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2 out of 5 stars

For The Neon comes well equipped, with a good-sized boot and distinctive styling

Against There's no hatchback version, security is poor, it won't seat five comfortably and the ride is firm

Verdict Big-booted American saloon stands out, but it's flawed by European standards

Go for… 2.0 LX manual

Avoid… 2.0 SE auto

Chrysler Neon Saloon
  • 1. Cars built during 2000 and 2001 were recalled over a brake vacuum hose concern, so check that work has been carried out
  • 2. Loose interior trim can be a problem with this car
  • 3. Owners have also experienced problems with electrics, such as indicator, ignition switch and immobiliser faults
  • 4. There can also be problems with the gearbox. Listen out for clunking noises and a reluctant, snappy change on the automatic 'box
  • 5. If the engine sounds noisy on start up, it could mean a rebuild's imminent. Walk away
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