NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,954 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Plymouth Breeze engine problems

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1998 Plymouth Breeze Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 012011


  • 79,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Plymouth Breeze. The contact stated the vehicle was parked when he noticed a large amount of oil leaking from the engine. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that one of the head gaskets was blown. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were 79,000.

- Muncy, PA, USA

problem #8

Oct 292010


  • miles
1998 Plymouth Breeze, was exiting Ohio turnpike when it caught on fire. Bf (Ohio traffic report # 10-0637-91) updated 12/10/10

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 072004

Breeze 4-cyl

  • 77,650 miles
The vehicle leaked oil. Chrysler sent out a five page technical service bulletin on September 17,1999. Regarding the head gasket (multi lawyer head gasket procedure). The consumer contacted Chrysler and was told that there was nothing they would do for him. Consumer stated that Chrysler has helped people with this problem, but he was told no.... head gasket leaks one quart of oil a day-driving down the road. It does not leak when parked. Enough oil leake dout it could cause an oil slick or cause the engine to seize and force the car to asudden stop. The technical bulletin received showed tha tchrysle rknew about the problem but contnued to put the engine in the cars. Took the car to Chrysler, and told consume rtheywikk not fix it becaus echrysler has fixed the particular problem for everybody else in the past.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #6

May 152003

Breeze 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles


There has been a continous oil leak involving my 1998 Plymouth Breeze upon inspection from a local auto shop they informed me that they have serviced and replaced the head gasket on some 1998 Plymouth Breeze for oil leaks. They have had to reservice the same cars within a six month period for the same head gasket leak. While driving at a speed of 50 mph the ac clutch broke off from under the hood, causing the vehicles ac unit to stop responding. Prior to the ac clutch breaking there was a loud banging noise in which we pulled over to the side to investigate, we could not see anything evident at the time, but after taking it to get serviced we were informed that the noise and reason our ac was not working was due to the ac clutch breaking off. Nothing has been done to correct these defects, but we have had service technicians investigate the problem.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #5

May 262004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle at any speed, the intake manifold failed because coolant leaked in the engine. Please provide additional information.

- Anaheim, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 152002


  • Manual transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Around 38,000 miles we noticed that the Breeze had a small oil leak. There wasn't alot of oil, so as needed we just added some oil now and then. In June 2003 my car over-heated out of the blue. We tried everything, in October I went to have a routine oil change(which was done every 3,000 miles) and was told that my head gasket is leaking and the problem needs to be fixed. The estimate I received was about 1,100$. the car is 5 1/2 years old with very low mileage! after reading all the complaints I do not understand why the Chrysler corportation does not take responsibility for this defect.

- Blountville, TN, USA

problem #3

Oct 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Around October or November 2002, at about 65,000 miles or 98 Plymouth Breeze started leaking oil, small spots or drops, then gradually more, took it in to get it checked, the mechanic looked for the origination of the oil leak and found it to be leaking from a head gasket and recommended we not drive our car only when necessary and very short trips, constantly check te oil level every day, and get reparied as soon as possible, could also be a fire hazard if oil builds up on engine from the leaking. He also metnioned he has seen alot of other Breezes, neons, stratus, Voyager, with the same engine as ours and the neons, and stratus with the same problem, and told us that the manufactuer stop using the gasket that was on the 98 models and replaced it it the new multi-layer steel head gasket because they knew it was defective back N 97-98 when they begin using it on the car made at that time. I guess it saved them a couple of bucks on the cars. I think there will be a class action lawsuit from what I have read on the internet about the neons, Breezes etc. I think a recall is in order. We stopped driving our car and have waited to have it repaired because it cost so much.

- Nunnelly, TN, USA

problem #2

Dec 252003

Breeze 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,935 miles
Problems with the head gasket. Oil mixing with coolant causing engine knocking and a cracked head.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 072003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle began leaking oil due to the blown head gasket.

- Nunnelly, TN, USA

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