1998 Dodge Neon Highline 2.0 DOHC from North America


A sporty high performance money saver!!


The only thing that went wrong with my neon is that my gas gauge wasn't correct.

The dealer fixed that in a second.

General Comments:

This car is a very good deal.

It's a sporty compact for less than $15,000.

This is my first new car and I have had a very good time knowing that I have spent my money well on a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2002

1998 Dodge Neon from North America


Based on this experience, I will never purchase a Dodge car again.


I had to replace the brakes.

I had to replace the starter. This was covered under my warranty.

I had to replace the battery. This was covered under my warranty.

My sunroof stopped working.

My oil leaks.

My trunk leaks. This results in my car smelling like mildew after it rains.

My air conditioning stopped working.

General Comments:

This car has proven to be an unreliable money pit. I have invested well over a thousand dollars in repairs into the car.

The car has stranded me at the airport and at a gas station - both very late at night. As a single women, I found this very disconcerting

The leak in my trunk has caused a serious mildew smell in my car after several days of rain. Consequently, I am embarrased to have people in my car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th July, 2002

10th Sep 2002, 16:59

I am glad to know that my car is not the only one that leaks and has a mildew smell after it rains. I have had my car for about 13 months. I can't stand that smell. I have to use rug deodorizer in to keep the get rid of the smell. I too have had to do other repairs to my car, a 1998 Dodge Neon.

1998 Dodge Neon Highline 2.0L SOHC from North America


A Fast and Fun small car


Had Head gasket changed twice.

Struts changed at about 50,000.

Sunroof broke twice.

Oxygen sensor changed at 60,000.

General Comments:

For a small car, it has wonderful acceleration and is fun to drive. I have had to do some minor repairs (almost all under warranty) but have never been stranded on the side of the road. I am just now needing to change the shoes on the back brakes. After 98,000 miles, that's pretty remarkable.

Lot's of space for a small car. I would have had to spend about $5000 more from any other car maker to get equivalent space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2002

1998 Dodge Neon Highline from North America


A big mistake


I had to replace the brakes.

I had to replace the battery.

The air conditioning quit working.

The head gasket blew.

General Comments:

In March, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Dodge Neon with about 28,000 miles on it. During the two years I have owned it, I have had to get the brakes replaced, and about six months ago I had to replace the battery. I had owned the car for about a year when the air conditioning quit working.

The car has always had a small oil leak. At around 49,000 miles I was adding a quart of oil every couple of weeks. Recently (around 54,000 miles) it started leaking copious amounts of oil onto my garage floor. I took the car to a mechanic and he informed me the head gasket had failed and needed to be replaced. When the mechanic removed the head, he called me and told me there was a manufacturing defect in the head; a "chunk" was missing which could only have occurred when the head was cast. He also stated that this played a part in the failure of the head gasket. He said he had seen this a few times before on other Neon vehicles, and informed me the head would need to be milled. The mechanic who milled the head also commented that he, too, had seen this defect previously in other Neon vehicles.

Because these two mechanics had seen this problem with other Neon vehicles, I started to do a little investigating. I understand with more than a million Neon cars on the road, even a large number of failures is a small percentage of the unaffected cars. I also realize this problem is common among most cars with aluminum heads, not just Neon vehicles. I investigated a little further and found out that head gasket failure is enough of a problem on the Neon that Chrysler made special provisions for head gasket repairs beyond the normal warranty period. Technical Service Bulletin 09-05-98, which addresses this problem, was issued on November 06, 1998.

I contacted the Daimler-Chrysler Customer Assistance Center. They "reviewed" my case and after a few minutes, informed me that Chrysler would not do anything about this as the car was no longer under warranty and because I was the second owner. I wrote a follow-up letter to them and got the same response.

Chrysler/Dodge IS aware of this problem, but obviously won't take responsibility for it. This is the first - and last Chrysler/Dodge vehicle I will ever buy. My advice to others is to steer clear of Chrysler/Dodge and buy just about anything else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th April, 2002

14th Jun 2002, 12:43

I agree!!!

My '98 Neon is the worst car that I have ever owned. I bought it in May '00, and since then have spent nearly $2,000 dollars in repairs alone. I highly discourage anybody from purchasing a neon, as the repair work that will be needed will cost as much as the car.