1996 Dodge Neon Standard 4 cylinder. 2.0 liter from North America
An Overall Reliable Vehicle
Head gasket was replaced before I purchased the vehicle at approximately 30,000 miles due to a manufactures recall.
Belts continually dislocated at 50,000 miles due to a bent crank shaft pulley. Once the bent crank shaft pulley was replaced, the belts have been fine.
Blinker apparatus failed at 67,000 miles.
Rear cam seal went out at 96,000 miles.
Main cam seal went out at 106,000.
My 1996 Dodge Neon has been overall a very good vehicle. I have traveled more miles in my Dodge Neon than in any other vehicle I have owned. Yet, now that my Neon is accumulating more miles it is seemingly having more difficulty. My main concern is the cam seals. I had the rear cam seal replaced at 96,000 miles and now at 106,000 miles I am having to replace the main cam seal. Overall, I must say that in the 5 years I have owned the vehicle, I have put approximately $800.00 into repairs. The vehicle, however, still maintains a decent resale value. I feel that I have been lucky with my Dodge Neon, because I have heard several nightmare stories regarding significant problems with other Neons. My vehicle I must say doesn't have the power it use to and is slowly deteriorating, but I'm determined to drive it until it's last days. FYI: Don't put more money into a vehicle that you will never get back when you sell it!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th October, 2003