1997 Dodge Neon Consumer Review: Used Neon Experience
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1997 Dodge Neon - Consumer Review

1997 Dodge Neon

Average Consumer Rating

58 Total Reviews

Highline Coupe (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Used Neon Experience
By KVL on

Vehicle

1997 Dodge Neon Highline 2dr Coupe

Review

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
miles before).

Best Features

Peppy acceleration, excellent torque at high rpm (over 3500). Spacious trunk/rear seat for cargo. Tight handling plus fairly soft suspension for longer trips.

Worst Features

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 was repaired).
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