1998 Dodge Neon Sport 2 door 2.0L DOHC 16v from North America


A hole in the ground to throw money in


At 60,000, my head gasket started leaking oil. They replaced it with warranty, however it still cost me $140 to fix.

After that the block heater blew out of it, $300.

The engine was then running rough, they said new plugs wire and high pressure injection purge, aswell as new coil pack.-$600, did absolutely nothing to fix problem.

Ended up being the intake manifold gasket not installed right, and seating itself between the valve and valve seat, causing a dime size hole in valve.

No cost to Chrysler, $1200 to me though.

Oil pan rusted out, needs new exhaust manifold, new struts/shocks.

General Comments:

This car is a lemon.

Chrysler doesn't believe it should last that long because their attitude is you get what you pay for.

Don't buy a neon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th September, 2002

7th Oct 2002, 17:33

I have a 2-door DOHC sport Neon... my head gasket blew at 40000km, $200, and now all the small annoying things are going wrong. My left turn signal won't turn off, it been broken into 3 times equaling my stereo system of $1000 gone, my windows have broke on each sid as well. They didn't put too much thinking into the frame-less window design... with the length and weight of the doors, every time the door is closed it rattles the glass inside. Pretty much, the dodge neon is a stain in you pants that too hard to get out so you eventually throw the pants away!!

1998 Dodge Neon Highline 2.0 SOHC from North America


A reliable, high performance workhorse


Fuel Pump - This is mainly my fault, I always used to run the tank almost dry every time. Don't do this, the fuel pump is INSIDE the gas tank, an the gas acts as the cooler for the fuel pump.

Rear Main Seal - This started leaking at around 100,000 miles.. It's a $12.00 part, but it'll take me a few hours to drop the transmission and replace it. I lose about 1-2 quarts of oil every 1500-2000 miles. It's gotten progressively worse.

General Comments:

This car has been very good to me. Last year I took a 2000+ mile roadtrip, taking me through the Mojave Desert with temperatures exceeding 110F degrees. This car handled it with no problems at all.

I see a lot of bad reviews of this car, but I LOVE my car and will keep it until it dies. I know dozens of Neon owners (I'm a member of the Neon Enthusiasts Club). There are thousands of happy Neon owners all over the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2002

13th Feb 2004, 06:38

I owned a 1998 Neon until January 8th 2004. My Neon was well cared for and except for regular maintenance, I had no expense using this car. My sole complain comes from a place which we hope will never occur to us. I was, unfortunately, involved in a collision with my Neon. I hit another vehicle with my front right side, going at about 40 mph and on impact the car went up in flames. Luckily for me There was an experienced paramedic driving behind me and he stopped and pulled me out just before the car was engulfed in flames.

1998 Dodge Neon High Line from North America


The worst mistake you can make.


Near 60,000 miles the head gasket blew out. Typical of the Dodge Neon. When taken to the dealer the dealer stated that it was my fault and head gaskets can only blow if I over heated the engine.

Most recently, the car stalled completely. Also was leaking antifreeze from the middle of the car behind the front wheels.

The car will turn, but not start.

General Comments:

Do not buy a Dodge Neon. It is the biggest waste of money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2002

12th Oct 2002, 17:40

I own a 1998 dodge neon ex. My head gasket also went, however it was still under warranty. They fixed it with no questions asked. I love my car. I have had nothing else wrong with my car. It's very good on gas, has a great speed and also handles very well. I am going to trade my car in very soon to buy a new one. (I buy a new car every four years) I am really going to miss my neon.

11th Apr 2003, 11:50

I own the best Dodge neon ever made. It has about 84000 and still no problems with the head gasket. I race take her to the track every Tuesday on race night and have never lost yet. I instaled some boneyard boost. I took the turbo off of an Eclipse. I am currently putting on a body kit, 17s new turbo and also 200 shot of NOS. Wanna Race?