really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,096 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Dodge Neon body / paint problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 212009


  • 63,000 miles


While parked in the rain, water was leaking from top of drivers-side door, soaking the driver-side floor to a point that squishing sounds could be heard, also during rain, the drivers-side of the trunk leaked & it soaked enough water to be able to soak a cloth & squeeze water out. This has been an ongoing issue.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 012011

Neon 4-cyl

  • 87,379 miles
We purchased the vehicle about 2 years ago from a used car dealership. About a week after we bought it, the check engine light came on, and we also noticed that the trunk was leaking and had so much water in it that mushrooms were literally growing under the carpet. No one could fix the trunk leak. We had to take the carpet out and bleach the mushrooms off, twice. We ended up buying caulking and fixed it ourselves so we wouldn't waste $250 for a mechanic to not fix it again. It took 3 tubes of caulking, but it stopped leaking. Now the sun roof leaks as well. But the biggest problem is that no one seems to be able to fix the check engine light problem either. We've taken the car to 4 separate garages and have had this same issue "fixed" 6 times now. We've spent at least $500 all in all on this one problem and each time, the light goes off, but a week later it comes back on. No one can fix it. We've had the car for 2 years and we've already put at least $1000 into it, if you include the brakes and tune ups.

- Medina, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 062010

(reported on)


  • miles
Letter from senator burr on behalf of constituent concerning a water leak problem with her 2003 Dodge Neon.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 0 miles


I was in a small collision at the speed of 10 mph or less. I rear ended a Ford F150 truck because my brakes skided on the road, my 2003 Neon fishtailed, and I hit the bumper of the truck. My right headlight was smashed, and my radiator was also broken. After 3 minutes my engine caught on fire, and my entire car was engulfed in fire within 5 minutes after the collision. My airbag on both driver and passenger side did not go off, I didn't hit the truck at a highspeed, yet my car went up in flames. Everything in the car was melted, and I think this car is very unsafe. Had I hit a truck or been hit by another large or small car, I hate to wonder what would of happened then. Would I of made it out in time before it caught on fire, or would it blow up on impact?! Neons are not safe, and I think this car will catch on fire at any speed. I have pictures of the car that shows the damage from the collision, and you wouldn't ever think the small damage could catch this car on fire.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 272004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, there was a wind noise that's was very annoying. It sounded like a window was down. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and they said it was normal.

- Mansfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 282003

(reported on)


  • 200 miles
While driving if there is any little dip in the road vehicle will bottom out. Vehicle's front has been severely damaged because of this problem.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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