2004 Dodge Neon
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good buy if you know what you're getting

by from Quincy, MA on April 8, 2010

I had a 2004 SRT-4 and liked it while I owned it. I read through the reviews here and for the most part they are accurate - I also would never buy it as a family car. The major disappointment I had w...
I had a 2004 SRT-4 and liked it while I owned it. I read through the reviews here and for the most part they are accurate - I also would never buy it as a family car. The major disappointment I had with this car was the handling. It understeers around corners - something that I later found out that Dodge did on purpose to try to slow drivers down by basically scaring them. This can be corrected by adding some stiffness to the frame, but it would have been nice if it had neutral steering. (Coincidentally, I replaced this car with a BMW and they do not handle the same, despite what the earlier review says). It is also pretty terrible in the snow, especially given that it's FWD, but a set of snow tires made a huge difference. Another feature that I wish Dodge had included was a cool down on the turbo, something other similar priced cars do include, and something that can be added aftermarket as well. I didn't have mine long enough for this to be an issue, but apparently turbines without cooling mechanisms, or manually cooled, can be problematic after the miles start building up. Other than that, I loved it. Interior design is simple, but I always thought it looked good and was set up well. I'm 6'9" tall and fit fine in the bucket seats and thought they held the driver well around corners. I was also fine on long trips (but let's be honest, it's basically a two seater). Anyways, when I was looking to replace it, I saw no new car in the price range that I would even consider over just getting a 2nd SRT-4. I made the choice to go with a pre-owned 3 series for about the same money, but still like the SRT-4.
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Practical pocket rocket

by from Maryland on February 22, 2011

The Dodge SRT-4 blends performance, style, and comfort in an affordable package. The engine is the brightest performer with strong braking to keep the speed in check. The stock suspension feels avera...
The Dodge SRT-4 blends performance, style, and comfort in an affordable package. The engine is the brightest performer with strong braking to keep the speed in check. The stock suspension feels average, but the SRT-4 can handle nicely with a few choice modifications. The interior features highly supportive yet comfortable bucket seats. The gauges, shifter, and petals inspire a performance feel.
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More than your money's worth

by from Oak Lawn, IL on February 6, 2011

Had this car from fall of 2004 to 2011. Bought used at 11,000 +/- miles and at about 86,000 now. Bought it cause it was cheap and had low expectations for it, was used to much more expensive cars. I w...
Had this car from fall of 2004 to 2011. Bought used at 11,000 +/- miles and at about 86,000 now. Bought it cause it was cheap and had low expectations for it, was used to much more expensive cars. I was amazed at the superior handling and performance. It was very low cost to operate. Never had any significant problems with the car. Two major accidents. Car should have been totaled the first time and was not, body was rebuilt significantly and an axle replaced due to the accident in 2006. Thought it might be a big issue, but they did an excellent job of the repair and you would never know it was in the accident and after about $12,000 in damages. Dodge really stood behind their warranty when there were any issues. Never paid for any significant repairs other than brakes, tires, oil, etc.... My only two complaints were that this car seemed to eat tires. Never had a car that ate tires like this one. Must've had 14 tires that I bought from flats. Wasn't just me, but my wife and 2 of my kids that drove it had the same issue. The second complaint is being 6'-2" just like any small car they are difficult to get up out of, but that is much like most, if not all small cars and sports cars. Overall, I think they built this car way too good and that is why they stopped making it. My kids all loved the car and fought over who was going to get it, when we handed it down. After a recent major accident like the one years ago, this time it is a total loss. Had one kid as driver in this accident and another in the prior one years ago, much to my surprise neither had a scratch. Before I bought this, I never thought I would buy a Chrysler or Dodge product. Since I bought this, I've bought two more - the Sebring '05 Convertible and Ram '10 1500. The performance of the both has been impeccable.
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Rock solid

by from Northern Kentucky on April 23, 2011

I've had several Neons over the years, but the SRT was the hands-down favorite. Dodge made steady improvements over the years to these cars, and it really showed. From my '95 Coupe, (which was a good...
I've had several Neons over the years, but the SRT was the hands-down favorite. Dodge made steady improvements over the years to these cars, and it really showed. From my '95 Coupe, (which was a good car, but not perfect), to my '98 Sedan (which was better yet, though not without issues mostly due to a previous owner's poor mechanic skills), and my '04 SRT-4, which NEVER gave me any mechanical trouble, other than the boost gauge reading faulty (replaced by Dodge after the warranty expired). The handling was decent, but could have been improved with lighter wheels and better dampers and sway bars. In fact, if my '96 Sedan (not mentioned above) with ACR Koni struts, sway bars, and Mopar Hi-Rate springs, had the same power, it would have mopped the floor with the heavier SRT. As it was, the '96 had about half the power, and was less than half the fun. The seats in SRT are lifted straight from the Viper, albeit with lower-grade upholstery, and no harness holes, unless you ponied-up for the ACR SRT-4, which also had a MUCH better suspension, but I digress. Looking at the seats, one might think they would be narrow and uncomfortable, but they really aren't. I'm not a small guy by any measure, but I was always comfy in them, even on 6-7 hour trips. The interior was pretty cheap overall, but that's not why a person buys a car like the SRT-4. However, the interior did wear pretty well, and looked nearly as good the day I sold it as the day I bought it. The seat cloth was hard to clean without it looking blotchy, though. You can see that in many interior shots of used SRTs. Mechanically, the SRT was well-engineered and tough. I suspect those who had much trouble with theirs either got an abused car, or abused it themselves. My car was treated well, but not coddled, and it never complained. I really miss that car.
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Mid-size Perks With Compact Price/MPG

