This has not been my favorite car but
it has done exactly what I needed it to
do. No more, no less. It has had it's
share of problems though. Drivers
window has never worked right, HEAD
GASKET, A/C, radio, left blinker turns
on when you brake, wears front tires
uneven, door panel broke,... At this
point I am just glad it still starts;
and that is one thing it has always
done, start. It may not be the best
car I have ever had but it gets me to
where I need to go. Great car for new
drivers and collage kids. Just don't
fool yourself into thinking you won't
have any problems with it. Neon
quality is an extinct dinosaur.
design and reliability
quality. Should have been a recall on
the head gasket. Shame on Dodge.
Bought it new.
Had $8500 of body damage 2 weeks after
I bought it. Insurance fixed it(should
have totalled it).
Head cover gasket started leaking oil
around 65000 miles. Had it replaced at
$600. Started leaking again around
80000 miles. Then head gasket blew.
Donated it to charity.
Looks good, fun to drive
Head gasket poorly designed, will at
least leak oil, at most ruin your
Trouble from the beginning, that
summarizes the ownership of this Neon.
I've had the entire AC replaced twice.
In warranty the first time, out of
warranty the second time. Now, at
39,000 miles (I only drive it to work
and back about 100 miles a week) the
head gasket went out. Cost me $1405 to
get it fixed. I went to Edmunds and
found out it's only worth about $1600.
Yes, I was duped. But, you can avoid it
by staying away from Chrysler.
Cute on the outside. Roomy for a little
car on the inside.
Engine design. AC design. Chrysler used
to be a leader in AC; What happened?
I used to own this vehicle and then
traded it in for a "Honda" product.
You just can't compare the two! You
name it, I had it go wrong with my
Neon! Headgasket (twice!), breaks,
fuel indicator...reading full, when in
fact empty....Air Conditioning,
interior lighting, etc..etc..etc!!
Unless, there are significant
improvements, I suggest scrapping the
Neon all together!! And avoid all the
I am the original owner of my 1996
Dodge Neon Highline Coupe. I've had it
for 5 years now, and 70,000 miles
later, I'm still very happy with it.
Yes, I've had the head gasket break
too, just like everybody else, but I
took care of the problem, and haven't
had anything go wrong since, besides a
tail light bulb burning out ($1.00
replacement). I drive it hard, and
it's been so reliable that I am not
even thinking about trading it in yet.
I'm planning on keeping this car for at
least another 2 or 3 years. It's been
a great investment!
Handling, reliability, quick
acceleration (for an economy class car)!
I wish I would have gotten the cruise
control feature and a sunroof.