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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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  • 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,…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (18 total reviews)

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.

Good little car

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon Highline 4dr Sedan

It's been reliable and dependable, not any problems until now at 49,500 miles. Now it needs a head gasket and new tires. Have replaced the battery and two tires, and have had regular maintenance and upkeep.

Love it!

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon Expresso 4dr Sedan

I just lost my beloved Neon to an accident with a Volvo. And for the record, the Volvo looked MUCH worse! LOL. I bought my Neon in '00 with around 40,000 miles on it. I LOVE that car! I have only had to replace the head gasket once. Something that the early models had major problems with. But they got most of the kinks out by '97. This car handles like a champ around corners and in traffic. With a 5-speed you can even play with the "big" kids, 'cause the little things have a good bit of juice for a 4 cylinder. Great gas mileage and I ran that little car for OVER 200,000 miles and I would have gotten a couple more years out of it too!

Gas Mileage


  • 25
  • cty
  • 35
  • highway
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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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I have a 1997 Breeze which had its headgasket go at around 50,000 miles. I am currently trying to get Chrysler to pay for some of the repairs that were done at an independent shop. In addition to th...

You need to read the DODGE STRATUS--REALIABLITY, and the 1997 NEON HEAD GASKET message boards. A leaky head gasket is very common on Chrysler's 2.0 and 2.4 engines. Call the customer sevice number i...

I was told that the possible reason that my Neon might not be starting is that the clutch saftey switch might have gone bad. It is a 1997 1.5L DOHC FI Man Trans. Does this part even exist? If so where...