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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

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments (Page 6 of 8)

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problem #45

May 252000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles

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

Consumer noticed a big oil puddle under vehicle. Dealer has been contacted and indicated that engine head gasket was blown.

- Palmyra, MI, USA

problem #44

Apr 112000

Neon

  • miles
I bought this car on 3/15, on 4/11 I had to go back with a major oil leak, dealer replaced oil pressure switch, went back 4/18 still leaking, put in a tracing dye, went back on 4/25 was told it would need a head and valve cover gasket to stop leaking, cam sensor mentioned but not repaired. Head gasket replaced on 5/3, by 5/6 almost all oil lost mixed w/coolant and foreign material. Dealer now says it has a cracked head. This is ridiculous, there should be an entirely new engine because we all know it won't stop here!!! this has to be stopped, I have checked other websites and not found any recalls by Dodge for this problem, your website has shown me that this is happening far too frequently.

- Holland, MA, USA

problem #43

Apr 282000

Neon

  • miles
This car has been driven under normal condtions for approximately 18000 miles. I just don't see the head gasket becoming damaged after this amount of driving.

- Glendale, WI, USA

problem #42

Aug 301999

Neon

  • miles

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

Upon investigation of an oil leak under the hood of my 1998 Dodge Neon I was informed that the problem was a defective head gasket and sending unit. When I called the local Dodge dealership, marietta Dodge, Inc., 701 cobb parkway South, marietta, ga 30062, (770-424-6601) I was told that this was a common problem and since my auto was not over 80,000 miles the part would be replaced. However, when I arrived for service I was told that the 36,000 mile warrantee was expired so the part could not be replaced free of charge. I feel that the part is a manufacture defect and should be covered regardless of the 36,000 mile warrantee, especially since it did not show up until that particular warrantee was already expired. I see that this problem has been addressed in service bulletin # 090899 and 090997. I feel there should be a recall on these parts since the failure of such cuts down on compression and gas milage making the Neon an undesirable automobile. I was informed by the technician that found the source of the leak that his company sees two to three automobiles with this same problem per week. He is the one that advised me to check on a recall since it seems to be a common problem. I have also experienced problems with defective seals that were replaced free of charge after my rear floorboard was getting soaked everytime there was a heavy rain. Air conditioner odor which was addressed and treated but not depleated (service bulletin #241197). I also am experiencing brake squeal and groans (service bulletin #051097). I would like to know what my recourse is" where do I go, what do I say, how do I get these problems taken care of before I run out of time"

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #41

Apr 252000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Blown head gasket or O-ring in right rear of engine. Appears to possibly be a O-ring which secures oil moving from the crankcase to the head. Very premature failure.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #40

Apr 252000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Blown head gasket or O-ring in right rear of engine. Appears to possibly be a O-ring which secures oil moving from the crankcase to the head. Very premature failure.

- Brentwood, CA, USA

problem #39

Jan 141999

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

This car has endless problems. With 2 head gaskets and 1 valve gasket blown, I worry about what damage has been done to my car. I just hope it doesn't blow too. I want Chrysler to double my warranty!

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #38

Oct 151998

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer purchsased vehicle with 12,000 miles on it. Transmission fluid was leaking. Took vehicle to dealer & had seals tightened. 1-2 days later, engine check light came on & the car shut off while making a left turn. Vehicle had to be towed on 10-18-99 because consumer was scared to drive it. Consumer found out head gaskets were cracked. Consumer has other problems with the vehicle & dealer was not acknowledging the defects. Will contact the lemon law.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #37

Aug 101998

Neon

  • miles
Air compressor, piston head was dameged due to heat, catalytic converter replaced, and the first head gasket replaced all at 18500 miles.recently replaced a third one at 44500 miles.that makes four in a year and a half! ecently replaced miles

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #36

Aug 101998

Neon

  • miles
Air compressor, piston head was dameged due to heat, catalytic converter replaced, and the first head gasket replaced all at 18500 miles.recently replaced a third one at 44500 miles.that makes four in a year and a half! ecently replaced miles

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 122000

Neon

  • miles

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

Head gasket failure is defenitely a manufacturing flaw based on the references that I have learned of. There should be a recall on this car for this defect!

- River Ridge, LA, USA

problem #34

Aug 101998

Neon

  • miles
Air conditioner compressor, engine piston head was dameged due to heat, catalytic converter replaced, and the first head gasket replaced all at 18500 miles.recently replaced a third one at 44500 miles.that makes four in a year and a half! ecently replaced miles

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #33

Aug 101998

Neon

  • miles
Air conditioner compressor, engine piston head was dameged due to heat, catalytic converter replaced, and the first head gasket replaced all at 18500 miles.recently replaced a third one at 44500 miles.that makes four in a year and a half! ecently replaced miles

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #32

Mar 122000

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket failure is defenitely a manufacturing flaw based on the references that I have learned of. There should be a recall on this car for this defect!

- River Ridge, LA, USA

problem #31

Aug 101998

Neon

  • miles
Air conditioner compressor, engine piston head was dameged due to heat, catalytic converter replaced, and the first head gasket replaced all at 18500 miles.recently replaced a third one at 44500 miles.that makes four in a year and a half! ecently replaced miles

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #30

Aug 101998

Neon

  • miles
Air conditioner compressor, engine piston head was dameged due to heat, catalytic converter replaced, and the first head gasket replaced all at 18500 miles.recently replaced a third one at 44500 miles.that makes four in a year and a half! ecently replaced miles

- Sanger, CA, USA

problem #29

Nov 121999

Neon

  • miles
There was oil leaking from the outside. Vehicle was taken to dealer, and was told the head gaskets needed to be replaced. Consumer took vehicle in to dealer, and dealer was to cover the cost to have valves and springs in the motor replaced. However, warranty expired because vehicle exceeded the required mileage.

- Tabernacle, NJ, USA

problem #28

Mar 072000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
My car had leaked oil, very little for awhile, I had planned to put in the shop after I received my tax return check. Well I couldn't wait, for the small leak had turned into a huge leak. It is at the shop right now, and I had been told that it is the head gasket. I have heard of all to the familiar cases like this. Something needs to be done. Why isn't there a recall on such a problem?

- Pearisburg, VA, USA

problem #27

Feb 032000

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket failed at 32,450 miles. Told by dealer that this happening to all of the Neons. Why isn't there a recall then.

- Pope Afb, NC, USA

problem #26

Jan 062000

(reported on)

Neon

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Engine head gasket blew out, creating a oil leakage. Consumer has contacted the dealer, parts has yet to be replaced.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

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