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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Plymouth Neon Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • 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, 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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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Great second car

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 2dr Coupe

i purchased my neon spring of 99. 2.0 SOHC 4 5spd. has good power, i have not exp. any major problem, 2 biggies though, 1 paint pealing, has primer issues with certain colors, mine is white, 2 valve cover seals for spark plugs eroded away, causing oil residue in spark plug section easy fix. car is great to get around town in, it is fun to drive. although on long road trips (500+mil) seats get uncomfy, and fuel tank is small. good gas milage though. sound system is not bad. trunk is good size, two sets of golf clubs and suitcase no problem. summary great point a-b car or first car. watch the paint. i love this car.




My perfect car

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 2dr Coupe

Since I was 15, I wanted a Neon. At the age od 20 when I finally got a license and save dup I purchased one. It was a 2 door 1997. My Neon was perfect. It was there whenever I needed it; for late night food runs or appointments at the salon. I didn't have any real problems other than getting new spark plug wires. It took me from Alabama to Miami and back on several occasions. At 67,000 I was in an accident where my Neon was hit. It was totalled, but it helped me to be able to walk out ok. Thanks, Neon. I'll miss you.




My neon hasn't let me

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon Highline 2dr Coupe

I purchased my neon new off the lot, and I've never had a major problem. I've put over 69k miles on the car in 5 1/2 years. I even towed a small trailer from the Northeast to the West Coast and back. While still under warranty, I had the head gasket replaced. I also spent the money to get the 60k mile tune-up package at the dealership. I expect it to be my primary car until around 90k.




Let down by plymouth

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 2dr Coupe

I was extremely happy with my little Neon.I bought the car at a time when I didn't have a lot of money to spend. Up until today, I was amazed at how reliable this car had been. Never a problem. Today I took it in to have it checked and it turns out the vehicle is not worth repairing.I would have to spend thousands to fix it. So after years of reliability, the one time it needs work (head gaskit among other issues)it's a major repair. My car is useless. Beware.




Great little car

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon Highline 2dr Coupe

I bought this car as a student in 1998 when I needed something affordable with fairly low payments and have had few complaints. The car has 64,000 miles on it and I have never had to do any major work. The most money I put into it was when I had to change the timing belt at 60,000 miles - which is a standard repair at some point in most cars. The car got me from Montana to Florida and back with no problems and I get at least 30 miles to the gallon on the highway. I think it's a great, affordable car for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a vehicle.




Good car!

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Vehicle: 1997 Plymouth Neon 2dr Coupe

One of my favorite cars, (I have 7) Never lets me down. Bought used at 43,000 miles. In 35,000 miles I have fixed..... NOTHING! I do my own maintenence, oil plugs, etc. It's faster and handles better then my antique Italian sports car! (No, it's not a Fiat!) My only complaint is wind noise, so far I've been too lazy to adjust the window angle so it's my own fault.



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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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Talk About The 1997 Neon

1997 Plymouth Neon Discussions See all Started By

runnerjr
runnerjr
08-10-2000
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...


tason67
tason67
03-26-2001
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...


cowboyup8
cowboyup8
01-05-2008
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...



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