16th Aug 2001, 11:23

Please, don't replace the instrument panel. My gauges finally stopped working last week. Today, I took my '97 Neon to the Chrysler dealer. They told me that I needed a new instrument panel control board at a cost of about $275.00 before labor.

With the problem isolated, I set out to check out the control board myself.

Being an electronics tech, the board proved no problem. Now my gauges work. If interested in what I did, email me at gary24630@yahoo.com

29th Jan 2002, 08:12

Chrysler boasted the fastest concept-to-production speed for the Neon. Hint: That means that they didn't truly do their homework!

21st Oct 2002, 14:40

When I read this comment about dodge neon's I died laughing. I thought my boyfriend had wrote this about me. I am always having trouble with my 2000 neon. It's a never ending battle. Next time I will be buying a HONDA. That way I know the car is going to start every day.

3rd Feb 2003, 07:59

I read your site and I laughed. I have a 96" Plymouth neon. The biggest mistake ever! I traded in a 98" ford escort for this piece of junk. I owe about $5,500 on it and the car isn't even worth a grand. I tried to trade it in many times and I just can't win. My head gasket blew, the ac pump went, my transmission is going, and of course my instrument panel went as well. Thank God, I married a mechanic. But we've tried to fix the instrument panel for the 20th time. It's dead so now I need to replace it. Along with the $200 car payment still for the next 2 years, and taking care of my 3 kids. It's been one headache after another with this car.

20th Mar 2003, 20:53

I have a 1996 Plymouth Neon and the only problem I have had in 2 years is my speedometer does not work and my ignition fuse keeps blowing. Reading the other comments on this site makes me feel very lucky.

11th Apr 2003, 13:02

My mother just sold me her 1995 neon and she bought it new, in 95. The only problem she ever had was having to replace a tire that got a nail in it! It has never had any problems.

14th May 2003, 11:40

My 96' Neon has had many problems with the transmission (not a surprise) and brakes and now the squeak. Both front wheel areas have a nasty squeak that no mechanic has been able to get rid of. Besides that, I just baby it and it allows me to get from point A to B. What more can you ask from a Dodge

24th Jun 2003, 06:30

Take this comment with a grain of salt. There is a known rivalry between Honda and Dodge Neon owners. Both are popular 4 cylinder cars to hop up and take to the drag strip or auto cross circuit. The guy who wrote this is obviously a Honda fan, so naturally, would not have anything nice to say about a Dodge Neon. Neons have had their share of problems, but check reviews on any car and you will find that every manufacturer (Honda included) has had their share of problems. Such is the business of building cars... particularly when a new design hits the streets.

28th Jun 2003, 11:12

I truly have to say. that someone said in this forum (or whatever),that all cars have defects. Well, that may be right. but, one thing is true. DODGE NEONS! are among the worst of them. when I viewed the NEON comments vs. the TOYOTA, or even the HONDA comments. there were many more good comments than there were bad ones. DODGE NEONS are nothing but a piece of junk car. my wiring harness went out and although the car was not under warranty, and I had just had the car for less than a week. I surely complained enough to were they did fix it. NO COST!...

Sincerely, Sleepless in Ohio, over my DODGE NEON PIECE OF CRAP!!!

21st Aug 2003, 20:52

Does the 2003 models have the same problem??? God I hope not I just bought one.


8th Sep 2003, 09:58

I have a '97 Dodge Neon and the worst problem the car had was the head gasket going out which I was aware was going to happen. I bought the car when it had 52 miles on it and now has about 160,000 miles and still runs like a champ!

I have to question how some of these people take care of their vehicles.

21st Jun 2004, 23:16

I have a 1996 Dodge Neon, we got it used, and so far all the more we have had to replace are both 02 sensors and a pulley that got damaged some how, not sure how yet. Beyond that it has been a cherry of a car, 106k on the odometer and still gets around 30mpg. Personally I take care of the car, its the base model, it doesn't even have power locks. 5 speed manual transmission, has been great to us, its getting time to replace the clutch, but then again around 100k miles most clutches need to be replaced, I have heard of them lasting 200k, but not very often. If you take care of the car, and follow the manufactures recommendations as to when to change fluids, belts, and parts I honestly don't see why you would have any issues, the Guage cluster I havn't heard of being a major problem, I think in my area we have had 5 maybe 6 come in for it. But, to those of you who are having a lot of problems with the car, I'm sorry, personally I havnt had much of a problem. But, like any other car out there, even the ford focus, Honda's etc etc, there are problems. And there is bound to be a bad one in every bunch, Yea, here you hear mostly about the bad ones, but then again think about the fact that there are hundreds of thousands of these cars out there and here is only a handful of complaints.

Just my two cents.

26th Oct 2004, 12:50

My 96 Dodge Neon is a piece of junk. The terrifying shriek of a noise the brakes constantly make is enough to drive any sane person absolutely nuts! I just yesterday replaced the brakes and rotors and even put a special silencing agent on them and do you think the horrible shrill has even quieted a little bit? Of course not!!!

21st Mar 2005, 12:05

I have owned a 1995 2D Neon for about 5 years. I bought it with 27K miles and it has been very problematic. At 45K the AC condenser and head gasket blew. I had the head gasket replaced and kept on driving it without the AC for about 2 years. It continued to leak oil and has since developed a leak in the back right floorboard leaking water so that everything in the car is damp and moldy. The turn signals are messed up, now the radio won't work. I have replaced the starter twice in the past 2 years. I eventually tried repairing the AC condenser only to drive from Kentucky to California and have it break halfway out there. What a waste of $400 dollars!! Let us not even discuss the horrible brake screeching that goes on all the time. The upholstery did not hold up AND the liner from the ceiling is coming down. I did get 106K miles out of it, but the head gasket needs replacing AGAIN. I am through with this car and will never buy a domestic car again... NOT RELIABLE< POORLY ENGINEERED.