18th Sep 2006, 21:16
I just purchased a Breeze today. It's used with about 134,000 miles on it. When I first started it up it was a little loud. The dealer said it needs a clamp on the pipe near the manifold, but other than that it has a very good engine and transmission. The dealer even went so far as to say that's all I really need to be concerned with is the engine and transmission. I was leery to begin with about buying a car period because this is my first time. After reading all of your experiences I now want to cry. There's too many of you having similar problems especially with the head gaskets.
17th Oct 2006, 15:57
A relative gave me his 1998 Breeze, which has only 25,000 miles. The car drives very nicely, but leaks oil. When I asked my mechanic about this oil leak, he advised me to disregard it. He said that all of these Dodge engines leak oil, and that I should not bother to try to fix the problem. I guess that I will just put something under the car to soak up the oil, and thereby prevent the garage floor being covered by leaking oil. Even though this car is enjoyable to drive, and seems to be operating reliably, I will never buy a car produced by this manufacturer. Seems that this is why American car manufacturers are doing so badly in comparison too many foreign car makers.
20th Oct 2006, 12:37
We bought our '98 Breeze new 8 years ago. The first head gasket had to be replaced at approximately 30,000 miles. The car was over 3 years old so the warranty had expired; however, the mechanic at our dealer told us this was a typical problem in this car and after some discussion between our dealer and Chrysler, they paid about 3/4 of the repair cost. Guess what? Now, a little over 39,000 miles later, the head gasket needs to be replaced again. Chrysler is refusing to help even though they helped the first time when it wasn't under warranty. The dealer says that they can't help us either. What is the problem with Chrysler? When I tell them that it seems to be common knowledge that this is a problem in this car, they tell me that it's just my opinion. This should have been a recall. I am furious with Chrysler and my dealer. I will never buy another Chrysler product because they refuse to stand behind their products.
30th Oct 2006, 16:58
In 1997 I bought a 1996 Plymouth Breeze with 36K on it. The dealer said it was a "Demo" car. This made me nervous. However, I had no problem with it until 80,000 miles or so when the head gasket went bad. Yes, it is a well-known fact that this problem should have been recalled by the manufacturer. Guess what? Too bad, they have the bucks and we don't. So after the head gasket was fixed, I drove it for another 180K, until I was rear-ended and it wasn't worth it to fix the whole rear-end.
31st Oct 2006, 15:18
My mother purchased a 1998 Plymouth Breeze about two months ago. It had some minor body damage and was missing the rear view mirror. No biggie, I bought one at Wal-Mart and put it on for her. Steering makes some odd ball noises, but I figure it probably just needed some power steering fluid. It had 130,735 miles on it when purchased. At first it was great, now it almost overheats every time I take it for even a short drive. I had the radiator flushed, and for two days it seemed fine. Now today alone the needle went into the red zone 2 or 3 times with only about 30 miles worth of driving, and I'm not sure what to do next. Neither of us has the money to pay for any more work on the car, but it's the only vehicle we have.
I think she paid too much for it, but my sister was with her when she bought it not me. I don't know if this is the fault of the vehicle, the prior owner or what. But I'm not happy about it, and I'm not sure what to do next.
6th Nov 2006, 20:09
I own a 1998 Plymouth Breeze. I had the same problem with the oil leaks. You need a new valve seal and that should fix the problem. My water heater and thermostat went out a couple months ago. But what do you expect? These cars are either almost or are over 10 years old. I love my breeze although, it has had some problems it is overall a good car. If you don't believe me, buy a 1996 Dodge Avenger. :)
20th Dec 2006, 11:45
I have owned a 98 Plymouth breeze for 6 years. I have never had a minutes problem with it. I have only had to do routine maintenance to it. Oil changes, tire replacements, etc. It has never stranded me or broke down on me. It does leak a little oil... a drop here and there. Nothing that ever bothers me. I like my breeze. A+++
20th Mar 2007, 18:24
I own a 1990 breeze and the care leaks oil all the time. The company refuses to stand behind its product. The head seal and the valve seals need to be replaced and its not a very good car.
26th Mar 2007, 16:22
Hey this is just a question, I have a friend whose selling a 1998 Breeze. It's a clean car, 94,800 miles, and he wants $300 for the car. Like the rest of the cars above, it also needs a new head gasket. I'm curious to how much people have paid to get this fixed on the car. If were talking around $400-$600 I'm willing to still buy it considering the car Blue Books for around $2000. Any info. or other problems that have been found with the car you guys know about would be greatly appreciated from those who know. Thanks in advance.
26th May 2007, 13:12
I bought a 1998 Plymouth Breeze in 1998. The car has had major oil leaks which I had repaired 3 years ago. Apparently, I again am leaking oil, putting 3 quarts of oil in every few days! I do not know what to do. Have it repaired again? These companys do not test all of their cars. Only years later we find out, sometimes sooner, that we were sold a lemon. I would never buy a Chrysler/Plymouth car again!
26th May 2007, 21:22
My sister has a 1997 Chrysler Cirrus which is the same car as the Breeze. It has the 2.5 V6. I'm not sure if this engine is based off the 2.0 Neon engine or not, but it too needs a head gasket and overheats all the time. It cannot hold a candle to the reliability of many Fords I've owned and people say those aren't even reliable.
10th Mar 2008, 18:08
I have a 97 Plymouth Breeze with close to 170k on it. It now leaks oil, and the motor knocks which are both common on any vehicle with such high mileage. I drive it 60 miles to school every day and never have a problem with it. It is a great car, and with the proper maintenance it will go forever. I account all of the other problems that people are having to poor maintenance.