Used 1997 Plymouth Breeze Sedan

1997 Plymouth Breeze
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1997 Plymouth Breeze

Pros

  • Extremely spacious entry-level car. We were also suprised by its driveability and nice handling.

Cons

  • The 2.0-liter engine and the automatic transmission spell doom for those who must merge onto fast moving freeways during their daily commute.
Plymouth Breeze years
1997

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vehicle overview

Plymouth finally got a replacement for the Acclaim during the first quarter of 1996. The Breeze, a decontented version of the Dodge Stratus and Chrysler Cirrus, is poised to lead Plymouth's revival as Chrysler's value brand by offering a stylish, roomy, four-door sedan with a decent level of standard equipment for a low price.

The Breeze comes standard with air conditioning, dual airbags, tilt steering, rear window defroster, remote trunk release and a folding rear seat. The short options list includes antilock brakes, power accessories, an integrated child safety seat, and a choice of nice stereos.

Power comes from a 132-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine lifted from the smaller Neon sedan. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional. There are no other engine choices.

Breeze differs from the Stratus and Cirrus primarily in front/rear appearance and available equipment. Rather bland in appearance, an egg crate grille dominates the frontal styling of this new mid-size sedan. Prices are start just under $15,000.

Last year, the Breeze was a real value, giving buyers a mid-size car space on a small car budget. We have seen quite a few of them on the road, however, and think that their popularity has given Chrysler Corp. the confidence to bump their price. While it is still a nice, comfortable car, it's no longer an exceptional value.

1997 Highlights

Plymouth is inching the Breeze up-market in both price and content. This year sees a fairly sizable price hike and the addition of luxury options such as an in-dash CD changer. Changes to the standard equipment list bring a nicer center console, improved basic stereos and increased-flow rear-seat heater ducts.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1997 Plymouth Breeze.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

NO major problems
angelabreeze,03/21/2004
Right now i have a huge oil leak and i think it is in the headgasket! The seats are sooo comfotable! The cupholders are the stupidest things i have ever seen!!!!
Loved my Breeze
julesm,07/04/2004
I just traded in my Breeze at 141000 miles. I was sad to see it go! Bought it new in 1997 and found it to be a very reliable, low maintentence car. Other than routine maintenance I had to replace the tie rods, brakes and a wheel bearing. However, one of the reasons I decided to trade it in was because it had the same head gasket oil leak that many other owners have reported. It is comfortable, reliable and fun to drive, as long as you dont expect too much pickup on the engine..it's not very powerful. But that also lends to its great fuel economy.
horrible car
gdgf33,04/30/2012
its a terrible car dont buy it unless your desperate it doesnt have near enough horse power and has 1 torque per gear based on how it doesnt accelerate the seat is very uncomfortable the ride is way to soft and its looks like a lump of car also the cup holder should be renamded to the soda bottle holder cause no cup will fit in unless the cars in gear
Great car
Dominic D,07/20/2010
Bought this car in Feb of 2008 and never looked back. I paid $1600 cash for it. That's really the only reason i bought it was because i could afford it and pay cash. I bought it with 130K and after the past 2 and a half years of owning it, it has given me nearly any problems. The original owner never replaced the timing belt and water pump, a mere $500 job. Other than that all I've done is oil changes and tires and plugs and wires, all done by me. Recently my passenger side lower ball joint went, but replaced it for only $140 for part and labor. Now i just want a new car thats faster and newer and 5 speed. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone!
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Features & Specs

MPG
23 city / 34 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed manual
Gas
132 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger2 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    RolloverNot Rated
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Poor

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