I also experienced problems with the check engine light, battery light and dashboard malfunctions (dropping needles, radio shutting down and then coming back on) and engine stalls. This went on for about a year as my mechanic fixed one thing after another. Nothing seemed to correct the problems until a new computer was installed. So far it's been 8 months, and none of the problems have returned.
Dodge neon's are small budget cars, prone to problems because of that. I have two of them and both have their spell of things gone wrong. The cv axles seem to be their strongest point, they rarely give problems. Top engine work such as the valves and timing belt seem to be a weak point in both my cars. I have completely stripped both to the ground and rebuilt them from the uni-body back up including all wiring stripped and re-run to get rid of some bugs in the system. After this, most of my problems have disappeared. It seems to be a quality control problem for the most part during production. I will be happy to answer any questions about the car I can to help. Just write here and I'll try to respond.
I have had so many problems with my neon. I guess that's why they come in packs of three. I have replaced the shifter cables, clutch, brake system, timing belt, water pump, catalic converter, a new muffler is due. and now a chirping sound that's goes away if I just barely press the clutch down. I was told it might be the throw out bearing. who knows.
If a check engine light goes on it may be the battery out put. its hard to detect, but it harms nothing. a Neon is a great car if you take care og it. The clutches can go for a long time. There can be a lot of little problems though, just because of its size, and Dodge has never been real good with there small cars. My neon is now vibrating when I turn it to the right, and I have no idea why. Any information would be great. Thanks.
My daughter and son have purchased a 95 dodge neon from a private owner who bought it new in 95. It hasn't been driven for 4 years and it has been parked in a garage. It has a new battery and a tank of gas. The kids thought it was a deal for $1000 with 196,000 miles on it. No rust, no dents. The air bag light is on and it sounds like it needs a muffler. A neon dealer in the area said that the air bag light might be on because a new battery was put in and it may need just need to be reset. Has anyone heard of this? The seller is in Iraq and his parents sold the car for him so their not sure of all the information. So, any info anyone has on a 1995 dodge neon would be appreciated.
I was thinking that someone experience might help me with a strange problem. My 1995 Neon does a very annoying thing when it gets hot. After a variable time, I assume it depends upon the weather, after driving, when I come to a complete stop the engine starts to rattle and eventually dies. No problems while driving though. Same thing happens if I leave the engine idling for more than 30min or so. If I wait about 10min and I start again, the engine runs well for an extra 5-10min and then dies again. The PCM tells me that I have the "Oxygen sensor stuck at lean position" which makes perfectly sense with the behavior I get. I already replaced: spark plugs, ignition module, MAP+IAT sensors, oxygen sensors (both), IAC module and PCV valve. The only two things I am thinking of are the PCM and theTPS. I do not know though if the EGR subsystem could produce something like this. Otherwise the car is fine and I really like it. If anyone has any idea of what can cause such a demeanor it would be greatly appreciated.
I have a 95 neon 4 door, I have rust right by my window and at the tires that's about it. I have been having problems with my car for about 4 months. when I first got it 6 months ago, it would run great now it back fires, and whne you go to come to a stop, the car stalls.. my speedometer only works when it wants to. and when you start the car, it idles really loudly and I try's to jump forward when its in park.. I seem to be having all the same problems as everyone above this comment.. I just can never seem to win when I get a car.. also my check engine light comes on when you go over 90 or even get to 100, it says on for a couple of hours then will finally go out.. if any one has any suggestions you can comment back I would love that.. anyways thanks!
I belive that the pcms are bad in these cars what do you think please feel welcome to comment.
I recently owned a 95 Neon. I owned this car for almost a year.
I too noticed a faint burning smell for several weeks, just like is being described in an earlier post. The local Dodge dealer said it was nothing to be concerned about, seeming as they could not find a cause. Then around 2 am this morning, I was awakened to my 95 Neon fully engulfed in flames in my driveway.
My advice to any Neon owner is sell it while you still can.
Hi, I too own a Neon now, and owned previous Neons.
I had the odd burning smell while driving up and down state attending college classes. My Neon caught on fire, it is the wiring set too close to something (can't recall now), this was 6 years ago. It is basically under everything in the engine up close to the console (behind the engine), so not real easy to access). And not easy to find unless it is all melted, or has caught fire.
Research other Neons with this issue, learn, and go to dealership. They are great on gas mileage, and I still own one now (a different one though!).
Both my kids have Neons. My daughter's, other than burning oil, is doing fine at 130k, but my son's has what a lot of them have, sputters and dies, then starts 10 minutes later. If you turn the key 3 times without starting the car, you get basic problem codes. 12 is battery has been disconnected, 55 is end of codes. Sons car popped a lot of 43, then recently 11, which could be up to 4 things, I picked cam position sensor, it's cheap. Still dies, no more codes, checked fuel delivery, seems to be there, found online that it could be ECM with cracked solder joints, haven't checked that yet. Could be crankshaft position sensor, but no more code 11... you'd think Dodge would know?
My 95 Dodge Neon showed exemplary behavior from 2005 to 2010. Then it started stalling, but after I had the fuel pump changed and doing rigorous basic maintenance (oil and various fluids changed, new battery etc.) it ran well in any weather, any circumstances.
However, beginning with this year, it has been driving me mad. The engine stops, especially in cold weather in the middle of driving, with a tank full of gas. When I restart it, the battery starts fine, the engine starts as well, then it dies in 1-2 seconds. I had it towed three times in two months. First the sparks and the fuel filter were changed and it ran fine for a week, until the next cold spell came. On a very cold morning, it stalled and would do the same start-die pattern. The mechanic concluded there must have been some ice in the gas tank, because the car had no fuel pressure at all, but then it ran fine after having sat in the garage for a day. But even he admitted that he hadn't seen such a problem in a few years, so I suspect there must be something else.
After a week of warm, sunny weather the temperature fell below freezing again, and my car stopped smack on the highway - showing the same symptoms AGAIN. What on earth can this be? Ice? Faulty coil wire? Fuel pump? Gasket plate? Timing belt?
I have a 2001 Dodge Neon, and my check engine light is the same way. No one can fix it. So I gave up on it. There is nothing wrong with it. Just it's always on. My car stalls all the time as well. I have tried many things, nothing has worked. This as well I gave up on. I was told if I replace my fuel pump and filter, it will fix that. After parts and labor I was told it would cost $400. I don't have that kind of money, so I don't know if that will work. You should give it a try and see. I was told by many people it should fix it.