- sedan 141,240
- below average 1,154
- 2,599 great
- Franklin, NJ
- 6 years
- below average 1,154 sedan 141,240 gasoline grey automatic
2004 dodge neon review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Affordable fun. introductiondodge neon is practical and fun to drive. Neon features a roomy interior and is available at an affordable price. The srt-4 engine has been recalibrated for 2004, and is now rated at 230 horsepower and 250 pounds-feet of torque. In fact, the 2004 neon srt-4 continues to be the second-quickest car in the dodge product line, accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 5. 8 seconds. Only the dodge viper turns in a quicker time. lineupthe 2004 dodge neon lineup consists of the se, the sensibly equipped sxt, the sporty r/t, and the high-performance srt-4. Se has wind-up windows, manual door locks, and 14-inch tires on steel wheels. Power windows, mirrors and locks are not even available. Air conditioning costs extra 1,000). There's no tachometer, and no keyless remote. Mirrors and bodyside moldings are black. Floor mats 50) are optional. Am/fm/cd stereo 175) is available, as is cruise control 250). sxt 15,435) adds air conditioning, am/fm/cd with six speakers, power front windows, power door locks (with speed-sensitive automatic locking), keyless remote, power mirrors, power trunk lid release, tachometer, map lights, 15-inch aluminum wheels, and body-color door handles and bodyside molding, a trunk lid spoiler 50) is offered with most exterior colors. A power sunroof 695) is also optional, as is a six-disc in-dash cd changer 300). Power rack-and-pinion steering is standard on both models. We highly recommend opting for abs as it allows the driver to maintain steering control in a panic-braking situation. r/t 17,275) is designed to be fun to drive. The six-disc in-dash cd is standard. Interior lighting is upgraded and a trunk light is provided. Leather-trimmed upholstery 715) is optional and the package includes a compass and an outside temperature readout on the rearview mirror. The power sunroof is optional. Srt-4 is available only with a manual transmission. safety features include optional seat-mounted side air bags 390), which are a smart option but they don't provide the head protection of a curtain system. Three-point seat belts are provided for all three rear-seat positions. The latch child safety-seat anchor system, an emergency inside release for the trunk lid, and child-protection door locks are standard on all 2004 neons. walkarounddodge neon is distinguished from other small cars by its cab-forward profile, arched roofline, and ovoid headlamps. New front and rear fascias, exterior door handles, bodyside moldings and other detail work freshened the neon for 2003. Neon's appearance hasn't changed for 2004. neon's long wheelbase and wide track contribute to its roomy interior, ride quality and high-speed stability. Full-frame doors reduce wind noise and create a tight seal. The current neon has a more rigid body structure than first-generation models, which results in a smoother, quieter, more controlled ride. srt-4's grille is an inverted version of the standard neon grille. Just behind the lower grille sits a cast-aluminum intercooler; dodge left it visible in keeping with the car's intent. A functional hood scoop and unique integrated fog lamps emphasize srt-4's aggressive look. The tall rear basket-handle spoiler is designed to look outrageous, and it succeeds. Sill-mounted ground effects give srt-4 the look of a sport-compact racer. Big tires fill the wheel well openings. Special wheels are designed to channel air to the brakes to help keep them cool. interiordodge neon features a roomy cabin. The driver sits high for good visibility. The neon's front seats offer lots of hip room and legroom. The rear spoiler that's standard on r/t and optional on sxt restricts rearward vision down low, but not unduly. the sxt's seats are quite comfortable, cushy and supportive. The side bolster seemed a bit soft at first, but felt fine while driving. The cloth upholstery feels good and looks durable. Vinyl trim on the front edges of the seats gives them a nicely finished look and feel. dash and door trim are made of a premium material that is soft to the touch, providing an attractive appearance and feel and avoiding the plastic look in many other compacts. The body-color bezels that come with the sport appearance package add a racy accent to the sxt. The stereo sounded mediocre. Having to press a button to get the key out of the ignition slot seems like an unnecessarily annoying extra step. back-seat passengers benefit from the large interior. It's not a bad place to spend short-to-medium-length trips. Rear-seat roominess is about average for the class. the trunk is reasonably large, and average for the class. Gooseneck hinges intrude into the cargo space, but afford a relatively large trunk opening. Lift-over height is on the high side. The rear seat splits 60/40 and folds down for carrying additional cargo. srt-4 comes with special interior trim, including a satin-silver center stack, shift knob and door handles. Srt-4 seats are modeled after those in the dodge viper with enhanced lumbar and lateral sections for better support when cornering. Agate-colored cloth is designed to grip the driver. Cast aluminum pedals look like those seen in racecars. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8. 5 seconds, which makes it quicker than many more-expensive compacts, including honda civic lx, mazda protege lx, or nissan sentra gxe. It lacks torque down low in the rev range, however. Step on it while cruising at 3000 rpm and it slowly gathers speed. There's a small rush of power that starts somewhere around 4000 rpm, but there isn't great gobs of it. New motor mounts introduced for 2003 reduce noise somewhat. Still, the 2. 0-liter engine is relatively unrefined, and its boomy and raucous behavior is transmitted into the cabin. the automatic transmission was recalibrated for 2003 for improved driveability, and a new, more elaborate electronic controller promises better communication between engine and gearbox. The manual gearbox works well, but shifting is clunky. the suspension nicely balances ride quality and handling agility. The neon is fun to drive on winding roads. It responds well in emergency lane-change maneuvers. Soft springs and premium shocks are tuned to enhance the neon's ride quality. Indeed, we found that the neon does not bottom out the way many cars do. When we hit a sharp dip, the neon's suspension was soft enough to absorb the harshness of the dip, yet it was firm enough and had enough travel to avoid bottoming. As a result, the front of the neon did not scrape on the pavement where many others have scraped before. This makes for a more comfortable ride and there's less need to slow to a walking pace for dips. the brakes that come standard on the neon stop the car quickly and are stable under hard use. The neon stops more quickly than many of the other cars in its class.
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