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NHTSA — Exterior Lighting: Brake Lights Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,775 miles

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1998 Plymouth Neon lights problems

lights problem

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1998 Plymouth Neon Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Consumer noticed that the brake lights burned out continuously. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the brake lights needed to be replaced, and replaced them. However, the problem recurred. Vehicle was taken back to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

problem #1

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

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