The most recent installment within the sequence that we began a bit over a yr in the past with a not-so-bad Cadillac DeVille places the highlight on one thing that wasn’t that thrilling when it first got here out, and certainly is not now, roughly 20 years later. It’s a Dodge Neon, which has clearly seen higher days, and whereas we’re satisfied most of what a Neon is, these subsequent paragraphs are devoted to those that do not.
Additionally marketed beneath completely different different manufacturers apart from Dodge, like Chrysler and Plymouth, the primary era entered manufacturing in the direction of the tip of 1993, and was made at Belvedere, in Illinois, and likewise in Mexico and Venezuela. The sedan was joined by a four-door coupe again then, and the lineup was powered by three gasoline engines, working along side two transmission choices.
With the first-gen turning out to be a clever funding, it was changed on the finish of the Nineteen Nineties. The brand new one was made on the identical manufacturing unit as its predecessor, save for Venezuela, and the two-door coupe physique fashion was dropped altogether. The engine household consisted of three gasoline burners, with 4 cylinders, and the gearbox choices grew to incorporate two four-speed automatics, along with the identical three-speed auto and four-speed handbook. Manufacturing of the second-generation Neon continued till 2005, after they determined to tug the plug on it.
The moniker was not used in any respect for the subsequent 11 years, and it made a comeback as a rebadged Fiat Tipo in 2016, often known as the Egea in Turkey, the place it’s nonetheless made. Marketed because the Dodge Neon within the Center East and Mexico, it’s supplied in several configurations, together with sedan, hatchback, and station wagon. Sharing many nuts and bolts with the Jeep Renegade, Compass, Fiat 500L, and 500X, it’s powered by an assortment of gasoline and diesel engines, with each two and three pedals.
Now that we have refreshed our recollections with information that the majority will neglect by the point they shut this tab, it is time to transfer on to the pictured automotive, which was made in 2004. The seller is a used automotive supplier with a large number of kind of reasonably priced automobiles in its portfolio, and this Dodge Neon is positioned in Pompano Seaside, Florida. Consequently, if you wish to examine it in individual earlier than signing your title on the dotted line and handing over a couple of Benjamins, then the place you need to go. The magic quantity for this silver-finished sedan, which makes use of a 2.0-liter inline-four, hooked as much as an automated gearbox, and has 213,028 miles (342,835 km) on the odo, is $1,495. On the time of writing, there have been no pictures of the inside accompanying the commercial, though it claims to be black on the within, and we predict that it might want some TLC earlier than driving off.
Paying roughly $1,500 for a practical set of wheels, or perhaps much less in case your negotiating expertise are excessive, is not dangerous in any respect, and it might beat strolling or utilizing public transportation particularly when the climate will get tough. Nonetheless, if you happen to had been pressured to go looking the second-hand market for an inexpensive and practical automotive, would you take into account shopping for this one? For what it is value, we discovered a 2008 Ford Focus Sedan marketed for a similar quantity, although it appears worse.
Driving residence in a good car off the lot requires spending some $500 extra, as the present scenario on the quoted web site reveals higher automobiles for round $2,000. Or you can accept a pleasant bike for that form of cash, and pedal your method via congested visitors, envied by these on 4 (or extra) wheels.
However what web sites are we speaking about? Why, that may be eBay, in fact, and since we have talked about it, you possibly can try the advert right here. Earlier than clicking the hyperlink, nonetheless, and perhaps scrolling again as much as the picture gallery to examine the mentioned Dodge Neon within the pictures accompanying it, it’s best to scroll all the way down to the feedback space down under to drop a line and tell us if you happen to assume this one’s value it. Whilst you’re at it, you must also inform us what was the most affordable automotive that you simply ever drove, and the way it was. For me, it was an terrible commie again in my younger days, and it was an absolute pile of garbage. This is to by no means having to carry the wheel of one thing like that ever once more.