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2002 Dodge Neon Overview

More reshuffling takes place with the 2002 Dodge Neon, as it gets a new base model and an SXT trim. The SE and ES trims still exist, but were sold to fleet companies and not to the general public. The SXT is essentially the ES with a rear spoiler and some extra options. All models, except the performance-oriented R/T and ACR trims have a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 132-hp engine. The R/T and ACR have a performance-tuned version of this at 150-hp.

Also new in 2002 is a 4-speed automatic, which replaces the weak 3-speed option. All models still come standard with a 5-speed manual, which is preferred for maximum engine and acceleration performance. A slightly redesigned grille appears in 2002.

The 2002 Neon gets high marks for its handling in tough road and weather conditions. Although the redesigned suspension and longer wheelbase make the car more stable and nimbler, some critics feel it sacrificed its unique look from the first generation of Neon. Still the roomiest sedan in its class, with extra head and legroom for backseat passengers, it continues to fall short on convenience options. Owners complain about a lack of cupholders in the back seat and no power rear window option. While the easy maneuverability and awesome engine power earn many fans, a cheap-looking interior, and headache-inducing road noise are big detractions. While repair issues are still mentioned, they don't seem to be as numerous as with the previous generation of Neons.

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Smoke

I recently replaced my heater core my whole heating and cooling system is new ... well when driving today my car looked like there was a little smoke coming from under my hood I pulled over for 5 ...

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2002 Dodge Neon Overheating

I have been trying to assist my aunt in fixing her 2002 Dodge Neon that has been overheating. Work that I have done so far in the order in which I have done it. Flushed Coolant System Changed Thermos...

Over Heating

Would the power steering belt being off cause the motor to over heat

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My 2002 Dodge Neon Automatic Base Model Is Leaking Transmission Fluid From ...

loses 3 drops at a time, but leaving spots my carport. I did not overfill the transmission fluid, and the power steering is good. If you are in front of the car looking under the hood, it is coming fr...

SAFETY BREECH

HEADREST- driver's seat rear view OBSTRUCTION- you must be at least "THIS" tall to drive THIS car. 2002 Dodge NEON headrest is NEON'S PERMANENT BLIND SPOT. I drove for 35 years without an accident or...