1998 Plymouth Neon EX 1.8L from North America


OK, but only if you get the extended warranty


Head gasket failure, oil intake valve, steering column "pops" when it's turned, water damage, continuous oil leaks, idles really high...

General Comments:

When I first got the car, the cassette player ate my tapes. That was warranty work #1.

2 months later, the steering column started making clunking sounds whenever I turned and the front wheels grinded (warranty work #2). I took it to 2 different dealers for this problem and they told me that it was new and all the metal had to "break itself in". In other words, they didn't fix anything.

One year later, I started having severe water damage. The inside of my car would fill up with water every time it rained. I took it to the dealer, who told me it was the weather stripping and replaced it... 2 days later-full of water again. After they had my car for over one month, they discovered that the water was coming in through the rear tail lights, flooding through my trunk and into the inside (warranty work #3).

Now, two years later, I have had the car to the dealer 2 times in one week for an on-going oil leak. First, they replaced the head gasket and head (which had completely corroded from "normal wear-and tear").

It continued to leak, so now they replaced the cam seal and oil-intake valve (warranty work #4 & 5).

The trunk springs don't work... the trunk slams down like a guillotine, but I'm sick of taking my car to get it fixed, so I'll probably end up buying something else.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th October, 2001

19th Jan 2002, 23:31

Typical Chrysler engineering, subpar and not to be messed with. Honestly I would have thought that when Mercedes took them over, we would have seen some improvements.. Nothing, still bad transmissions, still bad headgaskets, just like the 80's..

Buy a Ford or a Toyota, that's all I can tell you :) Honda's are good too, but overpriced and under equipped.

31st Jan 2003, 23:45

> Honestly I would have thought that

> when Mercedes took them over, we

> would have seen some improvements.

The reviewer's car was a 1998 Neon. The Daimler-Benz merger started in early 1998, and finished several months later. So the car was most likely made by the old Chrysler.

Chrysler finally solved the famous head-gasket problem in late 1998, possibly resulting from the merger (since model years always start early, some 1999 model year Neons probably have defective head-gaskets).

Chances are, the first significant Mercedes-sponsored changes took place in the 2000 model year, when the Neon received some major improvements.

19th Oct 2005, 07:37

Yeah, it seems that your problems are all very common among Neons of your year and below. I'd get on some forums with other owners of Neons, like Neons.org's forums. They've helped out a lot with preventing problems with my Neon.

1998 Plymouth Neon 2D Coupe 2.0L 4 cylinder from North America


This car is a money pit!!


Diagnostic test read speed sensor. Replaced the speed sensor and that didn't fix the speedometer.

Not shifting from second to third. Mechanics say the speedo gear is the problem and they will have to take the transmission apart. They tried to get to it through the sensor and it didn't fit. Transmission expert said try removing the axle to get to it and to no avail... Now, I have to have the transmission expert take apart the transmission to get to this plastic gear piece. Very expensive!!

Head gasket needs to be replaced as well...

These cars don't have enough power to pull an average hill without shifting down.

Warranty was up in February and what a fiasco.

General Comments:

I have noticed the passenger seat is too close to the dash and won't go back any further.

There is also a rattle in dash by speaker and the head light switch.

I thought I was getting a good deal. I know it shouldn't be falling apart yet.

I fear that soon this car will cost as much as if I would've bought a foreign made vehicle from the start.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th June, 2001

28th Nov 2005, 15:31

I have a 98 Neon Coupe and I must say that it passed inspection (Virginia), but I was also told that it had a leak in the head gasket. The mechanics told me that it was very common for a neon. Wow, I wish someone would've told me before I bought her.

1998 Plymouth Neon Highline 2.0 from North America


An economically priced reliable car


Door makes noise similar to that of one banging their ring on the window.

Otherwise, no problems!

General Comments:

I've read some of the posts on here not favorable to the Neon, but I can't complain. We've had it for almost a year, put 14,000 miles on it with little more than an oil change.

The only complaint is the window noise the dealer can't seem to fix. We've had it in twice to no avail. The previous owners also had it in, and couldn't iron the noise out.

This is my fourth Chrysler product, and I have to honestly say I swear by them. If only the customer service from the dealer weren't so lousy...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th March, 2001