• Chrysler Neon

The Neon is a Chrysler, respectively. Daimler Chrysler and its subsidiaries Dodge and Plymouth cars built for the lower middle class (compact) with front wheel drive.

Outside the North American region the car was available as an export version under the name Chrysler Neon to 2002.

In the U.S. and Canada, the Neon was sold mainly under Dodge Neon. Production of the Dodge launched in early 1994 and ended in September 2005.

Overall, there were two generations of the neon. He replaced in the 90 years the Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance. Finally, its production in favor of the Dodge Caliber was discontinued.

Built in the cab-forward design, has the neon on a long wheelbase, short overhangs and a relatively far-reaching forward passenger cabin with a correspondingly short hood. A total of three types of engines, all petrol engines fitted. Standard is a 98 kW (133hp) 2.0-liter naturally aspirated V-16 with easy overhead camshaft (SOHC) and multipath injection, which accelerates the manually shifted neon in less than 10 seconds from 0-100km/h.

In contrast to the Dodge/Plymouth Neon Chrysler Neon is only available as a four-door model – the coupe was not exported. Also no purist and hardly sporty lines were exported. The export models, which were offered in the versions SE, LE, LX, SLX/GLX and CS were mainly equipped with the standard engine and conventional gear. The color palette was severely limited. The import in Germany significantly due higher selling prices have been counteracted by increased comfort somewhat. But all this denied the Neon in Europe the chance to seriously set the tone and he remained an exotic car. In addition, all Neon models the first years of production were generally notorious for their unreliability.

The first to be manufactured by the end of 1995 models have one that differs from the subsequent years electrics. Pin assignments on the control unit, connectors and sensors species may differ significantly from the revised forms for the years 1996 to 1999. The camshaft of the 95er SOHC models is sharper than that of the subsequent years. Also, the air intake system is merit-based, which makes the ’95 Neon something stronger, but also louder. In general, these early models are quite noisy. The coupling of the so-called neon is in every case, non-modular. " His steel tank holds 42 liters. The fixtures and door panels of the 95er vehicles are light gray (gray/quartz, rare camel), the steering wheel has two spokes.

The complete revision of Electrical took place in the ’96 Neon use. The electrical system was modified again in 1997, but only in a slight form in the area of ​​engine management and remained unchanged in this form until 1999.

By 1998, more than a third of the total components were revised, what the neon made noticeably more reliable. As of 1996, a modular clutch type was available for the first time, the design then later for the Chrysler PT Cruiser was used. From the later 96 models, the smaller steel tank gave way to a now 47-liter plastic tank.

As of 1996, four-spoke steering wheels were used. These models were also given darker gray tones of the interior, from 1997, was changed to black (agate). Furthermore, the revised versions have been optimized in the noise insulation, the roof rails against Farbabplatzen susceptible (Weather Tripes) exchanged for modified parts and storage space in the interior added (storage compartments in the doors). Furthermore, there was from the LE equipment radio remote control with immobilizer. These interior mirror with reading lights, seat belts with double closure and another air bag system in which are now found in the control part, the sensors rather than to the longitudinal beams. The ABS got another vote which was achieved by a finer ABS ring on the drive shafts as well as on the wheel hubs on the rear axle. The recirculation control has been changed. You’ll work with convection instead of cable. Furthermore, the models have from 1996 Euro-2 standard, be seen from the second oxygen sensor (behind the cat). In November 1998 multi-layer steel head gaskets were installed generally.

The Chrysler Neon LE corresponds to the Dodge Neon Highline. This is the mainstream neon, recognizable by the flat hood and often also at the 14-inch "bubble caps" hubcaps. A 2.0-liter SOHC 16-V-engine with 98 kW (133 PS) (from 1998 1.8 liter), airbags, power steering, air conditioning, tachometer, central locking and CD respectively cassette radio are standard.

Also held in Neon LE Touring suspension use. In addition, the LE is equipped with front disc brakes and cross brace. In America, there were many options such as four-disc brakes with ABS, cruise control, electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors and sun roof for the Highline package. Except for the latter was found in the Neon LE much of it even as standard. Furthermore, one of the Neon LE was isolated with sportier gear, Alloy Wheels or sports seats, which were all reserved in the United States, the sport lines. Just 98/99er LE Neons received, due to the impending cessation of production of the first generation, such upgrades free of charge; partially now with the hood DOHC version, front bumper with fog lamps, even a DOHC engine, or about the "surf board" spoiler Neon CS. The Neon LE but was also more expensive by about 40% acted as the Dodge Neon Highline, which in the USA only cost about $ 12,500.

This guy made his debut as the flagship of the non-American Neon model. Exported only in a few countries, are known in Mexico, Australia and Switzerland (all from 1996). These all seem from Toluca, the Mexican production plant to come. The LX has all the facilities of the LE, to the more powerful 2.0-liter DOHC 16 V engine, to which also the hood bulge and a more efficient exhaust system include. In addition, include in any case four-disc brakes with ABS, the typical neon sport alloy wheels, front fog lamps with the corresponding bumpers, sports seats, steering wheel lederumwickeltes, body-color door handles and dual-rear fog lamp for equipment. The only option is the cruise control. However, the LX is due to the greater weight and because, ironically, no sports transmission were available (as opposed to Dodge Neons with DOHC engine), not necessarily faster than the LE. Thus he is more concerned with maximum facilities rather than on increased sportiness.

