1996 Chrysler Neon from North America


This car stinks!!


I'm the second owner of my 1996 Dodge Neon. I didn't get any warranty with the car and now I'm facing leaking head gaskets.

I've tried and tried to get Chrysler to accept some of the responsibility for this problem and I'm not getting anywhere.

I've noticed that other owners have been successful in getting Chrysler to help with the financial end of the problem. How were you able to do this?

Also, is anyone thinking of filing a class action suit against Chrysler? The head gasket problem should have been a factory recall, but considering the expense of getting this fixed, they're not going to own up to the responsibility.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th January, 2003

1996 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


A fast, but hard to maintain car


An electrical problem caused the starter motor to burn out a week after I got the car. The dealer said I had to wait a month for a replacement and it was to cost £220. I got a reconditioned motor of a mail order company for £100 and got it fitted by a local mechanic.

The radiator was sprung a leak and even a second hand radiator costs £130, instead I had mine re-cored which cost £70.

General Comments:

The Neon is very quick up to about 80 mph, but after that it is not very responsive.

The seats are comfortable enought.

Finding replacement parts for this car is very difficult and can be expensive.

Grip is good in the dry, but in the wet it has a tendancy to under steer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th November, 2002

1996 Chrysler Neon Highline 2.0 DOCH from North America


Not worth the money


First day of delivery and the head gasket was not on the car. The problems were not going to stop there. I had issues with the vehicle ever since. Steering was sloppy and the brakes were soft. Things in the cab were loose all the time.

General Comments:

This is the worst car for the snow. I had a 1995 5 speed after this one and it was much better. Don't get the automatic. The manual was much better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st August, 2002

1996 Chrysler Neon from North America


It's a lemon


The lapis blue paint has been peeling off in chunks. Chrysler paid 100% last year to paint 1/4 of the car and this year are only willing to split the cost. I have seven spots on my car the size of plates without paint.

The squealing brakes went. It cost $600.00 to get them fixed and the brakes STILL squeal.

The air conditioning broke. I spent $800.00 to fix it.

The gas gauge has been broken since I bought it. It's about a $500.00 job to fix.

General Comments:

The car runs very rough when the (new) air conditioning is running. Bad gas mileage.

My car needs to be painted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th June, 2002

12th Jun 2002, 05:45

My friends Dad has the same exact Color on his Neon and the paint is peeling terribly on his as well. My friend had a Neon that Color as well, but the engine blew up and he got a 2001 Caviler.

These Chrysler products sound horrible, I have thought about an Intrepid, but after reading all these storys and the expereace this lady Mom works with had I think I'll Steer clear.

16th Feb 2003, 13:33

Does anyone have any good points about the Neon they seem good value for money I was thinking about a black neon for about £2000. please email marcusvictoria@msn.com.

27th May 2003, 18:10

I bought a 2000 chrysler neon last month and when I fill up the gas tank it the needle won't go to full... my dealer tells me that there is air in the tank and to shake the car when I fill it up... what is this?

28th Jul 2003, 16:27

I bought a 1996 Neon in Vancouver in 1996 and it is still going strong. It's been in the garage once, besides regular checkups, since I've had it. During that time the head gasket had to be replaced. However, it has been very good on mileage, it's cute, spacious, and I'd do it again.

10th Feb 2005, 19:30

Hi I'm looking at a new car and the Chrysler Neon, at the moment it is at the top of my list. If anyone has information about the neon, would you please try to contact me on my email: "mmmcuchucka@hotmail.com" This would me most appreciable, thanks. By the way I heard the automatic transmission in the Chrysler Neon is not well designed.

23rd Jan 2006, 12:49

If you knew the gas gauge was broken when you purchased the car could I ask you one question. Why on earth would you buy it knowing that was broken?? Did it not alert you to the fact that perhaps this car was not maintained? I am sorry, but I cannot feel sorry for someone who does not do their homework when it comes to buying a car.