1996 Dodge Neon Reviews - Page 14 of 27

1996 Dodge Neon 4 door 2.0 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.0 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance138000 kilometres
Previous carPlymouth Neon

Summary:

I'd rather throw my money in the sewer then buy another neon!!!

Faults:

Transmission.

Computer system.

3rd set of brakes.

1 Cylinder died.

Replaced all the wires and censors.

Window made sounds when driving fast.

Doing oil change caused check engine light to come on.

2 speakers died.

2nd starter.

Valve cover gasket set had to be replaced.

Paint chipping off.

Alignment never stayed straight.

Rear brake light never wanted to work.

Poor heating system.

Needs time to start in winter.

General Comments:

It's fast when theres nothing wrong with it :D (very rarely)

It's still better then a civic.

Nice stock sound system:D.

Plenty of room in the back ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th June, 2003

9th Jul 2003, 19:25

I don't mean to attack you, but I disagree with your saying that a neon is better then a civic. I owned a 98 civic ex, and the only thing I had to do was change the brake pads and change the oil. The civic ran like a dream, and was quite peppy (not fast), and got excellent gas mileage. I never had to take the civic to a shop, or worry about something breaking on it.

Just my thoughts.

1996 Dodge Neon from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

After 2-3 yrs, it's nothing but repairs!

Faults:

Replaced head gasket twice! Replaced instrument panel one year ago. In shop today needing a new speedometer head. Replaced oxygen sensor two months ago.

General Comments:

It's always something with this car! In the last 2 years, I've spent over $2,000 in repairs. The brakes squeak no matter what I do. I wouldn't recommend anyone buy this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

1996 Dodge Neon 2.0 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Duster

Summary:

Low end fixer-upper

Faults:

Over all the car is an upgrade from my previous car. There are although a few things wrong with this car.

One of the major problems I have is that the speedometer works when it feels like it, which makes the odometer not work. The second, is that the fuel gauge doesn't work. Its either full or empty with no inbetween. Probably the most annoying problem is that something leaks when it rains and the floors become a small swimming pool. It hasn't rusted a hole in the floor yet because the water doesn't leak out, though I'm expecting it any time now.

There is a slight bumping in the tires. Not from any dents or anything, just because it feels like bumping.

General Comments:

The car doesn't handle all that bad for having stiff steering. Looks nice when washed. Not a cheap looking car when it's in working order.

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

Review Date: 3rd June, 2003

25th Jun 2003, 10:59

I have a 1996 Neon, 2 door. I have some of the same problems you are having... gas gauge being either full or empty and the speed odometer not working at all now. Has been this way since I purchased the car used, a year and a half ago.

Lynn in NC.

1996 Dodge Neon 2 L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2 L Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.8 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles

Summary:

Really really really bad karma

Faults:

Oxygen sensor went out at 72000, caused car to lurch at slow speeds.

Many pieces of interior were falling apart.

Many other smaller engine problems.

General Comments:

My god, this car should be banned from the streets. It causes nothing, but a pain in your heart and a whole in your wallet.

The car has no responsive power what so ever.

There are no outside window covers (breaking in is to easy, fortunately, no one wants it)

The dealers are way to expensive, $500 for an oxygen sensor with an hour worth of labor.

If you get in an accident in one, you're screwed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th May, 2003

1996 Dodge Neon Sport Coupe 2.0 DOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired54000 miles
Most recent distance88000 miles

Summary:

Piece of CRAP!!!

Faults:

My dad bought me a 1996 Neon Sport Coupe in New Jersey.

I live in New York City and this car has been nothing but headaches from day one.

I spent so much money in parts and labor that I probably bought the car over 2 or 3 times already.

First problem was the transmission. It would not go into gear when going up hills. I had to put it in park and restart the engine. So I had the transmission rebuilt that was 2000.

The little shift knob on the gear shift never worked. You can accidentally shift the car from park into reverse and the car would roll back.

Two months ago the transmission slipped again and I had to replace it.

Another problem is the speedometer. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't I had to have that changed back in 2000. Now the same problem is back. I don't even know what the real mileage is on the car.

During the cold winter months the engine would race while in park. Going to 3,000 RPMs. This caused the engine mount to break. Every minute I'm changing mounts. So I had to change the throttle-body. This cost me a fortune.

I have no AC, but luckily I have a sunroof. The radio is shorting out again... even though I changed that too in 2000.

Ball joints gone... struts gone...fuel filter had to change... oxygen sensors.

I recently changed the timing belt. Come to find out the the crankshaft pulley and tensioner had to be replaced. Master cylinder also had to be replaced because the brake pedal was low, it still is low and doesn't work well with the anti-lock brakes.

I have been to the dealer so much over the past few years that they know me by name and they give me discounts on parts. It's pathetic. I don't want to sell the car because it was a gift, and I would feel guilty selling a lemon to someone.

I would never recommend this car to anyone, especially if you are looking for a first car and you are a female.

It is a pretty looking car, but you'll be in the shop almost every month.

General Comments:

Pros:

The car is fast when it is performing up to par. Great highway mileage. You can do 100 highway miles on a quarter tank of gas.

Cons:

Too many mechanical and electrical problems that are very costly.

Wind up windows are a hassle.

Noisy cabin.

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

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

Average review marks: 5.3 / 10, based on 90 reviews