2003 Dodge Neon User Reviews

2003 Dodge Neon Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 33 reviews

  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 21 reviews
"ride" 15 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"maintenance" 3 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews
"heavy car" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews

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Joren writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr R/T Sedan Review
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Peppy, Gas Miser, Sport Suspension, Standard Transmission, Stock Stereo is great, Power Package, I get lots of compliments, about it's overall look.  Uhm.. it has a Tape Deck??

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Car's ABS is all over the place during winter season, 6 dash CD player is placed horrendously, Terrible peripherals due to awkward side pillars and spoiler.  Rear windows are not automatic.  Not to much to complain about though after a year!

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Great Sport Package On A Discontinued Production Line From Dodge! — I've only had it for a few months now and haven't taken it on the highway but from I've driven of it so far it's terrific! Rides like it's on rails, has pretty good pickup. Not mind blowingly fast but is 'peppy.' Braking power is a little on the weak side but gets the job done. The aesthetics of this car are simply awe inspiring and one of the main reasons I picked this car up used. It comes stock with body trim with spoiler, R/T badging, 16 inch aluminum rims, also 6-dash in car cd player, leather wrapped shift boot and steering wheel, power package, cruise control, ABS, and a 2.0 L DOHC generating (manufacturers figures) 150 lb. BHP, and 147 ft. lb. torque. It also has an aggresive looking front faschia and some cool teardrop headlights and the coolest fog lights i've seen. I highly recommend the 2003 Dodge SX 2.0 R/T. Update: after having it for a year now and taking it on the highway and getting snow tires my opinion has improved. This is still a great sport-compact. It's not mind blowingly fast but you can get up to highway speeds in a flash and the cruise control helps a lot. The car does make a lot of creaks and groans i've noticed though this could be due to the cheaper build quality though. Also I might've exagerrated on the 'awe-inspiring, visuals.' I was still on a high from recently purchasing the car. Don't get me wrong I still adore the looks of it but compared to say a Lambo, or Ferrari it's relatively meh... which is ok it's a sport compact not an exotic (apples to oranges). For what it is I like the looks of it compared to say a Focus, Civic, or Sentra. Even it's replacement at Daimler/Chrysler the Calibur has nothing on this car in terms of looks, at least in my opinion. Cost of ownership is great. It's not to hard on insurance costs and gassing it up is not frequent. It's all around low maintenance which is great. Lots of SX 2.0 and Neon parts around if need be. The car is just fun to drive. The gears are quite short, so you'll get a bit of a rush upshifting and downshifting and the car has a nice throaty sound from the exhaust and engine. Throttle response is nice too compared to say a Contour or Cavalier. Unfair comparison you might say?? Well i'm basing this from what I've driven it's certainly fun to drive, compared to those. Thanks for reading my review!

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Mike writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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4

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Gas Mileage

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Not sure

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Good Starting Point — Basically it works, starts when I need it to, gets me from point A to point B. It is cheap to own, low insurance, low maintenance, easy to work on. I find it fun to drive, for what it is.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Roger writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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5

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250,000 miles and no major repairs, good gas mileage, paint has held up well, quick off the line w/ the stick in the 2.0L

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seats could be more supportive, not enough room in back seats for adult men without their knees in their chests, cabin noise is noticeable at highway speeds

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250,000 Miles And No Major Repairs — I went with the smaller engine & non-turbo to try to avoid the "sports car" hit on my insurance. Because it is a stick even though I wanted it for the mpg I still got tagged for the sports car increase. 250,000 miles and no major repairs, good gas mileage, paint has held up well, quick off the line w/ the stick in the 2.0L. Drives & handles well, best tire wear is to use the pressure listed on the tires not the ones in the door/owners manual. I can get 65k out of 60k tires using the tire pressure but only 50k if I use the door. Using the door pressure also reduces the mpg by 15-20%. I usually get 32-36mpg but with the factory pressures I am lucky to get 28.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Mother_of_2 writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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3

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Get gas mileage, smooth ride, Long Battery life

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Reverse is the First thing to go out on Trasmission, Motor mounts dont last long, nickel and dimes you to death

Mother_of_2
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My Impression Of The Neon, Is That It Nickel And Dimes You To Death, But Sturdy And Good — Dont get me wrong it does great on gas mileage, but other then that i have had it since 2004 and i have had to replace the radiator, all 4 motor mounts, calaper's, went through 3 or more sets of brakes, 3 sets of tires, ect. I just wish that the transmission would not have went out! It no longer goes in reverse and hasnt for a while. Also ever since i got the car the CD player makes a clicking sound when it goes to eject a CD

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Holly writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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5

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Fuel economy

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Nothing.

