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Average User Score
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
Shut Down After Overheated Now Will Crank But Wont Start
I bought a dodge neon and the people before my just changed the radiator. it would over heat after driving it 5 miles at least. I changed the thermostat and all that did was take and make it go a li...
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...
97 Dodge Neon Missfires On #1 Cylinder And On That Same Cylinder U Can Take...
Cars missfiring on cylinder # 1making it run really bad, sounds like a vw bus. I changed the spark plug wires, plugs, coilpack, and fuel filter and nothing has changed!
I Have A 97 Dodge Neon That Sounds Like It's Running On Cylinders. I've Rep...
Why Won't Car Idle?
I have a Dodge Neon 1997 SOHC. Put new water pump on, new timing belt. I have checked timing several times. Put new spark plugs on and a new battery. Also checked cam sensor. It will run as long as ...