When Dodge released the SRT-4 version of their Neon econobox, the SRT (Street and Racing Technology) group did so with an extended middle finger to the automotive establishment. BMW could take their rear-wheel-drive balance and shove it — Subaru could put their all-wheel-drive grip where the sun don’t shine — and Audi put their refinement up their nose if it could reach that high. The SRT-4 Neon was a front-drive line walking burnout machine with a frontier wagon interior and all the class of Dale Watson singing “I Lie When I Drink” and all the subtlety of Johnny Cash signing “Cocaine Blues.” I have to admit that as a used car junky I salivated at the idea of the SRT-4s hitting their depreciation curve and you can get this 1 of 1175 ACR edition examples (the ACR added wider wheels/tires, lowered ride height, thicker rear sway bar, adjustable shocks, and other stuff) for next to nothing. It is indeed a big upgrade in speed/performance/fun versus the basic Neon we posted the other day. Find this 2005 Dodge Neon SRT-4 ACR offered for $6000 in Las Vegas, NV via craigslist.
At the intersection of the track and track lines, of PSA and TA, is where you’ll find this SCCA-prepped Neon ACR. Being built to Improved Touring spec means relatively few alterations between street and track (the engine is mostly untouched), keeping this within parameters of sanity for daily driving while sending a message to all […]
Dodge didn’t have a legitimate reason for making the SRT-4 as a sedan instead of a coupe, except everyone else was doing sedans. No homologation purposes, no rich heritage to uphold, and only a marginal increase in practicality. Although really, who buys a torque-steering turbo rocket for practicality? So why not put the SRT-4 muscle […]
The following article is written by DT commenter slowcarSLOW-MPGlol. The first-generation Dodge Neon replaced the handy yet forgettable Dodge Shadow. But it was so bad, Dodge retired its name and introduced the Avenger, which was so bad, Dodge retired its name and re-introduced the Dart. But fewer parts should correlate with statistically fewer problems, right? […]
Update 9/3/2013 8 PM PST: The seller of this $4,990 asking ex-SCCA champ competition racer 2002 Dodge Neon ACR edition contacted us with a friendly email and exclusive photo. In Danny’s words: I wanted to thank you for featuring my car recently. It was an awesome surprise to find out it was on there, and […]
The Dodge/Plymouth Neon was a compact sedan from Chrysler, sold from 1995 through 2005 before it was replaced by the hideous and horrible-to-drive Dodge Caliber. It is easy to dismiss the Neon as another crappy econobox, but the boys from Chrysler put out a few interesting models in the first generation, starting with the Neon […]