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2000 Dodge Neon Sedan

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Source: The Car Connection

by Bob Plunkett

CHELSEA, Mich. - Whip a small sedan around a test track unfettered by traffic and you will quickly understand how good, or how bad, it can handle such mundane automotive tasks as accelerating and braking, wrapping over rough pavement, and running at speed on a straight course.

Test it in sequence with every other sedan in the small-car class and you will quickly understand how good, or how bad, it can handle these mundane automotive tasks when measured against its many peers.

At the vast vehicle test facility of DaimlerChrysler in Chelsea, Michigan, a new second-generation Dodge Neon, looking sleek and sophisticated in a stunning new sheet metal shell, reveals through a series of road tests that it has the right stuff inside to edge ahead in terms of power, comfort, quietness, agility, and even safety.

Neon, these field tests show, feels more substantial now, and it behaves in a superior manner that's easily demonstrated in time spent behind the driver's wheel.

Although it debuted only in January at the Detroit auto show wearing the badge of a model-year 2000 car, Neon, in new format, rolls into the public market this month with a clear presentation of how far this compact has evolved since the original Neon showed up in 1994.

At that time the typical small car in this class had to be inexpensive because that was the point, forcing designers to scale down the engine and strip away comfort and safety systems. Yet Neon dared to be different -- affordable but fun, small but spacious, cute but comfortable. It also brought unexpected assets, such as more power (it packed the largest engine), more cabin space (using Chrysler's innovative cab-forward interior concept), and more safety gear (Neon was the first small car to carry twin air bags).

Prices, while reasonable, were not the lowest, but consumers snapped up Neon, making it a success quickly and in the process proving that in this price- sensitive market buyers would spend a few more dollars to get more car.

Following the Neon's lead five years ago, competition improved, as others matched or eventually exceeded it in perks and comfortable features, but not in horsepower or cabin space.

Now, for the evolutionary design of model-year 2000, Neon distinguishes itself again by adding substance to body and hardware, improving ride characteristics and crafting more room for people and cargo in a refined package that reflects the fluid aerodynamic lines of Dodge's flagship sedan, Intrepid.

With that blunt-but-round prow dotted by jewelry headlamps and a massive expanse of canted windshield glass, Neon's new form looks like a miniature version of Intrepid, with roof arching over sensuously shaped doors to merge C pillars in the descent to a curt tail.

Compared with the original design, this interpretation of Neon measures larger in all dimensions. Its wheelbase increases by an inch, with 2.6 inches added in the overall length. Body width expands fractionally as the track between wheels moves outward by 0.6 inches.

In addition, Neon's ground clearance rises by 0.3 inches to accommodate additional vertical movement for suspension elements that smooth out the ride quality.

Then notice that severe rake of the windshield: The base of the glass has been shifted forward by 3 inches in an evolutionary enhancement to the cab-forward architecture that generates more than usual interior space.

The scheme creates more room for legs and hips, more shoulder space and - with those broad rear doors - easy back-seat entry.

At the rear of the plan, designers lowered the floor pan by an inch, which produced more storage space in the trunk. Capacity now exceeds 13 cubic feet.

Neon's bold new design originated in the computerized virtual reality of cyberspace, with all aspects of development - designing, engineering, manufacturing - channeled through supercomputers. As a result, the car derived from this virtual process was honed to perfection before its first part was ever cast.

The framework was reinforced at key flex points, thanks to pinpointed weaknesses of the original Neon by computer tests, so rigidity improves dramatically - by 37 percent in bending stiffness and 26 percent for resistance to twisting. To this stiffer platform new front and rear independent suspension components mount to set up more reactive and adaptive handling characteristics.

The rack-and-pinion steering system uses a smaller rack to quicken the turning response, and brakes were redesigned with thicker front rotors and larger rear cylinders for more strength to help decrease stopping time.

Also, a variety of new measures were used to reduce and control noise and vibrations stemming from engine, road surface and air movement. The result: It's quiet inside and feels far more substantial than the typical small car.

With the new design, Neon pares to a single sedan configuration, leaving the two-door coupe to history.

Like the original, this Neon wears brand badges of Plymouth as well as Dodge and compares identically in all mechanical aspects. Variance between the lines comes down to trim designations for upscale models (ES for Dodge, LS for Plymouth) and color charts (the Plymouth shows subtle and sophisticated exterior tints, while the Dodge goes with brighter and bolder shades).

Initially, all editions will use only one engine: A single-cam 2.0-liter inline four that delivers 132 horsepower.

This plant, essentially the same in size and output as the original Neon's base engine, received new air induction and intake manifold systems to boost peak torque, along with refinements to insulate motor noise and isolate vibrations.

At the back end of the model-year, Dodge will add a sport-tuned version called Neon R/T, with the initials denoting Road and Track to reflect Dodge's muscle car heritage. The performance-geared Neon R/T will carry a 150-hp variation of the single-cam 2.0-liter engine, plus stiff sport suspension, a rear spoiler and racing stripes.

Neon's spacious new interior, derived from the cab-forward design wrapped in substantial window glass, contains safety systems like dual airbags plus comfort touches such as form-fitting front buckets with raised seat height and extended track for more leg room.

Analog gauges display bright white faces to improve legibility, and new soft- touch materials on instrument panel and door trimming plus fine fabrics on seats enhance the feeling of quality and refinement for a new Neon.


© The Car Connection

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Opt
Traction/Stability Control Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2016 & Less Than 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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