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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,972 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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2002 Dodge Neon engine problems

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2002 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 092007


  • 82,835 miles


The radiator broke in my 2002 Dodge Neon. The coolant went into the transmission. This was last 7/2007. Next the transmission solenoid went 4/2008. Now the transmission needs to be rebuilt. 7/2008 in talking to numerous repair shops I am finding out this is a common problem and happens all the time with these Neons. This is a safety issue. I think its a defect with the way this was built.

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #5

Sep 282006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated that while traveling 60 mph on normal road conditions and making a right turn a loud popping sound was heard. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who determined that the axle was broken. This manufactures defect caused problems with the cb unit and the engine computer unit. The vehicle was taken to a dealer prior to this incident where the cb unit was replaced. The problems still persists. The vehicle was awaiting a part to arrive for the independent mechanic to perform a replacement. There were no recall nor complaint found on this problem. Updated 12/05/06.

- Suisun City, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Then, vehicle stalled. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Parlier, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


While driving at highway speed engine light and the oil light came on. Consumer pulled into a rest stop. Upon driving up the ramp to the rest stop vehicle stalled. Vehicle was towed to the dealership, and mechanic determined that sludge build up, causing the vehicle to stall.

- Gloucester City, NJ, USA

problem #2

Nov 082003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Vehicle is exhibiting hesitation problems when engine is at operating temperature while accelerating from a stop and while under load such as climbing a medium grade road. Engine feels like itS starving for fuel. Had one case where engine stalled while stopped at a traffic light for no reason. Another issue that concerns me the most is while accelerating from a stop into traffic, the engine bogged down with no power at all making it difficult to get out of the way of on coming traffic. The dealer said that they understood that Chrysler was aware of the problem is to come out with an update for the engine computer but after 1 years and 20000 miles, I have not seen a solution for the problem. This condition has existed since the purchase of the vehicle in April of 2002.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 252002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car took on water from the "air intake" port causing me to stop--had no control of car when it stopped--according to the Dodge dealer the engine seized from the rain water intake--same day it could not be started again--was from a rusted starter as per Dodge dealer--car was sold back to Dodge dealer at a loss

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

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