Chrysler Neon Review from Mexico

1997 Chrysler Neon SE 2.0 gasoline

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 626


Only good if it's free


The ventilation system blows out hot air no matter where the heater dial is set, haven't had it fixed yet.

General Comments:

I was given the Neon as a company car; if I had actually invested any of my own money in it I'd be very disappointed. The car only has a 2 litre engine but it drinks petrol, which, combined with a small tank gives a very short range.

It is extremely noisy at anything over 50 mph which will drive you crazy after a long trip of two or three hours. The ride is awful - you feel every bump and are catapulted towards the roof at every speed bump even if you take them at granny speed.

The auto transmission has only three speeds and when thinking about changing gear is very indecisive - my girlfriend buys clothes faster. Even if you lightly press the gas pedal going up a hill, the car will hesitate, shift down to second with accompanying raucous engine noise and jerk you forward.

All this is totally unacceptable for a nineties car. The company I work at has now stopped buying Chrysler and started buying Jettas. I hope mine gets replaced soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2000

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 1 review