Rare Turbocharged Terror: 52k-Mile 2003 Dodge Neon SRT-4 Turbo 5-Speed

  • March 15, 2021
The Rundown
  • Two-Owner Vehicle From New
  • 1 of Only 1,031 Solar Yellow 2003 Examples Produced
  • Very Well-Maintained & Highly Original
  • Under 52k Seller-Stated Original Miles
  • 215hp DOHC 2.4L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
  • FWD, 5-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Amazing All-Around Performance Credentials
Why We Like It

Introduced for 1994 and redesigned for 2000, the ‘PL Platform’ Dodge/Plymouth Neon was a fresh, spunky, and affordable subcompact car that attracted a large and loyal enthusiast following as a great basis for performance tuning. A late-1990s visit by Tom Gale (Chrysler’s Executive VP of Product Development and Design) to the huge SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show convinced him of the massive tuner-car niche and the need for Chrysler to compete. Following a supercharged 2.0L Neon concept shown and magazine tested in 2000, the turbocharged Dodge Neon SRT-4 was the product of Daimler/Chrysler’s in-house PVO (Performance Vehicle Operations) group, soon renamed SRT (Street & Racing Technology). Production was relatively brief, running from 2003 to 2005, including the ACR (American Club Racing) edition and run-out 2005 Commemorative Edition model. A veritable litany of speed records fell to the SRT-4 and even an “Extreme Lightweight” version was produced in small numbers for 2003. The 2003 cars produce 215hp and the 2004-2005 models 230 ponies, with amazing performance in concert with upgraded underpinnings, brakes, and 17-inch wheels/tires.

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Valuation Verdict

The seller has a firm price in mind and is very knowledgeable about this rare and potent jewel. Other than a small number of faithful enthusiasts, the performance and special character of these cars remains little known today. Values span a wide range, with real-world offerings on sites like Bring a Trailer over the past several years garnering anywhere from $7,100 to $26k, with the upper amounts achieved by Commemorative Edition or ultra-low-mile examples, while our subject car’s seller bucks the trend with its higher ask and 52k mileage. Many of these cars have been heavily modified, beaten into submission, or both. This one may be Worth the Premium if you’re looking for a rare and interesting high-performance car and who knows, it might be the start of a trend. Either way, we’ve found there’s almost always room for negotiation.

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