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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,303 miles

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1998 Dodge Neon transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 012002

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,640 miles

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

The head gasket failed which caused the vehicle to stall, the dealer replaced the head gasket, however after 2103 miles the head gasket failed again. Ph. the transmission pan was leaking fluid and the wiper blades was replaced.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #11

Feb 202002

(reported on)

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Gears were not shifting properly, vehicle was towed to dealer, after inspection of vehicle, dealer replaced transmission. Consumer states that second gear was grinding.

- Bethel, CT, USA

problem #10

Jan 312002

(reported on)

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When vehicle is shifted into reverse there is a delay before it will actually go into reverse.

- Castville, PA, USA

problem #9

Apr 012001

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission failed immediately after engine repaired by farris Chrysler Plymouth in jefferson city tn.

- Talbott, TN, USA

problem #8

Feb 192001

Neon

  • miles
Sprag gear broke, vehicle was maintained according owners manual. A good transmission should not fail at 56000. This car was not driven hard. And there is no reason for tranny to fail.

- Greenfield, IN, USA

problem #7

Dec 012000

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Anna, TX, USA

problem #6

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 #5

May 301998

Neon

  • miles
Air conditioner also malfunctioned. Repaired on July 29, 1999. Repair required valve expansion, freon, gasket, and recharge. Also on July 29, 1999, right hand turns caused clunking noise. Front end was cleaned and lubed by dealer. Noise returned 8 days later. Also on July 29, 1999 dealer service department found caliper slides dry and again lubed tie rod and ball joints. Complained on September 12. 1998 of back fire of engine when A/C on. Service department claims this is normal even though it was a new problem felt after 2,035, miles driven. On October 27, 1998 headlight bezel came loose from vibration from tie rod being loose. Part of dash panel removed to correct loose switches. On October 27, 1998 vehicle was into service department due to door top weatherstripping tabs falling off. Dealer had to order parts and have vehicle returned after parts arrived to reinstall. On October 27, 1998 the front and real wheel toe adjustments, retightend nuts on tie rod and alignement of vehicle was done due to vibration. On May 11, 1999, the transmission fluid was found low by myself. It also had black flakes on the dip stick. "your transmission is shot" was the report from the service department. Transmission was reconditioned, flushed, new band and gasket installed at 7136 miles. Vehicle went back into repairs on October 27, 1998 to have body weld rebented and paint touched up due to damage from lift from previous repair. Several calls to Mr. John brunson on October 23, 1998, the general manager of dayton andrews Dodge, St. Peterssburg, Florida, but were never answered or returned. I had several talks with Mr. Mike armus, salesperson, who stated he couldn't get me any straight answers from steve, service manaager, regarding the loose front end problems.

- Gulfport, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 011999

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving at any speed and shfting to another gear, the vehicle jerks and shakes and there is a leakage within the transmssion. Also, front of the vehicle where the motor mounts are located on the bottom and the top, broke and there was some type of leakage.

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 081999

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
While the vehicle is in drive if the shift is hit or bumped the vehicle will then go into neutral.

- New Orlean, LA, USA

problem #2

May 281998

Neon

  • miles
When driving at any speed and going up hills, the consumer has to put the foot on the gas pedal hard to get some speed. On wet pavement the vehicle really doesn't have power. The vehicle will downshift, and when driving it will do light shifting. Vehicle is in the shop, and the dealer said the vehicle passed all the fuel tests, but the problem still occurs. The dealer did some work on the oil pan.

- Frederickburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 041998

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car started to jerk and speed dropped while going up hill.

- Jersey Cit, NJ, USA

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