1997 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand
Be wary of the 1997 models
FEB 11: The car cuts out when at lights, turning into car parks.
The car stopped when slowing for a roundabout or going up hill.
The car completely stopped. New fuel pump was NZ $870+GST & labour.
Seatbelt has failed warranty, NZ$300 to replace new.
Speedometer not working correctly, drive gear worn out in gear box (currently unable to source a replacement in NZ).
The car was serviced, air conditioning turned on, then when stopped - gurgling sound round glovebox end - turned out a new radiator cap was needed, as the pressure was no good, and it was draining water from the water reservoir (luckily found the issue, otherwise it may have caused the engine to cook).
All the above needed fixing within the last 3 weeks; an expensive month :( Could have bought another car with the repair costs.
Took my car in for warranty the day before the devastating Christchurch Earthquake - and my Chrysler, which is in the North Island, has never ever been the same since.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 22nd March, 2011
My daughter purchased a 97 Neon. It was a good looking car, actually got a great safety report from our RACQ magazine as the best second hand car for safety.
Since she has had it, it has cost a fortune to run. Brakes, front bearing, speedo, auto, new radiator, now something wrong with rear shockers as it crunches onto the tyres.
When she got it, it only had 98000klms on it. Being a 3 speed auto, it is not cheap to run, and you can never get a part easy, plus the paint is peeling off. Parts are too expensive, and it uses top grade oil, and it eats it; no leaks. She went to trade it in this week, and without the dealer knowing, a whole $1000 trade in. What a joke.