2002 Dodge Neon

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$12,515

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2002 Dodge Neon

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7 trims

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Vehicle Overview
Now marketed only as a Dodge model, the compact four-door front-drive sedan from DaimlerChrysler was redesigned for 2000. A new base model has been added for 2002, and all Neon models display a fresh crosshair grille. A four-speed-automatic transmission is newly optional, replacing the previous three-speed unit and putting the Neon on a par with its competitors. Other new options include chrome-finished wheels, a compass and an outside-temperature display.

Dodge is considered to be DaimlerChrysler’s performance-oriented division. It’s no surprise, then, that the Neon fold includes an R/T (road and track) model with a 150-horsepower engine, sport suspension and tires, and racy exterior trim. A few buyers go a step further, selecting the ACR (American Club Racer) model, which is a competitor to the R/T and comes with a stiffer suspension.

Exterior
The original Neon came in two- and four-door body styles. Since its 2000 redesign, Neon has been a four-door only. Its overall length is 174.4 inches, just slightly shorter than a Ford Focus or Honda Civic sedan. Styling evokes a kinship to the original Neon, but designers say they attempted to give the second-generation model a more mature, substantial appearance. The R/T and ACR models display unique front and rear fascias, as well as rear spoilers.

Interior
Seating five occupants, the Neon holds a pair of front buckets and

a three-place 60/40-split, folding rear seat. A rear-window defogger and a center console with four cupholders are standard. Cargo volume is 13.1 cubic feet. A dashboard-mounted four-CD changer is optional on all models except the ACR. Leather upholstery is optional for the R/T and ACR in a package that also includes side-impact airbags.

Under the Hood
A 132-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine powers regular Neon models, and the sport-oriented R/T and ACR sedans get a 150-hp version of that engine. The base engine comes with either a five-speed-manual transmission or a new four-speed automatic, while the stronger four-cylinder teams only with the manual shift.

Safety
Low-speed traction control and antilock brakes come as an option package. Side-impact airbags also are optional.

Driving Impressions
Nimble handling and reasonably brisk performance with the 132-hp engine help make the smallest DaimlerChrysler model appealing to compact-car buyers. Particularly easy to drive, with quick and crisp steering, the sedan flaunts a friendly personality. Though it’s somewhat bouncy through harsh urban pavement, the ride is just fine on the highway. The taut suspension seldom overreacts and is nicely controlled, but the sedan does hit some bumps harder than expected.

Despite its undeniable merits, the Neon fails to stand significantly above the competition. Noise is one drawback. A quieter engine would make the Neon a stronger rival to class leaders, such as the Honda Civic. The new four-speed-automatic transmission is a welcome addition that brings the powertrain up to date. Rear-seat headroom is marginal, and the interior tends to elicit a feeling of snugness. The seatbacks aren’t the most comfortable, either, especially in the backseat.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.9
  • Interior design 3.6
  • Performance 3.5
  • Value for the money 3.4
  • Exterior styling 3.8
  • Reliability 3.4

Most recent consumer reviews

4.1

Very reliable good daily driver

It?s a great car has wounderfull speakers radio has USB port an Bluetooth has a steering wheel cover that?s super nice an comfortable to hold

3.1

Hard to get in and out of. Too low to the ground.

Bought the Neon from an elderly woman who was the second owner, who had been elderly as well and died. It only has 46K miles on it. After two weeks the car was running poorly and found out that the transmission fluid was leaking into the radiator. Had to replace the radiator for over $500. Other than that, it seems to run well. ft it sits for a few days the brakes squeak when backing out of the garage.

5.0

Most reliable car ive ever owned

This car has gotten me from point a to point b its runs when i want it to its a good car for the first time driver

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Dodge
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
84 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
3 months/3,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
125-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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