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2005 Dodge Neon

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Neon MSRP: $ 11500.00
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Description:
(1994 - 2005) The Neon is offered as a two-door coupe and four-door sedan with two engine options; a 2.0-liter, 132-hp 4 cylinder or a 2.0-liter/150-hp 4 cylinder. Choose between a 3-speed automatic, 5-speed manual transmission. ABS is optional.

 
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Reviewed by:
Glenn


Review Date
March 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.60 of 5, 42.00 votes

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Review 1 of 471

Price Paid:  $14500.00 from Pembina Chrysler, Wi

Year / Model Reviewed:
2005 Dodge Neon

Strengths:
Outstanding value, large interior and "peppy" performance, engineered CHEAP upkeep (simple transmission, designed to burn poor gas, intentional inexpensive spark plugs, etc). Outstanding Winter performance .. 2" high ground clearance then Civic, wonderful heater, etc).

Weaknesses:
DEPRECIATION was enormous ... but was largely due to Chrysler's pricing practice of inflating MSRP to cover the cost of often "0%" financing. My 2005 MSRP was $20,000 but I paid $14,500 cash -- so I had learned to essentially pocket the depreciation by not using the Chrysler financing.

Summary:
I have had three Dodge Neons .. 1995, 2001, and 2005 (called Dodge SX 2.0). All have been just terrific cars; as we all know, until 1997 the headgaskets went constantly; so my 1995 was a really nice driving car, it has some issues.

However my 2001 and 2005 have virtually been trouble free. J D Power -- contrary to popular belief -- rated the Neon slighty ABOVE the Honda Civic for durability (both cars were not highly rated -- again something people are surprised to hear).

The Neon has was heavily made sport of by Toyota and Honda buyers because of it's cabforward styling -- which gave it a large interior, but made the hood short.

Today, both the Corolla and Honda Civic are strongly cabforward designs and the Civic adapted away from the double-wishbone suspension, to being MacPherson Stuts -- just like the Neon. The Corolla redesign was almost spec to spec identical to the 2nd generation Neon -- including the engine being approx 132hp.

Although the Neon never receive the "major" redo that was actually planned for 2000 -- it was stil competitive until the Mazda 3 came out, and the most recent Civic redesign -- both of which surpassed the Neon in being clearly superior designs.

Until then, the Neon did very well in Quantitative assessment, and poorly in Qualitative assessment (like consumers magazine) -- in comparison to other cars of similiar size and cost.

Similar Products Used:
Drove a Civic for several years, before happenstance .. uh forced .. me into Dodge products. I was amazed how my views were incorrect on domestic cars -- granted you have to do far better research to get good domestic cars.



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Reviewed by:
Paul


Review Date
April 22, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

Used product for
More than 1 year

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4.85 of 5, 40.00 votes

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Review 2 of 471

Price Paid:  $14000.00 from Deacon Dodge

Year / Model Reviewed:
2004 SXT

Strengths:
Safe, dependable, affordable transportation.

Weaknesses:
Not fast or fun, but it was never designed to be.

Summary:
With the neon you should really know what you're buying before you go in. Especially with the low line SXT. It's not a race car, it's not a van, it's not a truck, it's basic, economical, inexpensive transportation. I've put 41,000 miles on mine and have had no problems. It needs a brake job, but that's not bad with the mileage I've put on it, and I'll be happy to have it done. It's not fast, it's not roomy, but it is safe for its size. An expidition t-boned me on the driver door, and I had a sore neck and that's it. My daughter was in the opposite back seat in a safety seat, and was completely unhurt. Worth the money if you just want a basic car, but know what you're buying.

Similar Products Used:
Plymouth Sundance



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Reviewed by:
psycho914



Review Date
September 9, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
3 Months to 1 year

Visitors rate this review
4.89 of 5, 37.00 votes

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Review 3 of 471

Price Paid:  $13000.00 from Cortese Dodge

Year / Model Reviewed:
2004 sxt

Strengths:
Looks, sound system, after market parts

Weaknesses:
I'd like a little more juice from the engine.

Summary:
This is the second Neon I owned. The 1st was a 95, i had a lot of problems with this car with everything from brake lines to rear main seal and head gasket, finnally the transmission went. But I liked the car, so I test drove a 2004 neon, and bought, and i have put 5500 miles on this car in just under 4 months, with out a single problem, air conditioner blasting the whole time. I love my car.

Similar Products Used:
1995 neon



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Reviewed by:
Neonsxt04



Review Date
August 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

Visitors rate this review
4.79 of 5, 39.00 votes

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Review 4 of 471

Price Paid:  $17000.00 from Gene Hamon

Year / Model Reviewed:
2004 Dodge Neon SXT 5-Speed

Strengths:
FUN FACTOR! Acceleration, handling, sound system.

Weaknesses:
Gas mileage less than perfect when driven hard.

Summary:
It's a 2004 Dodge neon sxt 5-speed. It's the 5-speed which makes it a blast to drive. So far i'm very impressed with this car. It's got a great sound system and cd player already. It's all about to be upgraded though ;) So far Ive put a cold air intake and a cat back on it and it really brought the car to life. It's got awesome acceleration and gas mileage. All in all a 9/10 cuz it's not the srt-4!

Similar Products Used:
Civic=turd with VTEC, Focus = turd with ZETEC



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Reviewed by:
S dayton



Review Date
August 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
1 to 3 months

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5.00 of 5, 30.00 votes

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Review 5 of 471

Price Paid:  $10600.00 from Dishman Dodge

Year / Model Reviewed:
2003 Dodge Neon/SXT

Strengths:
Looks gas milage stereo

Weaknesses:
Noisy motor

Summary:
Bought this car used with 5000 miles on it and have put over 2000 more on it since I bought it. As far a styling goes its a great lookig car. The rear spoiler really adds to the sporty look. But it does hinder the rear view some what. The car is loaded but has a 5 speed manual which is what I prefer on a smaller car. Nice interior and my 5ft 10in bod fits nicley.It does have some good get up and go but going up a 12% grade hill with 4 people on board it can be a tad sluggish.The motor is alittle on the noisy side but I'm usually jamming out so I don't here it anyway. Great six speaker CD player by the way. So far my gas milage has been 32 mpg with mostly country driving.

Similar Products Used:
1988 VW Golf aka "Victor" 1999 Olds Sioulette



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