Save yourself the trouble and dont buy a Neon. All of the things that Darth Roush listed are very good items to be aware of but if (especially IF) you're buying from a dealer they have ways of "masking" certain problems like emissions control and some of the engine noises. They can disconnect the battery and clear the codes and they may not return for several weeks which by then the warranty period will be up and use heavier than recommended oil for quieting lifter tick and other nosies which would discourage purchases. Check the brakes and pay special attention to the rear drums if you have them. Ask when the battery and alternator were last changed as well. The alternator is NOT fun to work on.
Last edited by turbo talon dl 94; 12-03-2011 at 08:00 PM.