1997 Dodge Neon from North America
A money pit vehicle
Head gasket replaced twice.
Transmission replaced around 60,000.
Air bag recall.
Overheat fuse replaced when car was 3 months old. (under warranty)
Brake pads/rotors replaced every other year.
A/C failed after 3 years.
The only positive thing I can say about the car is that is never stalls.
Other than that, this car is your basic lemon nightmare. I don't expect a car to last forever when you pay $9,000 for it, but the numerous repairs have made the maintenance costs unbelievable.
I will never buy another Dodge vehicle again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th September, 2003
6th Mar 2004, 20:00
Best car I ever own 1997dodge neon.
25th Sep 2004, 00:49
1998 Chrysler (dodge) neon. From UK car sales, 62,000 miles on clock serviced regularly.
Front brakes and disc's replaced at a cost of £275.
Head gasket failed at 68,000 miles cost £615.
Central locking and immobilizer failed £500.
Engine oil blockage resulted in engine seizure cost £1375 for second hand engine, which leaks oil.
This car is the worst purchase I've ever made and I've only owned it for 2 years. Spares are expensive in the UK for this vehicle and most repair garages won't touch them, so I have to go to a Chrysler (Dodge) dealership to get it fixed which costs me even more. I hate this car, and has put me off forever in going anywhere near Jeep, Dodge or Chrysler.
12th Nov 2005, 08:22
I have a 97 Dodge Neon and I have only replaced the cat converter besides the usual. I'm nearing 200,000 on the car and it is the best car I have ever had, great in the snow also. I don't understand, sometimes the tires spin on rainy wet roads, but not on ice and snow. To the person who said about the stolen car, It was stolen 3 times when your gages stopped working, don't you think that that may have had something to do with it. breaking the lock and hot wiring the car does do its damages, you can't blame that on dodge.
If you put a good security system in the car, get your oil changed every 2,500 miles, and you get a tune up every 6 to 12 months cars will do amazing things.