1996 Dodge Neon from North America - Comments

15th May 2002, 08:00

My dodge shadow 1992's paint keeps peeling off. Do you know of any other case and was there any recall for that? I've seen a lot of them with the same problem. Thanks.

18th Aug 2002, 22:31

Man I don't know where to start this car is just a big headache! I think we have the same exact problems. First my transmission got a leak in it around 45,000 miles, then one day out of the blue I'm doing about 65 mph then look down and me speed gauge is reading 0 mph, the paint is coming off, the brakes scream even after I have replaced them 3 times (also they seem to have some kind of crystal layer over them? go figure) and last, but not least the thing that has urked me the most my doors! They will be all the way shut and my interior light will still be on! I can't stand that I got so mad one day that I punched the glass out of my drivers window which that cost me a good chunk of change to replace! But serioulsy like you say this car is worthless! I would trade it for a scooter in a heartbeat! But if you have any good tips on maybe fixing all those many problems e-mail me Ccaldwell0928@aol.com Thanks and good-luck.

19th Nov 2002, 11:06

I too have a Neon with a strange odor in the AC. I tried spraying Lysol and using numerous air cleaners and odor removers. Nothing I do seems to fix the problem. It seems the odor is most pungent when it rains and the weather warms up! I hate my car!

21st Dec 2002, 21:45

My back up lights have stopped working as well and the trunk has puddles of water in it whenever it rains. I'm not sure what caused the back up light problem, but after reading this and knowing about the water, I'm wondering if the two are connected. I really need to fix the back up lights, only I haven't a clue.

3rd Jan 2003, 10:21

I have a Dodge Neon 1996 I4 2.0L SOHC, and the paint is peeling. I would like to know if there's been any recall. I've seen other Neons with the same problem. What can I do?

10th Feb 2003, 16:16

My 1996 Dodge Neon is also peeling. I have seen many other cars of the same make peeling in the same way. As well, there are many threads of discussion on the Internet about other Neons peeling in the exact same way. Obviously, this is no coincidence and I would like to have my car repainted at Chrysler's expense. Some people have been successful on having this done, but it is on a hush-hush basis.

14th Apr 2003, 12:11

I also have a 1996 dodge neon with a single overhead cam. The paint is blue and is peeling in a bad way. Maybe we should all consider one attorney to file a civil lawsuit against Dodge. If you think this is a good idea, contact me at RanMagWarner@aol.com. It might be worth it to consult a civil attorney. Also, I am having trouble with my fuel system. I have replaced the ignition coil, the fuel pump and given the car a recent tune up. When the car runs hot, it drops below 500 r.p.m.'s and just dies out. Any suggestion?

27th Apr 2003, 11:02

I have a 1995 Dodge Neon and have experienced several problems with it. I have only had the car for a year. Since then I had to buy a brand new radiator and hoses to go along with that because of certain parts dodge has made the cars out of. The color of the car is green and the paint is also peeling. I have replaced my breaks 3 times already. Also the car doesn't want to go in reverse after it has set awhile. And just yesterday my car decided to act up again. It dies when I come to a stop or if I am slowing down. I don't know what is wrong with it. All it has done is cause problems since I have bought it. If you have any suggestions email me at elmo91185@myself.com.

17th May 2003, 12:34

My neon has had almost all of the aforementioned illnesses. It is comforting to know that I am not the only one dealing with screaming windows, peeling paint, finicky interior lights, a popping noise when turning, and brakes that can be heard miles away. One ailment not mentioned that also bugs me is a ticking noise that comes from the dashboard when it has rained. Thanks for your comforting words!

21st Aug 2003, 14:42

I have a 1995 Blue Dodge Neon and my paint is peeling off too! After reading your website, I see many, many cars are peeling! Can we not create a "class action suit" and force Chrysler to issue a re-call?

Please let me know.

Thank you!

22nd Aug 2003, 12:22

I've had a lot of similar problems with my '96 Dodge Neon. Right now the thing sounds like a Go cart, and I'm not really sure what that is. I had to have the Head Gasket replaced at 35,000, (of course it was not covered), and just had a few other minor problems with alignment and such. As for the window air leaks, I have that, too, and I've found that if you close the door, roll the window down and roll it back up tightly, the leak stops. It's kind of a pain, but it works.

~Sarah :)

6th Sep 2003, 11:55

Cooling fans and tail lights!

Cooling Fans.

I've had a serious problem with the cooling fans on my 96 Neon. I think perhaps the motors are burned out or a switch/relay is messed up as well.

Tail Lights.

Well, I finally got around to looking at why my trunk filled up with water when it rained. It seems to me that there was no sealant put between the foam seal (attached to tail light assembly) and the unibody. I think I am going to use a RTV or Epoxy sealant on the foam and see what happens.

These issues really make me wonder what sort of Quality Control procedures the Dodge factories have in place? I am unpleasantly surprised at the amount of negativity surrounding Dodge Neons and will not purchase another vehicle from them.

Best of luck to all you Dodge owners. Go Wyo Go!

Doug.

16th Jul 2004, 09:25

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one going through things with this piece of trash car. All this time I thought it was the dealer just selling me a lemon, but now I see that the car is a lemon itself. I just got the car about two months ago and after the first month, everything went bad. First, the AC went out. It seems as if the O-rings don't last very long. So now I need to charge the AC every month until I can sell this car. Secondly, after getting an oil change, I found out that there was an oil and transmission leak. One whole day after the oil change, the gas tank got a leak that leaked out all of the full tank gas that I had just put in it. I wanted to blame the oil change company, but after viewing the video tape, I saw that there was no wrong-doing and I know that I didn't run over anything that would've made the tank bust. I see now that if I don't get rid of this car, I will pay way more than what was paid for the car. I would almost rather giving it away, so that someone could use the parts for spares if they would even work.