fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,766 miles

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1998 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 072001

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 46,124 miles


Sun roof glass came of the track and will not open or close. The track was replaced three times. The sunroof would drag and make knocking noises. The vehicle also experienced a battery problem and oil leaks which had come from the cylinder head.

- Wildomar, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 252003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
As you are driving down the road the screws that hold the large sunroof glass to the vehicle vibrate out causing at any speed for the glass to flap vigorously of the top of you vehicle. Not only causing potential harm to people behind you but also damage to yourself and the sunroof assembly.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #6

Apr 222003


  • miles
After driving my Neon for about a year, I am finding the same problems as other owners are having. Item number one, the sun roof has just been repaired. The last item is the most important. The head gasket problem has arrived. From what I am learning, Chrysler is and has been receiving a number of complaints on this problem for some time. The cost in the repair is something that Chrysler does not want to bear. Instead will continue to pass it on to it's customers. I own two other Chrysler products that are much newer and they too are troublesome.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 152002


  • miles


Head gastket is blown, needs to be replaced. Mechanic said "there's oil and coolant everywhere". this car has only 39,000 miles! I've contacted 7 repair shops, average cost to fix is $700. Three mechanics told me that this problem is so common, they can't believe there hasn't been a recall yet. One mechanic said that he does these at least once a week. After much research on the internet, I have found that this is a very common problem--I alone have found nearly 100 reports of the same thing happening. As for the sunroof...it broke and was repaired in August 2000. Now, just over a year later (no more warranty) the same problem has happened again. There have been tsb's issued on both of these problems. A recall is needed immediately.

- Michigan City, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 312001


  • miles
Sunroof motor, guides, and cables malfunctioned (would not open or close). Replaced at 55,000mi and covered by Chrysler on 01/23/01. On 01/18/02 dealer diagnosed sunroof coomponents needing replaced (motor, guides, and cables). Chrysler is refusing to cover the repairs because the parts were guaranteed for one year/12,000 miles. Also, head gasket first went at 30,000 miles and was replaced. Replaced again at 55,000 miles. And again needs replaced at 80,000. First repairs were covered by customers extended 5yr/75,000 mi warrenty.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #3

May 032001


  • miles
This car was brought brand new and ever since I got it it has been a constant headache. I had had numerous problems with this car as well as other owners of Dodge Neons. I find it very odd and suspicious that these cars have not been recalled to fix their potentially deadly problems. I myself, do not intend to let this go after the thousands of dollars I have invested in this car. I will be a constant thorn in the side to Chrysler if they do not get these cars off the streets where they are endangering the drivers as well as other traveling in other cars. No safety defec tlisted in summary.

- Enfield, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 011998


  • miles
My Neon has been repaired for spark plugs, engine misfires, check engine light triggered, brakes are very noisy but according to dealership-need no replacement, sunroof repaired twice; it fell off track and wouldn't shut in the middle of winter, recently the head gasket is leaking; windows leak air, oxygen sensor needed repair, warranty has paid for itself plus more.....I am waiting for the next problem.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #1

Apr 212000


  • miles
For as much as I pay per month on this vehicle, it has been nothing but constant problems. I am a single mom and cannot afford to have my only vehicle in the shop every time I turn around. It seems that most of my problems are common in the Neons. No afety defect listed in the summary.

- Smithfield, VA, USA

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