Been buying Chrysler products since 1987.
Had the head gasket problem also at about 60K on a 1997 Neon Sport (DHOC
engine)....which is a known common problem...replaced under 70K extended
Had AC problems on a 1987 Grand Caravan V6 (1st year for the Grand and the
V6)...repaired twice under extended warranty...then gave up again after it was
out of warranty at 82K (didn't fix it after that). Started burning a little
oil by the time we sold it...but the people we sold it to drove it for several
more years and said it was one of their more reliable vehicles they'd ever
Other problems...not many?
1989 Dakota 4x4...Timing chain went at 130K
(which is unusual) Went through pittman arms
for some reason too. No other problems.
1997 Grand Caravan 3.3...Sticking lifters at 30K...replaced
(I attributed this one to my 4 mile winter commutes and not
changing the oil often enough to prevent sludge)
2003 Stratus...Cabin blower fan at 2K...replaced under warranty
loose/leaking tranny coolant couplings...dealer tightened.
2004 Sebring...None so far
Other Family Members
Mother in Law...1989 Dodge Aries...still driving it
don't know the service details, but she isn't complaining
that the car is a problem
Son 1996 Dakota V8. Water pump at 85K. Bought it used
so don't know what happened to it before 50K
Daughter 2000 Neon. Clutch cable problem...nothing else.
She has about 80K on it at the moment
1996 Caravan - 190K miles..abuses it as his weekend
hauler for home improvement projects. Often comes
down the street sitting awfully low from weight. He
recently bought a SAAB 9.5 wagon and was going to
trade the Caravan... but changed his mind and decided
it was too good of a vehicle to get rid of just yet.
So, all-in-all, reliability seems to be quite good if you ask me! I've not
seen any of the electrical or transmission problems you have. I think 1995 was
the 1st year for the neon...I wouldn't buy a 1st or 2nd year model run from ANY
manufacturer...they statistically have the greatest number of problems. I'd
stay away from the new 300 for a couple of years...let them work the kinks out
The Pacifica? I'd wait one more year before buying that one too.
| Hey all,
| Back in 1995, my wife and I bought a Neon - the first Chrysler product
| in my family in 2 generations (primarily we were a GM family).
| A fun, cheap car that was a PITA until we got rid of it. Electric
| problems (radio would cut out; cruise stopped working), blew a head
| gasket, and by the end the transmission was slipping when it rained...
| There are more, but that gives you an idea.
| Unfortunately, almost every person I know who's had a
| Chrysler/dodge/jeep product has a similar story. I had a cherokee, and
| it had fuel pump/tranny problems. By Bro.-in-law's durango?
| Computer,ABS,Distributor,Electric problems. The Trucks - the same
| I LOVE what Chrysler is doing now - the Pacifica especially. The 300
| is gorgeous in person....But I'm just afraid of the quality.
| What do ya'll think? Has it improved substantially? After our
| Neon/Cherokee experience, we've had a Mazda (one of my fav. cars
| ever), our Honda, and I bought a used (cheap) Focus...So I'm not
| totally turned off from American:)!