1996 Plymouth Neon 16 V from North America
A decent economy car, but I wouldn't buy another. You're better off with a Sentra, Civic, or Elantra
Head Gasket (twice)
Stalling on highway; then "service engine soon" light comes on and stays on.
This car has been fairly reliable.
Some negatives: The head gasket has failed twice. The first time was at 57K and resulted in a break down and tow. The second time was at 114K and this time it just leaked and didn't break down.
The gage assembly went bad at 30k or so. The GA is what controls your speedometer, fuel meter, etc. A new one would have cost $400 but I was able to get a used one at a junk yard for $150.
The latest problem I have is this sucker likes to occasionally stall on the highway. I can get it started back up, but she usually will keep stalling, until I get off the highway and to my destination. It's happened now twice and both times it was with several people in the car. Could the added wait and highway speed be a factor?This is usually followed by the check engine soon light coming on and staying on. The last time this happened my mechanic had to reset some sensor and the light went out. No one can tell me why this occasional stalling occurs. I think the engine is reaching the end of the line.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st December, 2003
5th Jun 2004, 13:16
I have a 1996 Plymouth Neon and the stalling thing seems to be a problem with most people that own them. I had did some research on this particular problem and there was a recall issued by Chrysler for the 96 Neon, BUT... make sure that the recall number matches your vehicle. I can't remember off hand what the website was where I found this info, but if your sincere about getting this stalling problem fixed (along with gage assembly, that has also failed in my car), a little searching could help. And it's not a weight issue... I drive a lot for work and it happens to me all the time and it's just me in the car!
8th Aug 2004, 16:46
I own a 1996 Plmouth Neon. I also had the stalling problem, the car would start bucking the check engine light would come on and then it would stall. Like other posters the dealer said it was a sensor problem, after about 3 sensor changes it still stalled out. Finally the mechanic decided it could be the throttle body that was the problem. To make my already expensive repair cost cheaper he did a reroute with the connections to the new throttle body on mostly his own time. He had to disconnect my Air Conditioner in the process, but other than that my stalling problem disappeared! So if anyone with a stalling problem is out there have them replace your throttle body and you will be a happy camper again. The air conditioner thing was a shortcut the mechanic took to save me money, not the standard way to replace the throttle body.
15th Apr 2010, 15:11
I have a 1996 Neon Plymouth, and the service engine light stays on, but how do I reset the sensor?