1998 Plymouth Breeze Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1998 Plymouth Breeze Base 2.4L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired114000 kilometres
Most recent distance159000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler LeBaron

Summary:

A very decent vehicle.

Faults:

The resistor block for the heater control failed twice.

The transmission would sometimes downshift rather hard from 3rd to 2nd gear.

General Comments:

I've owned the Breeze for two years, and have had no major issues with the vehicle. It has never let me down.

Performance is adequate with the 2.4L, however it does lack in low end torque, even though it generates 167 ft/lbs at 4000rpm. However past 3,000 rpm is where it makes most of its power. It certainly isn't a replacement for a 6cyl. Passing power on the highway is good.

Gas mileage is OK, however its no better compared to some V6's.

Ride comfort is decent with its rather sophisticated suspension, and on the highway its very comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2004

1998 Plymouth Breeze 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Don't Know
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carSubaru GL

Summary:

Lemon

Faults:

The car leaks 1 quart of oil per day.

The brakes squeal and continue to need attention on a regular basis.

Blown head gaskets are typical... yet there are no recalls, why?

General Comments:

Called the customer service representive. His attitude was rude, disrespectful, discourteous, arrogant and sarcastic. Referring to the oil leak as not his problem??

The attitude of the service representive combined with the inherent head gasket problems have made a car I was enjoying a disappointing, high maintenance investment.

Do not recommend this manufacturer to anyone!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th August, 2004

1998 Plymouth Breeze Sedan 4 cylinder. 2.4 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4 cylinder. 2.4 liter Automatic
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

A Scary money pit!!!

Faults:

My car was a special order. The first night we drove it home we realized the Master Cylinder was bad and had to return it. Chrysler's new car warranty covered the replacement of the head gasket. Unfortunatly, in Oct. 2003, at 57,958 miles, the head gasket had to be replaced a second time, along with the timing belt, thermostat, and water pump! The total cost was over $1,500!

The master cylinder has been replaced twice. The first time at approx. 12,000 miles. and again in Nov. 2003, at 58,245 miles.! The first time the warranty covered it and the second time it cost approx. $675!

Rear brake cylinders have been replaced at least twice in the last two years.

The radio/tape player has been repaired once and replaced once. It was replaced approx. 2 yrs. ago and now something is wrong with the electrical because it won't light up and the mechanic says it is internal.

Other repairs done in the first 2-3 yrs. of ownership included exhaust leaks, transmission leaks, windshield washer jet replacement, broken emergency brake handle, and replacement of missing engine bolts. Some bolts apparently were forgotten during the assembly process!

Currently, the trunk release is not working.

General Comments:

Despite all the recent brake repairs, the brakes still feel soft and at times seem to go almost all the way down to the floor. My mechanic says that I have only 20-30% of the brake pads left. I am easy on the brakes and don't do a lot of driving. I really am finding this hard to believe since the brake pads were last replaced only 8 mo. ago when the master cylinder work was done! This car goes through brake pads like water, they have been replaced twice in the last year approx.!

Since the brakes have failed on me twice in the last year and still appear to not be working right, I am afraid to drive this car down steep hills and try to limit doing so!

Stopped taking the car to dealer for repairs because they are so expensive and in the past my ex-husband found that some repairs being done under warranty were not actually done! Had that confirmed by another dealer and complained to Chrysler Corp. but nothing was done about it!

Would love to get rid of the money pit, but I can't afford a new car and am afraid that a used vehicle might be worse!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th July, 2004

5th Jul 2005, 19:45

I too have a 1998 Plymouth Breeze that I've spent a great deal of money on. I finally learned how to do a lot of the maintenance work myself, but having to replace brake pads every 9 months, having constant oil leaks, and other things like that get tiring.

I wish I could buy a new car too, but don't have the money right now, but as soon as I do, it's going to be fantastic.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 35 reviews