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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,500 miles

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2002 Dodge Neon miscellaneous problems

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2002 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 022006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


Trunk leaks with water collecting in the spare tire well.

- Wakefield, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012004


  • miles
I bought the car brand new. No previous owners. The car is a 2002 Dodge Neon 4 door. The paint began to peel off approx two years after I bought it. I took it to a Dodge dealership and was told that Dodge would not help me since it looked like the paint was coming off because of stones hitting it. You can clearly see where the paint is about to peel more, because it bubbles up first, then splits, then peels off. The paint will literally fly off when driving and you can see it go up past the windshield. The paint is peeling off in sheets. I have read many, many other consumers with this same type of problem. Why isn't Dodge taking responsibility for this? I have contacted Dodge with no response. Now the car is past its warranty stage. Someone should make Dodge make this right.

- Montoursville, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 082006


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Back seat floor floods in heavy rains (pools of standing water). Trunk also soaked. Smells horrible and is difficult to drain/remove water. No dampness of seats or around window/door area. (property damage at this point is odor-related.)

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Dec 062004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I took my 2002 Dodge Neon to the dealer I purchased my car from. It was missing really bad, and the back floorboards held water when it rained. It was standing about an inch in my back floorboards, and my spare tire carrier in my trunk was full of water. My wires needed to be replaced, and I had 2 spark plugs that were bad and they put new plugs and wires in, at my expense. I purchased extended warranty on my vehicle, which was not cheap. I had to pay for the tune-up, the rental car, and they told me the leakage was due to bad seals in the tail lights and it wasn't covered. They told me they had been having a problem with the 2002 Neons doing that. I asked why there was no recall on that. He told me it wasn't a safety hazard. Maybe not, but it is surely a case of bad design. I E-mailed Chrysler and Dodge, and they basically told me it was my problem. Why should I have to deal with bailing water out of my 2-year old car? they know there is a problem with that particular model, yet they won't pay to have it fixed. It was going to cost less than $100; but by principle, I refused to pay to have it done. If I can't get it repaired at the manufactors expense, I will wait until the spring rains move in, and drill a hole in my spare tire holder. Now, mind you, we're talking about a 2-year old car, not a 10 yr old car. I will be on the biggest hate campaign against Dodge that they will ever come across.

- Potosi, MO, USA

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