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First Car - New in '99 by K from ON on 03/03/2008. Trim: 1999 Plymouth Neon Competition sedan, Owned 9 years.
Pros: Great mileage. Interior is fine, doesn't feel 'cheap' aka nice enough fabric on doors and such. I liked the stereo controls (manual, easy to adjust while driving), seats are pretty comfortable and is roomy for an average female, 60/40 split back seat very handy for moving.
Cons: Massive oil leak due to known problem from head gasket (my driveway is Destroyed), problems in shifting gears (automatic) if you shift too quickly from 3rd to 4th. Window seal is terrible: leaks, noisy, super easy to break into (has happened 3x), and occasionally the wheels that grip to move the window will cut into the glass somewhat leaving a scratch. Sunroof stopped working just after warranty ended (w/ low use), random problems with O2 sensor and sensor lights. Brakes squeal a bit (are ridiculously loud in the summer after rain or high humidity!) Sluggish to accelerate. Seal around rear lights is poor. Intermittent wiring problems w/ factory speakers. Wheel stiff & hard to turn. AC probs
Overall review: You do get what you pay for, I bought this new at $18k 9 years ago. It was great when I bought it, very handy, roomy, good mileage for a student with lots of moving back and forth. Had a bit of kick at first, but everything quickly deteriorated a few months after the warranty was up. The oil leak is atrocious. Rather than fix it for $900+, I opted to let it drip slowly out until at about 8 years old when it got a lot faster and started going through about 3L/week. For less money you should get a year or two old Corolla or something reliable.
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My little Red Plymouth by David in Minnesota on 10/25/2002. Trim: 1999 Plymouth Neon Highline sedan, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: I'm 6 feet plus and there is plenty of room for me. It's a peppy engine (however 2nd gear is a bit doggy) Otherwise I have had no problems as of yet. I bought it used too !
Cons: A/C and the Automatic doesn't mix very well, otherwise nothing to get wacked out about.Defrost system needs improvement.
Overall review: It's a cool little Car. For people who want a small Car with some zippiness it will be a fine Car. I've read the other reviews on here and if you know how to take care of a Car, it is a reliable little guy.My friend has a Saturn and this is way better than that.It borders on Honda quality and mine rides much better, not nearly as stiff feeling.
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Good car by A CarPoint Consumer on 07/17/2002. Trim: 1999 Plymouth Neon Highline sedan, Owned 4 years.
Pros: Just the right size for a woman, handles well.
Cons: Seats should be more comfordable
Overall review: Good car
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Never again Neon by Jacky, Suffolk, Virginia on 05/03/2001. Trim: 1999 Plymouth Neon Competition sedan, Owned 2 years.
Pros: It gets me were I need to go. It is Plum Purple
Cons: It will end up in the junk yard at 100,000 miles. Chrysler is not good to work with. I have had a lot of cosmetic problems when I bought the car and some motor problems and the car only had 19000 miles on it.
Overall review: It is a good car for a older person that does little traveling... a teen who wants a cheap but new car. It gets me to work and back but i would NEVER buy another one.
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Not for the mechanically challenged by DSK on 06/01/2007. Trim: 1999 Plymouth Neon Highline sedan, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: For a compact economy car the 1st Gen Neons are very sporty and stylish. Inside it almost feels like a sports car, and the dash is very well laid-out and attractive. Controls are easy to reach, and there is a lot of legroom for such a small vehicle. Performance is good, although the 3-speed automatic robs a lot of power from the engine. Mileage is good, but not great.
Cons: As others have mentioned this car is very prone to all sorts of component failures. The head gasket was replaced before I bought mine, and since then I've so far had to replace the sunroof tracks, EGR valve, cam sensor, taillight gaskets, air conditioning compressor, and motor mount. The vehicle has only 80K so far! Adding insult to injury these parts are usually very expensive regardless of where you buy them, which is ridiculous given that they're for an economy car.
Overall review: If you're handy with a socket wrench you can probably keep one of these going for awhile, and maybe even make some performance mods along the way if you're into that sort of thing. But if you're not the type to even change your own oil then stay away if you desire a car that's maintanence-free. Same goes for anybody who is on a tight auto budget, which of course defeats the purpose of owning such a small, cheap car. Chrysler could've had a real winner with the Neon if only they engineered it a bit better. It has the looks, it just needed the longevity.
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