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Good American Car — It seems to be solidly built and it gets great mileage. It's hard to compare with other cars as it's the newest one I've ever had. It's cute. I haven't had any trouble with it so far. The interior is usefully designed.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Branden writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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4

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looks, and its a dodge

Cons

dont make it anyone, classic

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Well If You Can Find One, Good Luck — any car will last as long as you take care of it. The neon has been running great and looks like a 2007, but its a 2003. So be scared, i get off the line faster than most. have a good one

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Shane writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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5

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Good car for sporty driving. Gas mileage. Great stock speakers.  Not to hard on the eyes to look at :).

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After about 5 years, the trunk starts having a small leak where the stuff in the trunk doesn't get wet, but there's an obvious wet smell coming from the rear of the car. New seal is easy install.

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Fun To Drive And An Excellent Overall Sport-compact Car. — I've had this car since 2005 and I have loved it since. I love driving it and being in it. It has a powerful enough engine to have fun in. The pull on the E-brake is solid for going around corners. Aside from burning my brakes out, this car has been running great with only the necessary fix-ups (oil change, spark plugs, etc.). Car looks much better with stock spoiler or SRT-4 spoiler compared to the oversized aftermarket wings.

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bellezza11 writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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4

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decent gas milage, sporty & youthful, decent sized interior and truck for a sporty sedan.

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very low to the ground and can scrap the road if you're not careful on inclines and declines.

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Cute & Affordable Little Neon — It burns a good bit of gas for a little sedan. I like that it's still youthful and fun in style, the dash is plain & boring. like that my model/make has carseat belt and little hooks to clip & secure my children's car seat much better than with a standard seatbelt.

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tennislava writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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High mileage, easy to drive
High way cruise control
Compact
Everything works and it looks like a sports car

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Could replace one of the headlights for brightness but I did not see the need.
Minor leak in oil so you will have to add oil when it's level gets low.

tennislava
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2003 Dodge Neon Sxt — Please see Pros and Cons. I really like it because it gives you good MPG and was a perfect car as a college student. Did not have much cargo space, but enough to keep golf bags, clothes, etc. 5 CD inserts served me well as a huge music person.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ace9546 writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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Runs smoothly.

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Slightly damaged on one side. Aesthetic damage.

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Good Buy — I like that it is red and has a spoiler. It has good acceleration and runs really smooth. The interiors are really great - red and black, instead of the beige that is so commonly found in used cars. In addition it is fuel efficient. 22-24 miles in the city per gallon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Dodge Neon Reviews

It's Cool And Zippy. Get's You Where You Want To Go With Ease. By Joshcars

It vibrates more than other cars of it's kind. Other cars of it's kind get slightly better gas mileage. But,it does save a lot in gas and it 's very reliable. The styling of the car is a bit funny but... Read More

Last Year Of The Neon By Brian

The dodge Neon's where nice basic cars that had trim models that even made some of the them look cool. The low cost to maintain the Neon is helps to make the care a real deal and the fact so many wher... Read More

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2004 Dodge Neon Reviews

Excellent Compact Car, Very Low Maintenance, Great 2nd Or Commuter Car. By CAR314

The Neon has great gas mileage and very comfortable for a small car. Took this car on several trips from San Diego to Denver (over 1200 miles) and was very comfortable. It is also very good in the sno... Read More

Errrrrrrrrrrr By JBoyUTI783

Spent over $2500 fixing this car myself in parts......one things gets fixed another breaks......or leaks.....or falls off.....or disappears.....now that I am attending UTI I now have my own access to ... Read More

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2002 Dodge Neon Reviews

2002 Acr. By helluvaengineer

It was a fun little car to drive. It came with the adjustable suspension which was either moderately comfortable or extremely hard. Cornered very well and even made it through a couple Atlanta "blizz... Read More

Tiny Engine Knocking Peice Of Junk By buickmantim

I disliked everything I bought it cause its all the bank would give me I had it 6 months enough to build some credit than I bought a sexy fast Buick!! the oil pan feel out at 45000 miles the engine le... Read More

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2001 Dodge Neon Reviews

Great Transportation Or Teen Starter Car Parts Are Plentiful And Fairly Inexpensive By Tom

Cheap operation costs,easy to get parts,simplicity in design and construction. Controls are in easy reach and placed w thought. No real blind spots to complain about. The microscopic cup holders that ... Read More

Good Car For Anyone Who Like Quick 4 Doors. By Raul

2001 Dodge Neon R/T Overall pretty good for a 4 door 4 cylinder car. Its pretty quick off the line but kinda slow on the long run. Hoping to build it up a lil bit maybe put a Turbo in it. Not a Highwa... Read More

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2000 Dodge Neon Reviews

Omg This Car Has Been A Curse Upon My Life By ihatedodgeneons

I bought my neon about 14 months ago. From the moment I bought it I have had to pour money in to repairs. I bought it for $1500. I've spent at least twice that in repairs. It's got 155,000 miles on it... Read More

Great Commuter By Keven

reliable and easy to repair easy to work on unless you need to touch the belts. parts are dirt cheap and 90% of repairs i can do myself with little mechanical experience. fun to drive with some light ... Read More

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