speedometer would kick in. Directional would engage at random, and you'd have to turn them on and then off again to make it stop. The rear brakes locked up one day while I was in the middle of nowhere, so I actually removed all the brake hardware from the back wheels, cut the brake lines and closed them off with small vice grips, and then drove the car like that, using only the front (disc) brakes, for the next two years. Still ran like a champ. It always surprised me how, for such a little four cylinder engine, it actually had quite a bit of power to it, and could easily break 100 miles per hour on the highway (not that I ever actually did that, obviously, because that would be illegal). It was also surprisingly bad on gas. In the end, the radiator became clogged and started leaking antifreeze, and I had just bought a '93 Jeep Cherokee, so I didn't want to put the money into fixing the Neon. So, in the end... I liked MY Neon, but I would not recommend them to anyone else based solely on the fact that whether you get a good one or not is sort of a craps shoot."
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