23rd Jun 2003, 21:07
I too have a 1998 Dodge Neon. I have had to replace my head gasket for $450 dollars, my trunk also leaks and my car got flooded due to a week full of rain. Now my car is currently not working; it has been broken for three days and it could possibly be the starter, which costs $180 at a retail auto store. And it is rebuilt. Why me? And I have to move in 7 days while having two children, working and going to school.
Only one more year until this car gets paid off. Honda here I come.
12th Aug 2003, 19:14
I have a Dodge Neon 2000. Trunk is still leaking. Look elsewhere, anywhere except Chrysler Cars.
18th Sep 2003, 06:49
I have owned a
98 Dodge Neon since May of 2003. I have had nothing but problems with it since I got it.
1) My trunk has a leak somewhere, and a horrible mildew smell.
2) My brakes scream constantly.
3) 4" of water laying in front and back seat due to 3 days of contant rain, which doesn't help the smell of mildew.
4) My a/c is broken, doesn't work at all.
5) As of right now I have some kind of problem with the starter, and it only starts when it wants too, and half of the time it doesn't even turn over and is dead as can be.
I really do love the car, but it is becoming very expensive to keep everything up to date and working. It happens to be my first car and I'm 18 and its kinda depressing. How can someone make such a cheap car? I have read other peoples problems with their neons (doesn't matter what year) and they are having the same problems I am having with mine.
28th Aug 2004, 17:27
I have a 1998 Neon and have had problems with since I bought it. It started with Oil in the antifreeze, which turned out to be blown head gasket - $850 repair work. Then, my plastic radiator got a hole in it - $450 to replace. My water pump turned side ways and chewed up my timing belt - $680 repair work. Currently, I have an electrical system malfunction, where my car computer will not tell my alternator to charge my battery. Replaced the alternator and battery - $500 in parts and still have a charging issue. Had an electrical diagnostic done turned out to a computer problem - $500 to fix - saving money to get it repaired. I called Chrysler, they said that they cannot help me, since the car is not under warranty. BUMMER! I will NEVER buy another vehicle from any DODGE, CHRYSLER or PLYMOUTH company. Thanks for nothing Dodge!
30th Aug 2004, 08:12
I have a 98 neon and the only problem I have had with mine was the Radiator Hose blew. My brakes are starting to go bad though. So far I haven't had any leaks in the trunk... knock on wood.
13th Sep 2004, 16:51
I have had my 1998 Dodge Neon for one year now. The trunk and all rest of the car leak in the rain (Fortunately I live in California). The brakes squeal constantly. There is an electrical problem, the car warning light says the doors are ajar and the inside light is on all the time. Repairs were covered under warranty, but the dealer went bankrupt.
27th Sep 2004, 10:51
I have had all the same problems you guys and girls have had. I am looking to maybe get a new car, maybe a Focus, but they sound like they might not be that good either. Better than Neons, but still have a few bugs.
I would love a Lancer Evo, but cannot afford one. We all need to get together and file a class action lawsuit against Chrysler/Dodge.
26th Oct 2004, 11:26
I own a 2001 Doge Neon. When it rains I too get huge amounts of water in the trunk and in the back seat floors. About 4-6 inches sometimes. I called Chrysler and they say that enough people need to call and complain to get a re-call...everyone with this problem should call Chrysler and complain so we can get our cars fixed!
26th Nov 2004, 08:23
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one with a leaky trunk! Overall, it's been a decent car, only minor problems. The brakes squeal, the radiator blew, and some minor electrical problems. I'm worried about the transmission now that I've read other comments. I have 105,000 miles, better start saving for a new car I guess. The new Ford 500 looks nice!
9th Feb 2005, 12:35
I live in Crystal Lake Il and have bought two neons
These will be my last
Problems with Head Gaskets, brakes broken sun roof (Track)
New starters & this is just to name a few of my favorite things...
19th Jul 2005, 07:04
I've owned 3 neons and am contemplating getting another. Yes I did have a leak in the trunk, I'll try and figure that out on my next one. Yes they do need repairs now and then, but far less than most any car I've ever owned (24 to date) Did a complete front brake job for $40 rotors and pads on my last one..can't beat that. Don't close the door with the window, it will not leak once in place. The price for admission is so good, the actual cost of running the car is probably cheaper (great used car) than anything around and certainly more fun.. people are getting high mileage out of these cars,and yes you do have to do maintenance.
1st Nov 2005, 12:09
Liked the 98 Neon that my daughter owns so much that I got one too. Both have a leaky trunk! What is the fix???
10th Dec 2005, 22:51
We currently have a Plymouth Neon. The trunk leaks, and if anyone know of a way to repair it, that would be great!
6th Jan 2006, 01:38
I have been reading up on the leaky trunk. From what people are saying, it's the taillight seals. It should be an easy fix, but how do we take care of the mold. I think my car has mold on the floor in front of the back seat.
4th Feb 2006, 23:11
I have a 1998 dodge neon, I haven't had any problems with it and it's rebuilt, but I can't seem to get the tape deck to work. There is no "tape" or "play" button, and I'm not sure how to get a tape to play. Any help?
17th Jul 2006, 10:09
I own a 1998 Neon.
Replaced starter, axles, brakes - noisy still, leaky trunk, air conditioning stopped working.
I wouldn't buy another, and I'm not sure I would even purchase a Dodge, since I see some of the comments of leaky trunks include later years.
4th Nov 2006, 10:09
I too have a leaky trunk,and back seat floor on the passenger is leaking. Where is it coming from. Could somebody help? It's a 98 neon.
29th Nov 2006, 16:20
I have a 2001 Dodge Neon and the trunk leaks. The driver side back seat floor actually has a puddle there. My car smells like mold and it is just gross to ride in. Does anyone know how to fix this problem and how to get rid of the mold smell?
22nd Apr 2007, 08:22
I currently own a 2000 Dodge Neon. So far I replaced the radiator myself for about $200. I replaced the brake pads and had the timing belt/chain replaced when our mechanic suggested doing so before the mileage hit 100,000. Not too bad for 4 years of ownership going on 5. But there is 1 problem that I'm currently working on. There is a horrible smell coming from the blower. The trunk doesn't leak so it's not there. It's coming out of the blower. I have the glove box out and getting ready to remove the blower itself to find the source of this foulness. Any help out there?