Dodge Neon and Chrysler Cirrus

Discussion in 'Cirrus' started by DodgeDriver, Apr 25, 2007.

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    DodgeDriver Guest

    Looking for a car for my granddaughter. Are there particular model years to
    stay away from if we get interested in a Neon or Cirrus?

    Thanks for your help.
    DodgeDriver, Apr 25, 2007
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    QX Guest

    96-98 Neons had major problems with blown head gaskets. They were
    initially covererd under warranty with a re-designed HG, but I had one
    of the new ones blow also. Increases in engine temp were the initial
    symptoms. Also had water leaks around the taillight housing. Old
    gasket material became brittle. Easily corrected though with a new
    QX, Apr 25, 2007
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    D&LBusch Guest

    I bought a 2000 Cirrus for my daughter. 84,000 miles - no problems. I've had
    it for 10 months.
    D&LBusch, Apr 25, 2007
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    kmath50 Guest

    If you find either of these with a 2.0 or 2.4 engine, either make sure
    that it was built in Feb. 1999 or later, or you can otherwise ensure
    that the headgasket has been replaced with the newer multi-layered
    steel one. This was a common problem with the early Neon and "cloud

    If you can get the vehicle's VIN, you can go to Chrysler's web site
    and check to see if there are any pending recalls. I have a 2000
    Cirrus, and I need to get it in for the high pressure steering hose
    recall. I believe that the link is "owner services" or something like

    If you are considering a Cirrus, you may wish to consider the Dodge
    Stratus and Plymouth Breeze too. They are cousins to the Cirrus. 2000
    was the last year for the Breeze and Cirrus. Starting with 2001, the
    Cirrus was re-badged as the Sebring sedan.

    kmath50, Apr 26, 2007
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    truckdriver Guest

    i have a neon it is a 1997 and we did the head gasket at 100000 the
    car runs great and now we have 258000 on the original motor and it
    will probly go another 100000 before a rebuild great cars
    truckdriver, Apr 26, 2007
  6. Actually if replaced by the dealer under warranty they are more likely
    to blow again then if done by an independent shop, as the flat rate
    guys had a "shortcut" to beat flat rate, and they didn't always get
    the surfaces immaculately clean.(the head didn't actually come OFF, it
    was just lifted)

    The front of the hood rusts through on all neons and "cloud cars" in
    the rust belt - often while still under warranty.
    clare at, Apr 26, 2007
  7. My daughter bought my sister's '98 twin cam. It uses a bit of oil, has
    a bit of rust, has been stolen twice, had one brake lining delaminate
    and jam up the rear wheel (in the middle of a terrible blizzard,
    non-the-less - I had to go pull the wheel, pop the shoes off, and
    drive it home with no brakes, in the middle of the storm) but
    otherwize it's been a great little car.
    clare at, Apr 26, 2007
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    Newby Guest

    Thanks to all who responded to my we request. We are looking at the above
    Newby, Apr 27, 2007
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    truckdriver Guest

    my neon has no rust on it i wax it all the time with liquid glass
    truckdriver, Apr 29, 2007
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    Adam H Guest

    If you find either of these with a 2.0 or 2.4 engine, either make sure
    A silly question from a Neon owner in the UK - what is a 'cloud car'?

    Adam H, Apr 29, 2007
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    Newby Guest

    Cars with 'cloud' names; cirrus and stratus.
    Newby, Apr 29, 2007
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    Joe Pfeiffer Guest

    Cars on the JA platform: Chrysler Cirrus, Dodge Stratus, Plymouth
    Breeze. The first out were the Cirrus and Stratus, so they are called
    "cloud cars".

    I always thought the Plymouth version should have been called the
    Cumulonimbus, but apparently somebody at Chrysler thought that was too
    long to be catchy...
    Joe Pfeiffer, Apr 30, 2007
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    Joe Guest

    Me too! I always think of that when I see one.... Heh.
    Joe, Apr 30, 2007
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