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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 1 of 8)

problem #145

Feb 112004

Neon

  • miles

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

Without warning vehicle stalled, causing the driver to pull off the road. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer, and mechanic determined that engine head gasket failed, causing the engine to malfunction.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #144

Feb 072001

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,124 miles
Sun roof glass came of the track and will not open or close. The track was replaced three times. The sunroof would drag and make knocking noises. The vehicle also experienced a battery problem and oil leaks which had come from the cylinder head.

- Wildomar, CA, USA

problem #143

Jan 022004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,463 miles
Brought car in for repair of severe oil leak at engine rear. Dodge dealer advises that it was a leaking head gasket (blown head gasket) on 1998 Neon with approximately 46,463 miles on the odometer. Could not reach Chrysler customer service at 1-800-922-1997 (stays busy); dealer refused to warrant work even though cause of problem was apparently a design/latent defect in the aluminum head. Vehicle purchased new 5/21/98. Internet reveals numerous other people have had similar problems. Fortunately, the car didn't break down and cause injuries, fataliites or property damage. A manufacturer and dealers should stand by their products. It cost me $636.94 to "repair" something that the dealer would not warrant because of apparent design/latent defect (damage allegedly required purchase and installation of new cylinder head to properly repair (at my expense) and I told them "no way"; its their problem, not mine).

- Oak Hill, VA, USA

problem #142

Nov 252003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 26,000 miles

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

Head gasket failure as well as other oil leaks on 98 Dodge Neon.

- Brenham, TX, USA

problem #141

Jan 302001

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
Head gasket is blown on car that has only 38000 miles.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #140

Nov 242003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The head gasket is blown. This is the second 1998 Neon I have owned that has had to have the head gasket replaced.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #139

Oct 222003

Neon

  • miles

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

Vehicle was parked in the driveway and oil was leaking from underneath the hood area. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealership for analysis.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #138

Nov 122003

(reported on)

Neon 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
The driver noticed oil all over the driveway. The dealer stated that vehicle was no longer under warranty, and they would not look at it.

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #137

May 102003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 820,000 miles
Bad head gaskets due to flawed design.

- Wailuku, HI, USA

problem #136

Jul 102003

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Consumer states that there is a rattle noise coming from the vehicle when accelerating. Took to dealer and dealer says the oil pan gasket is deffective.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #135

May 222003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 31,000 miles

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

1998, Neon sport head gasket oil leak on driver's side (needs to be recalled. This is a problem that Dodge is very aware of but refuse sto fix at their expense.

- Boiling Springs, SC, USA

problem #134

Feb 262003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Took car to mechanic and was told head gasket was bad and there has been a lot of problems with this car and head gaskets.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #133

Jun 122003

Neon

  • miles
While traveling on the highway and without prior warning vehicle was leaking oil from underneath. Engine head gasket blewout.

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #132

May 122000

Neon

  • 20,624 miles
Oil leaking from head gasket. Per carmax service mechanic "gasket defective". oil dye test performed to verify repair. ***dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****743020

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #131

May 152003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The head gasket on my 1998 Neon is no good and has leaked oil into my cooling system. It will cost me over a $1000 to fix it. I have learned this is a common defect on my car which I bought new in 1998. The company should be made aware of this design defect. Thank you. Mary anne cordalis.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #130

Apr 202003

Neon

  • miles
While driving the head gasket blew and caused oil to leak. The dealer was notified.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #129

Apr 222003

Neon

  • miles
After driving my Neon for about a year, I am finding the same problems as other owners are having. Item number one, the sun roof has just been repaired. The last item is the most important. The head gasket problem has arrived. From what I am learning, Chrysler is and has been receiving a number of complaints on this problem for some time. The cost in the repair is something that Chrysler does not want to bear. Instead will continue to pass it on to it's customers. I own two other Chrysler products that are much newer and they too are troublesome.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #128

Jan 012003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,568 miles
Blown head gasket with only 60,000+ miles on car got it used and have only had for 1 year 6 months. Actually problem occurred in January 2003. Oil draining from around oil filter. Had replaced filter and oil still draining around filter area. Took shop a while to find problem but, then said the head gasket needed to be replaced and repaired. April was when it got into a shop, but car had sat from January until April.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #127

Apr 182003

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
The head gasket seal and the right rear oil seal leaked. The mechanic stated that this has been a problem in many Dodge Neons.

- North Chelmsford, MA, USA

problem #126

Nov 112002

Neon 4-cyl

  • miles
The head gasket cylinder was defective. * mr engine oil leaked at the rear corner of the cylinder head because the passage seal failed. The dealer replaced the factory gasket with a Chrysler newly developed multi-layer steal cylinder head gasket. The consumer requested reimbursement. Scc

- Fallon, NV, USA

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