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Beware not a car to purchase
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By nfrn
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1997 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan


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We bought our 97 Neon new in late 1996 and it has been nothing but trouble. The headgasket has been replaced twice , brakes 3 times and we had it laid up for six months in a garage because it wouldn't start and no one could find the problem ( eventually the third mechanic to look at it found the key chuck had snapped off the end of the cam ). It still has only has 70000 miles on it. For 50000 of those miles I would say oil was leaking from somewhere. The Dodge dealers in Texas were fair to deal with but back here in Newfoundland they were nothing but trouble so we eventually purchased a Saturn.


Suggested Improvements

Dodge should openly admit to the frequent problems with these models


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Greaaat Car
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By BigRickK
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1997 Dodge Neon 4dr Sedan


Review

This car goes fast, gets good mileage and is fun to drive. No major problems, just do the maintenance. Goes thru brake pads quickly though.


Favorite Features

Engine


Suggested Improvements

Better paint quality and color options


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The best cheap car
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By redmonza327
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1997 Dodge Neon 4dr Sedan


Review

This is by far the best cheap car that money can buy. It out performs all other cars in its price range with respects to acceleration, braking, handling, and MPG. Only major complaint it paint quality, and some goofy interior parts.


Favorite Features

30MPG City & 42MPG Highway!, Excellent performance, Highly Reliable (not one failure in 7 years and 85k miles). Great factory speaker setup.


Suggested Improvements

A bit noisy (although no noisier than a Corolla or base Sentra). Goofy cupholders down on the floor.


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A good, sporty, economical car.
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By JP04
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1997 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe


Review

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.


Favorite Features

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.


Suggested Improvements

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 sunroof design.


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Split Decision on this car
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By BigSAC
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1997 Dodge Neon Highline 4dr Sedan


Review

It's got a nice exterior look and decent accelaration for a car in it's size/class. The doors feel cheap. The big problems that I experienced were reat oil seal and then a blown head gasket, around the 65-75 thousand mile timeframe. Ask any mechanic, the head gasket will blow, and while the replacement gasket is improved, it will blow also. Each of these repairs will cost $1000+.


Favorite Features

Good handling, decent acceleration for it's size/class/price.


Suggested Improvements

Fix the head gasket problems.


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