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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

1998 Plymouth Neon (Page 3 of 4)

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,922 miles

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1998 Plymouth Neon engine problems

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1998 Plymouth Neon Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #31

May 092001

(reported on)

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Head gaskets are leaking oil onto engine. Dealer has inspected vehicle. Consumer also states on 10-20-200 belts, brake shoes/pads and rotors were replaced.

- Billerica, MA, USA

problem #30

Mar 012001

Neon

  • miles
Factory installed head gasket failed causing a major oil leak. Requires costly replacement with newly redesigned multi layer steel gasket as specified in Chrysler tsb 09-05-98.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #29

Apr 012001

Neon

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Oil getting into water, problem is due to a head gasket failure. Consuemer states he called around to three different dealership to get a price to repair blown head gaskets and was advised that this is a common problem and would range anywhere from $650 to $1100

- Winchester, CA, USA

problem #28

Apr 172001

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles

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

Head gaskets are leaking oil onto engine. Dealer has inspected vehicle.

- Lyclon, CA, USA

problem #27

Apr 022001

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket replaced twice, second time the rear main seal was also replaced.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #26

Apr 022001

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket replaced twice, second time the rear main seal was also replaced.

- Arnold, MO, USA

problem #25

Aug 102000

Neon

  • miles

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

The Neon was misfireing, replaced plugs two different times within 2 months, gas millage rotten took to dealer, they replaced the oxygen sensor, still having trouble, the car was in 3 times for that problem. For the past 1 1/2 months the vehicle has been loosing oil, leaving puddles all over, have put in 6 qts. Of oil on my own in the past 1 1/2 months, plus had a complete oil change. Found out the head gasket is bad, Chrysler says they have not hurd of any other Neons with this trouble. Tormohlens (dealer) also says there have been no other Neons with this trouble. Contacted other repair shops, was told this is a reaccuring problem with the Neons. Dealer offered to do it if Chrysler pay part, and then I have to pay $200 deductable. If this is a known problem with Neons there should not be any cost. This is a problem that should be recalled if there are that many Neons with this problem. Will not fix at this time, not paying for. Attorney contacted.

- Freeport, IL, USA

problem #24

Nov 012000

Neon

  • miles
Engine was leaking a lot of oil. Took to dealer, and dealer replaced head gasketon November 10, 2000. It has to be changed again.

- N. Hampton, MA, USA

problem #23

Nov 012000

Neon

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Overheating and excessive loss of oil and coolant. Taken vehicle to a dealer shop, and informed of a head gasket failure which was not cover under a recall.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #22

Aug 012000

Neon

  • miles
Last summer the head gasket on our car failed just before the warranty was out. We were advised at that time that this was a known problem to Chrysler and that they would be installing a redesigned gasket. "shouldn't ever have this problem again." In December 2000 I was on the freeway when the car over-heated. The head gasket had once again blown on the vehicle. The dealership refused to admit there was a problem and "generously" offered to split the bill with us 50/50. We paid a $1,200 bill to have it fixed six months after the first incident. Here it is 8 weeks later and we have blown the head gasket for a third time. I'm meeting with them tomorrow at the dealership and I'm sure I'll have to fight with them again. Given from the information I've found on the internet this is a known problem with them. I feel that in addition to fixing my car at no charge this time they need to refund my payment from December. How do we proceed with this?

- Mckinney, TX, USA

problem #21

Feb 222001

Neon

  • miles

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

Power steering would lock up intermittently when driving over a water puddle. Also, vehicle experienced problem with oil leakages due to a head gasket failure. When appying brakes pedal would go to floor, and caused extended stopping distance. Dealer was notified, and informed consumer that none of the problems were covered under a recall, and vehicle was out of its warranty. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #20

Apr 012000

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket blew on 1998 Neon. Did not notice until oil dumped all over garage floor. Luckily repaired for free, but this is a widespread problem on Neons. Chrysler should make repairs for free up to 100,000 miles because it is a design defect. There are 108 posts in the bad Neon head gasket discussion group on the internet. Supposedly there is a "secret warranty" out on this problem, but Chrysler applies it inconsistently. I do not have the VIN because I just traded it last week, but still concerned because I bought another '98 Neon on 1/28/01.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #19

Jan 132001

Neon

  • miles
Noticed oil stain on garage floor and took car to mechanic who put it on a lift and determined visually that there exists an oil leak at head gasket. Advised me to take car to dealer for repair. His computer search indicated that this was a problem with 1998 Neons and it should be covered under warranty. My 3 year warranty expired 10/30/2000. I called dealer and arranged for appointment on Monday 01/22/2001 and hope this will be repaired under warranty since it is a common problem. Informing you for the record of existing problem.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #18

Nov 012000

Neon

  • miles
Engine was leaking oil. Then, took vehicle to a technician, and technician said there was a blown head gasket.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #17

Jan 011999

Neon

  • miles
While driving about 20 mph engine shut down without prior warning. Crankshaft sensor failed and stopped engine.

- Stratford, CT, USA

problem #16

Dec 182000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket blew out at 46,000 miles. Dealr has been contacted.

- Lebanon, ME, USA

problem #15

Sep 152000

Neon

  • miles
Head gasket failed causing oil leak.

- Wayland, MI, USA

problem #14

Aug 012000

Neon

  • miles
Vehicle leaking oil severely; at oil change told cam seal broke.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #13

Sep 122000

(reported on)

Neon

  • miles
Vehicle was leaking small amount of oil, and was consuming alot a large amount of oil. Consumer contacted dealer. Dealer noticed that head gasket was pumping oil onto the road surface. According to dealer, Chrysler has upgraded the gasket three times.

- San Pablo, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 022000

Neon

  • miles
Upon completion of other repairs to accident damage we discovered an oil leak, which we were told was unrelated to the accident, and was a head gasket failure. After investigating we learned that this is a very common problem in Neons.

- Plano, TX, USA

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