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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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments (Page 4 of 8)

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problem #85

Nov 012000

Neon

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

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

Oil light flickered and consumer noticed that vehicle was down 3 quarts of oil. Took to dealer, and they said it was a head gasket. Dealer replaced head gasket. In January it was still leaking in same spot.

- Wayne, NJ, USA

problem #84

Feb 282001

Neon

  • miles
This car has been nothing but problems since day one. I have talked to other Neon owners who have also had to have the head gaskets replaced. I talked to two different mechanics who have said this ought to be recalled because of the number of problems.

- Ipava, IL, USA

problem #83

Mar 252001

Neon

  • miles
Vehicle expereincing a oil leakages due to a head gasket failure. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that vehicle was out of its warranty, and not covered under a mfr's recall. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #82

Mar 232001

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles

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

Vehicle is leaking oil from head gaskets.

- Lyles, TN, USA

problem #81

Mar 142001

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket has been leaking from engine, and dealership was aware of problem.

- Midway Park, NC, USA

problem #80

Jan 152001

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket and oil pan gasket failures. Vehicle taken to an independent repair shop for repairs. Currently, a transmission rear gasket failure occurred, causing fluid leakage. Dealer was notified at this time. The dealer was unwilling to do repair because the vehicle had been at independent repair shop earlier.

- Virden, IL, USA

problem #79

Jan 152001

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Head gasket and oil pan gasket failures. Vehicle taken to an independent repair shop for repairs. Currently, a transmission rear gasket failure occurred, causing fluid leakage. Dealer was notified at this time. The dealer was unwilling to do repair because the vehicle had been at independent repair shop earlier.

- Virden, IL, USA

problem #78

Feb 282001

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Engine head gasket failure at 57,000 miles. Factory changed gasket at ass'Y plants in late 1998, however, mine was built in April 1998 with original faulty design. This design flaw is common and should trigger a recall.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #77

Dec 172000

Neon

  • miles
Blown head gasket.

- Sledge, MS, USA

problem #76

Jan 012001

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket failure then head replaced because it was pitted.

- Waterford, ME, USA

problem #75

Feb 162001

(reported on)

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Blown head gasket caused oil leak at 33K miles. Nlm

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #74

Nov 012000

Neon

  • miles
The 1998 Dodge Neon that I bought has been nothing but a problem. Along with numerous, and I do mean numerous electrical problems, the head gasket has blown twice. And as we all know they are not cheap to replace. Dodge should be made to reimburse all such problems.

- Mcconnelsville, OH, USA

problem #73

Mar 012001

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was leaking oil for about 3-4 weeks. Consumer called dealer, and they knew exactly what problem was. It seemed to be a common problem that hasn't reached an investigation.

- Andover, MN, USA

problem #72

Jun 012000

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket failure at 40000 mi. Spring sleeves replaced at 500 mi, failed around 3000 mi.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #71

Feb 212001

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Engine head gaskets has developed a leak which could cause vehicle to completely shutdown.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #70

Feb 122001

Neon

  • miles
Faulty head gasket at only 54,400 miles seems odd for a 1998 vechicle. I bought it used in nashville and on the first oil change an oil leak problem was descovered and fixed via warenty. This may be the same component.

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #69

Feb 012001

Neon

  • miles
Whenever putting oil in to gas tank it will leak right to the ground. Mechanic told consumer that head gasket was shot, and needed to be replaced. There is a service bulletin on problem.

- Kinmore, NY, USA

problem #68

Jan 142001

Neon

  • miles
After numerous oil changes, engine check light suddenly started flashing while on expressway and car lurched, then shut down completely. At dealership I was informed that engine threw a rod through the oil pan. I'm convinced this is related to the numerous complaints of the head gasket in the engine, since they all seem to have oil leaks in common.

- Northville, MI, USA

problem #67

Dec 011998

Neon

  • miles
My Neon has been repaired for spark plugs, engine misfires, check engine light triggered, brakes are very noisy but according to dealership-need no replacement, sunroof repaired twice; it fell off track and wouldn't shut in the middle of winter, recently the head gasket is leaking; windows leak air, oxygen sensor needed repair, warranty has paid for itself plus more.....I am waiting for the next problem.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #66

Jan 132001

Neon

  • miles
Vehicle experiencing oil leakages. Taken to dealer, and informed that 2.0L engine had a head gasket failure, and vehicle was out of its warranty. Not covered under manufacturer's recall.

- Bayport, NY, USA

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