One of the best cars I have owned!
Head gasket replaced.
Typical maintenance issues.
Heater core replaced at about 200,000 miles.
Two brake jobs spanning the life of the vehicle.
Three batteries, one clutch, etc.
Drive belts for alternator/power steering.
Transmission at 225,000 miles.
Lower control arm bushings at 330,000 miles, and struts replaced at high mileage around 285,000 miles.
Fuel pump replaced at 158,000 miles.
Overall, this 1997 Neon has been a great car. I drive it very hard, get very good gas mileage, and for what has needed to be repaired, I have no complaints, as it is a machine, and machines can need repair.
The head gasket was repaired maybe about 158,000 miles, but that is typical of the design of the engine/gasket, and it has not given me any issues since then.
The car has had some performance modifications done to it, it drives well, is a bit faster than some cars in its class, gets great gas mileage (if I drive it easy, I get almost 40 miles to the gallon), and for the cost of what normal repairs have had to be done, I consider it one of the best cars I have ever owned.
I purchased the car new, and if they made this car now, I would gladly buy another one.
In general, I am beyond just happy with this car. I wish they would make them now.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th November, 2011