Used Neon Experience
By KVL on
1997 Dodge Neon Highline 2dr Coupe
I bought this car from the original
owner at a discount, knowing that the
head gasket would eventually need
repair. It was in good shape and fun
to drive. I drove it over 1000 miles
the first month, on a trip to Maine.
About 4 months later, my mechanic
replaced the gasket and also replaced
the timing belt, major head bolts, and
other things that needed it. Since
then, it uses maybe a quart of oil per
1500 miles (instead of 500 or less
Peppy acceleration, excellent torque at
high rpm (over 3500).
Spacious trunk/rear seat for cargo.
Tight handling plus fairly soft
suspension for longer trips.
Door hinges are kind of flimsy and need
periodic tightening. Doors need better
sealing. Window crank needs better
mechanism to avoid "clunking" when
rolling down. No mechanical complaints
after 12 months and total 72,000 miles
(other than head gasket oil leak which