1996 Chrysler Neon EX 2.0 from North America
- Muffler needed to be replaced.
- Part of the exhaust pipe needed replacement.
- Water pump failed.
- Timing belt failed due to water pump failure (coolant leaked on timing belt).
- Radiator failure.
- Thermostat failure.
- Ball joint replaced.
- Tie rod end replaced.
- 1 of my gas tank straps went loose.
- Throttle position sensor failure.
- 1 of my 4 cylinders failed and my engine stopped working.
I bought this car when I went to college. At first, I expected to have a car that would last for like 5-8 years. Second day I bought the car, I entered my class room and when I said I bought a Neon, everybody laughs at me. My colleagues told me that Neons are very cheaply made and would fall apart soon enough. Got really scared at first.
Well, I was wrong about this car lasting for years and years, since the engine stopped working 2 years and a half later because of a cylinder failure, but for the time it lasted, it wasn't as bad as I imagined it. I needed to replace a lot of parts, but since I only paid 1600 CAD for it, and a cheap insurance fee, guess I can't complain.
I would recommend this car for someone that doesn't need high reliability, since this car is cheaply made. On the bright side, it's not as if the car always broke down (3/4 of the failures mentioned above occurred at about the same time) and when it was up and running, it gave me transportation to get to college and to work afterward. Since I learned that this car didn't have big chances to last as long as a Toyota, I saved money for 2 years and a half, and when my car died for good, I bought a Nissan Sentra 2004, which is more reliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 3rd September, 2010