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LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 09:55 PM
My Porsche is hella expensive to run (needs a $2500 service every 30,000 miles on top of normal wear and tear), and I need a winter beater... So ive been lookin'

A friend of mine has a '97 16 valve (DOHC) 2.0 Dodge Neon. It's an auto tranny, I hate autos, but it's in decent shape and he's gonna fix the timing belt, and put some new tires on it and I can have it for about 1000-750 bucks. I will HAVE to customize the seat because my knees are ON the dash....

Waht is everyone's experience here with Dawdge Nehons?

SAG3
05-24-2006, 09:56 PM
i think they be ugly as ****

req
05-24-2006, 10:11 PM
aside from being ugly, they are tiny as hell insdie. my ex grilffriend had one and i drove it now and again (04 tho) and im 6'2" and i barely fit. i had to sit all weird so i could be semi comfertable.

going from porsche to neon is going to be a big and unhappy change.

saywhat?
05-24-2006, 10:13 PM
my buddy has a 00-01 neon and its plenty big. im fat, and i fit perfectly fine front and back. tall isnt really a problem either really for my buddies.

Beat_Dominator
05-24-2006, 10:14 PM
Plymouth Breezes are way better. :fyi:

saywhat?
05-24-2006, 10:18 PM
and a hell of a lot uglier lmao

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 10:27 PM
aside from being ugly, they are tiny as hell insdie. my ex grilffriend had one and i drove it now and again (04 tho) and im 6'2" and i barely fit. i had to sit all weird so i could be semi comfertable.

going from porsche to neon is going to be a big and unhappy change.

****, I'm 6'9", it'ts probably gonna need major surgery for me to be able to drive it.:(

I don't care about the looks... But fitment is important.

faulkton
05-24-2006, 10:30 PM
you would look like a clown getting into it

heyman421
05-24-2006, 10:30 PM
They have bad headgaskets, bad window regulators, and the typical bad dodge transmissions.

It will not end up being a budget car in the long run.

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 10:32 PM
They have bad headgaskets, bad window regulators, and the typical bad dodge transmissions.

It will not end up being a budget car in the long run.

Ah yes! The Dodge transmission, how could i forget? :eek:

Beat_Dominator
05-24-2006, 10:33 PM
Ford Torus = cheap and they work.

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 10:34 PM
you would look like a clown getting into it

That's how I look no matter what... :uhoh:

This will just be a downgrade from clown to amusing hobo.

Well... Scratch the neon...

Ive gone through

1998 BMW 528i
1991 BMW 530i
1988 Porsche 944
1997 Dodge Neon

IDKWTF, I am having a hard time finding another car.

Railrocker
05-24-2006, 10:39 PM
Never buy a neon unless its an SRT-4. Then they friggin rock.

SAG3
05-24-2006, 10:40 PM
i bet you would care about the looks if you were trying to take a chick home and as soon as she saw it she thought you were a poor ****** that works at mcdonalds and whose car is a POS.

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 10:41 PM
i bet you would care about the looks if you were trying to take a chick home and as soon as she saw it she thought you were a poor ****** that works at mcdonalds and whose car is a POS.

:crap: They used to think that even when I had my Crown Vic all decked out.

budahbuddy803
05-24-2006, 10:43 PM
man why not get a honda acord or somthin? they are pretty relaiable and i think they look hella better.

mike75356
05-24-2006, 10:44 PM
Why does it show sag 3 with two post counts? And neon's are pieces of poo honestly they came in the shop all the time with problems. Its like an every other day thing for there owners and then they eventually get rid of em. Go after a used honda civic coupe or something along those lines will hold up a lot better and also would probly be better for your size.

Bigrick31
05-24-2006, 10:48 PM
my friend has on biggest money pit ever. everything keeps breaking on it. if you do get it watchout neons had an awefull problem with the wiring harness getting to close to the engine block and shorting out. your car will run like cr@p also there is no rooom under the hood to get your hand in there to work on anything. total pain in the @ss. i would never get one after dealing with my friends.

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 10:51 PM
Why does it show sag 3 with two post counts? And neon's are pieces of poo honestly they came in the shop all the time with problems. Its like an every other day thing for there owners and then they eventually get rid of em. Go after a used honda civic coupe or something along those lines will hold up a lot better and also would probly be better for your size.

Ouch... Triple scratch the neon. :( or is that quadruple?

1. Don't fit
2. Auto tranny
3. DODGE auto tranny
4. ugly
5. unreliable x2... :eek:

Hmm, I've been looking, I'm just soo broke, ppl want like 2300 and 1500 for even ****** Honda cars. Ive got two of my own cars, the 87 porsche and an 87 Caddilac, but they are pretty much white elephants, expensive to maintain and borderline junk if anything serious happens to them.

