1998 Dodge Neon from North America
Computer problems: misfiring, required two trips to the dealership for correction.
Misalignment on the door caused the inside dome light to stay on, required a trip to the dealership for correction.
Battery failed at 24000 miles, and the dealership replaced it.
Oil leaks diagnosed at the engine switch and head gasket; this occurred shortly after the warranty had expired. Am now looking at a very expensive repair job at 32,000 miles. Independent mechanic tells me this is a very common problem with this model and that most people decide to get rid of the car rather than invest big bucks. Just finished paying a dealership $400 for other miscellaneous work on the throttle!
Shoddy workmanship/design on the engine appears to be cause of major repair expenses; beware of Neon head gaskets!
If you purchase a Neon, be sure you get an extended warranty; I didn't because I drive very little and never anticipated a time bomb under the hood.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th April, 2001
23rd Apr 2001, 09:43
This is an addendum to my "Buyer Beware" review: 5-Star Dodge dealership here in town agreed to fix the gasket problem for $150.00 deductible, no questions asked, in consideration that I had purchased the automobile from them. The car was ready for pickup the next day.
29th Aug 2001, 07:56
My car had just passed its warranty also when my head gasket blew. I did some research and found out that Chrysler has this thing called a Technical Service Bulletin. The one for the head gasket talks about how they know that the head gaskets are bad. So, they came up with this thing called the "Goodwill Policy", the dealerships know about it, but the consumer does not. The consumer should only have to pay a $100 deductible, if you are the original owner and if your car is still under 50,000 <-- (I think?).