1997 Plymouth Neon Reviews - Page 13 of 13

1997 Plymouth Neon Highline 2.0 liter 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance49200 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

Makes me smile; good get-around car

Faults:

Head gasket cracked around 46,000 miles. I am writing this review because of the problem. It seems to happen to many Neons in the 95-99 range, and it can be fixed for a minimal cost. You can contact your dealer and only pay up to $150 for a repair that would cost around $500 - $600. Chrysler will pay the rest because of the faulty part - EVEN THOUGH there has been no official recall. Half the dealers I called would offer the service. Call around.

Brakes squeak when wet; sometimes when dry. Had trouble with one Dodge service department taking me seriously with this problem. Yes, it's the brake pads, but don't wait until after the warranty has expired to suddenly find a repair option (I had brought it up multiple times while the brakes were under warranty to have them say, "they just do that").

Wish for a little more "umph" when accelerating.

General Comments:

I really love this car. It was my first new car, and I have been very happy with it.

It's really comfy and everyone I truck around is amazed at the interior room.

Happy with the trunk space too.

No paint troubles; although a friend with a '95 did. She also had rust problems in the door wells. Hopefully ironed out by '97! (I have an electronic rust protector installed).

I even think it's nice for long trips.

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

Review Date: 11th June, 2001

1997 Plymouth Neon 2.0 SOHC from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carHonda Motorcycle

Summary:

Great performance, comfort and a great car!

Faults:

The car suged frequently when I first bought it, I talk to Plymouth on the phone and they told me to buy a speed sensor ($56) which I did, it took 4 hours to install (I'm not a car man), but it ran great after that.

Head gasket was replaced when I purchased the car.

General Comments:

Great car, 2.0 5-speed ran great, I'm a teenager so I speed a little, the car had great pick up, I've been about 115 mph in it.

I had a glass pack on the exhaust and aluminum alloy rims (aftermarket).

Totally great 1st car, I loved it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2001

1997 Plymouth Neon from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Don't Know
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired74000 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carford expedition

Summary:

A lemon!

Faults:

My head gasket blew at 75,000.

The brakes squeak everytime I stop when I am in reverse.

The A/C blows hot air.

The sound system sucks.

The door gaskets leak.

General Comments:

Various odds and ends are always breaking inside the car. I really don't like this car, but who is gonna even think about buying it from me! No more Vhryslers for me! I'm sticking with Ford!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2001

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 49 reviews