Fast, sporty, basic transportation. This good looking car costs less than most of its competitors and is much more fun to drive.
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.
Into its fourth model year, some of the Neon's light is beginning to wane. Initially considered to be one of the best new compact cars on the market, the Neon's sales are beginning to suffer from poor reliability scores, excessive wind noise, and the increasingly good cars being offered by the competition.
Despite this, we still like the Neon. It is undeniably cute and it bests all of its competitors in the fun-to-drive category. It offers more interior room than most of the cars in the compact class, and has nice interior ergonomics. Front seats are comfortable and the rear seats can actually be occupied by adults. Highline sedan models can also be fitted with an integrated child seat, a definite bonus for young families or grandparents who cart their grandkids around often.
Our favorite Neon is the Base model equipped with the Competition Package. This is basically the same car that is used in Neon Challenge races sponsored by Chrysler Corporation. By choosing it, you'll get the 2.0-liter DOHC engine that makes 150-horsepower, a power bulge hood, quick-ratio steering, aluminum wheels, performance tires, four-wheel disc brakes and some cool graphics. Throw on a set of antilock brakes and get ready for some serious canyon running.
Unfortunately, the reliability bugaboo haunts the Neon at almost every turn. If the surveys conducted by several independent firms around the country are any indication, the Neon suffers from hit-and-miss quality. Edmund's has received mail from folks who think it's the greatest car they've ever owned, and from others who wanted to know if their problems qualified for any lemon law protection. Overall, the impression we've gained is a favorable one, though we are hesitant to recommend this scrappy compact to those who've traditionally driven imports with Japanese badging.
For 1997 Plymouth address the Neon's most nagging complaint; noise. By installing a structural oil pan, Plymouth hopes that the added rigidity will quiet the Neon's rattly chassis. Other changes for the 1997 Neon are cosmetic; new wheels, new paint and new interior fabrics for the most part.
If Chrysler Corporation can quell consumer fears about the reliability of this little car and keep prices in line, there really won't be any point in shopping around. Just drop in to any Plymouth dealer and drive off in one of the best small cars available today.
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.
Read what other owners think about the Used 1997 Plymouth Neon.
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.
4.13 out of 5 stars
Fun and Comfort for a small auto
Expresso 4dr Sedan
I have had this Neon since 1998.
Brought it with 10,000 miles on it.
This car has been put to the test and
has held up. Of course Head Gasket
went at 52,000 miles. So I replaced
the timming belt at same time. Has had
couple of other small problems but with
88,000 hard miles this car has held
up. If you can find a auto with no
repairs needed you are just lucky. All
will need repairs. As for my Neon
88,000 miles and I am looking for
another for my teenage children to
have. Used Neons are cheap and a very
good auto for the money.
4.88 out of 5 stars
My Perfect Car
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.
4.13 out of 5 stars
great second car
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.
The Used 1997 Plymouth Neon is offered in the following submodels: Neon Sedan, Neon Coupe. Available styles include Expresso 4dr Sedan, Highline 2dr Coupe, Highline 4dr Sedan, Expresso 2dr Coupe, 2dr Coupe, and 4dr Sedan.
Pre-owned Plymouth Neon models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 132 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 1997 Plymouth Neon comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.
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higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand,
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