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1998 Dodge Neon exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 312004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Intermittently vehicle stalled while driving. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, and they determined that the intake manifold was cracked and caused coolant to leak inside the engine. Consumer indicated three years ago they replaced the intake manifold at consumer's expense of $3,000. Currently, problem recurred, and will cost consumer about $5,000.

- Woodbridge, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 072004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have purchased a 1998 Dodge Neon for our son who is in college. The car only has 24,000 miles on it currently. The head gasket is gone and oil is leaking everywhere. The repair for this will be between $700 and $800. I have made contact to Chrysler who stated that because the 36,000/3 year warranty was up they would not do anything about. I asked them if that was the best that their engines could do (head gasket going at 24,000 miles). From what I have read and been told by a dealership, chrylser knew they had a problem in 1998 with head gaskets and rectified it during the same year but never recalled the cars there were manufactured early in the production. I have seen so many complaints with the head gasket on this particular model so I don't understand what it takes to get a recall on this part.

- Gorham, ME, USA

problem #4

Jan 072003


  • miles
Consumer states his auto has been leaking oil for months. He finally took it to the dealership and was told that he had a bad head gasket. He thinks that this is a bad motor, because it only has 24,000 miles on it.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #3

Oct 012000


  • miles


Dealer repaired vehicle under 7yr/70K warranty. Had to pay for broken manifold bolts ($100) - dealer said they were not part of warranty repair

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #2

Jun 261999

(reported on)


  • miles
The muffler failed. Nlm

- Oak Hill, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 072000


  • miles
On the morning of 06/27/00, while driving to work. As I accelerated to 70 from 65, the donut on the exhaust manifold (flange gasket) gave out. The car began to sound like a lawnmower. I toke it to midas. They told me to check with Dodge for federal repairs for exhaust. Dodge said no, it wasn't covered, only catylitic converters and brain of elect. I didn't beleive the rep. He proved no proof. The brake system, had the rotors resurfaced and pads replaced at 36244. Is this normal? the drums had to be recerfaced also.

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

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