2003 Dodge Neon Reviews - Page 7 of 8

2003 Dodge Neon SE 2.0 liter 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.0 liter 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Fine, except for questionable reliability and dealer inability to resolve the stalling problem

Faults:

Mysterious electrical system flaw caused car to stall in traffic, completely dead with NO electrical power at all, on many occasions. Dealers had no workable answer on the first 2 visits--first attempting to blame a loose bolt on the battery cable. The second visit, again nothing certain, claiming to have "flashed the power control module" per a service bulletin. Third visit they blamed a faulty connector between the battery and the chassis.

So far, the third time fix worked; however, I can't help, but think it will stall again, when I can least afford to be without wheels.

General Comments:

Car is a little too noisy, but handles great and feels tight. While not a road rocket, the four-speed automatic offers good acceleration whenever it is needed.

Interior materials and finish is much better than most other cars in the compact class, except perhaps the Corolla. I noted the 2005 Civic's interior materials at an auto show, and fould them to be amazingly cheapo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd May, 2005

14th Jun 2005, 21:21

Hello.

Well, I just bought one of these cars from a dealership in Seaside, California.

It was previously a rental car with almost 46K miles on it.

The Carfax said it was a good car and it seems to be okay.

When I brought it home, a friend of mine said that I have about 50K good miles left on it.

My friend has a friend (yeah, we know how that goes) who said his Neon lasted fine until it hit 100K.

What does anyone know about this 100K "poop out?"

Is it true?

Lennie.

2003 Dodge Neon SXT from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.2 / 10
Distance when acquired3 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Biggest Lemon in the Bunch

Faults:

My tailpipe completely rusted within 3 months of owning the car.

I needed a new battery after owning the car less than 2 years and the car had less than 15,000 miles on it.

Now at 21,000 miles, my automatic transmission is having a horrible time downshifting when I come to a stop. It makes a horrible jolt. It just started doing it out of the blue. I have to once again take it to the dealership.

General Comments:

The interior is a horrible microfiber that stains every time you touch it and is impossible to clean.

The car idles way too high in cold weather, so much sometimes that the steering wheel begins to vibrate very hard.

I am sorry I ever bought this car and am already looking for a new car because I hate this car so much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th February, 2005

9th Feb 2005, 06:49

(I wrote the orignal review of this car) I drive my car on a highway (55 to 60 mph) 40 minutes everyday. (I put an average of 35 miles per day on my car) and I have taken it on longer trips.

17th Mar 2005, 17:30

Check your kick-down linkage on your throttle cable. it sounds like that's your problem.

Grrtkamine@yahoo.com.

2003 Dodge Neon SXT from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance17000 miles

Summary:

Nice, affordable car... with some downsides

Faults:

Power outlet did not work.

Brake rotors warped @ 10,000 miles.

Computer chip failed... resulting in having it towed, and waiting for 2 weeks.

Had to replace battery from leaving my lights on for about an hour.

General Comments:

Nice affordable car, but other outside factors may empty your wallet.

First costly item was insurance, because they said it's one of the "most stolen cars" (and the fact that I'm only 22). I ended up paying 340/mo. for insurance. Sure enough, my car was broken into, and ignition ripped out in an attempted theft. After paying $500 for my deductible, a month later it was stolen. This headache has taken over a month and I have no car. If you live in a metro area, go for something that's not a target for the thieves.

The brakes also warped pretty quick and made the whole car rattle every time I went to brake... and I only had it for 1 year (10,000) miles.

Nice car, but I don't think I want to go through the headache again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st October, 2004

13th Feb 2005, 20:55

Why would you replace the battery after leaving your headlights on? Simply re-charge the battery with a car battery charger.

6th Apr 2005, 01:19

When the insurance company told you that is was the most stolen car why didn't you put an alarm or ignition kill on it. Also why would you pay more in insurance than your car payment should have been.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 29 reviews