1999 Dodge Neon Highline 1.8 Liter from North America


You get what you pay for


My head gasket blew at 90,000 miles. The cylinder wall was cracked.

The car started to leak oil at 60,000 miles.

The front brakes squeal on occasion.

General Comments:

The motor is the only dissatisfaction I have had since acquiring the car.

There is plenty of room for a big guy like myself.

It is very good on gas mileage.

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

Review Date: 13th February, 2003

1999 Dodge Neon R/T DOHC from North America


No better value for a small performance car


The Head gasket blew probably at about 75K. I noticed oil spots on the driveway. I had heard about the gasket problem, but thought I was impervious. At about the same time, I have had a scenario where the throttle RPM's do not dive back to idle immediately when I step off the pedal about 2/3rd's of the time. I figured it was a "chip" or a vacuum leak and have asked the "5 Star" dealer twice to please fix, but they have been unable to duplicate it, they say. I also had a situation where the key would not turn the tumblers in the ignition at about 25K. This required a new tumbler to be installed.

General Comments:

I originally had a '95 baseline model which I put 80K on before trading for the R/T in 1999. I prefer the wider torque band of the SOHC 132Hp engine, but the acceleration of the DOHC at 40MPH onto an expressway is great. I recently bought a 2002 Neon SXT for my daughter. All three are manuals. For the most part, the three cars have been bulletproof. The rear seat area is enormous for a small car. With 83K, I have not required a brake job yet and I drive hard. The front disks were way over engineered for such a light car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th December, 2002

14th Jun 2006, 14:50

I may have some idea as to why it isn't returning to idle immediately. I have a 1997 highline coupe that does the same thing. I have found that it only does that when either the heater or a/c is on. I don't think it's a problem, just a quirk that the cars have. however, if it maintains more than 2000rpm when it happens, I would get it looked at, I suggest having them look at the heating and a/c system.

7th May 2008, 17:16

I currently own a 99 Dodge DOHC Neon 5 speed and I have also had most of the same problems, but whoever told you that it was your head gasket that blew and caused the leaking oil is not correct; a head gasket would be causing you to leak antifreeze. I also had the same problem with the oil, but it's supposedly a common problem with the DOHC models (an expensive one at that), but it's your front and rear main seals that will cause you to leak the oil. It was leaking on my belt on me and causing a god awful squeal from the oil eating the belt, so I replaced them... however I would like to say that I love the car; even though it can be a headache sometimes, it's fast for a Neon and gets excellent gas mileage and they will also take a pounding...

1999 Dodge Neon Sport Coupe 2.0 DOHC I-4 from North America


A good car at a great price


The alternator belt snapped, power steering and a/c belt flipped over at 54,000 miles.

All 4 engine mounts are torn.

Steering column has excessive up/down movement, which is covered in a technical service bulletin.

The frameless windows have bad wind noise at highway speeds and during crosswinds.

General Comments:

This car offers great performance, great handling, great comfort and good cargo space for its size.

The build quality is superb. All panels line up correctly, there are no squeaks or rattles and the cabin noise is well isolated.

The stock stereo is junk. It has good speakers, but the head unit is way underpowered.

However there are a lot of little flaws which make me question the reliability of my car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd December, 2002