1999 Plymouth Breeze 2.6L
Good value, if you are an above novice mechanic
Head gasket started leaking at @58,000 miles. Repaired by Chrysler dealer (with $100.00 deductible, of course). Brakes badly worn by 70,000 miles. Smoke from under the hood started with head gasket problem, but still occurs periodically. But no one can find a problem (I suspect it has something to do with the power steering). Battery died at @ 65,000 miles (and took the alternator with it). The odd location of the battery (underneath the engine, near the front driver-side wheel) adds to the labor for installation.
While in general it's an OK car for the price, it proves you get what you pay for. What you gain up front, you will give back for maintenance.
Nice styling. Plenty of room - it feels more comfortable than the Malibu or Camry.
Value is dropping like a rock, though. Seeing more and more of them on the road, but they must be giving them away at this point.
Bad, bad investment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th June, 2004
24th Feb 2006, 07:05
Agree, the Plymouth Breeze has engine and brake issues. Mine is also smoking from under the hood. Believe it is the power steering pump and it seems to eat fluid. The brakes are very minimal at best. I replace the front pads about every 9 to 10 months. Nice car, but you have to be your own mechanic to afford to drive it.
23rd Mar 2006, 15:06
So That's where that darn battery is!!! I felt so stupid for not being able to find it.
23rd Apr 2007, 21:58
Don't feel bad. I couldn't find the battery either. I had to go out and buy the manual.
23rd Apr 2007, 22:01
I replaced the head gasket at 80000.
Brake problems showed up about 1 year ago. I have replaced brakes on all wheels at least twice since last year. Right rear wheel I have replaced four times now. What is wrong with the brakes on this car?