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2003 Dodge Neon SXT

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  • Stock#:
    9222R
  • VIN#:
    1B3ES56C93D183279
  • Engine:
    2.0L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Patriot Blue Pearl
  • Body:
    Sedan
  • Transmission:
    Unknown -Call
  • City MPG:
    29
  • Highway MPG:
    36
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2003 dodge neon

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.4
171 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (67%)
4 Star - (21%)
3 Star - (7%)
2 Star - (4%)
1 Star - (1%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.4
COMFORT
4.4
INTERIOR
4.4
RELIABILITY
4.4
VALUE

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Those looking for a polished economy car would be better served elsewhere, but if high performance on a budget is the goal, then the 2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4 makes a strong case for itself.

What's New

The fire-breathing 2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4 debuts, sporting a 215-horsepower turbocharged engine, a tweaked suspension and Viper-inspired sport seats. Zero to 60 is said to take about 6 seconds. All Neons receive a facelift in the form of new front and rear ends as well as interior changes that include a new steering wheel.

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PROS

Fun in the curves, strong brakes, decent ride, rockin' sound system.

Introduction

Since the Neon's introduction in 1995, Dodge has struggled to address the small car's chief criticism -- a lack of refinement. A raucous engine and generous levels of cabin noise were the car's major weaknesses, while sprightly performance (with a manual gearbox) and a spacious cabin were its strengths. Subsequent years saw the introduction of a high-performance R/T model and a complete redesign in 2000 that updated the car's looks, reduced the engine's noise and vibration levels and improved the ride and handling. Some old-tech hardware, such as a three-speed (instead of four) automatic gearbox remained, however, and powertrain refinement still lagged behind perennial class leaders, Honda's Civic and Toyota's Corolla, as well as most every other compact wearing a Japanese label. Last year saw (finally) the introduction of a four-speed automatic tranny as well as a new trim level, the value-packaged SXT.

For 2003, Dodge has updated the Neon with new front and rear fascias, light clusters and interior bits, including a new steering wheel to replace the strange-looking "upside-down" wheel previously used. In the constant fight to smooth out the Neon's 2.0-liter inline four, revised engine mounts were installed as was a taller fifth gear in manual-transmission SE and SXT models. And squaring off against challengers such as Nissan's Sentra SE-R, Mazda's Mazdaspeed Protege and Ford's SVT Focus is the new 2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4, packing a class-leading 215 horsepower that makes it the fastest car available for under $20,000. In addition to being able to run to 60 mph in just 6 seconds, the SRT-4 is fortified with a sport suspension, four-wheel disc/ABS brakes and 17-inch alloys fitted with high-performance Michelin Pilot tires.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

Four four-door sedans comprise the 2003 Dodge Neon lineup. Base SE models come with a cassette player, a split-fold rear seat and a tilt steering wheel. Air conditioning and a CD player are optional. Moving up to the SXT adds an air conditioner; power front windows, mirrors and locks; a CD player (replacing the cassette deck); and 15-inch alloy wheels. Sporty R/T models come with more horsepower (150 versus 132), four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, dual-outlet exhaust, a rear spoiler, foglamps, a sport suspension and 16-inch alloy wheels. The SRT-4 adds serious thrust in the form of a turbocharged, 215-horsepower engine along with 17-inch alloy wheels shod with 205/50R17 performance tires. Key options include a power sunroof (SXT and R/T) and leather seating (R/T and SRT-4).

Powertrains and Performance

A 2.0-liter, 132-horsepower inline four powers SE and SXT models, while the R/T gets a high-output version of that engine worth 150 horsepower. The SRT-4 is fitted with a turbocharged, 215-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 that boasts a 0-to-60-mph time of around 6 seconds and a top speed north of 140 mph. Transmission choices include a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual.

Safety

Antilock brakes are optional on base and SXT models, standard on the R/T and SRT-4. Side airbags are optional across the line. In frontal impact testing, the Neon scored four out of five stars; in side-impact tests, it got three stars. In frontal offset crash tests, the Neon scored just a "Marginal" rating, which can be thought of as two out of four stars.

Interior Design and Special Features

A few minor changes in the cabin bear mentioning; a new steering wheel with aluminum accent and a six-disc in-dash CD changer that is standard on the R/T and optional on the SXT. Audiophiles will be pleased to know that the R/T's sound system was rated highly by our stereo expert as it packs plenty of power and delivers it in a clean manner.

Driving Impressions

Previous Neons we drove were not as smooth and quiet as other cars in this class. Hopefully, the new engine mounts will smooth out the Neon's inline four. Handling for the R/T and SRT-4 is about as good as it gets in a small front-driver, with the Neon demonstrating an eagerness for the twisties through its well-weighted steering, balanced chassis and flat cornering attitude. In a 2002 Econosport sedans comparison test we conducted, a Neon R/T came in last place out of six cars. With the SRT-4, a reversal of fortune may be in the Neon's future.

Factory Installed Options

  • 2.0L (122) SOHC SMPI 16-VALVE 4-CYL ENGINE
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Player
Safety
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Passenger Air Bag
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
Tires & Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • 12.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 12V pwr outlet
  • 2.0L (122) SOHC SMPI 16-valve 4-cyl engine
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • 450 CCA maintenance-free battery
  • 83 amp alternator
  • Air conditioning
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-side moldings
  • Bright grille
  • Child protection rear door locks
  • Compact spare tire w/cover
  • Deluxe insulation group
  • Diamond-weave instrument panel bezel
  • Door sill scuff pads
  • Driver & front passenger "Next Generation" airbags
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors
  • Fixed antenna
  • Front dome lamp
  • Front side-marker lamps
  • Front stabilizer bar
  • Front wheel drive
  • Front/rear 3-point safety belts
  • Front/rear body-color fascias
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats *RETAIL ONLY*
  • Full floor & cargo area carpeting
  • Full length console w/cup holders
  • Halogen headlights
  • Instrument panel stowage bin
  • Internal trunk emergency release
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Pwr front windows
  • Pwr mirrors
  • Pwr steering cooler
  • Pwr-assisted rack & pinion steering
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rearview mirror w/reading lamps
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • Tachometer
  • Tilt steering column
  • Tinted glass
  • Unique child tether restraints
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
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