really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 3
Average Mileage:
49,188 miles

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2001 Dodge Neon electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #8

Jun 012013

Neon 4-cyl

  • 137,500 miles


I was driving and car start to shake and the engine light was on.

- Bell, CA, USA

problem #7

Feb 152010


  • 126,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Neon. The contact attempted to start the vehicle but it would not start. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where the front end was rewired. After the repairs, the failure recurred and the vehicle was towed back to the mechanic where the alternator, alternator belt, cam shaft, battery, horn and the ground wire cable were replaced. The failure continued after the repairs. The mechanic stated that the harness needed to be rewired. The vehicle was not further repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 282010


  • 90,000 miles
On several occasions, smoke has been emitted from behind the steering column. Initially, fog lights would not turn off. Later, smoke came from behind the steering column, and the fog lights turned off, but would not turn on. 1 month later, more smoke came from behind the steering column, with a bad odor, and the headlights stopped working. Now, I have had to buy the mfs (multi-function switch) but it does not work, as the wiring harness and wires are burned. The Dodge dealer says that the entire wiring loom has to be replaced for several thousand dollars. I have researched online, and have found several complaints of the same issue. My concern is that headlights, taillights, turn signals, etc, should be a safety issue, and I have seen that many other Neon owners have had taillights go out, turn signals not operate, etc. I checked 7 cars in junk yards today, and found that all of them had burned wires and harnesses. Dodge should remedy this issue, which is clearly related to safety.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 182003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


2001 Dodge Neon. In shop 11 times for same problem. Electrical failure. All gauges drop to 0 engine stalls and starts back up. All lights black out. Very unsafe!!! car can swerve due to power lose. Have had 4 very close calls of being hit when the car does this on freeway. Car was under warranty when problem started and problem could never be duplicated. Computer modula replaced, engine shut down replaced, ignition switch replaced, relays replaced. Just had positive battery cable (harness) replaced at $280 cost to me with 3 days lost at work. 20,000 miles ouit of warranty and even though problem has been documented for a year while under warranty I had to pay that and the $110 for the engine shut down relay 2 weeks ago. Don't know if this is fixed or not. Will never buy another Dodge.

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 062003


  • miles
While traveling on the highway vehicle shut down without prior warning. And the clock will roll back to 12:00 am.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #3

May 152003

Neon 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving down road at any speed the system will reset self like the clock will reset to 1200 and the seat belt light will flash on and motor light and airbag light all will flash and during that time the car has shut it self off then come back on like nothing happened. Then it will die completely I have had it in the shop twice and no one can find the problem. I have about got rear ended while this has occurred. It has done this 3 times in one week and 2 times in another week. This is a very bad problem and really needs to be looked at. It is a shame that people cant get a good car without problems I haven't had this car 1 month yet it is a used car 2001 but only has 46300 miles on it I believe there is something wrong with the computer system somewhere all I have had is a run around and I pay to much a month on this car. I pray everyday when me and my daughter gets in it that we don't get hurt or worse killed. Please let some one here read and help. This is a serious matter.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #2

Jan 132003

(reported on)

Neon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated while stopped at a light, as she attempted to step on the gas, the pedal began to act erratic, which caused the vehicle to hit the person in front and would not stop. The vehicle was repaired, but now it hesitates when driving or stopping. Other problems are as followed: The electrical lights and alarms, engine/cooling system, equipment(not spec), fuel system, heater/defrost/vent, park brake, power train, serv. Brakes, steering, structure, suspension, visual systems, the air bag module, (brain of the vehicle) computer, and a cracked motor head. Cause of incident: Wear/corrosion/rust, locks, and stability.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 262001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled at 55 mph, lost all power and functions. Consumer was not able to restart vehicle. Towed to dealer, PCM was replaced. Vehicle stalled 2 more times since then at various speeds. Dealer could not remedy problem, and installed co Pilot. Consumer states that on 14-Apr-2002 vehicle stalled for the fourth time, dealer couldn?T duplicate the problem and consumer is concerned about her safety.

- Houston, TX, USA

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