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 11:04 PM
Well bac to square one lookin for some cheap wheels :(

I've been looking for a Taurus Station Wagon or an Escort Station wagon but they are effin $3000... screw that.

bumpin_blazer
05-24-2006, 11:16 PM
They have bad headgaskets, bad window regulators, and the typical bad dodge transmissions.

It will not end up being a budget car in the long run.

agreed there. i rebuilt the tranny in my 97' dakota mainly for the upgraded power it'll have by years end though:naughty:. on a note of the window reg's, anyone know how to fix them for power windows lol. neither of my front windows work and tis hot in texas:(.

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 11:26 PM
Well, why don't you look at selling all of your cars and get a good, cheap, reasonable car ?

I wish I could... Nobody wants either of them. They've been a hard sell even at a huge loss to me.

bumpinne0n
05-24-2006, 11:29 PM
My Porsche is hella expensive to run (needs a $2500 service every 30,000 miles on top of normal wear and tear), and I need a winter beater... So ive been lookin'

A friend of mine has a '97 16 valve (DOHC) 2.0 Dodge Neon. It's an auto tranny, I hate autos, but it's in decent shape and he's gonna fix the timing belt, and put some new tires on it and I can have it for about 1000-750 bucks. I will HAVE to customize the seat because my knees are ON the dash....

Waht is everyone's experience here with Dawdge Nehons?

I've got a 2003 Dodge Neon SXT. It's an ok car. I had the transmission rebuilt at about 66,000 for $100 under Dodge's 7/70,000 powertrain warranty. The only other problem I've had is the alternator belt breaking only after we replaced it with an Autozone belt, gotta go to the dealer to get the belts or they'll squeek until they eventually fly apart.

I've given my car hell since I've had it and it's held up fairly well, except for the transmission which wasn't really a big deal since it just cost $100. I'm not sure about the reliability for the '95-99s though.

LoudCrownVic
05-24-2006, 11:44 PM
I've got a 2003 Dodge Neon SXT. It's an ok car. I had the transmission rebuilt at about 66,000 for $100 under Dodge's 7/70,000 powertrain warranty. The only other problem I've had is the alternator belt breaking only after we replaced it with an Autozone belt, gotta go to the dealer to get the belts or they'll squeek until they eventually fly apart.

I've given my car hell since I've had it and it's held up fairly well, except for the transmission which wasn't really a big deal since it just cost $100. I'm not sure about the reliability for the '95-99s though.

Man I wish I could get a car that new... I sure as hell wouldn't spend it on a Neon though, sorry...

****, I'm sick and tired of *not* pimpin.

2loud4u
05-24-2006, 11:49 PM
well maby i am one of the lucky ones out there.
I have a 1998 dohc neon and the only real thing that went wrong with it was a head gasket at 120,000k then i blew it up at 264,000k.

It did me very well and like i said nothing major went wrong with the motor besides the head gasket.

I blew it up cause from day one it never seen a easy day.
So about 7 1/2 years i put about 600 dollars into it. Befor it blew up about 2 months ago. so i just rebuilt the motor and she will be good for another few years forsure. I drove it every winter since new and it does not have one spot of rust on the body and the underside hardly has any rust.

Now I know alot of people have problems with them cause there is so many out there. Yes they have a problem with head gaskets and there is a fix any motor rebuild shop will redo the surface of the head and the mopar stock head gaskets blow anyways.


but 7 1/2 years and only put about 600 dollars into it. I would not say they are junk.

Also with rims and a body kit, lowered they look far from ugly.

Also neons dont die more then anyother car. change you oil and do regular maintence and you will have years of trouble free driving.

EDIT. and the reason it blew was my water pump went on me on my way home and I was baked so I just keep puting water in it and it could not take the heat. The pump sezised up and jumped it timing and bent the valves.
So really only damaged the head. Could have just redone the head but with 260+k i just rebuilt it.

LoudCrownVic
05-25-2006, 12:03 AM
well maby i am one of the lucky ones out there.
I have a 1998 dohc neon and the only real thing that went wrong with it was a head gasket at 120,000k then i blew it up at 264,000k.

It did me very well and like i said nothing major went wrong with the motor besides the head gasket.

I blew it up cause from day one it never seen a easy day.
So about 7 1/2 years i put about 600 dollars into it. Befor it blew up about 2 months ago. so i just rebuilt the motor and she will be good for another few years forsure. I drove it every winter since new and it does not have one spot of rust on the body and the underside hardly has any rust.

Now I know alot of people have problems with them cause there is so many out there. Yes they have a problem with head gaskets and there is a fix any motor rebuild shop will redo the surface of the head and the mopar stock head gaskets blow anyways.


but 7 1/2 years and only put about 600 dollars into it. I would not say they are junk.

Also with rims and a body kit, lowered they look far from ugly.

Also neons dont die more then anyother car. change you oil and do regular maintence and you will have years of trouble free driving.

