This young and aggressive turbo Dodge Neon had so much going for it when it was built. It was an inexpensive and fun way to go fast, even if its interior was an ergonomic disaster and its build quality was on the lower end of poor. The aughts decade was a new era of American performance car, and the Dodge SRT-4 was the most shouty way to jump into that market. But this lovely low-mile example has been trapped in a bubble thanks to the evil magic spell of its current master.
In order to break that spell, the evil wizard is demanding a $100,000 pay out to stop the evil deed. Keeping this poor torque-steering monster parked away from where the general public can enjoy it is a travesty. If ever there were a car that needed to be out in the shining light of day, it’s the everyman’s sport compact SRT-4.
In the 13 year life of this look-at-me-Mopar it has traversed just under 25,000 miles. That’s just an utter and complete deprivation of this car’s ultimate desire to be a track monster or a canyon carver. It has so much potential locked up in that bubble. And while I don’t have the extortionist hundred grand to pay for its release, I do hope that someone will find it in their heart to go rescue the mean machine from the life of a garage queen.
Then DaimlerChrysler’s Performance Vehicle Operations team stuffed the 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the PT Cruiser Turbo into the Neon platform with a 5-speed manual transmission sourced from a turbodiesel European delivery van to create the SRT-4. The team had done a yeoman’s job in using what they had already on the production floor to make an exciting Neon for the first time since the ACR. In fact, it helped inject some much needed excitement into the Dodge dealer’s staid lineup. It allowed folks like me, who couldn’t afford a Viper, to dream of a fun-ish car from Dodge.
It’s wholly absurd idea to ask six-figures for a Neon, but that’s exactly what is happening. This 25,000 mile example is admittedly quite nice, but with above-average examples trading hands in the low teens, there is no logical extension of thought to justify this asking price. If you disagree and you’re ready to write a $100,000 check to own this Dodge, you can check out the original Houston Craigslist post right here.