by slopbox on Jul 15, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan
I deliver newspapers in this thing 7 days a week for 7 months at least 120 miles a day 2-4 straight hours or more plus the running I do during the day. I've put one turn signal, and one a/c pump in it (which still doesnt help how weak it is) the light switch kept burning out and my speedometer rarely moved, but those problems are under conrol now. I pay close attention to my gas 28+ which for how I drive is great it does need oil every 3-4 days but its never left me stranded on my route after speeding 3 hours straight. Trans getting shoddy and the braking system getting weak I have a feeling im the one to blame for that. Definitely a bang for your buck but be careful not all Neons are made the same
by AJ on Apr 29, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan
I am really attached to my little neon expresso! It has needed a new transmittion right after i bought it and has a minor oil leak. The gas gague hasn't woked since i bought it but i just go by the tripometer. It gets about 27 mpg. The interior design is a little tacky but seriously comfortable. I live in a mountainy area and this car handls turns and hills spectacularly at the speeds i push it to. It ratles a bit but hey it's a decade old and I bought it with 150,000 miles on it. Paint has faded and chipped a bit though.
by Fishmonger on Sep 15, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan
Ever buy something cheap thinking you can probably "get by" with it only to discover that it broke after 2-3 uses? That's exactly how I feel about my Neon. I definitely wish now that I had spent $4,000 more or so and picked up a Civic instead. I have had headgasket trouble, oil and transmission leaks, failure by the Dodge dealership to fix or even admit the problems, stupid window design that leaks air at highway speeds, plus now my gas mileage has dropped from almost 30 when new to 25. I took it to the shop and they can't figure out why, they just said probably engine and transmission wear. The cost of ownership and hassle have just been too much on this car. My advice - stay away from it like it's a virus.
by Dan on Jun 19, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan
I bought mine used with just over 40k miles. Since then, thankfully, I haven't had to replace the head gasket, though I'm just waiting for the day when it does. I'm up to 114k miles, and there's hardly a speck of paint left on the roof. It was white, now it's a nice shade of primer gray/rust. The car runs, though it seems to be burning oil. I still get decent highway mileage, though my city mileage, as I do mostly local driving, is slowly creeping more towards 20 mpg and away from 30. I'm ready to ditch it and upgrade to something nicer. My roommate keeps threating to use it to sight in his new rifle.
by BuyingANewCar on Feb 20, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan
Bessie (my red 1996 Neon) is
suffering. Here is a list. - Horn
didn't work, then came on by itself -
A/C died 2X - Blinker switch replaced
2X - Brakes defective - Electrical
system died leaving only headlights
working 2X - Gas tank replaced - Head
gasket blew 2X (I refuse to fix it this
time, but can't drive it because it
goes through 1 qt. of oil every 2-3
by suescq on Feb 19, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan
My car has always started and has been
very reliable. It has had it's share of
problems including the head gasket which
has gone out twice, the air conditioning
which is poorly designed (the electrical
system burned a hole in the hose), and I
had to replace my gas tank recently.
Otherwise, the car has served it's
purpose and always gets me to work and back.
Antilock brakes are optional across the line, and base models get more standard equipment for 1996. A value-packed Expresso package is aimed at 20-something first-time buyers. A base coupe is newly available, and all Neons are supposedly quieter than last year. A power moonroof joins the options list, and a remote keyless entry system with panic alarm is available.