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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems

1998 Plymouth Neon (Page 1 of 4)


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 1 of 4)

problem #71

May 182011

Neon 4-cyl

  • 36,000 miles


Car has 36,000 miles on it and oil started running out underneath the car. Took car to dealer and the head gasket was blown. This is a known problem and Chrysler has yet to correct it. Upon further investigation I have found that I will have this problem again since it is a defect from the manufacturer. I was told from mechanic that several other cars the heads are also affected by this problem.

- Wabash, IN, USA

problem #70

Mar 222005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,500 miles
Head gasket failure at 37500 miles ( 2001) head gasket failure at (83125 miles) resulting in oil contamination/check engine light problem/spark plug fouling. Rear oil seal failure ( started at 55125 miles)- $ 2000 repair bill to replace head gasket and rear oil seal at 83125 miles.

- Saskatoon, 00, USA

problem #69

Aug 012003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,100 miles
Head gasket leak, known problem by diamler thats why the mls gasket and torque specs were introduced. No fire, yet. Car only has 54,000 miles when leak started.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #68

Jul 202004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 42,000 miles


Took my 98 Neon with 42,000 miles into local Chrysler dealership for an oil leak. They said that the head gasket needed to be replaced for a total of $1050. It is my opinion that: - the head gasket failure is not due to my own negligence, but an inherent design flaw. - the inferior head gaskets shipped in these cars pose a slight safety risk to consumers because it directly leads to oil leakage. - a large percentage, if not all first generation Neons, are affected by this problem.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #67

Nov 012003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 1998 Neon that had to be towed back to the dealer within the first 2 weeks of owning it because of an oil leak which they "fixed a gasket" then in November of 2001 had my head gasket replaced and now again November 2003 I need another head gasket.

- Marcus Hook, PA, USA

problem #66

Oct 292003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
My car leaks water. My trunk leaks and the rear floor leaks on both sides. What is causing this it has done this since I have had the car but it has gotten worse. I have also replaced the engine at 36000 miles.

- East Flat Rock , NC, USA

problem #65

Jun 102003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,983 miles


I bought the car and had great mileage for about 4 months. Now I get less than someone who owns a Chevy camero that is 3 years older than my car. I went on a trip to southern Illinois and 5 and 1/2 hour drive. I used all the oil in my car. I took it to a dealer and was told that I had blown a head gasket.

- Monmouth, IL, USA

problem #64

Oct 312002


  • 71,514 miles
These problems were found during a replacement of our third transmission. We are really upset with Plymouth/Dodge auto. We had this car for only a year and it has been nothing but trouble. Like I said, 3 transmissions, 1 engine due to head gasket problems. Now, the oil pressure sending unit, vehicle speed sensor, and the rear main oil seal. ----dims 11 IVOQ entry after 12/12/01 cut-over to artemis-------769336.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #63

Aug 132001


  • 61,550 miles
When brake is pushed the turn lights would light up and brake lights wouldn't brighten. This was (08/13/01). In 10/10/01 was able to drive forward in reverse and neutral, didn't have a reverse, transmission replaced. In 03/12/02, found oil in the antifreeze reserve and radiator, replaced engine due to head gasket problem. In 04/15/02, transmission doing the same thing back on 10/10/01, transmission is replaced again. In 10/31/02, transmission replaced for the third time, due to shifting hard, and same problem as 10/10/01 and 04/18/02. Also, at the same time the speed sensor went out so there was no speedometer working. We also had to replace the rear main oil seal because it was leaking and replaced the oil sending unit. ***dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 121/12/02 cut-over to artemis--------769334.

- West Valley City, UT, USA

problem #62

May 012003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,200 miles
At 53,000 miles the head gasket on my 1998 Plymouth Neon failed. The repair cost approximately $700 and had to be made on an urgent basis by a certified non-dealer repair facility. This vehicle has a known history of this failure and a service bulletin was issued on Sept. 8, 1999. The company has declined financial participation in the repair of this vehicle. As a known problem, I believe the company should bear the financial burden of this repair and issue a recall.

- Streetsboro, OH, USA

problem #61

Feb 022001


  • 24,400 miles


Purchased car 5/2000 with 10,000 miles. Oil leak on garage floor, took to mechanic who said car had blown head gasket & these cars are notorious for this problem. Dealer contacted, who refused to repair under warranty even though it is only 1 month past the 3 yr date & well under the 36,000 miles. Think mfg. Should be held accountable for quality issue. Found several reports of same problem on your website. Need help. Single parent & no money to repair at my expense. Mr **** dims II IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/2002 cut-over artemis****740626

- Monroe, CT, USA

problem #60

Feb 202003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,200 miles
Bought 1998 Neon with 76,000 miles. Leaks 1 quart of oil every 1,000 miles. This vehicle should be repaired by dealer without charge.

- Decatur, IL, USA

problem #59

Mar 252003


  • miles
The vehicle leaked oil.

- Freeport, IL, USA

problem #58

Mar 182003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving 20 mph the vehicles oil light illuminated. The consumer had the oil checked by a friend and discovered that the vehicle was out of oil. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the head gasket was blown.

- Fortwayne, IN, USA

problem #57

Feb 252003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
Cracked block with only 63,000 miles and less than 5 yrs old.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #56

Jul 162002


  • miles
I recently have learned that the headgasket is a problem that comes with all Neons and I was wondering why it hasn't been recalled if it is a known manufacturers defect and because a broken head gasket can cause your car to overheat, which is a fire hazard.

- Grand Ledge, MI, USA

problem #55

Jun 292002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on the highway, the engine check light appeared on the dashboard and it was discovered that the vehicle was leaking gasoline, the manufacturer is aware of the problem. The consumer was told that the leak was from the head being warped and pitted due to the type of head use on the vehicle, the dealer was unable resurface it. The manufacturer denied that this is a common problem, and refused to take responsibiliy.

- Butler, PA, USA

problem #54

Oct 152001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Headgasket is leaking. Dealer stated gasket needed to be replaced.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #53

May 012002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Head gasket had blown out and there was oil all over the engine. Consumer has taken it to the dealer several times before, but they have not done anything at all. Consumer has learned that several people have had the same problem around the same mileage 30,000 - 35,000 and would like to see recall for defective gaskets.

- Hancock, VT, USA

problem #52

Jun 132001


  • miles
While driving on the freeway, vehicle slipped out of gear and the and the engine began shaking, consumer was informed that the engine mounts had fractured.

- San Clemente, CA, USA

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