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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,876 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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2004 Dodge Neon brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 082010


  • 86,000 miles


My 16 year old daughter was driving her 2004 Dodge Neon on the 101 freeway near santa barbara, ca in bumper to bumper traffic. Suddenly and with no warning the brake peddle went to the floor and she had no brakes. At the same time the brake warning light went on. Because she was traveling slow she was able to exit the freeway using the emergency brake which was nearly in-effective. If she had been traveling at freeway speed she would not have been able to stop. The problem turned out to be the right rear drum brake cylinder was leaking which allowed all of the brake fluid to leak from the system.

- Calabasas, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 162007

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,504 miles
- the contact stated that while driving his 2004 Dodge Neon down hill at a speed of 40 mph, he tried to apply the breaks and the brakes seized, rear ending another vehicle. The contact stated that the hood of the vehicle was crushed, as well as, the engine falling out of the vehicle. At the time of the incident contact stated that his head struck the steering wheel and the air bags didn't deploy. The failure mileage was 38504. The contact can provide a copy of police report and pictures if needed. Updated 2/16/2007 -

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #2

May 012005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles
I bought my 2004 Dodge Neon around March of 2005. A couple of months later, the brakes would squeak while driving down the road. At first it was not too bothersome, but I took it to the Chrysler dealership and they told me the brakes were just dirty, and that nothing else was wrong. Now, the problem has continued to progress, and the brake squeaking is really loud and irritating. I have yet to take it back to the dealer, as it is no longer under warranty. Previously, I owned a 2000 Dodge Neon, and I went through the same problem with it. I noticed while searching through previous recalls, that my older Neon did have a recall on the "brake booster vacuum hose". when I had my older Neon fixed of this problem, I took it to midas, and they did not inform me of any recall regarding this problem; however, they may not have know. I don't know if the manufacturer's defect had anything to do with my squeaking brakes of the 2000 Neon, as I can't remember what midas did to fix the problem. However, if this is related to the recall in the 2000 model, it is a problem again with the 2004 models. The brake squeaking, although really annoying, I don't know if there's a safety problem associated with it (as I'm not mechanically inclined). I'm sure it can't be safe though, having brakes that squeak all the time, regardless of whether you're slowing down or not.

- Rozet, WY, USA

problem #1

Mar 192004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 45 mph a loud ticking noise was heard coming from underneath the hood of the vehicle. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, however the mechanic could not duplicate or resolve the problem. The headlights had gone out while the consumer was driving the vehicle, the wheel needed to be replaced, there was a problem with the brake line in the front, the wheel bearing was broken in half, the fog lights had gone out, there was a roaring sound when the vehicle was in motion, there was a whirling sound in the engine which would get worse when accelerated, the rotor/pads rusted, the steering pulled to the left, and when slowing down, the steering wheel would shake. (Dodge Neon SXT 2004)

- Lafayette, AL, USA

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