2003 Dodge Neon SXT from North America - Comments

25th Jul 2005, 12:30

I rented a 2005 Neon SXT for several days. While the car performed well enough I did notice a couple things. The car had only 9000 miles on it, yet the tailpipe was rusting very badly. Also, the fabric seemed to have a lot of stains on it. It looked very cheap.

It bothered me that whenever you rolled down the power windows the doors would bulge out. That never happened in any of the other cars I have owned.

31st Aug 2005, 13:30

I own a 2002 sxt, I have had the car for around 7 months, I have put 2 trannys in it, now my front 2 windows are stuck half way down because the battery went bad, the headlights are impossible to keep adjusted, over all I paid 5000.00 for it and have put 6000.00 in it just to keep it driving. The car was only made for the looks.

21st Sep 2005, 11:13

After test driving a Toyota, Honda, and VW, I purchased a new 2003 Neon SXT off the dealer lot in December 2003. Just passing 50,000 miles. Drive 50 miles per day to work. To date, I have replaced 2 front tires. Not a single other problem to report. I know the earlier models had lots of problems, but I think since the 2003's things have been getting better, at least that is what I have read at places like Edmunds. I must admit that Edmunds still does not consider the Neon a great car. Personally, I think there are better cars in this class, but I have had good luck with this particular Neon.

6th Dec 2005, 16:11

I have had a 2003 Neon SE for a year. the day I bought it, it had 31,000 miles. One week after I purchase it the check engine light came on because of a fuel leak, I had to take it to the dealership 3 times to get it fixed, but finally they fixed it. I do regular oil changes myself, and put 2 new sets of tires on it. Other wise I have done nothing to this car and it runs great. I mostly drive it long distances and it now has 79,000 miles on it. It is fairly comfortable for a small car and gets good gas mileage.

7th May 2006, 20:40

2003 sxt delivered 3 years ago new to me...4sp automatic transmission just failed AGAIN for the 3rd time... pile of junk!!

29th Jul 2006, 00:02

After reading some pretty shocking comments on the SXT, I felt I should give my own experience to any expectant SXT buyer.

I have a 2003 that I bought used about a year ago, and I have NEVER had a single problem with this car. I feel that if you maintain and take care of ANY car, it will not give you much trouble. I have not had to dish out a single dollar on fixing anything since I bought it. So I agree with one of the above comments about the other disappointed buyers either not taking care of it, or having really bad luck.

Believe me, I do not drive my car like a granny. I admit that I could drive it better, not so much stop and step on it, but even with my driving I still find this little car to be not only stylish, but also very reliable.

I agree that the Neon’s were not to meant to last as long as a Toyota or any other non-US made vehicle….but you get what you pay for, and I have to say that the Dodge Neon SXT is worth the price.

24th Oct 2006, 13:59

Most of these are bogus with people who have nothing better to do with their time.

4th Nov 2006, 11:28

I have a 2003 Dodge Neon SXT. I was wondering what the square box is over the transmission pan which is on the front driver side. It is leaking transmission fluid. Someone said it was the transmission control box seal, someone else said it was the solenoid. Car has 79,000 miles. Also when it rains really hard my battery light comes on when I stop and my headlights go out. When I start forward again the battery light goes off and my lights come back on. Have had the battery light problem for months now and no one can figure out what is wrong (this includes the dealer).

14th Nov 2006, 13:38

I am an owner of a 2003 Dodge Neon SXT and until recently have not had a single problem with this car. This past week the transmission fluid began leaking inside the radiator and eventually flowing out of the overflow outlet of the engine coolant reservoir. I now have a mixture of engine coolant and transmission oil in my transmission and coolant lines. I am replacing the radiator and flushing the transmission and coolant lines to hopefully fix this problem. The only issue that could cause a significant problem is if the water that may have gotten into the transmission has disturbed any seals or pads within the transmission.

15th Nov 2006, 14:04

I have a 2003 Neon SXT. I bought the car brand new and have had no problems with it until about a month ago, when it started leaking from under the glove box. I have had a mechanic look at it, and at first they thought it was the blower plugged up, but after cleaning it out, it still leaked. They then siliconed the area under the windshield grate, which helped, but water is still collecting somewhere because when I accelerate after it has rained, water pours out onto the passenger floorboard. The water doesn't leak in when I am driving in the rain, only when it has had time to collect. Has anyone else had this problem? Is it the windshield or something else? My mechanic is stumped.

13th Apr 2007, 08:16

I am about ready to go buy a 2003 dodge neon SE. the place that I am buying it from wants 7900 for it. I have taken it for a test drive and it runs great! My brother told me that I am being ripped off, but my dad has looked the car up, and he says that the price is pretty reasonable for it. I don't care though because it is going to be my first car and I am working everyday after school to make the payments on it. Just let me have my car please. it's beautiful and I am going to take good care of it.

13th Apr 2007, 15:19

You can have it in full confidence. I own the second Neon and it worth every penny. In four years, just small inexpensive annoyances. Now, it has 156k kms on the clock and still running great.

13th Apr 2007, 19:31

Lot of these comments and other comments bout the Neons are just from Neon haters and Import lovers.

14th Apr 2007, 12:27

<<Lot of these comments and other comments bout the Neons are just from Neon haters and Import lovers.>.

Hard to love a car that leaves you stranded for the fifth time.

20th May 2007, 08:29

Like clockwork, the transmission self destructed at 63000, just past the warranty. $1600 later, and now the oil pump is going. the camshaft sensor is on the fritz as well. My old nissan 2 door sentra, which I gave away because of oil leaks and 125000 is still going at 200000 with no major engine problems what so ever. I guess wisdom will dictate that next time, buy Japanese.