28th Mar 2003, 18:29

I have a 2000 Dodge Neon and having to replace the head gasket as we speak at $569.00 if they are having head gasket problems why haven't they been recalled


4th Apr 2003, 11:02

I say that we all set up some sort of chain letter and get signatures from all dodge neon owners friend, family, or stranger and petition Dodge! All we have to do is get the news involved!! I'm down for that!


12th May 2003, 10:44

We have a 2000 neon and we are now being told that our head gasket has gone bad. Said vehicle has been maintained by dealer, we reported that it was idling funny, but dealer said it was nothing. Now at 70,000 miles this. chalk it up to coincidence? Don't think so.

23rd Aug 2003, 16:52

Hi I have a 2000 Dodge Neon and the head gasket is being replaced as of August of 2003. I took it to the mechanic before finding out I was under a limited warranty. When my church offered to help with the dealership to see if there was any way they could help I said OK. We did not get any results on the dealership and they pretty much took the out on the problem. So the church ended up taking it back to the mechanic where I should get it back sometime this week. I was told that the problem really is border-lining on a recall. I mean I haven't even paid it off yet! I wonder what to do,



24th Aug 2003, 20:35

I also have a 2000 Dodge Neon, and have been having problems with it getting hot, and running out of coolant. I have seen a master mechanic about this and was also told that it looks to be a head gasket too. Should I wait it out and see if this does become recalled? He also is working on another Neon that is having the same problem. Does anyone know how to find out if this is a recall or how to make it become one? Email me please... Specialkay225@hotmail.com.

4th Nov 2004, 06:35

I have a 2000 Dodge Neon that now has 93,000 miles on it. I am having the head gasket replaced, the head will have to be planed to insure flatness and the head bolts will be replaced due to reports of stretching from some experienced mechanics.

The cam seal will be replaced at the same time. It is also leaking.

There is a strong possibility that the fluid pan gasket on the transmission will have to be replaced also. After a nice evening at the movies, I got into the car to return home and it wouldn't move. I looked under the car to discover a HUGE puddle of transmission fluid.

This is my second Neon. I also had a 1997 Neon. I replaced the head gasket in my 1997 twice. Once at 65,000 miles and a second because the dealer didn't do the job right the first time, only 11,000 miles later.

I replaced the 1997 Neon in May of 2000 with the second generation model. The 1997 also had a leak around the tail lights and the spare tire was flooded.

Overall, I have been happy with the performance of the two cars, but I would only recommend them as a car to be used around town with the ideal user being one that won't exceed 10,000 miles per year. Definitely not reliable over a long period of time or much over 65,000 miles.

I will probably never purchase another Daimler-Chrysler product due to the way I have been treated during the process of repairing my two Neons.

This car was produced to be a stepping stone into automobile ownership for those that can't afford the more expensive mid-sized vehicles. All it has done is reduce the amount of money and enthusiasm I will have for purchasing a better vehicle in the future.

26th Oct 2009, 10:13

I have a 2000 Dodge Neon with water issues after it rains. My rear floor boards fill with water. So much that I have to bail it out. My husband also has a 2002 Neon with the same issue. I have taken it to an autobody shop and they couldn't find where the water was coming from. Does anyone know of any recalls on this issue?

27th Oct 2009, 16:09

Hey there, you need to replace the sponge seals behind the tailights. Parts are cheap and it's easy to do.

28th Oct 2009, 10:37

Another case of Chrysler Corp. sticking it to the consumer.

Why did the US use taxpayer's money to bail out such a poor company?

I do not believe will EVER purchase a Chrysler product again.

13th May 2010, 14:11

My 02 Dodge Neon has 220,000 trouble free miles. Did the timing belt and water pump at 110,000 miles and the car never missed a beat.. tires, brakes, battery...

My wife's 2003 Honda Civic lasted 20,000 miles before the transmission went out (warranty), then the timing belt blew at 43,000 destroying the engine!! No warranty, we fixed it, bought another Dodge Neon in 2006 now with 66,000 and no issues whatsoever!!

I just sold my 02 to my niece, and I bought my wife a new 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT 2500 miles and obviously no issues, needed a van as we now have 2 small kids.. and the Neon is a little cramped... But I sure do like the new Challenger R/T, so maybe in June a new one for me!!

13th May 2010, 23:36

I talked a handicapped friend of mine (who HAS to have reliable transportation) into buying a 2001 Neon new in 2001. He drives a long way to work and the car now has well over 100,000 miles on it. He does ZERO maintenance on the car (going 20,000+ miles sometimes between oil changes) and yet the car has never had one single repair. I worry that the timing belt will break (he has never had it changed), but if it did break it certainly WON'T be the car's fault. This has been a VERY dependable little car, but then I sort of expected it would be. I sold my '90 Omni at nearly a quarter of a million miles and it had never had a single mechanical problem (of course I DID keep it serviced!!).

14th May 2010, 22:20

To comment 23:36.

Your experience is not typical. My Neon was on its way out at 90,000 miles. And like you, I took care of it.

16th May 2010, 11:31

"My Neon was on its way out at 90,000 miles"

What does "on its way out" mean?? I bought a '79 Pinto that the owner said was "on its last legs" several years ago as a "beater" to drive to school. I sold it at 180,000+ miles for twice what I paid for it. Its "last legs" were pretty darn strong!!

17th May 2010, 20:39

"On it's way out" means that it required over $2,000 in repairs from 80,000-90,000 miles, which turned out to be all-for-not, because it completely lost compression on cylinder 4 and died. PIECE OF JUNK. I purchased a used '96 Corolla with over 177,000 miles on it and have not had a SINGLE problem with it. The day after I bought the Neon, the head gasket blew, which was just the start of it.

Oh and unfortunately I couldn't manage to sell the Neon for ANY price. Just junked it. Worst vehicle I have ever owned.