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1996 Plymouth Neon

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 24/Hwy 35/Comb 28 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.0 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1996 Plymouth Neon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
6.6
Out of 10

Based on 139 Ratings for the 1995 - 1999 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.3/10
    Quality
    6.9/10
  • Reliability
    7.4/10
    Performance
    7.4/10
  • Comfort
    7.3/10
    Styling
    7.4/10

Surprisingly Decent Little Car

By on Sunday, September 22, 2013

I owned and sold this car
Reason: Radiator clogged, bought a Jeep.

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quick. Agile. Comfy. Big trunk."

Cons: "Weird electrical problems. Small. Bad on gas."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"A co-worker "donated" this car to me when my old Ford Bronco had kicked the bucket. I was a little wary, but finally picked it up. Now, I am told that when it comes to Neons, you either get a good one, which will last forever and ever, or you get a bad one... which are REALLY bad. I must have gotten a good one. In the three years I owned it, the only work I had to do was replace the timing belt and one fuel injector. Otherwise, it had it's quirks: sometimes the instrument panel wouldn't work or light up, until you opened the door -- THEN the speedometer would kick in. Directional would engage at random, and you'd have to turn them on and then off again to make it stop. The rear brakes locked up one day while I was in the middle of nowhere, so I actually removed all the brake hardware from the back wheels, cut the brake lines and closed them off with small vice grips, and then drove the car like that, using only the front (disc) brakes, for the next two years. Still ran like a champ. It always surprised me how, for such a little four cylinder engine, it actually had quite a bit of power to it, and could easily break 100 miles per hour on the highway (not that I ever actually did that, obviously, because that would be illegal). It was also surprisingly bad on gas. In the end, the radiator became clogged and started leaking antifreeze, and I had just bought a '93 Jeep Cherokee, so I didn't want to put the money into fixing the Neon. So, in the end... I liked MY Neon, but I would not recommend them to anyone else based solely on the fact that whether you get a good one or not is sort of a craps shoot."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

my plymouth neon 1998

By on Thursday, February 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "gas mileage, fun to drive, cheap,"

Cons: "no cup holder in the back, no power windows back"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"i've own this neon for 1 year. i first baught it from an elderly woman with 64,000 miles on it. my 1st car! This car is great on gas! cheap fill-ups. car runs great and very reliable. chrystler-dodge should make neon's again because the economy is down and neon's are very fuel efficient cars."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Plymouth Expresso style-love sportcar handling

By on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 215,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "price, low maint, fun to drive"

Cons: "recall for oil leak was fixed, no problems since"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"2.0 DOHC 4 cyl, manual 5 shift, excellent acceleration. Sticks to the road on curves, little lean, great handling,short steering radius. Gas mileage 32 mpg, mostly highway. Bright white clear coat durable finish. No rust, fading or repaints."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

great car to own and fun to drive

By on Monday, March 26, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 152,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, fast, cheap parts, easy"

Cons: "no cup holders, not easy on the eyes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this car. It is very fun to drive, easy to work on, always has been reliable. I've owned it for 2 years now, and I bought it used off of someone, not a dealership. I always swore I would never own a Neon, But after driving and owning a 5-speed, dual overhead cam, I LOVE it! It's fast, too!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great Reliable Car for Value

By on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "price, mileage, value"

Cons: "base model- no power locks or windows"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is not the most attractive or stylish but delivers quality in performance. Mine is over 10 years old and has had minimal costs outside of maintenance. I get great gas mileage (35-40mpg average. It is a great first car or car for driving around town. I went to school 400 miles away from my hometown and made frequent trips back and forth and the car was very reliable."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

A good reliable little car

By on Monday, January 16, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 166,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun drive, great gas milage"

Cons: "poor seat design and rough suspension"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car when it was 6 years old and drove it for 7 years, then I gave it to my daughter who drove it another 3 years. It has been reliable and easy on gas while also fun to drive and easy to work on (for a little car). It doesn't owe me a cent. The seats and suspension left something to be desired and they improved both in later models (we also own a 2001 and love it)."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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