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1998 Dodge Neon Overview

In fevered dreams where you are behind the wheel of a race car, revving your engine in competition with Tom Cruise's character in Days of Thunder, you don't normally picture yourself seated inside of a subcombpact car, but the 1998 Dodge Neon has changed that perception with its new R/T trim. Based on the Neon used in (and winning) stock car competitions, the R/T performance Neon is a race car that anyone can afford. With the twin-cam 2.0-liter, 150-hp engine, a sports-tuned suspension, steering, and springs, and front and rear anti-sway bars, you'll make quite an impression stopped at a traffic light. Striping, R/T badges, and interior leather trim complete the package.

For more sedate drivers, the Neon comes in either a sedan or coupe, in Highline and Sport trims, which also offer the twin-cam engine as an option. In 1998, base model Neons disappear and are replaced with the Highline. The Dodge Neon always gets rated highly for the way it handles the road and its great acceleration, even with the base single-cam, 2.0-liter, 132-hp and 3-speed automatic. While it can struggle up hills, it adapts smoothly to curves. Most drivers agree it is more fun to drive than similar subcompacts. Plenty of room inside for four passengers, an easy to read and reach dash, and lots of trunk space make the Neon comfortable to ride in as well.

Owners say the 1998 Neon's engine and soft suspension make it easy to speed (judge for yourself if that's a good or bad trait) and maneuver. The rounded front and high rear deck give it a sporty look, though the rear deck does cause blind spots. What most owners don't like is the poor reliability of the Neon, the cheap-looking interior, loud road noise, and lack of convenience options.

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