Chrysler Neon 1996-2002

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Chrysler Neon

David Morley

Make Model NEON Model LE,LX,SE,LE,SE Series MY01,MY01 Year 2002,2001,2000,1999,1998,1997,1996 Body 4D SEDAN

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Chrysler’s latest passenger-car in this country, the bold is a success. Even though a heavy car with a V8 engine petrol has never been expensive, the 300C appeals its bold design.

Which is in to the mood in the marketplace when the smaller Neon hit local in the late 1990s.

It’s not for an all-new car to be ignored by the buying but the degree of indifference offered to the was still a surprise. Until you the car, that is.

The Neon was, given its and the vehicles it was attempting to sell off the pace. Its performance was below its assembly was ordinary and its specifications let it

A cursory look at the Neon was to convince you that American (for whom cars as the Chrysler are a second-car staple) have expectations as high as

It looked different from the of the pack but there was no way you’d called the Neon an attractive The cab-forward thing didn’t nor did the front overhang combined the shortened rump.

Inside, the were below par with a feel and poor-quality mouldings. A few under the Australian sun hasn’t those plastics any favours, so a car that has spent time a garage to be tatty-looking.

The front seats came up literally. Given the girth of the North American, the lack of support and size of the front is puzzling. On the move, it means a of support in corners.

Rear was tight on leg and headroom.

Power from a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, even in 1996 when the car was was already considered old-hat.

it had four valves per cylinder, it a single overhead camshaft quite common and not necessarily a – but in the case of the Neon the was just disappointing.

Power peaked at 98 kW but torque was a 174 Nm, which, as much as anything characterised the engine.

Even wouldn’t have been so bad had the been available with an automatic transmission. The five-speed was OK but nobody in that market seemed to want to shift own gears, so the viability of the auto was

The Neon’s was nothing like up to with three forward when the industry standard was or five gears.

Chrysler Neon

The transmission could be relied to do its best to spoil the drive. The had trouble getting away and needed to be wrung out in every if it was to avoid falling out of its powerband on the upshift.

The ride was also Short, sharp bumps easily make it into the and through the seats, and the body that should have the flip-side simply wasn’t As such, the Neon could roly-poly in corners and proved budget American cars still trailing the rest of the when it came to suspension

For all that, the Neon was only equipped in the base-model, with front airbags but no standard brakes or even power You got power mirrors and an ordinary (no CD player), and that was about it. At air-conditioning was standard.

The better-equipped LE model gained brakes, but other than only power windows in the Anybody in the back seat had to wind their own.

The other main problem was its At $24,880 for the base model, it was up some very good competition and couldn’t compete in any objective comparison.

Essentially, you had to be on a US-made small car to be interested in the And since most Australians by then in tune with the of Japan Inc, interest in the was minimal.

Chrysler persisted with the until 2002, fitting the car a four-speed automatic for the last of years of its life, but it was too little, too

What to pay

Even at today’s of comfortably less than the Neon is still more of a than a legitimate player in the There are better cars for less money and much cars for the same money.

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