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1996 Dodge Neon Review, Bill Preston

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 Model of the car:Dodge Neon
 General comments:My wife purchased this 1996, 4-door, 2.0 SOHC, 5 speed manual, Neon new. The early problem was the AC - bad compressor. Chysler paid for that fix. Since then it has been nothing except routine maintenance and end of life repairs. These include: Oil changes every 8-10k miles (I have to add a quart or two in the interim, big deal, $2.00), 3 changes of plugs and plug wires (every 75k or so), two complete changes of hoses and belts, including timing belt (every 115k), four set of tires (every 60k), one thermostat (at about 150k), 3 radiator flushes, one battery (around 110k), several fuses, 1 set of front disk brakes (at 125k), 1 shift cable box (at 220k miles), 1 headlight lamp, a couple of tail light lamps, 3 or four cans of freon, and that is about it. The car now has 249k miles. To say that we've been satisfied with my wife's choice of cars would be an understatement. Gas mileage has never been below 30mpg and in a recent weekend trip of 700 miles we averaged 35mpg (with a full car and car top carrier).

I guess we got lucky in buying this car. I've read countless reviews about how other bought this year and had nothing but problems. Our experience has been just the opposite, and the car still looks good too.

To be fair, the car has just begun having transmission problems and I'm having a hard time getting it to go into reverse. I don't really want to spend the money to fix this, but it's a lot cheaper than a new car, and maybe it'll get me another 100k to 200k miles. incidentally, the "Check Engine Soon" light came on at about 130k miles and has been on ever since. I'm still waiting for "Soon" to come.
 What things have gone wrong with the car:None

Review 1996 Dodge Neon Bill Preston
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