1997 Dodge Neon Consumer Review: A good, sporty, economical car

1997 Dodge Neon - Consumer Review

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Sport Coupe (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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A good, sporty, economical car.
By JP04 on


1997 Dodge Neon Sport 2dr Coupe


I'm the original owner of the Neon and
I will admit that during the first two
years, this car suffered through a lot
of problems. Some examples are blown
head gasket after 9 months, clouding
paint after one year, and factory
sunroof breaking EVERY summer ( three
times during the third year ).
However, after these "teething"
problems, the car has turned out to be
a reliable, thrifty, comfortable and
fun little car.

Best Features

Comfortable and roomy interior. The engine is a little rough around the edges ( Honda and Toyota engineers need not run back to the drawing board ) but it's relatively quick and economical.

Worst Features

Better paint quality. I have the "lapis blue" paint and it's cracking and peeling on the roof, quarter panel, and trunk lid. Chrysler will not acknowledge that there is a problem with the factory paint not adhering to the primer. Improve sunroof design.
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