Well originally my father bought this car for himself and it had 140,000 miles on it from the dealer. It was in good shape one paint chip on the right side of the car behind the driver side door. The car never seemed to give to much trouble, a blown head gasket and a transmission leak were two very big problems, other then that the car has run fine and been dependable. When I got it as my first car it became a bit of a nightmare, with 166,000 miles and almost no paint left with an oil leak and a fried electrical system I couldn't expect much though being that it was worn out and my father gave it almost little to no service at all I'd say it had a good run as a fun sporty car.
Roomy interior, easy to drive, strong air conditioner and heater.
The exterior paint, the interior design, the quality of the electrical system and the slow engine.
I'm the original owner of the Neon and
I will admit that during the first two
years, this car suffered through a lot
of problems. Some examples are blown
head gasket after 9 months, clouding
paint after one year, and factory
sunroof breaking EVERY summer ( three
times during the third year ).
However, after these "teething"
problems, the car has turned out to be
a reliable, thrifty, comfortable and
fun little car.
Comfortable and roomy interior. The
engine is a little rough around the
edges ( Honda and Toyota engineers need
not run back to the drawing board ) but
it's relatively quick and economical.
Better paint quality. I have
the "lapis blue" paint and it's
cracking and peeling on the roof,
quarter panel, and trunk lid. Chrysler
will not acknowledge that there is a
problem with the factory paint not
adhering to the primer. Improve
My wife and I bought this car new
in '97. We have driven it in virtually
all weather conditions that you may
encounter in the United States. This
car is phenomenal in the snow. My wife
and I are not gentle on the car
either. We both like to use the 150 HP
engine, bringing it to redline every
once in a while. Gas milage has been
as high as 39 on the highway and as low
as 28 in the city. Not too bad in my
book. We did have to replace the Head
Gasket at 39K miles under warranty, but
since then, we have only had fun with
the car. I would highly recommend this
Gas milage. Interior room (you'll be
amazed). Interior and exterior
appearance. Reliability. Acceleration
from a stock engine. Winter worthiness.
Improve the fastening of the head
gasket by increasing the number of
studs clamping the head down to prevent
original head gasket leakage. Increase
the suspension travel in the rear of
the car. Improve the factory paint so
that peeling doesn't happen to the blue
Off the lot was a piece of garbage.
Went through 2 yrs of arb. w/ Chrysler
eventually gave me a 75k warranty.
More time in shop than in driveway.
Clugging sound in suspension, head
gasket blew, oil leaked first 2 months,
seat cloth defective, bad accel. on
automatic, trunk never stay open,
blowout nearly killed me, funnel shaped
gas tank, bad gas mileage, "alloy
wheel" coating disintegrated, bad int.
noise, deposit problem in choke and
more. Got lucky, head gasket blew just
b4 warranty expired so I sold it. I'm
still paying for the bad karma from
Net loss was only about $8,000
This car turned a faithful Chrysler
buff to a Honda driver. If you own a
Neon, esp. this make/model
recommend "accidentally" leaving the
keys in the ignition often and pray it
I recently bought a 97 Dodge Neon
Sport, 2 door car from Winnipeg,
Canada. The car has 70000kms (43000
miles). The funny thing is that this
car has the DOHC 150 hp engine.
According to this site the 97 neon
sports do not have this engine, they
have the SOHC 132hp engine. It could
because this is a Canadian car and
varies slightly from the American car.
But anyway i bought the car for only
$7000 CAN, or $4500 USD. This car runs
like a dream, its fast, looks sweet, is
remarkable on gas, and is cheap to fill
up as well. This car also has plenty of
aftermarket modifications you can do to
it which i plan to do in the future.
Buy a neon!