1996 Dodge Neon Overview


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1996 Dodge Neon Overview

The Dodge Neon is not only a great-value subcompact car, it is highly energetic and actually pretty fun to drive. Its cab-forward design, with a high rear deck, wide wheelbase, and long hood with oval headlights, gives it a bit of flash while also improving its stability on the road.

Because its M.O. is affordability, the base Neon never came with many standard features or options. But in 1996 Dodge added more features and options. A 2-door base coupe was now offered, and if purchased with the racing-inspired Competition Package, could come equipped with a speedy 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 150-hp engine. Base sedans received more features, such as 14-inch wheels, tinted windows, intermittent wipers, and body-colored bumpers. They came standard with the single-cam 2.0-liter engine, rated at 132 hp. ABS was now only an option on all trims, including the Sports, on which it used to come standard.

The 1996 Dodge Neon tried to appeal to poor young hipsters with its Expresso Package (kind of cute, in a conservative, stuffy, white-corporate-businessman way), which turned the Neon into a sportier urban vehicle on the outside, with a deck spoiler, hood bulge, and white wheel covers. The Highline and Sport trims continued to offer more options and more comfortable and supportive seats. All 1996 Neons were surprisingly roomy for a subcompact, due to the cab-forward design.

Overall, owners either love or hate their Neon. They love its semi-sporty look (for a subcompact), its quick engine, its smooth handling in any situation, its durability, and its fuel economy. But a lot of owners have been disappointed by a faulty transmission, head gasket failures, rear blind spots due to the high deck, and road noise.


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1996 Dodge Neon Dies When Letting Off The Gas

My 1996 Dodge Neon won't stay running whenever I take my foot off of the gas. It'll drive fine, but if I'm at a stop light, or in the middle of the turn, and I'm braking, my car dies. Help?

Squealy Belt

My car squeals when turning sharply in either direction, was told that was the power steering belt. It also squeals every few minutes when driving down the highway. Any ideas?

My Car Keeps Dieing Out While Driving.

While I am driving, my car will cut out. I will lose steering, breaks, and obviously the gas power. The lights, and radio,etc stay on. Last night when it happened I had my kids in the car and after ...

Can A 2001 Neon Dodge Transmission Fit Into A 1996 Neon Dodge?

I'm asking because my transmission has gotten burned so it does not run but I have got a transmission from a 2001 Neon Dodge and I would like to know if it will fit into my 96 Neon Dodge? Someon...

Not Getting Fuel To Injectors Whats The Problem

Pump is working getting little fuel to injectors fuel pressure gauge reading is zero what is the problem