The 2000 Plymouth Neon comes equipped with a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower. The buyer has the choice of a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual for greater control. It is unfortunate that the peppy DOHC engine was dropped, but the two-liter engine does very well. The suspension has new refinements that make it stiffer, which is a blessing when going around curves. The new ride is very smooth. The new suspension is aided by new premium shock absorbers and rear sway bars. The rack and pinion steering actually makes this cheap little car fun to drive through curves, something that can’t be said about an economy vehicle. The only downside of the ride is the standard front disc rear drum brake combo, but these can be swapped out for a four-wheel anti-lock disc brake system. Although Plymouth promised a quieter ride with the 2000 model, the Plymouth Neon is still loud. When the engine is at high revs, do not expect a quiet cabin. Make sure to option for the five-speed manual. The three-speed automatic transmission is terribly out of date.
The 2000 Plymouth Neon comes equipped with driver and passenger front-side airbags as standard. Optional are four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The NHTSA gave the 2000 Plymouth Neon four out of five stars for passenger and driver safety, but only three out of five stars for side impact front and side impact rear. The IIHS gave the 2000 Plymouth Neon a score of ""marginal,"" its second worst, for frontal offset tests.
Official recalls have been issued for the 2000 Plymouth Neon by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.
The interior of the 2000 Plymouth Neon is expanded a bit for more passenger room than in previous years. Passengers get 34.8 inches legroom in the rear, 52.8 rear shoulder room, and 52.9 inches rear hip room. The only thing lacking is headroom due to the low ceiling, measuring in at 36.8 inches. Storage space in the trunk measures in at 11.8 cubic feet of space. This is increased to 13.1 cubic feet when the 60/40-split rear seat is folded down.
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