by Bydand on Mar 25, 2007 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.
by uncle_shaun on Apr 17, 2006 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.
by Ernie Blanchard on Dec 7, 2004 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.
by Beka on Dec 18, 2003 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
by beamer on Jul 1, 2003 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
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