1997 Dodge Neon Overview

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1997 Dodge Neon Overview

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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Overheating

Car was running fine, had a tuneup done with oil change, spark plugs,fuel filter and now it is overheating. BAD! During idle and driving.

What Is This Part Called?

Please see the photo I have uploaded, as I have outlined in black the part of the car I am talking about. What is that called? I wouldn't quite call it the dash board, as it seems to be separate fro...

Fuel Filter Leak And Then ABS Locking Up?

I'm not sure what's exactly going on, I thought it was just the fuel filter or lines. I smelled gas when driving, so I parked and looked under and fuel was dripping from the fuel filter, smelled like ...

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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...

1997 Neon SOHC Overheating

Baffled... Car was only overheating at stops, rev the motor car cooled down... Changed radiator, was needed anyways.., fan wasn't coming on so took it out and bench tested it, works fine...replace...