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2001 Dodge Neon Sedan

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  • $12,715 original MSRP
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2001 Dodge Neon Sedan


2001 Dodge Neon

Source: MSN Autos

The vanishing Plymouth nameplate has been removed from the 2001 Neon, leaving this nifty little car with only the Dodge name and a lively new R/T option that makes it more fun to drive.

The front-wheel-drive Plymouth and Dodge Neon, which debuted in January 1994, were identical, anyway. They were cute, roomy, inexpensive, fun and cheap to run.

But the Neon was made larger, heavier and more refined for 2000 because it was felt that it was getting too noisy, crude and unrefined for aging Generation Xers, who are among the car's major buying groups.

More than 1.5 million Neons were sold before being revamped for 2000. The 2-door trim and 150-horsepower engine weren't available last year. Neither were the R/T and all-out-competition ACR (American Club Racer) options, which have returned along with the dual-overhead-camshaft 150-horsepower 4-cylinder.

Noteworthy Economy
The regular Neon engine remains a 2.0-liter single-overhead-camshaft four cylinder, which produces 132 horsepower. Fuel economy with either engine and the standard 5-speed manual transmission is an estimated, noteworthy 27 mpg in the city and 33 on the highway.

The R/T and ACR option packages are offered only with the higher-horsepower engine, which is a steal at $250. And Neons with these options come only with the easily shifted 5-speed manual transmission, which works with a light clutch.

Dated Automatic Transmission
The $600 automatic transmission isn't available for Neons with those packages. That's no great loss because it's an old-fashioned 3-speed automatic unit that makes the Neon rather sluggish. Avoid the automatic unless driving circumstances make it a pain to shift gears. Fuel economy with the automatic is an estimated 24 mpg in the city and 31 on highways.

Dodge also offers a new Sport package for the 132-horsepower trim. It contains such items as a rear spoiler, 16-inch aluminum wheels, wider tires and a performance suspension.

New Side Airbags
Optional side airbags up front are offered for the first time in a package that also contains leather upholstery.

Curiously, you can get power front windows but only manually operated rear windows.

The well-equipped Neon has a generally quiet interior and comfortably seats four tall adults, partly because it has a high roof. The middle of the rear seat is too stiff for even a child to get comfortable.

Dual cupholders at the front of the console under the dashboard may lead to spilled beverages. But a conveniently located cupholder is on the center of the console, which has a deep covered bin. Front-door storage pockets and sun visor mirrors with integrated lighting are nice touches.

The majority of controls are where they should be, although it's easy to accidentally activate the windshield wipers. While large, the windshield has thick pillars that partly obstruct visibility.

Large Trunk
The trunk is large but has a high opening. And manual lid hinges dip into the cargo area. Rear seatbacks fold forward to increase the load area, but the pass-through opening from the trunk is only moderately large. The trunk lid sounds tinny when shut, but doors close with a reassuring sound.

The Neon feels like a larger car. It has quick, light steering, above-average handling and a nice ride with its all-independent suspension and fairly long 105-inch wheelbase. However, the ride gets slightly bouncy on bad pavement. Stopping distances are okay, although they're best with trims equipped with the available larger tires. As is handling.

Most Enjoyable R/T
The Neon R/T provided the most fun of all DaimlerChrysler domestic cars I drove at the automaker's Michigan proving grounds, and it's the lowest-priced DaimlerChrysler performance model. The idea for creating the R/T came after the Neon won three national titles from 1995-97 in the Sports Car Club of America's Class C Showroom Stock events.

The $4,450 R/T option package only costs $3,590 after a manufacturer's discount. The base Neon lists at $12,715, so the R/T has a $16,555 base price after you add the mandatory 150-horsepower engine.

The Neon isn't among DaimlerChrysler's hottest sellers, so it shouldn't be hard to get an R/T for under $16,000 after dickering. Sweet deal.

In fact, the R/T makes one wonder why so many young drivers are hot rodding and racing Japanese small cars with tiny engines such as the costlier Honda Civic, which have been all the rage for years on the West Coast.

A unique front fascia, front/rear air dams, side body sill extensions, fog lights and a rear spoiler visually distinguish the R/T. There also are a performance-tuned exhaust system and dual chromed exhaust pipe outlets, along with comfort and convenience items such as air conditioning and power door locks and mirrors.

Special R/T Mechanical Items
The R/T package has "firm feel" steering with a quicker ratio, and its shifter has short throws. It also has a sport suspension with unique springs, shock absorbers, struts and anti-sway bars, along with 50-series tires on beefy 16-inch aluminum wheels. And there are anti-lock brakes and a traction control system—available for other Neons.

The R/T zips to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and can hit 125 mph, although the performance gearing puts the engine at a rather high 3000 rpm at 65 mph, and the engine makes a mild droning sound even in overdrive fifth gear.

But, no matter what trim, the Neon shows you need not spend lots of money for a practical car that can provide lots of driving kicks.

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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
Side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


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 7 Years/100,000 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 5 years / 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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