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2002 Dodge Neon electrical problems

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2002 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 202005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Over the past 3 years, I have had to have the battery replaced three times in this car. Each time I have asked for an explanation as to why a year old battery would go bad. The explanation last week was "a short in the battery, not caused by the car." Since the first 2 times it was replaced by the warranty, I can't understand this issue. This time the battery was not covered. Each time this has happened, it has been without warning, no lights flashing, nothing. Just go to start the car and nothing. I have been left stranded each time this has happened. Clearly, either there is an issue with the batteries being installed, or there is an issue with my car. Either way, it should be covered by the company. As it is, I had to shell out $150 last week.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

May 052005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Back in 2003 I turned my vehicle off and it wouldnt start again. The vehicle was only a few months old so I called road side assistance they took it to carmax in los angeles, ca for at the time I was living in the area. Carmax told me the battery was dislodged I found this funny becuase I have never touched the battery the vehicle was only a few months old. When I had turned the key all the lights went crazy and it wouldnt start. They informed me that the battery had drained itself. Well they changed the battery and everything was ok until now. About 1 year and half later it happened again. When I was driving the battery light came on then the seatbelt light, brake light and the spedometer started to blink. I pulled over and turned the vehicle off and it would not start again. I got a jump to get home and it blinked the whole way there. I then turned the car off when I got home. When I went to the car in the morning to go to work the car would not start again. I caled aaa and they gave me a jump and I went to the auto place and got a battery it has been a few hours and its ok right now but for how long. Then I read about this person here that was having the same problem as I did and she needed to have her car all rewired. I am taking to back to the dealership and suggest that anyone else do the same.

- N Syracuse, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 252002

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I turned the key that morning to go to work, the car was totally dead. I called chryler roadside assistance, sent a tow truck, gave me a jump, I let the car run for 45 minutes before going to work, I started driving, dashboard lights were blinking like crazy, the gas guage kept moving up & down, and the seatbelt light started blinking. Drove to carmax/los angeles and they were closed. I drove home, wouldn't restart, called the tow truck again, car towed to Dodge dealer (on manchester & isis/inglewood). I was told that the battery cell had dislocated, replaced battery and I was told that everything was fine. 12/20/02: Driving home on the 405 freeway, the car began to jerk and all the dashboard guages were going up and down, the radio cut off, and the gas guage was going crazy. I was at the century blvd exit, I made a sharp turn to get off on century, then the car just cut on by itself. I continued to drive abount 1 mile and the car totally went dead. There were no lights or power. I called for a tow, the car was towed to downtown la Dodge, I was told that the battery cable was loose, it was tightened and they didn't see any other problems.. 12/23/02: Drove around the corner from my house (1/4) mile, car cut-off in the middle of the street. My friend came, touched the battery cable, and the car started. When I drove about another 1/4 mile, the car shut-off again. I called the tow truck, the car was towed to the seller (santa monica Nissan), they kept the car for a week trying to find the problem. On December 31, I rec'd a call from buerge Dodge, they had to re-wire the entire car.. 01/10/03: I was driving home from work and the car accelerated before coming to a complet stop, my co-worker instructed me to open the hood, she touched the battery cable and the car started. I came home and left mssgs for the buerge Dodge service person (jeremy battat) to call me back and I still have not heard from him.

- Inglewood, CA, USA

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