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96 Neon First one i own!! 250.00 dollar find!!!

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:10 pm
by squirrely07
I seen this car at a local car lot on Facebook one night and went and bought it the next day! I been running a 03 eclipse for the past 3 years and this is my first neon! I'm not quite sure where i should even start i am on a low budget and i have already done a 100K tune up on it .. It only has 112K and is a 96 Model..... Believe it or not it runs great even has a cold a/c in it!!! Any suggestions ??

There is my old eclipse in the background :( i got to put a new transmission and clutch in it ! It doesn't like racing or going over 110mph :( but its a 5 speed :)

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:48 am
Nice for $250!

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:37 am
by squirrely07

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:55 am
by mcclunet
Hood, bumper, mtx swap, turbo... coat of paint.

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:08 pm
by squirrely07
i was thinkin maybe a carbon fiber hood and a body kit ???

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:20 pm
by northern
Nice Plymouth style coupe.

Does it really have a DOHC lurking under the bulge hood or is it the SOHC like most styles have?
The tail pipe says your a SOHC.
but that can be a lye if its not a stock muffler.

I say style because for the few years there was a Plymouth neon they did the beige and brown interiors.
However most styles have power options and where in production 97/98/99.
If you need interior pieces your going to have a challenge sense most neons are the mono grey.

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:38 pm
by squirrely07
im not exactly sure how to tell someone i guess tried paintin the valve cover and now its just looks like all the paint is stripped off .... how do u tell ?

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:53 pm
by northern
If your plug wires are more forward to the intake and the valve cover has a smooth look then its a SOHC.


If you have a lumpy valve cover and the plugs are more centered then its going to be a DOHC


Just take a picture of it, and we all can tell you.

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:40 pm
by squirrely07
its a SOHC def. lol i can tell my the valve cover mine is flat looking i have a universal cold air on my 03 eclipse that i would like to take off and put on the neon but not exactly sure how to put it on neon. It supposed to me universal for all cars and trucks... bought it at advanced auto parts.

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 4:09 pm
by northern
Nothing wrong with a SOHC motor. a lot of untapped potential can be found, its all on how much funds you have or are willing to put into it.

Most kits youll find for your neon is a hot air intake, if you want something more in the reach of a cold air, then youll have to do the 3.0/3.3 caravan mod, or find a iceman intake. these will locate your filter near the front core support and the trany under the battery. the only drawback is water can be sucked up (from puddles or a good rainy day) and cause engine failure via hydro-lock.
I ran a iceman on the 99 for a year or two before going balls out on the monster turbo engine build.

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:17 am
by ricker91878
Its a bit rough but for the price hell I'd a bought it! Def has potential just take your time doing things with it, these can be stubborn little cars at times. Welcome and good luck,if you have questions please post, we are here to help. Keep us posted!