Departing from the status quo and choosing to enjoy the ride is what a sports car is all about. The sports car has evolved a lot as well, becoming an advanced and very powerful automobile. Human nature is to have fun, and who doesn’t want to have fun when they are driving? Performance cars can give us this fun feeling as soon as we step on the gas.
Just because a sports car is fast, however, doesn’t mean that it’s good. This is the case for many sports cars that have come and gone over time. There are some sports cars that drivers are better off avoiding for several reasons from maintenance costs to increased insurance costs. Some sports cars just aren’t worth the trouble.
It’s nice to own a fast car, but once the bills start rolling in it can be a problem. Depending on your tastes owning a fast car can be either invigorating or stressful. Take a look at 40 sports cars drivers should leave in the rearview mirror courtesy of Thrillist.
40: Dodge Neon SRT-4
The early part of the 2000s was notorious for the “tuner” boom after the debut of the Fast and the Furious movie franchise. The SRT-4 was built off of the common Dodge Neon compact car, and somehow the company decided that a turbocharger was in order. The SRT-4 was an immensely popular car with a cheap starting price. The problem is that these cars have generally been beaten up pretty badly and a used one is going to be a maintenance nightmare.
You can find SRT-4 models that are in clean low mileage condition but they are few and far between. Given the fact that the SRT-4 was built on the Neon platform, the car isn’t the most reliable anyway. Exterior paint is known to peel and the interior was about as cheap as you could get, even lacking power windows and other features you’d expect to find. If you are in the market for a used tuner car, the SRT-4 is probably worth avoiding unless you can find a non-abused example.