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1997 Dodge Neon Review, KristinJC

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Dodge Neon

 Model of the car:Dodge Neon
 General comments:I purchased my Neon Highline 4-door Automatic Sedan new in July of 1997. I've owned it almost 5 years now and currently have 15,000 miles on it. I have the oil changed faithfully every 3 months and I take it in for its scheduled maintenance every 3,000 miles. At approx. 7,500 miles, I started experiencing problems with the car (idling too low and wanting to stall; idling too high and bucking forward; chirping as it tries to change gears, etc.). That was 33 months ago. Within that amount of time (between 7,500 miles to the 15,000 miles I currently have on the car)my car has been back to the dealer six times. Five of the six times my "service engine" light went on and my car completely died a few of those 6 times. With each problem, my Neon has experienced the same symptoms as mentioned above; yet, the supposed problem isn't always the same. (I say supposed problem, because I really don't think the dealer knows exactly what the problem is; in other words, they guess...) The O2 sensor was replaced twice, the wiring harness was replaced once, the TPS sensor was replaced once, and the spark plugs were replaced twice(once at 12,145 miles and again at 14,800 miles!!!) My brakes have squeaked since day one, and I had a massive leak into my trunk and back seat that came from one of the tail lights (very common problem in the Neon). Due to all the problems that I've encountered, I did not trust the car enough to go without a warranty, so I purchased the extended warranty before my 3-year factory warranty expired. I know many people who own Neons and all have experienced problems with them. Would I ever purchase another? Absolutely not! Would I recommend a Neon to anyone? Never!My car is still like new and has been well cared for, so I completely disagree with the poster who claims that as long as you take proper care of it, you will not have problems! Definitely not true... I will be trading my junk in for a Toyota in the near future! Wouldn't even want another Neon if it was offered to me for free.
 What things have gone wrong with the car:Lack of reliablility, poor quality as described in my summary, loud engine, very poor gas mileage for a car in the compact class, difficult to see out back of window.
 Previous car:No similar product used; our family car is a Toyota Camry.

Review 1997 Dodge Neon KristinJC
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