definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,500 miles

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2002 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 092009


  • 83,000 miles


My engine light turned on initially. I took the car to a mechanic to have the computer read by a mechanic. The light turned off before I arrived to the shop, but I thought that there would be something in the computer history. The mechanic still put this on the computer which read nothing in the history. I thought that this must be some type of diagnostic check and the mechanic stated that I could of just put the gas cap on wrong or something. I just bought the car about 6 months ago and nothing was wrong with the car when I had this inspected. The engine light being on will not pass emissions. Then on 06/22/09 I got an full oil change and all fluids were checked. Still nothing wrong. I turned the car on 07/04/09 the brake light was flashing and the speedometer gauge and fuel gauge was shaking. The battery died. I replaced the battery and the battery warehouse checked the flow of the battery and stated that this may have been just a bad battery because nothing else is wrong. They even stated that this was not the alternator. Then 2 days later I turn the car on and the transmission fluid and antifreeze were pouring on the ground. I turned the car off immediately. The Dodge dealership thinks this is the transmission from experience without even looking at the car. I feel that this is a safety hazard and would like this to be looked into further when looking online it looks as if I am not the only owner of 2002 Neon that is having this particular issue without any noticeable warning. There was no pop-the engine still runs without a noise I just noticed that I lost all gears and fluids are dumping very quickly from my car. I immediately shut this down. Dodge is quoting just for a transmission the bill will be $3500 and needed my VIN # just to tell that without seeing my car. Luckily my employer is not upset about the fluids all dumped in the parking lot, but this could be considered property damage.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #1

Sep 082004


  • miles
Electrical problem panel lights inoperative. The day before the vehicle broke down, the vehicle was in the repair shop for what the consumer thought was a faulty wiring problem. The consumer received an estimate for $825 to repair the inside cluster. An inspection revealed the vehicle had oil and transmission fluid in the reservoirs, in addition to that the transmission was rattling, the battery, alternator, belt and water pump had to be replaced.

- Wallace, NC, USA

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