by from Vancouver, WA on May 30, 2008

I bought a used '04 Dodge Neon 4-door sedan SXT spring of 2007. My long daily commute meant I needed something economical (both to purchase, and to operate), but also something comfortable (since I'd...
I bought a used '04 Dodge Neon 4-door sedan SXT spring of 2007. My long daily commute meant I needed something economical (both to purchase, and to operate), but also something comfortable (since I'd be in it so much). I checked out every new compact sedan or hatchback available for under $13,000, as well as some decent used cars. Most lived up to the compact car rep - few amenities (often no AC, CD stereo, power locks/windows, etc.), noisy, not great handling, and not comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. I had lowered my expectations some when I came across the '04 Neon with 20K on it and a tag under $10,000. I liked the look: instead of a compact novelty design it actually looks like a "grown up" car - a shrunken version of classier Chryslers like the Sebring or 300, with a wide, cab-forward stance. This helped it be roomier than expected inside, with decent adult head and leg room both front and back. It's no luxury sedan, but it's been comfortable for the long commute and long car trips with my wife and teenaged daughter. It's also pretty quiet - again, not a luxury sedan, but much less road noise than most compacts. I leaned initially toward hatchbacks as I thought they'd do better for cargo, but I found the Neon trunk to be both deep and wide. When I need a little more space, the split rear seat pass-through opens to about 80% of the width of the trunk. Very handy. The wide low design makes for a lower center of gravity than many boxier compacts, so the Neon handles as good or better than any other car I drove in the price range. The ride is pretty smooth - you don't feel every pebble in the road thorugh the seat and steering column. The SXT package on this vehicle included a decent stock CD stereo, AC, and power everything. It's a nice step up from the new cars in their stock configurations (a plus of buying used). The fuel economy is competitive with other cars in the class - about 27 mpg around town in stop-and-go traffic, and over 30 mpg on road trips. I've been very pleased, and I'd definitley recommend it to anyone looking for a little better aesthetic experience from their cheap, basic transportation.
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Great car for the money

by from Suffern NY on November 29, 2011

I had a 97 now a 04. They are both great cars for the money. Add stripes and wheels and they look hot. I paid $5000 for the 97. 10 years later I sold it for $2500. Try to get that value out of a Honda...
I had a 97 now a 04. They are both great cars for the money. Add stripes and wheels and they look hot. I paid $5000 for the 97. 10 years later I sold it for $2500. Try to get that value out of a Honda or Toyota. In the 97 I had a Head Gasket issue. I put in Permagasket and it fixed the head for years. No problems thereafter. The 04 is definately faster. I also have a 99 Forsd Escort. They Neons are definatly better handlers and are faster than the ford. I also had a 95 Accord. The accord was more refined but also cost 3 times the money. The only thing I dont like about the 04 is that I have to replace the lower control arm bushings. No big deal though, they are only rubber.
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My First Car

by from Wenatchee, WA on January 9, 2010

This car is fun to drive and looks stylish. Gets great gas mileage. It handles great in any weather. With it's studded tires on it handles better than our Explorer in the snow and ice. Had it 2 years ...
This car is fun to drive and looks stylish. Gets great gas mileage. It handles great in any weather. With it's studded tires on it handles better than our Explorer in the snow and ice. Had it 2 years and only had to change the oil. Is a little noisy and not the comfiest ride on long drives. But I love this car.
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Fun and Fast

by from Cali on May 9, 2008

I love my srt-4. Think it is onw of the best sport compacts made. Fun to drive and can smoke every other car in class
I love my srt-4. Think it is onw of the best sport compacts made. Fun to drive and can smoke every other car in class
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Excellent Value

by from washington, dc on January 3, 2009

Within this category/class of car, the SRT-4 cannot be beat. Fun to drive, reliable, responsive (that means it can go fast when you want it to), great gas mileage and plenty of upgrades if you want to...
Within this category/class of car, the SRT-4 cannot be beat. Fun to drive, reliable, responsive (that means it can go fast when you want it to), great gas mileage and plenty of upgrades if you want to customize it. Add to that the sensible 4 doors and plenty of trunk space and you've got yourself a practical, safe yet fun to drive vehicle. And did I mention the price tag on most? You can't find a better value for the money.
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Amazing bang for the buck

by from Hudson valley of NY on February 3, 2011

5-speed SXT, quick, economical, reliable, and FUN TO DRIVE. Slick, smooth-shifting transmission, easy clutch, great brakes, corners flat, quiet, precise steering. Easy to read instruments, easy to ser...
5-speed SXT, quick, economical, reliable, and FUN TO DRIVE. Slick, smooth-shifting transmission, easy clutch, great brakes, corners flat, quiet, precise steering. Easy to read instruments, easy to service. What else is there? Can't beat it with a club!
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