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Dodge Neon Questions

Marcelo Ledezma

I Have A 2001 Dodge Neon Se With 165 Thousand Miles And Want To Swap Out En...

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Help- 05 Neon Sxt 2.0, 150k. Still Loosing Coolant Somewhere.

New headgasket, water pump. looses 3/4 gallon over 3 weeks. pressure test looses 5lbs in 15 minutes. no visible leaks. replaced Rad CAP. t

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My Engine Is Racing Real High,like Throttle Is Stuck Open.what Does This Me...

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Marcelo Ledezma

I Have A 2001 Dodge Neon 2.0 Se. Can I Put A 2.4 With Turbo On It? Want To ...

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2005 Dodge Neon Not Starting

makes a cluck cluck cluck sound when trying to start the car. before this happened, the neon would have a hard time starting with a quarter tank of gas. I would have to push the gas peddle to help s...

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Older Dodge Neon

1997 Dodge Neon Overview
1997 Dodge Neon
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1997 Dodge Neon reviews:
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1996 Dodge Neon Overview
1996 Dodge Neon
67 pictures
1996 Dodge Neon reviews:
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1995 Dodge Neon Overview
1995 Dodge Neon
100 pictures
1995 Dodge Neon reviews:
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About the Dodge Neon

The Neon never really got a fighting chance.  Introduced in 1995 as both a Dodge and Plymouth (it replaced the Shadow and Sundance) this four-door sedan or two-door coupe subcompact was always considered second-class to the Civic or Corolla.  It had its fair share of mechanical problems in its first years that aggravated many buyers, but what is not well known is that the Dodge Neon was faster, roomier, and sportier than any of its competition for many years.

It initially offered a unique twin-cam engine in its Sport coupe that made the Neon fly at the slightest touch of its gas pedal.  The cab-forward design, which lengthened and widened the wheelbase by bringing the wheels farther out to the edges of the car, added stability and extra interior room.  The backseat, while not spacious, was much more comfortable than other subcompacts, offering more legroom and headroom.

A subcompact is all about affordability, because it is oftenthe first car choice for most people.  But the Neon seemed to be more focused on performance and style as well, offering sport packages and trims, which made it popular early on because it was so fun to drive.  As a result, it never offered many creature comforts, and as other subcompacts did, drivers gravitated towards those cars.  Over the years, it fell more in line with other subcompacts and dropped its sport trims and its coupe, but a reputation for unreliability left the Neon still struggling to prove its worth.

The Dodge Neon's biggest selling points always remained its roomy interior and its powerful engine.  Handling was smooth, easy, and agile, and it tackled snow and wet roads surprisingly well.  Despite Chrysler's attempts to fix problems such as head gasket failures, excessive wind noise, and options packages, the Neon never quite got it right in those departments.