1998 Plymouth Neon Expresso 2.0 DOHC from North America


Comfortable off the lot, but many after-market capabilities make for a show car/quick car


Nothing has gone wrong yet. I did replace the timing belt early, to avoid costly repairs if it eventually went out. My friend who has a '96 Neon had to have his valves replaced when his timing belt went out while traveling on interstate.

General Comments:

This car doesn't get any credit it deserves. It is affordable, efficient, and will run if given proper care. Chrysler is known for bad transmission problems, mainly automatics, therefore I bought the manual model, all I will ever drive is a manual. I have heard about the head gaskets blowing as well, but nothing on mine yet.

This car has some power too. Last night I was hanging with a 98 Honda Prelude. It was a 4cyl. I believe, it had to be. This kid got pulled by the police as I pulled a U-turn and went home to switch cars.

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

Review Date: 13th August, 2002

1998 Plymouth Neon Sport from North America


A crappy piece of machinery if ever I saw one


The headlight switch had to be replaced as it came out of the control board.

Brakes were constantly being replaced.

Head gasket went out at 80,000 miles causing entire engine to blow.

Trunk leaked every-time it rained.

Seal around windows started to disintegrate making it a car thieve's dream come true.

General Comments:

I really liked this car and had no problems with it until my head gasket caused my engine to blow up. Upon doing some research I found this is a common problem with the Neon and the manufacturer refuses to do anything to fix this. I have subsequently filed a product liability lawsuit against Daimler-Chrysler. I will never buy from DC again and I will continue too bad mouth them and their crappy products until the day I die.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st August, 2002

1998 Plymouth Neon Not Sure 1.8L from North America


An easy allure on price, but tragic tale for the customer!


My sister purchased a 98' Neon one year ago. It currently has a blown head gasket and a cracked block.

This car has an estimated $2,500.00 worth of repairs, which we cannot pay. It is currently sitting in the shop.

General Comments:

My sister contacted Chrysler when the vehicle broke-down and they instructed her to take it to a Chrysler Dealership. After the inspection, Chrysler decided they would pay nothing since my sister was the second owner. We offered them proof of all oil-changes and tune-ups but the will not consider them.

We believer Chrysler's instructions were a ploy to put money in their pockets. Our entire family is very upset with Chrysler, their lack of customer service and inability to stand behind their products.

We will never do business with them again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2002

23rd Aug 2002, 20:13

I paid a lot of money for a car that has been a nightmare since the day I bought it. I have never driven such an uncomfortable, back breaking car. Unsteady steering; the transmission hesitates; it feels as if there is no suspension despite the fact that I put new shocks and struts. The gas mileage is the worst I have ever seen in a car, I just have enough gas to go from gas pump to gas pump so to speak. Excessive noise coming from the engine, window seals are drafty and the trunk leaks.

I bought it used from the dealer with 35,000 ks on it and supreme manufacturer's warranty. Still they were not willing to fix a lot of the problems saying that they do not exist. I had to pay for repairs out of my own pocket.

Neon: Never Ever Own a Neon!!!

1998 Plymouth Neon Expresso 2.0 DOHC from North America


Fast, cheap on gas, and reliable


I have put 20,000 miles on it in a short period of time going back and forth to work and nothing has gone wrong with it. Everyone said that the head gasket would blow at about 60,000 miles and I'm 10,000 past that and I race my car against friends so I rev up my engine so I figured it would go quicker, but it has not gone yet. So so far I am satisfied.

General Comments:

So far I think this car is extremely quick I read that it does 0-60 in 7.5 seconds, but I have gotten it to do it in way less time I have beaten a 96 thunder bird, a 2000 grand am most recently.

However I bought the car purple and I dislike this color being a male and all, but I have put neon lights, spoiler, 16 inch rims and low profile tires on there to make it look a little sharper I also dislike the rainbow color squiggly lines on the seats.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2002

1st Feb 2004, 20:47

Oh dear, not purple. You being a male and all... lol! You so very secure, I'm glad to see you made it sharper and more manly!

29th Jul 2004, 01:14

I think the "purple color" is actually called "cranberry". It took me awhile to get used to the color, but now I don't mind it so much... a lot of little kids were calling it the "Barney car!"

10th Jun 2008, 09:52

Sure bring it on.. I have a neon expresso 98 - the speedometer needle at times doesn't work- anyone has an idea why that happens.