I drove this to college when it was 26 years old. While it had a 318, it unfortunately only had a 2bbl in it (would have swapped it for a 4bbl, but the reason I didn't want to consume more gas was the same reason I was driving a 26yo car).
It had bad breaks and bad steering. The driveline shunting in snow was murderous. It's really annoying when the car in front of you can stop four times as fast as you can. It once took me 9.5 hrs to make a 1:45 trip when the first snow of the season dropped 2 inches before the DOT was ready (I had cheater chains I kept in it at all times, and threw them maybe six times, rebuilt them twice with the tools in the car). Worst of all, the Lean Burn system in it was horrific, but I never really had time to pull it off -- a few times I drove to work (2 miles) and because the carb got screwed up, I had to pull and sandblast the plugs at work to get back home, or it would stall when you hit the gas, or sometimes going down the long hill near me. Threw the alternator belt once, lost the radiator twice, dropped different parts of the exhaust system and had to wire them to the undercarriage on several occasions. Lost the windshield wipers once (tied string to one going each way so I could actuate from in the car. Got hit in it once by someone not realizing that when there are two lanes and you are pulling out, you have to look at both -- that Neon got pretty ripped up, I admit. The locks would fail for no reason, so I kept a jimmy bar in the trunk, which was interesting to explain to the campus police. But, it taught me to really be aware, to look far ahead, to break earlier rather than later. Its the only car I ever spun unintentionally, and the first car I did a skid-steer-skid-countersteer in, which was so easy I'd drift it on the back roads when driving home in light snow. So I guess that somehow I do have a soft spot for it. It still runs, but needs a new y-pipe to get through inspection, which we will do at least to use to quickly run down and get gas for the lawnmower and whatnot. ~ H