1998 Chrysler Neon Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1998 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0 DOHC from Taiwan

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance630000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Designers should be shot, once they have got out of kindergarten

Faults:

Sunroof would not close and the car went back to the dealer three times, still does not close correctly.

Left and right engine mounts (rubber bushing) failed and was replaced.

Exhaust to manifold gasket replaced due to excessive movement, probably started by broken engine mounts.

Rear spoiler loose causing rain to get in to boot (trunk).

Battery failed after 1 year.

Engine always requires two starts in the morning, even after the fuel pump was replaced by the dealer. This appears to be a software problem, but I am not sure.

The brakes are very poor and I have had my foot hard to the stop, but the thing will not stop and the ABS does not kick in. This problem happens if I am already braking and I need to brake harder for any reason. This is dangerous to say the least.

As the car slows and changes down to first gear the engine suddenly races and causes the car to surge forward.

Exhaust started to drum on the underside of the car in the rain. This was cured by the dealer who chain blocked the exhaust pipe and bent it down??

Head light lenses are crazed with small cracks.

Rubber strip on front windshield has shrunk and looks silly, it is four inches short on one side and five inches short on the other.

Air conditioner heat exchanger failed at 30000klm.

Seriously bad tyre (tire) wear on the front even though tracking and pressures are good.

Air conditioner pump belt squeals and has done so from 10000klm.

Steering wheel now has excessive play and knocks when turned.

Air cleaner intake box rattles against the air filter box.

Oil leak from the timing sensor on the cylinder head.

Coolant leak from thermostat housing when cold.

Side windows have strange scratch marks caused by the rubber window supports getting covered in dust, no solution to this is forthcoming.

No window lock.

Door lock is not effective as children can easily open the door.

Strange dark streaks are now showing under the paint in certain areas.??

General Comments:

This car has a serious problem with the brakes that the dealer is not able to fix.

The car is relatively fast if you have about three miles to let it wind up.

There is a serious flat spot between 1000rpm and 6000rpm.

Handling is fine for the type of driving I do.

Lights are very poor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2003

1998 Chrysler Neon Highline 1.9 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.9 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired58000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

A cost efficient car

Faults:

I wore the car out after ten years. Then I wrecked it.

General Comments:

I liked the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2002

1998 Chrysler Neon from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired30 miles
Most recent distance58350 miles
Previous carPlymouth Neon

Summary:

A short-term car

Faults:

The head gasket has blown twice in the first 3 years.

The water pump had to be replaced in the first year and a half.

The tire rod and steering unit had to be replaced in the first year and a half.

General Comments:

This car is very comfortable because the seats have lumbar support.

Other than those major issues that were covered under warranty, the car rides pretty smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st October, 2002

1998 Chrysler Neon LX 2.0 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40 kilometres
Most recent distance48000 kilometres
Previous carJaguar XJ6

Summary:

A good looking, affordable car

Faults:

Nothing much has gone wrong, except for I've had problems with the gearbox slipping gears, also the reverse gear originally got stuck before 10,000 kilometers.

General Comments:

Overall the neon is a very reliable car with very few problems. Although I have found it difficult to find parts.

It is a very nice looking car, that performs very well and has a very luxurious interior.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2002

1998 Chrysler Neon Sport 2.0 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 kilometres
Most recent distance72000 kilometres
Previous carMazda RX7

Summary:

Horrible build quality, cheap components and terrible service

Faults:

Exhaust Manifold Gasket need warranty work at 9000km.

Needed the same work again at 15000km.

Stock Eagle GA's need to be replaced at 3000km. Horrible wear for low performance tires.

Doors creak very badly despite lubrication starting at 15000KM.

Exhaust rattles against subframe.

Front Rotors warped and needed to be replaced at 40000KM. Every Dodge I have ever owned (4 in total) had this problem.

Plug Wires bad at 35000. Dealer tried to charge me before I took it to another dealer that replaced under warranty.

Plugs were fouled before their time. Dealer wanted over $50 to replace them. Bought plugs and had them replaced for less than $25.

Head Gasket gone at 50000. typical problem. No coverage, but dealer replaced it no charge labour due to the common occurance of the problem.

60000KM sunroof will not open.

70000 km exhaust manifold warped. Dealer wanted to replace it, but I had it machined and repaired at another mechanic.

Now bushings in front suspension are gone. Also motor mounts and belts are prematurely worn.

General Comments:

Decent power from the twin cam 150 HP engine.

Came loaded with everything, but cruise control for a decent price.

They must put these things together with bubble gum. Horrible quality on every part of the car. I cannot belive that these parts would wear out so quickly on what was basically a brand new car.

Coverage needs to be about 6 years long to head off all the problems. Service at dealers has been rude and very poor quality work.

Do NOT buy one of these cars used. You will regret every minute of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th April, 2002

1st Nov 2002, 13:18

Well written!I totally agree with you on the quality of the car. I have a 95 Neon and we had to have the head gaskets replaced about every 40,000 miles. The exhaust manifold was cracked and the wire harness started smoking through the steering column. Now the car stalls and you have to let it sit for about 5 minutes before it'll start. The dealer wants $500 to fix the head gasket leak. We determined that car is not worth the money!

5th Jan 2003, 05:21

I can only speak from my experience, but I've had a great run with my 1998 Neon. I bought it new, and have had it for almost 5 years. It sounds like you ran into a bad dealer. Every dealer I've worked with has been professional and helpful. Work done under warranty: fuel line replacement, new plugs and wires (yes, they went out early, but were covered), clutch cable, multi-function switch replacement. After the warranty was out (at about 75,000 miles), I had to have the head gasket replaced. The dealer split the cost and it was her idea to use a multi-layered steel gasket to prevent future problems. I expect to have this car for another 75,000 miles at least, and maybe even give it to my kid. Thanks for the review, though. I guess I just got a good one.

Average review marks: 5.7 / 10, based on 17 reviews