EDIT. and the reason it blew was my water pump went on me on my way home and I was baked so I just keep puting water in it and it could not take the heat. The pump sezised up and jumped it timing and bent the valves.
So really only damaged the head. Could have just redone the head but with 260+k i just rebuilt it.

YOu were baked, lol!

Yah ,threres a postive, when well maintained, can be a good car. I worry about this one because i apperas to be about 2 quarts low on oil. It was supposed to be well maintained but ehhh....

Thanks for sharing that man.

bumpinne0n
05-25-2006, 12:05 AM
Man I wish I could get a car that new... I sure as hell wouldn't spend it on a Neon though, sorry...

****, I'm sick and tired of *not* pimpin.

Lol, I don't blame you. My parents bought me the car though, so I'm not complaining. I like it though, it's good on gas and gets me where I need to go.

Silver
05-25-2006, 12:06 AM
Stay away from them.

Look at a T-bird. Seriously. Large, easy for your size. Nice DD. Prob get one for 2k with decent milage.

www.tccoa.com go to used car classifieds.

For ex. http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=84053

2loud4u
05-25-2006, 12:07 AM
No problem. I hear so many storys about neons being junk but mine has been really good to me and would dont regret buying it at all.

Maintainess is the key. But buying one used i dont know about that. Just like any car you dont know how the old owner treated the car and if it was well takin care of.

And neons are belly button cars... Everyone has one.

LoudCrownVic
05-25-2006, 12:12 AM
Stay away from them.

Look at a T-bird. Seriously. Large, easy for your size. Nice DD. Prob get one for 2k with decent milage.

www.tccoa.com go to used car classifieds.

For ex. http://forums.tccoa.com/showthread.php?t=84053

Yah, I LOVE the Tbird/Cougar/Lincoln Mark VIII chassis :inlove: but they have their own set of problems. I almost picked up a pristine Cougar for 2300 last year but nixed it b/c of gas prices... heh, oops... I ended up spending 5k on a POS.

heyman421
05-25-2006, 12:13 AM
The one thing i will say, is that keep in mind that a whole new (used) transmission could be bought and installed in the neon for the price of a clutch-replacement in that 924.

I would still look elsewhere.

And to the tdi question ^^^ The Tdi's have come and gone in the US. The problem is when vw changed from the IDI diesel engine to the TDI diesel engine with the mk3 body style, it took them a few years to get it emissions-approved for the US market. Then they brought out a diesel jetta and a diesel passat with the 90hp TDI engines in them, and then once again, when the european market TDI's switched from the fuel-distributor models to the PD model diesels, we kept the distributed engines for 2 years, and now we have the 100hp PD TDI, and the 350hp PD TDI, but we never got the 110, the 130, or the 150.......

Americans think of diesels as "smelly" "dirty" and "slow" even tho that's definitely not the case with the newer diesel engines. Hopefully Audi's R10 will change the mindset of the US market toward Diesels. Even american cars, the ford focus, for example, can be had with turbodiesel powered engines in the European market.

LoudCrownVic
05-25-2006, 12:19 AM
The one thing i will say, is that keep in mind that a whole new (used) transmission could be bought and installed in the neon for the price of a clutch-replacement in that 924.

I would still look elsewhere.

And to the tdi question ^^^ The Tdi's have come and gone in the US. The problem is when vw changed from the IDI diesel engine to the TDI diesel engine with the mk3 body style, it took them a few years to get it emissions-approved for the US market. Then they brought out a diesel jetta and a diesel passat with the 90hp TDI engines in them, and then once again, when the european market TDI's switched from the fuel-distributor models to the PD model diesels, we kept the distributed engines for 2 years, and now we have the 100hp PD TDI, and the 350hp PD TDI, but we never got the 110, the 130, or the 150.......

Americans think of diesels as "smelly" "dirty" and "slow" even tho that's definitely not the case with the newer diesel engines. Hopefully Audi's R10 will change the mindset of the US market toward Diesels. Even american cars, the ford focus, for example, can be had with turbodiesel powered engines in the European market.

I had 2 junk 85-86 deisel jettas in my yard and a 85 diesel Rabbit but we junked them last week... Incredible cars really.. they idled like shi but once they got running they were SMOOTH.

I'm lookin at t-birds lol right now.

LoudCrownVic
05-25-2006, 12:40 AM
Aww shii, IDK...

Cars are just too much money.

LoudCrownVic
05-25-2006, 12:51 AM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/RARE-1972-HONDA-AZ600-COUPE_W0QQitemZ4642323783QQcategoryZ6260QQrdZ1QQcm dZViewItem

Lawl!

LoudCrownVic
05-25-2006, 01:18 AM
I give up. /thread.

Silver
05-25-2006, 07:12 PM
Look at them, mine gets 24/26 hwy. V8 too.

Never had 1 problem with mine ever. TCCOA has well maintained birds. Keep looking man!