1997 Dodge Neon Review, Mike Riggs, From Des Moines
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| ||Model of the car:||4 Dr|
| ||General comments:||This is a well built little car with some bad seals.|
I bought the car at 70,000 miles and after new break pads it was in great shape. The motor I have had no trouble with; it starts every time, even during a blizzard. Transmission and electrical are working nicely. The body looks sharp even with a few scratches. The acceleration is decent at best. It handled a 1000 mile road trip over the weekend to northern Minnesota with no problem other than a runaway hub cap. My only complaint is some leaks. I had water leak into the trunk a few times. It flooded the rear seat wells and started a pond in the spare tire compartment. I tore out the trunk lining and found two vents above the wheel wells that the water was coming through. Also the seal around the tail lights wasn't the best. A tube of silicone sealant took care of the problem. Also, I've had two radios stolen because the window pulls back enough for a coat hanger to fit through. The newer models I see took care of the door problem. The only significant work needed was replacing the catylic converter at 82,000 miles. These are nice little cars, I reccommend the newer models which have framing ABOVE the door windows.
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||I could have made the trunk into a fish tank, I hope the newer models took care of that problem.|
Windows pull back easy, BAD neighbors can slip coathanger through and unlock door. Don't bother installing a fancy sterio.
| ||Previous car:||95' Escort. Good college car.|