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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...
I Have A 1997 Standard Dodge Neon Itwas Driving Fine Untilyesterday Its Imp...
Can I Fit A 2002 Dodge Neon Radiator Inside A 97 Dodge Neon?
I just need the radiator to work. Not hooking up the a/c to the condenser b/c I dont need it working right now.
97 Dodge Neon. When I Press The Brakes To Slow Down, My Left Turn Signal Tu...
97 Dodge Neon Idles Roughly?
So today i just replaced the valve cover gasket and spark plugs because i found oil in the bottom of them. My car still idles roughly in park or while im stopped at stop lights and give off white...