really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
276,733 miles

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2003 Dodge Neon electrical problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #5

Apr 182005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 23,200 miles


While driving 60 mph on I-35 in san antonio, Texas in January, 2004, my 2003 Neon R/T (with approximately 10,865 miles) experienced a complete loss of power. Luckily the momentum was great enough to allow me to pull off to the side of the highway. I checked the vehicle (cable connections and fuses) and could find nothing wrong. After 10 minutes the car started and ran fine. I took it to gunn Dodge in san antonio in February, and they said a cell in the battery checked bad and that was what caused the total loss of power. They replaced the battery. While driving from san antonio, Texas to knoxville, Tennessee on April 18, 2005, the car again experienced a total loss of power while I was driving at approximately 60 mph, outside of dallas, Texas. I was again able to pull off to the side of the highway, and I detected a slight scent of electrical components overheating.. again all cables and fuses appeared to be ok, but car would not start. As I was talking with Chrysler roadside assistance on my cell phone, my wife checked the positive battery cable connection, I attempted to start the car, and it started (approximately 20 minutes after the total loss of power). I was able to complete the trip to knoxville, Tennessee without incident. I took my car to rice Chrysler-Dodge in knoxville on April 19, 2005 (car had 24001 miles). After several hours, the service advisor informed me all cables, wires and fuses checked out fine, as did all ground connections. He also told me they had called Chrysler to speak with an engineer about the problem, and the engineer could think of no reason why my car had experienced a total loss of power while driving at highway speeds, nor had he any knowledge of this happening to anyone else.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 042004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
I have a Dodge Neon 2003. January 2004 I took my car in for routine service (oil change/plugs. About a week later a spark plug shot out of cylinder one. I call the service department and took it by the dealship (darcars) they put the spark plug back in but my car hasn't run properly yet.they refuse to take responsibility for the problem because it's takes a thousand dollar or more to fix. I've had dianogstics done and now the car is be repaired at lee's auto shop with problems hard for Mr. Lee to fix (electronic problem in the no. 4 cylinder; it won't open and close properly. Lee's done all he could do so far (the car now is still in his shop. It's been about a week). Furthermore I was told afterward that a new car dosn't need a tune up for two years. I think the service guy should have informed me of that instead he took my money with no refund. The exact day I don't have right now but I could get it I have all my problem paper work.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #3

Aug 232004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Car was 5 months old when it started to jerk & basically turn off intermittantly while I was driving at different speeds, the radio would turn off completely & the seatbelt lights on the dash would light up, the car would turn back on and then revv as though being down-shifted and then go back to normal. The problem proceeded to get worse to the point where the car stalled in traffic & I was broke down in the center divider. Dodge dealership has failed to find a solution after three visits & now my car is hooked up to a co-Pilot. This problem remains unfixed & even more dangerous to drive. Has stalled three times on the freeway!

- Ferndale, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 052004

Neon 4-cyl

  • 11,925 miles
Consumer stated that while she was on her way to the doctor's office she experienced some funny things with vehicle. It seemed as though one of the wheels locked, and the vehicle jerked. Also, it smelled like burning rubber. Consumer stated that later it unlocked by itself and powered itself up, and then took off. Nothing else happened again. She was at doctor's office where she parked for 2 hours. Afterward she got back into vehicle to return home, and the vehicle did the same identical thing after about 20 miles. All of this happened after putting coolant in the vehicle. Consumer insisted that she needed help because she could have been killed. Vehicle stalled while driving.

- Jellico, TN, USA

problem #1

Feb 042004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My Neon will sporatically lose all power then regains power within a few seconds. It has been in for service several times for the same problem. I am the mother of 5 yr old twins and their safety should be of the utmost concern to the dadge company.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

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