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3.7 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 23 reviews
1997 Dodge Neon Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 23 reviews
Like the neon lights of Broadway, the 1997 Dodge Neon shines bright, its unique oval headlights beckoning curious onlookers to check out why it's different than other subcompacts, like the Civic and Escort. Sure it gets great fuel economy, and sure, it's affordable, but the Neon has set the bar for speed and handling.
The 1997 Dodge Neon saw few changes, aside from color and fabric options. Whether choosing the four-door sedan or two-door coupe, both come with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder single-cam, 132-hp engine. In Sport trims or with the Competition Package, you can upgrade to a twin-cam, 150-hp version. Inside such a small lightweight car, that means you better get ready for takeoff. With a wider and longer wheelbase and wheels moved to the outer edges, the Neon adds great firmness and stability, with less roll and vibration around curves.
Inside, the 1997 Neon fits four comfortably, due to its arched roof and extended wheelbase. It claims to be the roomiest of all subcompacts. In all but the base models, the rear seats fold down to add even more room to a spacious trunk. Dual front airbags come standard. Base models, to keep costs down, offer few basic features and less options than the sportier and peppier Highline or Sport models. All owners agree the Neon is fun to drive, with a lot of energy and power. The amount of headroom, legroom, and trunk space is also a plus, along with the great price. A lot of drivers mentioned problems with overheating because of a faulty head gasket, transmission defects, and peeling paint. They also complain about how noisy it is and the lack of features. Some wish a 4-speed auto tran was available instead of just a 3-speed.
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Dodge Neon Questions
1997 Neon Wont Start Can U Help?
this guy changed the timing belt and one piston. i have spark and gas but no air tube to the intake. car doesnt try to start. but if i cross the firing order it backfires thru the air side intake. w...
1997 Dodge Neon Will Start Then Die.
Hi, my 1997 dodge neon recently has had some issues. I was a grocery store And I was starting to leave. It started up fine but when it turned on my lights the car locked up and died. We tried j...
Right Front Brake Caliper Won't Release. Why?
new caliper, rotor, pads. steel brake lines recently replaced. this is a non ABS car. master cylander has 4 brake lines coming out of it. does anyone know which lines at the master cylander go to whic...
Coolant Tank Leaking For Sure/anything That Might Have Caused This
/coolant tank is leaking on daughters Neon.The car has used oil for years,appx 1 qt very 300-450 miles.It does not leak any oil,but seems to burn oil.I set trip gauge and check every 300-500 miles.che...
My Daughter Came Home And Said Car Started To Run Hot,did Not Get To The R...
coolant tank looked empty.I added water,came out as fast as I could pour in/I am guessing it needs a new tank.Can not see how it would come out on top,is this something easy for me to change ? if not ...