1997 Plymouth Breeze Reviews - Page 7 of 11

1997 Plymouth Breeze 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired28000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corsica

Summary:

A reliable, dependable car. Looks good also

Faults:

My air conditioner evaporator broke at 65000 miles.

General Comments:

I bought the car from a rental company. It had 28000 miles in the first year. It's a 1997, and I got it in 1998.

The front seat is not that comfortable. Other than that, in spite of the mechanic's opinions about my car, it looks and runs like new. Has 98000 miles now.

I've always thought that the car was a crappy one. I was keeping saying to myself "as soon as it breaks, I'm gonna get a new car". I've been saying this for five years.

I'll keep it. I like the fuel efficiency and it's very roomy also, and looks much better that other 1997 cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2003

1997 Plymouth Breeze 4-door 2.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carNissan Pickup

Summary:

Would absolutely buy another

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 98,000 miles.

General Comments:

This has been one of the best cars I have ever owned.

It still looks stylish, handles great, has terrific pickup, and the interior and exterior have held up extremely well.

Other than the head gasket problem, it has been a fantastic car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2003

1997 Plymouth Breeze 2.0 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carBuick Regal

Summary:

Good car, but not worth the repair cost

Faults:

Head gaskets need to be replaced.

Power steering pulley went out.

Air conditioner no longer works.

Transmission whines from 3rd to 4th gear.

There is a knocking from the engine when I take off.

Slow take off, not enough power.

Alignment is always off.

General Comments:

With all the problems the car has it has never left me stranded anywhere. It gets great gas mileage. You can drive forever on the interstate with a full tank of gas. The trunk is huge, and the inside is spacious. It has been in an accident, but is still going strong. I hope the car will last another 100000 miles. But I have to say I will never buy another Chrysler product again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th July, 2003

1997 Plymouth Breeze 2.0 EFI 132 horse power from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 EFI 132 horse power Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 miles
Most recent distance101500 miles
Previous carToyota Celica

Summary:

A comfortable commuting car, with little to be excited about

Faults:

Two weeks after I bought the Breeze, Third Gear went out, and I had to pay to have the transmission rebuilt. This is more of an issue with the shady dealership, but at 83000 miles, I would think a tranmission would last longer.

There is this knocking noise coming out of the front end whenever I step on the accelerator. After bringing it to three different mechanics and a Chrysler dealer, they said they could find nothing wrong with the front end and that I shouldn't worry about it. It is impossible to get the alignment corrected, I am replacing at least 2 tires every 2 months. The brakes have been replaced twice, in 7 months. I do not know why this car chews up brake pads. The check engine light keeps going on and off, and no one can seem to figure out why. I've been told the gas cap, the mass air flow sensor, and something in the emissions system. Yet all check out fine. Overall, the engine has given me no problems, I'm very pleased with the engine, though it feels like it's going to shatter like glass when I turn the air conditioning on around town. On the highway, the air conditioning is all right, as long as you are level or downhill, any climbing, even when the freeway inclines to go over a city street, it has to downshift to maintain 70mph. Otherwise, the engine is fully capable.

General Comments:

I'm very torn about this car. I love how roomy, and comfortable it is, I like even with my 45 miles a day commute, I still get about 320-340 miles to a tank. The gas mileage is spectacular on long trips, I got 385 miles of all interstate driving when I drove to Las Vegas!! But I have to say that I would rather have this car in a stick shift, and I don't think I will buy another Chrysler vehicle again. I'm not saying this is a definite, but the way this car breaks down, I'm not too confident about their products. On the other hand, Plymouth's are no longer built, so I guess they recognized their weakness and discontinued it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th June, 2003

26th Jun 2003, 16:08

I am thankful the Plymouth line has been discontinued as well. I owned a 1997 2.0L automatic Breeze, and what a death-trap that was! During it's lifetime (I finally got rid of it in 2000) the brakes went 3 times, it overheated more times than I can count, massive oil leaks, A/C trouble, etc. etc.

I couldn't make it up hills with the A/C on, and sometimes if I came to a stop with it on, the car would stall out and refuse to restart.

The Chrysler dealer told me they couldn't find the source of the oil leak (it was still under warranty at this point)...but they "magically" found the leak as soon as the warranty ran out. However, oil had been leaking into radiator the whole time, which mixed together with antifreeze. This glue-like substance went all through the hoses--lets just say I had to have just about everything under the hood replaced because of this.

At 80,000 miles the transmission went, thus ending it's life. I strongly urge anyone considering buying a used Plymouth to let this and the other posts to marinate in your brain...

31st Dec 2003, 00:22

I bought my 1998 Breeze in 2001 from a dealership. It had been a government car with a mere 7800 miles on it. Had it for two months and it developed an oil leak-about a quart every week. I've had to replace brake pads every 6 months. Tires seem to wear unusually fast also. Now at 43,000 miles the transmission is slipping really bad. Other than the above problems, it has been a reliable and comfortable car to drive around town and in the mountains.

19th May 2004, 19:03

This is the original author of this review on the 97 Breeze. As an update, it is now May of 2004, I ditched the Breeze back in November of 03, because the transmission was once again, falling apart, the engine mounts were shot, the front end was in shambles and ready to fall out from under the car, and it had 114000 miles on it, and it was about to die. I now own a 2003 Hyundai Elantra and couldn't be happier to be rid of that demon Plymouth.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 49 reviews