• (4.8) 8 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,260–$4,016
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 31
  • Engine: 132-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 3-speed automatic
2000 Plymouth Neon

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Vehicle Overview
Neon has a new design for 2000 with larger dimensions inside and outside, fresh styling and more standard equipment. The redesigned Neon went on sale in spring 1999 as an early 2000 model available in identical form and prices at Plymouth and Dodge dealers. The 2000 Neon comes only as a four-door sedan, the two-door version of the previous generation having faded away. Overall length has increased nearly 3 inches to 174.4, and Plymouth says the five-passenger Neon has more space for people and cargo. Among new standard features are a cassette player, rear defogger and floormats. Low-speed traction control is a new option, available in a package with anti-lock brakes.

Under the DaimlerChrysler plan to phase out Plymouth, the Plymouth Neon will be dropped at the end of the 2001 model year (when the brand name disappears). The Neon will continue as a Dodge.

Interior
Passengers have more room in the new Neon, with Dodge claiming increases in all interior measurements. Neon has a pair of front buckets and a three-place rear seat. Cargo volume increases from 11.8 cubic feet to 13.1, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat is a new standard feature. A cassette player, rear defogger, four cupholders and floormats are other new items on the standard equipment list. A dashboard-mounted, four-disc CD changer is a new option.

Exterior
The original Neon came in two- and four-door styling, but the 2000 model comes only as a four-door. The wheelbase (distance between the front and rear wheels) increases an inch to 105 and overall length grows nearly 3 inches to 174.4. Styling evokes a kinship to the original Neon, but DaimlerChrysler designers say they tried to give the new model a more substantial appearance.

Under the Hood
A 132-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder is the only engine (until the R/T model arrives), and it comes with a choice of five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmissions.

Performance
The new Neon is more substantial than the original, feeling impressively solid over bumpy pavement. It is slightly roomier and just as fun to drive as the original. Unfortunately, it is just as loud, too, and the engine makes quite a ruckus in hard acceleration.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

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2000 Plymouth Neon for 12 years

by Diva36 from Miami, Florida on October 28, 2013

I had my Neon for for 12 years before letting it go. My car drove very good, with the realistic wear and tear after 5 years and paying off the vehicle with my bank at the time. My car was excellent on... Read Full Review

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

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Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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