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I've actually owned five of these things. I've had everything from super base model, to fully loaded SRT ACR. In general, they've all been completely reliable and fun to drive. I really like the way they handle and I can't argue with how cheap they are to work on and modify. This is Neon number five for me. I'd been daily driving a lifted Jeep for a while and I wanted something smaller, lighter, and more economical. Naturally, I started looking at Neons, since I knew them so well. I happened to come upon this 103k mile, adult owned, stock R/T on Craigslist for really cheap. I paid cash for it and haven't looked back. It suffered from piston slap when I bought it. Rather than going through the effort of a rebuild, I just replaced the bottom end with a brand new Mopar short block (that I painted Hemi orange). I ported the head and the intake manifold myself. I had the head shaved to bump the compression up to 10.5:1 and I installed new valves. I replaced every single gasket, seal, and belt on the engine when I reassembled it. It's basically new under the hood. It's been fun. Not very fast, but fun nonetheless. It makes a great DD.
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