1996 Dodge Neon Review, Megan
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| ||Model of the car:||Plymouth Neon|
| ||General comments:||I would not wish this car on anyone. I am a 20 year old college student, and my grandmother bought the Neon for me about sixteen months ago with 50K miles. Since then I have spent more money than I could have imagined on it, and from what I've heard my problems haven't been as bad as a lot of other people's. Three weeks after I got it, the starter broke and it cost almost $400 for a new one. Since then, besides normal maintenance, I've had to replace the battery, replace the brake pads ($90), have the passenger side front strut replaced ($250), fix an oil leak ($130, and I now have another oil leak that's supposed to cost about $500), replace a hose that makes the AC work ($75), replace the battery cable ($80) and the radio broke. It's true that these repairs overall haven't been as expensive as they could've been, but considering this is supposed to be an economy car, and I'm sure nobody who buys a Neon is rich, it adds up to a lot. I feel like I see my mechanic more often than I see my boyfriend. Someone once said the only way a Neon would ever see ten years is if it spends it inside a garage...they were right.|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||The rear is so high that I have a hard time seeing when I'm backing up|
Sometimes it just randomly decides not to start, I give it a few minutes, and it starts
The brakes sqeak a lot, although they passed state inspection
Whoever built this car didn't know what they were doing. The air filter is in some weird place and Wal-Mart can't check it, I have to take it to an expensive oil change place to have it checked. There's a lot of things on it done weirdly like that.
| ||Previous car:||Before I got this car, I had an 88 Oldsmobile Cutlass and I'd rather have that back. It's pretty sad if I'd rather have a 15-year-old Oldsmobile than a Neon.|