This has been a horrible car to own. I
have stuck so much money into repairs.
Two fuel pumps, overheating problems,
two EGR valves, AIS motor, struts, and
many others. It has broken down while
I have been in the middle of moving
twice. I'm sure the fuel pump went out
on it before I owned it. If you like
spending money constantly on repairs
get one. Otherwise do yourself a favor
and buy something else.
I bought my Neon new and have tried to keep
up with regular maintenance. At this point, I
have replaced all of the engine gaskets and
transmission gaskets because they were made
of plastic and sprung leaks starting while the
car was under warranty, the radiator broke
(made of plastic, too!), and a number of other
repairs that seem surprising for this car have
been made. On top of that, the car gets
dented if you look at it wrong. Luckily, I have
not had the paint problems others have
It's cute and it's paid for.
This car should have been recalled in 1997
when the Dodge coporation already knew that
the plastic gaskets they used were no good -
or they should have footed the bill for ALL
replacements and not just those under
warranty. I will never buy Dodge products
stay away.. tons of oil problems. Also
alot of electrical problems, that
dealers can't fix. Such as speedometer,
gfuel gauge etc. sometimes they work
but most of the time they don't. The
only good part about the car is the
interior-It has held up very well..
Stll in excellent shape
redesign entire vehicle-new engine.
Steal a page from the Japanese play
A rip off! Don't buy this car. I bought
mine new and have had an endless series
of major repairs (oil leaks, the car
computer, door handles coming loose,
and the air conditioning -- TWICE!)
over seven years. Whatever I "saved" in
the relatively low purchase price has
been taken away in repairs. And keep in
mind that I kept up with ALL of the
recommended maintenance. Now I'm stuck
with a lemon drawing its last breaths!
Thank you very much Chrysler -- I'm
going to avoid your crappy product as
long as I live! And they wonder why
people don't like American cars ...
It worked well for the first two years
anyway. And it did have the feel of a
poor man's Honda.
Oh yeah -- this has design flaws out
the yin yang. The windows don't close
properly, the windshield wipers are
positioned such that they don't wipe
well, the car fogs up constantly, plus
the worksmanhip is shoddy. The paint
chipped off, too -- can't these people
do anything right?
My maintenence log has become a novel
for my 96 Dodge Neon.
--original paint has peeled off
--air conditioner broke 5 times in
first 3 years
--engine belt shreaded first week of
--hole in gas tank and oil leak in past
--gas mileage has gone down
considerably in the past year