2004 Dodge SX 2.0 Sport 4 cylinder from North America




The engine began "fluttering" at about 35, 000 Km in October of 2005. It kept wanting to die unless I put it in neutral and kept the RPMs up. I thought maybe I picked up a batch of bad gas, but then the engine light came on and I knew it was something more serious. When I took it into the dealership two days later, they basically informed me something fizzled out on the car's computer and that they gave the car it's first tune-up.

Ever since then, I've noticed a steady decline in the car's fuel economy. Up to this incident, I was getting approximately 550 Km to 600 Km per tank of fuel, but ever since it's been maybe getting 425 Km at its best (approx. 31 mpg or so). I thought maybe the engine was still breaking in, but the economy is still terrible and is 10 mpg less than what it's rated for (42 mpg). I have kept up with the recommended service changes and so forth, so I am not very impressed with this vehicle at all after owning it for two years.

General Comments:


-I upgraded the seats to leather and they are very comfortable to sit in.

-With winter tires on, it handles and brakes well on icy/snow covered roads (but isn't that the point???)

-Decent sound system, excellent heating system and A/C system.


-The shape of the car (high in the back end and low in the front) makes it difficult to shoulder check, especially during city driving.

-Because of it's front-end being so low to the ground, the bottom gets very, very scraped up and scratched.

-When passing somebody or when acceleration is needed: After pressing the foot pedal down, the RPMs shoot up and there's a 1-2 second delay before the transmission kicks in and then the car speeds up. I hate this about the Dodge SX 2.0. Any other vehicle I've ever driven, the engine and transmission work together and the acceleration is instantaneous when the pedal is pushed down.

-Terrible on gravel roads... DO NOT GO ANY FASTER THAN 60 KM/HR if on a gravel road (35 MPH), or you will find yourself all over the map or upside down. Thankfully the only gravel it ever sees is the road to my parents house and that's about 1-2 times per year.

I am a big fan of Dodge, but this car is a real let-down. The only reason why I got this make is because fuel prices went up and I couldn't afford to keep gas in my truck, but I regret getting the Dodge SX 2.0.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd July, 2006

25th Jan 2013, 15:45

Any car shakes on gravel roads man...

2003 Dodge SX 2.0 2.0 from North America


Considered that Neon had such bad publicity I am very, very pleased with it.


Engine light came on. Sensor replaced.

General Comments:

Surprised, well made, handles well, but not as well as my '86 Prelude, just different. After 17 years in Prelude had to get used to different interior - good layout, seats, roomier and better equipped than my wife Protege. Odd A/C controls. Bit sluggish at low RPM, excellent at high, quick. Not a fan of power steering, in this case works well. Wanted SRT-4 but was not available at the time and Prelude fell apart.

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Review Date: 7th March, 2006

19th Jul 2006, 16:46

My girlfriend has a 2003 Dodge SX 2.0 now at 30,000km the engine light is on. I checked and a code PO441 (evaporative emission control system incorrect purge flow) was indicated.

The dealer wants to charge $99.95 just to plug the car to the diagnostics computer now that the car is only 3 months out of warranty.

Do you know what sensor was replaced? I'm just curious if this maybe a common problem.

22nd Jul 2006, 07:24

I have a 2003 Dodge sx 2.0. My engine light has come on, and I had a friend diagnose the problem: Evaporation Emission sensor or whatever it is called. I'm curious to know if anyone knows what the cost of repair or replacement might be?

2nd Jan 2007, 20:57

Honestly the problem you are having is very common on a lot of North American vehicles, this mainly happens on fords, there is no real problem at all its just you gas emission light is on meaning that you sensor is messed up. I fixed it on my vehicle it ended up costing me 800 cdn and the light came back on within 4 months. So I would not bother with the hassle or the waste of money. Just hope the light bulb burns out, until next time look both ways before crossing the street.

19th Feb 2012, 19:34

Well, it is 2012, & my 2.0 SX is going strong at 135000 km, driving it year round, snow, rain or shine. It did not let me down.

The usual suspects had to be done like oil changes, antifreeze flush, brakes, just now battery and rear suspension, which developed a squeak that the dealer could not locate and fix. A small auto shop did it for reasonable price - loose mount. Still the original clutch.

Though rust proofed, some shows at the right wheel well.

OEM tires Eagle LS are crap, and did not last more than year & half; quiet though. Now I have Pirelli P5, and what a difference. Hard to get good tires in that size - not very common.

As for that sensor, it happened once, and after that, never again. A friend that works at Chrysler checked the VIN, and said that I got a good car - go figure. Happy driving.