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  1. jeffzekas
    June 24, 2018 @ 12:54 am

    What's the saying? "Make a silk purse out of a pig's ear."

  2. hugh crawford
    June 25, 2018 @ 6:42 am

    It should be pointed out that thin sheet metal, lack of sound deadening, parsimonious dustributionn of interior plastic and other decontenting costs an arm, leg, and a small child’s montessori tuition in a Porsche, so in that light this is a huge bargain!

  3. RyanM
    June 25, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

    Back when the SRT4 came out, I made a quip to an EMT friend of mine about a "new" Neon that could go over 150 mph and had 230 HP. He remarked that it was "socially irresponsible" for Chrysler to do that in a car that rattled itself apart structurally in 50k miles, and had the crash worthiness of wet paper mache. And that was with the "newer" Neon platform, not this original Neon. Part of what made these things so great at auto-x (weight reduction) was the same thing that made them death traps.

    I wouldn't go anywhere near this thing without at least a 6 point cage & a fire suppression system.

  4. Rigid
    June 25, 2018 @ 3:58 pm

    The problem with this is what class will it run? I think it is too modified to be competitive. What made these great was out of the box they landed in a good class for the car. Start modifying it and you end up competing against better platforms that will eat its lunch.

  5. Unknown
    June 25, 2018 @ 5:48 pm

    I had a 1996 Dodge Neon Competition Coupe and it was a blast to drive. Even with only 150 HP. Granted that year "only" had a top speed of 136 mph. I never had a rattle or squeak in that car until the head gasket went at 126K. Looking back, I should have had the head redone with the newer gaskets at that point, but only had the money to buy a $1000 beater to get back on the road.

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