1995 Plymouth Neon Reviews - Page 3 of 19

1995 Plymouth Neon Sport from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 kilometres
Most recent distance226000 kilometres

Summary:

Can have problems - but so can any other car - it's called a LEMON

Faults:

Keep in mind, that the previous owner of the car that I bought did absolutely nothing maintenance wise to the car, so when I got it, there was a fair amount wrong with it.

Whole front end had to be replaced - except for a few parts which were fine.

Transmission needed to be changed because of slippage going from 2nd - 3rd gears.

Brakes (all around) and rotors (all around) needed replacing.

Fuel pump replaced once.

Starter replaced once.

Transmission cables are starting to squeak from park into reverse.

Clunking noise coming from front end while driving - at anytime, not anything specific.

Handful of sensors changed.

A part on the air conditioner had to be changed

Fan on the engine needed to be changed.

General Comments:

Honestly, for the amount of money, time and work that went into this car - I still love it.

I like how it handles on the road, I like how it doesn't guzzle gas - which is good because I drive a LOT in my current job.

I like how the car was designed - the frame less windows are something that I love about the car.

Overall, if/when the car is running at the best it can be, it's a wonderful car to drive.

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

Review Date: 21st June, 2008

1995 Plymouth Neon Highline 4 Door 2.0 Four Cylinder from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 Four Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance144000 miles

Summary:

The car is fun and somewhat reliable, but needs improvement in the design and mechanical aspects.

Faults:

My 1995 Neon was/is my first car and I never had many complaints until it reached about 100,000 miles.

At <100,000 miles the rear struts began to malfunction causing the car to bounce severely as well as the rear end to sway or "scoot" while going across railroad tracks or small bumps.

Also around the same time the car began to leak severely around the cam sensor going though 5-6 quarts of oil in a week costing over $200 to repair.

At about 105,000 miles the dash cluster (speedometer, odometer, tachometer...) failed needing to be replaced for about $90 (with a used part).

Also around this time the headlights went out, requiring a new dimmer switch (the only way you could use headlights was by holding the dimmer switch back while driving using the brights).

At around 115,000 miles the air conditioner "clutch" froze rendering the A/C useless and causing a the combined A/C and power steering belt to break leaving me without power steering on a four lane highway.

At around 125,000 the front and rear brakes were replaced due to normal wear and tear and then re-adjusted.

Also at the same time the car began to leak power steering fluid with no sign of where it is coming from. Still needing fluid added at least every other day to eliminate squealing as well as stiffness while turning.

Later at 135,000 the brakes needed repaired again due to friction. They were basically falling apart as I drove. This was fixed by replacing the rear brakes. However, front brakes remained immaculate considering they weren't even assisting with stops!

Now at around 140,000 the brakes are malfunctioning again! Overnight braking went from great to horrid! This includes having plenty of fluid in the master cylinder, however the brakes do NOT want to stop even while pressing them all the way to the floor!

Today at 144,000 the power steering still leaks or whatever, while the oil (even after numerous repairs) still leaks requiring at the very least two quarts a week. Although I believe now that the car is burning the oil rather than leaking since there are no oil spots underneath after parking.

Also, transmission is about the go considering it has never shifted right since I have had the car, however now fluid is a necessity to keep at hand with it using almost as much fluid (and oil, and power steering) as it does gasoline!

Also ever since I have had the car the headlights are WEAK! Even after replacing bulbs and cleaning and ultimately replacing headlight covers I drive with my brights on all the time so I can see, it doesn't seem to blind other motorists either considering my Neon's brights are about the strength of the dims on other vehicles!

P.S. I have had the same issues with pealing paint as many others have expressed, even after a new paint job it is still will not hold paint.

**UPDATE: Now at about 145,000 miles all of the leaks need fixed and the culprit has been identified. Not being very car savvy, it was all leaking from a rack and pinion or something involving the word "pinion." Also, I have acquired a broken tie-rod as well as finally getting the rear struts replaced and servicing the A/C. This costing around $900 for all.

General Comments:

My Neon is fun to drive, but is not very comfortable. It is great on gas, but needs some improvement on the mechanical side of the spectrum regarding the reliability and cost of maintenance. However, I can honestly say in despite of all the points made above that my car has never really let me down (other than the power steering mishap). It has started every time without a struggle ever since I've owned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2007

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 64 reviews