2003 Dodge Neon User Reviews

2003 Dodge Neon Review Ratings

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  • 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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Douglas writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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dodge thats it

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engines sucked, the car rode crappy, tires sucked, nuff said

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Step Away From The Vehicle — my dad's car for like 2 months, garbage, maybe it was a lemon

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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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Branden writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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looks, and its a dodge

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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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Holly writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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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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Mike writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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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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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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bellezza11 writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SXT Sedan Review
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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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Mother_of_2 writes:
2003 Dodge Neon 4 Dr SE Sedan Review
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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

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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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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:
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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.

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1995 Dodge Neon Reviews

It's An Ok Car For A Beginning Driver. By Alan

This car has been good to me. I found it sitting behind my old landlord's rental property and it had a bad motor in it. I swapped that out and am still fixing things on it. I still cannot complain abo... Read More

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1996 Dodge Neon Reviews

Good For Back And Forth. By shaggy1981

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1997 Dodge Neon Reviews

Awesome Car By Josh

awesome car fast nitrous 43 miles to a gallon paints chipping off very quick at the draw stick shift is the way to go interior of car is clean some times car is the best i have ever owned in my life Read More

Cheap And Fun Way To Get From Place To Place By Cody

accelerates very nicely, brakes exellent, handles like a hot wheels. very few things go wrong with it except for scheduled maitanence, no squeaks or rattles. looks somewhat sporty, interior could lo... Read More

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1998 Dodge Neon Reviews

Fun By purplebush

i like the ease of use and repair excellent on gas as long as you can fight the need to bury the throttle to the floor overall a great car for beginning enthusiasts or veterans wanting a change of pac... Read More

Its A Good Car By Brad

The performance works well, and the build quality is great. My car was garaged all its life for racing and it even still has the fire extinguisher in it. The appearance is good with only 2 doors and... Read More

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1999 Dodge Neon Reviews

Not A Bad Starter Car, Ready For Something Else By Schus8507

this car has been good to me, learned to drive in this little car. overall it's well worth the relatively low price. most salvage yards have more than enough neons sitting around to keep her on the ro... Read More

Winter Beater And Long Distance Driver. By Tater343

I like that I only paid scrap prices for a vehicle that runs and drives and its only major problem is the alternator and power steering belt has a high pitched screaming noise whenever you start, drop... Read More

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