Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,144 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 132004

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

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

The oil light would come on and oil would leak out of the vehicle. After trying to start the vehicle the engine does not connect at first, has to try at least two times before it will start. Dealer stated it could be either the starter or the engine.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #12

Jul 152003

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I am in the process of compiling all information on the repairs we have done on the Neon. I have decided to wait until I have all the facts, from the first time we had the air conditioning repaired to the recent $900+ repair of the computer and the two-week-old problem with the sheets of peeling paint. The unbelievable paint peeling is inexcusable and was also the last straw. I will be filing a lengthy complaint shortly

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #11

Feb 192004

(reported on)

Neon 4-cyl

  • miles
While having a routine oil change, mechanic noticed an oil leak due to a defective oil gasket. The service tech suggested the problem could have been the oil pressure switch. A week later the cooling system was flushed and the service tech found that the head gasket was no good.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #10

Feb 122004

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles

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

Vehicle was leaking oil. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer determined that valve seals were leaking. Consumer felt engine could overheat and catch on fire.

- Erlanger, KY, USA

problem #9

Dec 302003

Neon

  • 50,000 miles
Consumer noticed oil leaking from head gasket. Vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the head gasket and the head bolts.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 172003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles
Blown head gasket due to design flaw.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 162002

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

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

Head gasket blew at 60,000 miles. Fortunately, my cousin is a claims adjuster for an extended warranty group. I was told to go to Chrysler and remind them of the others that they have reimbursed for these damages and it worked. Chrysler paid for the repairs, all though it was not easy. I got the run around and an ear full of lies. But, in the end they paid. Don't take no for an answer. They have to fix it.

- Washington , IN, USA

problem #6

Jun 092003

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Noticed oil leaking from under vehicle while traveling at highway speed, vehicle overheated.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #5

Jan 172003

Neon 4-cyl

  • 63,877 miles
Oil leaking in driveway, took for inspection immediately (same day it was noticed on a new driveway). Inspector notes head gasket leak this motor should be on a recall list with as many as they have seen on this model. Scc ****dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****770859****

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 152001

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
While driving to work one morning I checked my temperature gauge and realized my temp was extremely hot. Then there was a cloud of smoke rolling from under my hood. Being 50 miles from home and knowing this area too well I was very happy to see a county sheriff pull up behind me and offer me a ride to work. My car stayed on the side of the highway for 12 hours until I could get some one trust to come and tow it the 50 miles back home. The car sat for a while until I could save the money to bet it repaired. It was not easy to continue to pay a monthly loan payment on a car that was not drivable. Finally when we got the money I called a local and cheap mechanic to see what the problem was. A blown head gasket that in return caused oil to contaminate the radiator. It was only after speaking to my cousin who is a claims adjustor for a national extended warranty co. Did I realized that I could get "assistance" through Chrysler to fix my car. I had to fight tooth and nail to get them to agree that this was an ongoing problem with this car. Finally eight months later my car is in the dealership getting repaired at only 50% of the cost at my expense. If you have this problem, contact the Chrysler corporation office in Michigan and tell them you want a district rep to come to your dealership and determine how much "assistance" they will provide you. Do not take no for an answer. They will pay for partial repairs.

- Washington, IN, USA

problem #3

Jan 212003

Neon

  • miles

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

Consumer is having problems with the seal of the crankshaft which is leaking. Dealer has been notified.

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #2

Jan 162003

Neon

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving and without warning the head gasket blew causing the vehicle to overheat and die out.ts

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 032000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
At only 19000 miles the car has blown the head gasket, the front drivers side tire split down the side in several places, both drive belts broke causing dead cells in the battery, now temp gauge goes to red when in traffic with A/C working.dealer replaced head gasket and belts but cant find the overheating problem. What a piece of junk!!!!

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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