I thought it was just me. It's nice to know that I don't have night blindness and that the headlights are just awful. Every Breeze has head gasket problems. My dealer was shocked I made it to 60k without getting a problem, but truthfully, I probably just didn't notice. The last time I took it in the dealer told me I should think about getting a new engine or a new car.
I am writing to say that I agree with many of the comments made here. I have owned a 1997 Plymouth Breeze since June 1997. I have had oil leaks for over 5 years. I have had four different people tell me two different reasons for the leaks. One being a head gasket needing to be replaced, ranging from $700 - $1200 to replace. While the other is that the bolts are known to come loose and they just need to be tightened.
The check engine light has come on several times, have service done on it and then a short time later it comes on again. No one seems to be able to correct this.
I also find the power the car has to be lacking. With this being an automatic, I know that if you put the gas pedal to the floor, it is suppose to go into a passing gear, but this fails to do this.
Overall the car looks nice, but I would not recommend this to anyone if they were looking to buy a used car.
This is the most horrible car I've ever had the displeasure to ride in, it jerks every time I come to a stop unless I put it in neutral or low, the brake squeal for no reason, it constantly wants to stall, and the cruse control only works when it feels like it.
98'Plymouth Breeze 175,000 Miles Oh Gee, where to begin? Drum Roll Jonny... New brakes, lower control arms, left front wheel bearing twice, inner & outer tie rods, fuel pump & filter, EGR valve, 2- O2-sensors, engine & tranny mounts, struts, 2 alignments, Timing belt snapped and took 2 intake valves with it($675 to fix), $3500 in it so far and can't get $1,000 trade-in! Car still looks like new, is very under powered, gets so so gas mileage and for some reason I just can't seem to stop dumping money into this pit and get a real car. I just love Mopar!(evil grin) I most definately do not recommend this money pit to any self respecting non wealthy person for any reason!!!
1997 Breeze with 150,000 miles on it, still running strong... has the original clutch and head gasket.. one of a few 5 speeds that were made that year. The only thing that was replaced was 2 sets of rear breaks.. besides the usual upkeep of a car.
For 11,000 brand new in 1997, I got my money's worth out of this car.. basic car for transportation, so what you get for 11,000, you get what you pay for...
I got laid off 2 months ago and used to drive a 2006 GMC Envoy. I turned it in last week because my lease was up. I was given a 1997 Plymouth Breeze from family for free so I can't complain - it's free.
PROS: Good fuel economy, 117,000 miles and it rides like a new car. (It was very well cared for, new brakes, bearings, tune-up, etc), Pretty good sound system for stock.
CONS: 2.0L is slow as molasses, my 4.2L V6 Envoy was like a race car compared to the Breeze.
* I do know an oil seal was just replaced on it before I got it. It does have a bit of a rough idle, but when I put it in neutral it goes away. I am going to put in some Redline fuel system cleaner and check the plugs/throttle body, etc.
Overall rating: 5.5 out of 10. It's a pretty good small car. I wish mine had the 2.4L though.