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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,782 miles

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #125

Jan 242003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Our 1998 Dodge Neon has blown the head gasket 3 times in the past 3 years. The last 2 times have been with in the last 2 months.

- Cambridge, MN, USA

problem #124

Feb 262003

(reported on)

Neon

  • 32,000 miles
The head gasket leaked oil, the dealer replaced it, however the problem recurred.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #123

Dec 282002

Neon 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Head gasket failed, water leaked into radiator. Had to replace head gasket, water pump, hoses, and flush radiator. Total repair $1600 car had 65000 miles. I never had a car do this. Dealer claims that it was my fault.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

problem #122

Jan 012002

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,640 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The head gasket failed which caused the vehicle to stall, the dealer replaced the head gasket, however after 2103 miles the head gasket failed again. Ph. the transmission pan was leaking fluid and the wiper blades was replaced.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #121

Jul 152002

Neon

  • miles
Consumer states the engine is leaking oil from the head engine gasket. Dealer has been notified. Consumer mentioned is only 19000 miles for this kind of problem.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #120

Nov 132002

Neon

  • miles
Consumer states that vehicle was losing oil. Took to dealer and dealer states' gaskets are leaking oil.

- Greenwood, DE, USA

problem #119

Jul 012002

Neon

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have contacted Chrysler on 8/22/2002 and reported the problem they will not pay for the repairs. This is an ongoing problem. It may not be a vehicle safety issue but it could leave a motorist stranded. They have redesigned the headgasket but will not recall this product defect despite the numerous complaints by consumers. Please investigate.

- Sanford, CO, USA

problem #118

Aug 082001

Neon

  • miles
My car overheated so I took it to a repair shop. They said I had a blown head gasket and should not drive it any further because if it gets empty it could blow my engine also could get so hot and cause a fire.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #117

Jul 252002

Neon

  • miles
A technical service bulletin was issued on 9/08/1998 on the head gasket. I was not notified by the dealer or the Dodge. I have purchased new Chrysler vehicles before (1993 Plymouth Voyager). The outcome of this problem will determine, if I purchase another Chrysler product again.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #116

Jul 292001

Neon

  • miles
Oil leak. Took vehicle to mechanic, and they stated that head gasket needed replacing. Cause unknown.

- Moncks Corner, SC, USA

problem #115

Sep 272001

Neon

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Gasket ripped and caused oil to leak out. Gasket was repaced. On July 27th, ripped again and caused motor to seize up.

- Stover, DE, USA

problem #114

Jun 102002

Neon

  • miles
Found oil leaking from engine, when inspected it was found to have blown head gasket. Dealer performed repair for warrantie cost plus oil change charge. Wanted to report as hopefully if there is enough complaints there will be a recall ordered

- Wood River Jct, RI, USA

problem #113

Jun 062002

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving consumer noticed lack of power, mechanic determined headgasket was leaking and needed to be replaced.

- Everett, MA, USA

problem #112

May 202002

Neon

  • miles
Major oil leak at headgasket. Dealer acknowledges faulty original part on all Dodge Neons, but refuses to accept responsiblity. Recall or compensation by Chrysler should be required immediately.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #111

Mar 202002

Neon

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states the vehicle was leaking oil, mechanic states the head gasket was leaking oil. Nlm

- Kent City, MI, USA

problem #110

Jan 012002

Neon

  • miles
The consumer states the oil is leaking onto the exhaust system. The consumer also states although it is a slow process more problem are developing. The consumer has taken the vehicle to a independent mechanic and the head gasket has blown. Nlm

- Berlin, MD, USA

problem #109

Feb 152002

Neon

  • miles
Head gastket is blown, needs to be replaced. Mechanic said "there's oil and coolant everywhere". this car has only 39,000 miles! I've contacted 7 repair shops, average cost to fix is $700. Three mechanics told me that this problem is so common, they can't believe there hasn't been a recall yet. One mechanic said that he does these at least once a week. After much research on the internet, I have found that this is a very common problem--I alone have found nearly 100 reports of the same thing happening. As for the sunroof...it broke and was repaired in August 2000. Now, just over a year later (no more warranty) the same problem has happened again. There have been tsb's issued on both of these problems. A recall is needed immediately.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #108

Jan 012002

Neon

  • miles
Engine head gasket has been leaking oil. Contacted dealer, and the dealer was not willing to do anything.

- Deer Park, NY, USA

problem #107

Mar 101998

Neon

  • miles
On 6/14/1999 I took my car to the dealer for warranty work.(35,784 miles) busted front motor mount, , rattling when changing gears, water in tail pipe when it rained and high RPM, even when idling. They told me there was nothing wrong with the motor mount, the high RPM was normal, they could find no rattle and no problem with exhaust pipe. I demanded a refusal in writing on the motor mount. They asked to keep the car another day and recheck the motor mount and it was now raining, they'd recheck the exhaust pipe noise. They said they replaced the motor mount, but I could find no evidence that they had actually replaced it. Being female, we are regarded as mechanically ignorant and mechanics will not listen to us in Ms. Having our own repair shop for many years, I probably fixed more engines in my teenage years than they do in their career. I had no experience with these new fuel injected vehicles. They refused to listen and I couldn't win against a so-called specialist. After a few months, I found the rattle in reverse. It was a bolt above the drive shaft that was unscrewing itself and banging against the drive shaft. I tightened several times over the next few months and then my friend put silicon on it and it has never unscrewed itself since. The water in the tail pipe is an exhaust manifold leak at the motor and possibly a busted head gasket. The excessive heat has caused my rear main seal to start leaking and I am now getting oil in 2 of my spark plug and it has burnt a valve in my engine. It now has 108000 miles. Paid off in 2 years. This was my first car. Dealer said I couldn't get extended warraty cause my credit wasn't good enough. I paid full price, 13000 and it already had 127 miles on it. They said they lied to Chrysler about my income to get me financed and no problem I've had was fixed. I'm single mom, live in country. I'm disabled since 2/2000. The dealer took advantage of me, now my car needs 1000's in repairs caused by original complaint. I can't fix.

- Raymond, MS, USA

problem #106

Mar 082002

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket failed due to warping.

- Eau Claire, WI, USA

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