1996 Dodge Neon Review, Chris Moore, From Dundas Ontar
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Neon Highline - 5 Spd
| ||Model of the car:||Neon Highline - 5 Spd|
| ||General comments:||A car obviously built to a price, but with some character and 'cheekiness' added in. I've owned several Chrysler products and I have much admiration for their product planners and designers, but far less for their Quality Control engineers and the accountants who seem to rule the final product.Given that used Neons are relatively low-priced and the cost-of-ownership is fairly low (unless you need a new radiator fan) they are good value for someone not smitten by the Honda|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Quality of parts and materials is below average (but so was sticker price). Some replacement part prices are WAY too high (just paid $375CDN for a new radiator fan, JUST the PART! That's higher than Honda even (and that dealer apologized for the high price at $270CDN !!!)Exhaust system is prone to serious vibration in wet or snowy weather (even though mounts and flex-joint replaced) Chrysler is aware, but unable to fix permanently.The frameless door glass is VERY poor design, I haven't had such sealing problems since my '75 Triumph Spitfire roadster.Manual transmission linkage (cables I think) is not very positive or precise, way too easy to miss a shift.Overall NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) is pretty primitive, reminds me of small British cars from the 60's and 70's (and we know what THAT lead to)|
| ||Previous car:||Reminiscent of early Audi Fox sedan the way it seems to 'egg' you on to push harder(though much more reliable) More character than Toyota Corolla and MUCH more enjoyable than Pontiac Sunfire|