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1997 Plymouth Neon

Plymouth Neon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Info is not yet available.
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 132 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 25/35 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Plymouth Neon

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fast, sporty, basic transportation. This good looking car costs less than most of its competitors and is much more fun to drive.

  • Cons

    We get more than the normal amount of mail complaining about minor problems in this car. Chief among them a gripes about wind noise, vibration, and rattles.

  • What's New for 1997

    The 1997 Neons are made quieter with the addition of a structural oil pan. Other changes include new optional radios, a new seat fabric, new wheels and wheel covers and a few new paint colors.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1997 neon 4dr

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan

Bought this car in '02 with very low miles, about 12k. Fuel economy was good at first, but lately was going down hill. Gaskets blew out costing me a fortune, engine light won't turn off and just recently the engine started to sputtering and stalling out when trying to start. It doesn't want to go up gears anymore, and is quick to drop back down causing the engine to rev high. Glad to finally get rid of it, and it only had 77k miles on it after driving it for 5 years.




Its cheap for a reason.

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan

I purchased my '97 Neon with 78k mi on it. It ran fine at first, but slowly started to get a plethora of little problems (brakes, rattling, CV boot, etc), until last week the timing belt broke, causing the engine to commit suicide on the freeway. Black smoke shot out from under the hood, the passengers were screaming, and I plowed into the shoulder, and that was the end of the Hated Neon. My advice, you would be better off spending a little extra and getting a Honda. Personally, I'm glad my Neon is dead; good riddance to bad rubbish.




Ernie's review

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan

I really enjoy driving my 1997 Plymouth Neon around. I call it my Toy because I have so much fun with it. The light blue paint on the Plymouth is far superior to the light blue on the Dodge models, it does not chip at all. For a small car it is a very comfortable ride, yes it can be noisy but definitly on of the more comfortable rides is the compact category.




Poor choice

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan

Be careful with this car. It looks like fun to begin with, but we had nothing but problems since day one. It may have just been our car, and the way the previous owners cared for the car, but we found that owning the car cost us more than buying a new one. Again, if you chose this car, buyer beware!




Energizer neon

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 4dr Sedan

What else is there to say... This is one in a series of 6 neons that I have been involved in purchasing. We have only retired two of them. One was sold and the other was totaled. All of the other 4 are still on the road. Two of these are lightly driven, but the other two have been abused on a daily basis and still continue to operate with an absolute bare minimum of operating expenses. One now has 290,000 and the other is at 317,000 miles. The latter only cost around $200 last year for all maintenance (scheduled service included in this cost). Not too bad for 65,000 miles on the road...



Full 1997 Plymouth Neon Review

What's New for 1997

The 1997 Neons are made quieter with the addition of a structural oil pan. Other changes include new optional radios, a new seat fabric, new wheels and wheel covers and a few new paint colors.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 25
  • cty
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  • 35
  • highway
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