The best export Neon, Chrysler’s counterpart to the Dodge Neon R/T was available as a limited variation in the last two model years. Only in metallic paint (bright-platinum-metallic), always 2.0-liter SOHC 16-V engine, DOHC hood, front fog lights, leather seats, Dual Exhaust, R/T surfboard rear wing, 15 -inch aluminum wheels, rear wheel spacers, wheel arch trims and sports gear. The luxusorientierteste, sportiest and most mature on the vintage forth variant. Although he does not have the most powerful engine, it accelerates better than most neons, since in each case the Sport Type B gearbox is installed. The latter is also the best compromise between sportiness and economy.

These are right-hand drive versions of neon and have been exported to the UK and Ireland, based on the Neon LE.

The Chrysler Neons were built in two production facilities – in Belvidere and Toluca (Mexico). Except for the maintenance of the non-modular couplings after 1995 and using dual fans to secondary engine cooling in the Mexican plant there are no other differences between Neons same specification that were not built at the same plant.

1.8 L SOHC 16V Designed for tax advantages in Europe. The peak power is 86 kW (115hp) at 5750 rpm, torque at 151 Nm at 4900/min. This engine was only installed in conjunction with the Sport Type A gearbox.

2.0 L SOHC 16V (S4RE/ECB) The SOHC was in the U.S. Standard for the Dodge Neon Base/High Line, as well as the Chrysler Neon LE and CS. A very steadfast engine and at that time also progressive, since it has as the DOHC four valves per cylinder. The peak power is 98 kW (133hp) at an engine speed of 6000 rpm, maximum torque at 174 Nm at 5000 rpm. Limiter at 6750/min. The 95er 2.0l SOHC 16V making 101 kW (138hp) at an engine speed of 6000 rpm. Recommended fuel is regular gasoline (91 octane EU). This engine also was the basis for the development of the smaller Pentagon/Tritec Motors of the Mini (BMW).

2.0 L DOHC 16V (D4RE/ECC) This engine was standard in the U.S. in the Neon ACR ("American Club Racer") Coupes, Sport and R/T. It has a peak output of 110 kW (150hp) at 6500 rpm and a maximum torque of 180 Nm at 5600/min. The limiter is in the manually shifted version at 7250 rpm. Recommended fuel is Super (95 octane EU). Finally, he was for cost reasons no longer produced for the next generation Neon. After more easily Revision of the valve gear he found in 2000 for the Chrysler PT Cruiser use.

From Design New Venture Gear, NV-T350, 5-speed, in three variations: standard is the subtype Manual (4670235) with the highest final drive (3.55). The two performance variants (Sport) both have a gear ratio of 3.94. Performance A (4670234/AC) also has a shortened 5th gear. Performance B (4670664) has the long 5th gear from 3.55er maintained to be on the highway in economic consumption. A sports transmission allows the neon noticeably faster. accelerate However, with the transmission of type A Performance of consumption on the highway by about 20% higher than with the other two. In principle, all three gear are very compact and stable.

From the 31th type, hydraulic 3-speed transmission, which was not a new development. The gear ratio is 2.98. For higher torque construed as limiting the manual transmission, however, is impractical in combination with the DOHC engine.

From the color palette of neon first generation, which included about two dozen colors in the country of origin, only ten colors were available for the export models.

In summer 1999, the first copies of the new Chrysler Neon was available.

The second generation Neon was clearly built more in line with European concepts. He had something to put on size and its components were qualitatively much better than the early first generation.

The comfort was again increased, the doors were window frames and the engines were quieter. But all this made him even harder than its predecessor. This problem has been countered in the switched variant by a sports transmission as standard, but this in turn inevitably increased consumption. The 2-liter SOHC engine won in the lower speed range a bit of refinement, and also the newly designed chassis is that of his predecessor in nothing after.

The new Neon was in the U.S., although not as fast as the sportier old neons, as an export version, however, it is ahead of its predecessor in this area and even competitors have not had a comparable standard engine.

2002 replaced an electric motor-operated four-speed automatic transmission, Your old, hydraulic three-speed automatic.

The turning circle of 10.80 m. The drag coefficient is 0.342. The weight distribution is 64:36.

The second generation Neons were produced exclusively in Belvidere.

1.6 L SOHC 16V This engine was a joint venture between Chrysler and BMW before the merger with Daimler-Benz. But to use the engine came after the merger with Daimler Chrysler in the export models of the second generation in combination with a manual 5-speed manual transmission. Later, the engine was used in the Mini (BMW) are used. The peak power is 85 kW (115hp), torque 157 Nm.

2.0 L SOHC 16V (420A ECB) adopted from the first generation. The peak power is 98 kW (133hp) at 5600 rpm, maximum torque at 177 Nm at 4900/min. Limiter at 6750 rpm.

Manual: 5-speed NVG T-350 for the models with 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter engine

Automatic: 3-speed or 4-speed 41TE 31th with overdrive exclusively for models with 2.0 liter engine

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