1995 Plymouth Neon Baseline 2.0 NA gasoline from North America


I feel cheated.


The head gasket has blown twice, once at 60k, once at 100k.

The paint is peeling off the car in sheets.

The steering wheel shimmies badly.

The engine stumbles often at cruise.

The exhaust donut has failed several times.

The oxygen sensor has failed twice.

General Comments:

The Neon was an experiment in automobile design. Chrysler's plan was to use some of the same techniques used for rapid application development in computer software to create a car in half the usual three-year cycle. The result was a car with some excellent individual parts and attributes, but with far, far too many design and manufacturing flaws to make the car worth even the budget price you'd pay for one.

Every Neon blows its head gasket, and will blow the replacement unless it is a revised, metal head gasket. And I wouldn't even trust those.

In order to boost performance the cam was made too aggressive, resulting in rough idle - at the last minute, this problem was mitigated through the use of loose motor mounts. Unfortunately, the loose mounting of the engine will cause the exhaust donut to break repeatedly. Squeak, squeak, squeak, plus sloppy shifting.

The wheels cannot be kept in balance. Maybe if you park it on a running dynamometer...

The car is quick, when the engine is running correctly. However, the absence of any sort of air flow metering device on the engine means that the engine is very sensitive to oxygen sensor error, and so the car will often be running incorrectly.

There is nothing positive to be said about the ride or the interior.

If you are sixteen and acceleration thrills you, and if you have low standards, you might enjoy this car. Learn auto repair before you buy one, though.

Neons are junk. I tried to love mine...

Addendum: There is a fairly large group of Neon enthusiasts who race their Neons. If you are mechanically inclined and enjoy working on your car, and like a good challenge, the Neon might be worthwhile: despite everything I've said about them, when you pay enough attention to them and spend enough money on them, they do win plenty of SCCA events. But if you do that kind of thing, you're used to burning money...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th August, 2003

1995 Plymouth Neon Highline from North America


You get what you pay for..


I bought the car at 35,000kms. I pulled out of the dealership and noticed my brakes made a strange noise. I returned the next day to complain and was told this is very normal for a Neon, especially in the rain.

My head gasket went after only 5,000kms, yet again I was told this was normal for a Neon.

The next problem with the Neon would be the transmission. I was lucky. It decided to go at 65,000kms, and I was still covered. The compressor had to be replaced at 45,000.

General Comments:

Beyond the points mentioned the car has been good. I have heard others complain. My car has been great on gas. Not the most comfortable, but it is economical.

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

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

1995 Plymouth Neon highline sedan 2.0 from North America


A very good entry level car


The fuel pump needed to be replaced at 102,000, cost $350.

The oxygen sensor went out at 103,000, cost $100.

The tie rods need to be replaced now at 105,000.

The paint started falling off at 80,000.

General Comments:

My Neon has been a very reliable car for the money.

The paint falling off is my biggest problem with the car, making it look much older than it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2003

1995 Plymouth Neon Sport 2.0 SOHC from North America


Lots of fun and comfort for the money


Replaced head gasket and timing belt at 90000.

Replaced AC compressor at around 90000.

General Comments:

One of the best cars I have ever owned. This is a fun car to drive and the performance for a smaller economy car is outstanding.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2003