pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
139,431 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. i had this problem... but fixed it (1 reports)
  3. let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes then it restarts (1 reports)
1996 Dodge Neon engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012010

Neon Highline

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,500 miles


OK when I bought the car I knew about the stalling issue but NOONE had a definite solution. It took me almost 1yr, searching the net, and asking about 10 mechanics but I think I have a solution. (In order that I did the repairs) 1) I went to a junk yard and bought a throttle body with Idle Air Control motor and Throttle position sensor. I cleaned them up with throttle body cleaner and a SOFT toothbrush (this almost completely eliminated my stalling) 2) I bought a BRAND NEW coil pack (I went with an MSD coil pack because it was only $10 more then OE). The whole thing cost me about $130.

Side note: Remove your coil pack and look on the bottom of it for ANY cracks it could cause it to short out and cause the engine to stall.

- , Babylon, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 172010

Neon 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

this dumb ass car worked great in the winter time, nut when it reaches above 70 degrees it f*cks up BIG TIME, i am so sick of looking on the internet for parts for this "thing" we don't know wtf is wrong with it...don't know if it is the MAP sensor fuel pump, or gremlins in the electrial system, there is so much wrong with this piece of sh*t it's not funny.... we can't charge the air conditioner because it makes this god awful noise when you run it, the passenger window is f*cked up the weather stripping in the trunk likes to flail around after shutting the trunk... it makes the car demonic looking and i'm starting to believe it is possessed. this car looks alright on the outside but mechanical wise.........I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wan't it to be impaled... set on fire, thrown down a hill or something,, ohhh maybe ill shove it off in the local lake....no one will notice :)

if someone knowingly sells you a neon they should be taken behind the barn and executed on sight!!!! BTW thanks Dodge for makng such a piece of sh*t.....i don't know if its a MOPAR but its a moper.....ugh!!!!!! god save us from damn evil cars

- , Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #6

Feb 252009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles

So when I pull into a parking spot and just coast in without hitting the gas my car stalls and the wheel lock up. This happens a lot of times also when I turn the wheel all the way. It's becoming a big pain and I have no clue what it is. Can you please help me with your input?


Put your subject as car help. Thank you!

- , Lebanon, PA, US

problem #5

Oct 072008

Neon 2 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


When I got the neon in September it ran like a jewel. But then after a while of driving it, it would start to stall on me when I was driving down the highway, pulling in to a parking space, stopping at a stop sign, and pulling into my driveway.

Then when winter came, we had to start charging the battery EVERY FRICKEN MORNING!.... so my dad went and got me a new battery, THEN it still would only start when it wanted it to, and still stalling. So then my boyfriend went and bought a new starter and alternator for my car. He just put the alternator in the other day, and just this morning it stalled driving to work AT AN INTERSECTION!!... but now, a family friend who owns a car shop, tested it and said that something somewhere is draining 12Volts of my battery. and he can't find it anywhere!...

neons are good cars.... WHEN THEY RUN!!... other than that I think this car make is a piece of crap!

- , SGrove, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 212007

(reported on)

Neon 2.0L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

never buy a neon,. It stalled while driving in rain, and was hard to restart

- , Monterrey, Nuevoleon, Mexico

problem #3

Jan 312007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 300,000 miles

This car is a pain in my ass, when it decides it wants to start, between the excessive black smoke, to the bouncing, to the stalling, stopping shutting off and not starting. how about the cost and hassle of having in the garage every 2 weeks, new alternator, starting motor, wires, gasket heads, terminals, battery, etc. We are at our wits end with this car.. anyone figure out what is going on with them???

- , St Johns, NL, Canada

problem #2

Jan 122007

(reported on)

Neon Highline

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

it conks out on me while i'm going through an area with slow traffic (less than 15 mph). it also tries to turn when i start it and i have to pump the gas to get it to start. my mechanic has had it multiple times over the past year and he can't find anything wrong. the scariest moment was when it stalled out on me as i was approaching the delaware memorial bridge in heavy traffic. lucky, i was able to pull over onto the service road as it was bouncing before it stalled. it took me 15 minutes to get it started after that. that was truly one of the scariest moments of my life and i've had this car for 6 years.

- , Pennsville, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 192006

(reported on)


  • 56,951 miles

i was out at 11 at night gone to get a friends kid in a town like 10 miles from home, my car just stop running and would not start back up, i was cold and pissed, i dont know what the problem is and that is why i am here.

- , Highgate, VT, USA

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