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#1211 of 1772 Need help deciding 1998 neon by barexy
Mar 23, 2005 (6:14 pm)
I am driving a 99 Plymouth Neon and we just got rid of a 99 Dodge Neon RT (Daughter traded for a Sebring Convertible). We bought both cars new. The RT had about 65,000 miles when we got rid of it. My other daughter Bought a Kia Optima and I kept her old car, the Plymouth Neon because it has $5400 worth of hail damage and was worth nothing as a trade. The Plymouth has about 71,500 miles. The only real problems over the years was the original batteries developed bad cells and caused electrical problems until the dealer realized it was bad batteries(both cars) The older Neons had problems with head gaskets blowing. This was supposed to be fixed with a new style head gasket that came out around 97. Both of my neons had head gaskets changed under warranty. Both started leaking oil on the drivers side of the engine. I don't know about the Plymouth but the RT had the old style gasket according to the mechanic who did the repair and it was a 99. I guess they had a stockpile of engines and it got an old one when it was built. The sun roof motor was replaced on the RT twice and the plymouth had its sunroof repaired or replaced 4/5 times. Other than the above they have been pretty reliable. I drive the Plymouth back and forth to work and get 30+ MPG (its a 5-speed). The engine runs strong and I drive it hard and quite often run it up to redline. I change oil and filter every 3,000 miles and put in gas, thats about it. It did get front and rear brakes about 5,000 miles ago but really had another 10,000 miles of life according to the mechanic. All 4 door Neons with power windows have rear crank up windows, even my wife's 2002 Dodge Neon RT. A 98 with 73000 miles could be a good deal if it was taken care of and you get into it cheap enough. Check here on Edmunds and see what the true market value of it is. I personally wouldn't think it would be worth more than $2000 to $2300. Hope this helps!
#1212 of 1772 Re: neon 2000 problems [justpurple]
Mar 27, 2005 (3:17 pm)
i have a 2000 neon also that my wife drives..occasionially i notice a vibration while the car is idleing at a stop light or even sometime when it is in park just warming up. from time to time it seem like the car revs up and shifts hard. this does not happen often enough to really have me concerned. just wandered if anyone else have experienced the same. the only other complaint i have is that the brakes on the car squeal alot. the dealer said that softer brakes pads would solve this problem,but would burn up faster. besides that i feel that this is a great little car, i have about 60000 miles on the car now,hope to get alot more out of it.
Mar 27, 2005 (5:44 pm)
My 2001 neon automatic 3 speed had only 12,503 miles on it when i bought it a couple months ago in january of '05. Now it has about 16,400 on it. ever sence i bought it, when i start to drive off ( not accelerating fast but at a slow normal speed)it doesnt shift smoothly. It jerks the whole car on the fist shift and as i get up to speed on the next shift it seems smoother as does the other shifts. why does it jerk the car when it goes in the first shift and not the others. it has low miles so I wouldnt think there would be anything wrong with the transmision already. its not bad when i accelerate hard on it, only when the rpms are low is when i feel it the most. and i think im getting bad gas milage from it. please help
#1214 of 1772 Re: 2001 Plymouth Neon [iowabigguy]
Mar 29, 2005 (7:45 am)
I agree with the battery replacement. My gauges jumped while driving at 70MPH and I had to pull over after getting a flat tire. When I went to start my 99 Neon, it had a hard time starting. For $55.00 it was worth the aggravation. Neons are great cars and maintenance is cheap if you're handy a ratchet.
#1215 of 1772 Re: 01 tranny problem [hersejimmy]
Mar 29, 2005 (7:51 am)
01 tranny problem:: Check your plugs and wires first. Does it act up on an every day occasion or does it act up when it's raining out? If plugs and wires are ok then get it to a tranny shop and have it looked at. I had 50,000 on my 99 and the tranny went. You had to drive the car an hour until the tranny would start shifting properly. I was lucky to have it replaced for free under warranty.
#1216 of 1772 Sorry I couldnt figure out how to post, but I NEED help please Cruise
Mar 29, 2005 (10:58 am)
I need help! I just purchased a 200 dodge neon "as Is" and less than a week later the Keyless entry, Cruise Control and Cigarette lighter all stopped working. I figured it was a fuse, but they all look good both in the cabin and under the hood...any suggestions? thanks in advance!!! Toby
#1217 of 1772 Cruise Control, Cig lighter Problem
Mar 29, 2005 (10:34 pm)
I need help! I just purchased a 2000 dodge neon "as Is" and less than a week later the Keyless entry, Cruise Control and Cigarette lighter all stopped working. I figured it was a fuse, but they all look good both in the cabin and under the hood...any suggestions? thanks in advance!!! Toby
Apr 01, 2005 (9:47 am)
Has anyone done any experiments to see what spark plug works bext in their Neon? The stock plug for a 99 SOHC is a Champion RC9YC Copper. I was wondering if anyone tried Platinums and did their Neon run any different? Bosch sucks in a Neon, don't bother trying them. Also, recommendations for a good set of wires other than Mopar? -Rick
#1219 of 1772 Use stock plugs and wires
Apr 01, 2005 (12:44 pm)
Conventional wisdom is the stock plugs replaced at the recommended 30k or at 15-20k if you do it yourself are best. People report bad experiences with other plugs. Factory wires from an online provider are fine and seem to be good for 60k.
#1220 of 1772 Use stock plugs and wires
Apr 02, 2005 (7:28 am)
Stock Champion plugs and Mopar hi performance wires work well in my 99 DOHC/5 speed.