1997 Dodge Neon User Reviews

1997 Dodge Neon Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 23 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Overall: 3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5

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"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"cheap car" 5 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews

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Lindsay writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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good family car.

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theres been alot of neons that over heat

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Its Pretty Decent — It gets me from A to B. Runs well, gas mileage is pretty good handling is decent, needs some repairs but that just happens with age. Has a hole ion the exhaust, which needs to be replaced. Needs new rotors and break drums they are rusty. but he break pads are fine.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kyle writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 2 Dr Sport Coupe Review
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Excellent durability and driveability

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Head Gasket/Front End Issues, a little sluggish off the start

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Never Say Never To The Neon — For what it lacked in over-all performance (even though with the 5-speed transmission it was pretty quick), it made up for in durability and driveability. The car was just short of indestructible and an excellent winter driver. It's still humming along after the front end and head gasket were done (a major flaw in all Neons from that era).

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Glen writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 4 Dr Sport Sedan Review
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4

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Good accelaration and braking, good looks and styling. great gas mileage

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Need some mods to make it a more fun to drive.

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Fun Car Little Car To Bad They Stopped Making Them — Performance is good it accelerates quickly as it is has had some mods done to it. Braking is awesome, stops on a dime. And handling well in all but the tightest corners. Sure I have had some typical repairs and few major job but the cars is 12 years old now and some things are expect so build quality is good. Gas mileage has been improved with my modifications but it never was bad. $40 t fill a tank at most. And the car is plenty fun to drive. I love even the short drives to work. I recommend the car but I would also recommend doing the mods I did to release the beast in this car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Mark writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 4 Dr Highline Sedan Review
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Neon — i hate the car cause the brakes stik really bad in the front. The motor is shot, bad rings, burns oil.

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Josh writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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gasamizer

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none

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Awesome Car — awesome car fast nitrous 43 miles to a gallon paints chipping off very quick at the draw stick shift is the way to go interior of car is clean some times car is the best i have ever owned in my life

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Cody writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 4 Dr Highline Sedan Review
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5

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looking for a fun way to get from place to place

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not very good for carrying large loads

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Cheap And Fun Way To Get From Place To Place — accelerates very nicely, brakes exellent, handles like a hot wheels. very few things go wrong with it except for scheduled maitanence, no squeaks or rattles. looks somewhat sporty, interior could look a little better. excelent mpg's, low maitanence cost. FUN!!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Louisa writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 4 Dr Sport Sedan Review
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It gets reasonable gas mileage and is practical.

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  It's not a sportscar that's fo sho.

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Cute But Small — It's not much of a car..It's how you drive it. The performance is good,if it was a minivan. The exterior is sporty but dinged up from a previous owner. Pretty standard maintenance. I baby it, but it's a neon. I had a good after market stereo system, but it was stolen. That made the drive more..fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Andrew writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 2 Dr STD Coupe Review
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mpg

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everything else

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Cheap — it has good gas milage but that about it. it a compact car but if u travel a distance to work it good to have. but other than that i wouldnt consider driving it because of looks or tryin to pick up the ladies

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tobias writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 4 Dr Sport Sedan Review
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Compact, fun, cheap, easy to work on and upgrade

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Hideously ugly, apparantly plagued by technical problems.

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While It Is A Fun To Drive Car, Its Place Might Be Best As An Intro-tuner Than A Reliable Daily. — For the era that the car was released in, it had class-leading power and handling (Even going so far as to include a model with stock-adjustable springs and shocks, as well as an additional "R/T" option that made hooking up nitrous much easier) that beat out even the legendary Honda Civic. However, being that it is still a 2 liter saloon, the car does have its limitations. The car mostly suffers from its horrible-looking interior and purely ugly exterior treatments. Another huge problem that, while I personally never experienced, numerous people claim the Neon to have all sorts of problems with breaking down and other systems failures. Equipped with the manual transmission (as it should be), the car is quite fun to drive, easily able to spin its tires in first second and third gear.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gilson writes:
1997 Dodge Neon 2 Dr Sport Coupe Review
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it can take a hell of a beating

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too slow, dont get automatic, the tranny is weak

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Love It Cuz It Was My First One — it was my first car... its pretty reliable if u know how to take care of it... i used it to learn how to do fancy manuvers and whatnot... i personally like driving it especially just for cruise because mine is hooked up

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2005 Dodge Neon Reviews

It's Cool And Zippy. Get's You Where You Want To Go With Ease. By Joshcars

It vibrates more than other cars of it's kind. Other cars of it's kind get slightly better gas mileage. But,it does save a lot in gas and it 's very reliable. The styling of the car is a bit funny but... Read More

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2004 Dodge Neon Reviews

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Spent over $2500 fixing this car myself in parts......one things gets fixed another breaks......or leaks.....or falls off.....or disappears.....now that I am attending UTI I now have my own access to ... Read More

Fun Little Car. By Antonio2330

I love the car it fits my needs as the only driver. Easy to do minor mechanical jobs such as spark plug and wires, engine oil, transmission fluid, brakes, drive belt. Plenty of fandom behind its le... Read More

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2003 Dodge Neon Reviews

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Please see Pros and Cons. I really like it because it gives you good MPG and was a perfect car as a college student. Did not have much cargo space, but enough to keep golf bags, clothes, etc. 5 CD i... Read More

Good Buy By Ace9546

I like that it is red and has a spoiler. It has good acceleration and runs really smooth. The interiors are really great - red and black, instead of the beige that is so commonly found in used cars. I... Read More

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2002 Dodge Neon Reviews

Tiny Engine Knocking Peice Of Junk By buickmantim

I disliked everything I bought it cause its all the bank would give me I had it 6 months enough to build some credit than I bought a sexy fast Buick!! the oil pan feel out at 45000 miles the engine le... Read More

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Great little car for Students. Great Car with great gas mileage best car I have owned had it over 10 years and still running strong Over 150,000 miles. Sadly time to trade it in and get an SUV I shall... Read More

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2001 Dodge Neon Reviews

Great Transportation Or Teen Starter Car Parts Are Plentiful And Fairly Inexpensive By Tom

Cheap operation costs,easy to get parts,simplicity in design and construction. Controls are in easy reach and placed w thought. No real blind spots to complain about. The microscopic cup holders that ... Read More

Good Car For Anyone Who Like Quick 4 Doors. By Raul

2001 Dodge Neon R/T Overall pretty good for a 4 door 4 cylinder car. Its pretty quick off the line but kinda slow on the long run. Hoping to build it up a lil bit maybe put a Turbo in it. Not a Highwa... Read More

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