hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,978 miles

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2003 Dodge Neon electrical problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 092007

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 95,666 miles


I turned on my headlights and after about thirty seconds, I noticed a smell that smelled like something was burning. Maybe another 15 seconds or so after that, I saw smoke pouring out of the steering column. Pulling off the road now, I rolled down the windows and shut off the lights remembering that other owners have had problems with their wiring harnesses melting. The smoke dispersed and the car seemed fine. I have not used my headlights since.

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #9

Sep 202007

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,000 miles
Wire harness from under steering column caught fire for no reason what so ever. Car has 77000 miles on it. No covered under warranty. This has happened to multiple cars and Dodge is not covering repair on this item. Here is a link from more Dodge owners that have had this issue for no reason what to ever. www.srtforums.com/forums/showthread.php?T=221333&highlight=5183442aa I would like to get help in regards to this issue. Thank you

- El Cajon, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 102006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Multi-function switch inside steering column melted wiring harness for headlight switch. Smoke and heat came out of steering column cover. Had to replace dash harness and multi-function switch.

- Middletown, CA, USA

problem #7

Sep 082006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,800 miles


My multi-function switch on my 2003 Dodge Neon short circuited and melted the plug that it connects to I have contacted Dodge and searched multiple junk yards for the plug and have been unable to find one Dodge charges $1100 for the wiring harness I have no low beam headlights or fog lights and cannot afford the plug from the dealership nothing has been done to fix my problem.

- Arab, AL, USA

problem #6

Sep 182006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,740 miles
My headlights/fog lights started flickering and all of my dash lights illuminated. I then lost all power for a brief second and then the car came back to normal. I pulled the steering column apart and found the multi-function switch has started to melt. I have not replaced this yet as I just found this today.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 272006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 44,410 miles
The multi-switch and wiring harness behind my steering wheel melted rendering my headlights (low-beam) and fog lights inoperable.

- Stillwater, NY, USA

problem #4

May 102006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,400 miles


I have a 2003 Dodge Neon srt-4 and was driving to work when smoke started coming out of my steering column. I got to work and pulled the steering column apart and found that the connector for the multi-function switch (controls the headlights & turn signals) had melted into the switch. Upon discovering that the problem had been had with multiple people driving Neons from the same model year, I purchased a replacement switch and wiring harness. I spliced the wires back into place and everything worked but my headlights and fog lights. Upon further investigation, the fuse for the headlights had been blown and needed replacing as well. Questions posed to Dodge/daimler-Chrysler resulted in dead ends because there were no visible flames.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #3

May 222006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
There was smoke coming from the steering column. I immediately shut down the car. After starting the car, I realized my headlights were not working. I pulled on the multi-function switch twice and regained the use of my headlights. I dropped the vehicle off at the dealership (big valley Dodge/Subaru) on 5/24/06. On 5/26/06, at about 4:20 pm, I received a call from marvin in the service department. He advised they were going to replace the multi-function switch and wire harness. He also advised I was being charged $386 + tax as my car is out of warranty. It seems as there is no tsb on this problem although there are many Neon owners having the same problems. Please see links below. www.srtforums.com/forums/showthread.php"P=3461887#post3461887 www.srtforums.com/forums/showthread.php?T=255414&highlight=multifunction+switch www.srtforums.com/forums/showthread.php?T=251467&highlight=multifunction+switch www.srtforums.com/forums/showthread.php"T=191421&highlight=multifunction+switch.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #2

May 102006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,000 miles
This is a problem numerous srt-4 owners as well as Neon owners are experiencing (www.srtforums.com/forums/showthread.php?T=221333, www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/cars/problems/complain/results.cfm, www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/cars/problems/complain/results.cfm). my multi-function switch has gone out twice both resulting in instances where the headlights and fog lights do not working. First time I had to pay the dealership to replace the switch. They noted the wiring harness was melted but did not replace nor ask me if I wanted it replaced. This time I replaced the switch myself and headlights and fog lights still don't work. The wiring harness looks completely burnt.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #1

Sep 062005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,760 miles
The vehicle caught on fire from the wiring under the dashboard. This happened on September 6, 2005, contacted the dealer, and they were going to investigate it, but have not done so. The vehicle cut off, and smoke came out from under the dash. Then, the vehicle turned on four times by itself while consumer holding the key in hand. The horn started blowing and windshield wipers came on.

- Princeston , NC, USA

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