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Old 05-25-2020, 11:44 PM   #1281 (permalink)
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Old 05-28-2020, 01:15 AM   #1282 (permalink)
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Chrysler cars in the '90s and early 2000s were not so usual here

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It is safe to say your dog does not like that neon enough to even pee on it.
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Neon, eco-car? Had one, must disagree about that.
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They took less metal to make than most cars. Their ATs also used fewer gears: every 3 speed Neon freed up room for the 9 speed transmissions of today.
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Old 05-31-2020, 01:20 AM   #1286 (permalink)
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Their ATs also used fewer gears: every 3 speed Neon freed up room for the 9 speed transmissions of today.
IIRC the 2nd generation didn't have the 3-speed automatic transmission in Brazil, only the 4-speed automatic, even though some came with the 5-speed manual.
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IIRC the 2nd generation didn't have the 3-speed automatic transmission in Brazil, only the 4-speed automatic, even though some came with the 5-speed manual.
Correct. And also 2nd gen has that "manual shifting" -feature. My neon was 1st gen. Comfy car, not too bad otherwise but that transmission seemed to eat up all the power.
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Comfy car, not too bad otherwise but that transmission seemed to eat up all the power.
That transmission had also been available for a while in the 2nd generation, but I have never seen one with it. And most of the 1st-gen ones I've seen were manuals anyway. One thing I like about the Neon, believe it or not, is its design which somewhat reminds me the VW Beetle.
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My son hated the Neon on first sight. I always suspected the headlights reminded him of the cars he rode around in when he was little. Which made me sad.
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My son hated the Neon on first sight. I always suspected the headlights reminded him of the cars he rode around in when he was little. Which made me sad.
That is sad. My mom has a '75 Beetle. We loved it. Always loved Beetles (the original Herbie movies and all... punch buggies). My younger brother owned two, years later (a 1960 and a 1962, one of 'em Wolfsburg). I always loved the Neon front end because of the retro look of the lights. There was a C-class Mercedes in the 00s that had a similar headlight shape. Loved that look too, and I almost never like Mercedes.

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