8th May 2004, 15:28

I am in the middle of a neon nightmare. I just got it back from being stolen. I managed to somewhat fix the ignition myself, cuz I'm not paying $600.00 dollars to fix the casing. but now my service engine soon light is on. When I got my car back, it had oily grease all over it and it smelled like oil. when I accelerate, I can put the pedal to the floor and not have much more than 40 to 50kmh. my acceleration has diminished. I can still get to about 120 on the highway, but it takes longer to reach that speed. Did the thieves blow my engine out??

16th May 2004, 15:46

I bought my 1996 neon in 1998, it had 63,000 k's on it. Six months later at 66,000 km's the head gasket went.

I found out about the secret warranty, but boy did I have to fight for it. They finally agreed to pay half as I wasn't the original owner and sent my to a doge/Chrysler dealership to have the repairs done.

On the way home from having the head gasket fixed I could literally hear the freon leaking out of my car. I returned with the car right away and the dealership would not assume any responsibility at all. It worked perfect before I brought my car in.

It has been nothing, but a constant stream of repairs since.

I would never buy a dodge again or recommend any friend or relative to buy a dodge.

24th Aug 2004, 12:11

I bought my neon from a friend in February. He bought it from a dealership a year prior, he immediately began to have engine trouble, he put it in the shop and it was in and out of the shop for the whole year. Then he started having problems with the fuel system. After he got it back, he said there were no problems with it and that it was fixed, and he just didn't want the car anymore because the whole year had been a night mare. I bought the car and have had nothing but disaster with the car. After a month of having the car, I have had to do repairs monthly. It has been in the shop twice, i have had fuel problems, and shorts, etc. and today, my water pump went out. This car is nothing but trouble and i agree with all of you, I would never recommend this car to anyone, nor will I ever have another.

5th Apr 2005, 11:01

I have a 97 Dodge Neon ACR and I love it and know of many others that do to. One tip to you guys complaining... It isn't Dodges fault you didn't take care of your problems. If you get your oil changed every 3000 miles and took it to a respectable dealer, they would've noticed a head gasket leaking, in which case you could've got it fixed and had no problems at all. As far as the refrigerant leaking, that is the dealers fault and not something on dodge's part. Take the car to a different dealer. My car needs a head gasket and I just discovered it and it is getting fixed tomorrow. I'm sure I won't have any problems blowing the engine. Also, the neon is Dodge's crap car. There is a reason they are so cheap. You get what you pay for. Dodge has a lot of nice cars and you shouldn't judge the name by one bad experience.

27th Dec 2005, 03:35

I bought my Magenta Dodge Neon new in 1997, all the miles have been put on by me. Right now it has 70,000 miles. Driving very sensible has helped keep it in good condition.BUT... in April of this year due to a blown head gasket I had to replace a cracked head. When I got home with the car, the radiator somehow had developed a leak, and the Dodge dealer said it wasn't from anything they did when replacing the $3600.00 blown head, so I had to buy a new radiator. I have also replaced the front brakes. Yesterday my clutch totally burned up and I was towed into the Dodge dealership and I have a 2005 Dodge Neon rental until I can get my car back. The clutch started slipping and it gradually got worse until it stopped along the highway. I don't know how much the clutch will cost until they call me tomorrow. What a nightmare Christmas has been this year. BUT... I love my Neon!

5th Oct 2006, 16:08

My husband and I bought a 2003 dodge neon and have had nothing, but trouble either! Last week the car overheated, we changed the theormostat, twice, still over heated, we took it out to drive to the dealership. They refuse to warranty it, and want to charge us $2,700 to fix a car that we still owe $8,300 on!

13th Nov 2006, 14:00

I have a 97 Neon and I just bought it like 1 month ago. Everything was cool for the first 3 weeks, but my engine start overheating and recently I had to change my head gasket, a new timing belt and a new radiator. All I've got to sayis that Chrysler is a bad car company and should be removed from the market.

6th Dec 2006, 15:33

I thought that I was the only person having problems with dodge neon. I own it now for about 10 years now, it was new when I bought it. I kept up with my oil change and parts change according to the book, but I must say for the first few years it was fine. Around the last five years I been having nothing, but problem, I put any way from 6 to 7 thousand dollars in fixing my dodge neon. My problems were tac goes crazy sometimes, blown gasket, blown engine has to get a rebuilt engine, service engine light comes on cannot seem to pin point the problem, airbag light on, ignition problem paint peeling, acceleration diminishes, oil leaks over and over and a lot more problems. At only 85,000 miles right now am hoping I get at least 5 more years out of it, but it don't seems like that would be the case because as I turn around something is wrong with it. If I knew what I knew now I would have just trade it in and get another type of car. Right now its not even worth that much. Next time I get a new car you can bet what its not going to be.

7th Mar 2007, 20:44

I bought a 1997 Dodge Neon new in February 1997, and now have just pasted 180,000 miles on it today. I changed the timing belt and water pump at 100,000 miles, the clutch at 152,000 miles, the head gasket at 163,000 miles with timing belt and water pump (since they were right there), and have only had the clutch cable go out on me where I was stranded ($70). Max-life 5W-30 is the oil I use since around 90,000 miles on it. My paint is fine for a 10 year old car. I consistently get 40 to 41 miles a gallon per tank, better than anything else, but maybe those overpriced hybrids. I am a little disappointed in the lights hazing up, I just changed those. I'm kind of surprised that everyone seems to have trouble with this vehicle, but mine has paid for itself over and over again just by the gas mileage. So there is at least one really good Dodge Neon out there. Sorry to hear about everyone's bad luck.