definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,756 miles

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2003 Dodge Neon electrical problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 072007

Neon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,500 miles


- the contact stated that while attempting to drive the 2003 Dodge Neon with 52500 failure mileage the headlights did not work. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, and they informed the contact that the problem with the headlights was a failure in the wiring. The current mileage was 53000 miles.

- Haysville, KS, USA

problem #8

Dec 302006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,600 miles
2003 Dodge srt-4 (55K) was driving on the freeway and heard a pop. I smelled a foul odor as if something was burning but went away. I did not see any smoke, the windows were down. The car was still riding smoothly so I continue my drive home. Was not till that evening I noticed my headlights or fog lights would not turn on. I did some research on the "forums" and read about similar issues. Apparently my mfs (multi function switch) has failed during my drive and it is confirmed that I have a burnt hole under my connecter in the steering column. This is very dangerous. This could have literally started a fire during my drive and or shut off my lights driving at night. I have read that this has actually happened. Car is at the dealership right now being fixed with my own money!

- Daly City, CA, USA

problem #7

Dec 302006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,500 miles
2003 Dodge Neon srt-4 multifunction switch failure. The wiring connector to the switch is melted. Low beam headlights and fog lights will not turn on. Can provide pictures.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #6

Sep 212006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 54,000 miles


Multi-function light switch on the column causing wiring harness connector to melt and catch fire. Bright headlights would come on for no reason and not go off. Back of switch itself getting very hot. Replaced the wire harness connector but problem still occurs, cannot turn headlights on for extended amount of time or connector melts and catches fire again.

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #5

Oct 142005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 56,400 miles
(1)headlights and driving lights ( that was put on by Dodge) went out. (2) wire harness and turn signal/ headlight switch at steering wheel melted together.!!!!! never blowing a fuse !!!!! found out the driving lights were staying on at highbeam. When they were supposed to go out. (3) replacing the switch and had the end of the wire harness replaced. Old part is not available (forgot to get from mechanic).

- Catasauqua, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 182005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,800 miles
My 2003 Dodge Neon, purchased from carmax near lax in inglewood, ca. It now has under 24000 miles, and has stalled in traffic 7 times in the past 1500 miles, twice failing to re-start in traffic, and once again in a parking garage. The 1st time was about 5 months ago in West los angeles. The vehicle re-started only after a jump from aaa, and stalled 2 more times as I drove to the carmax location for service. Carmax failed to find anything wrong to explain the stall, & found only a loose battery terminal bolt, which they said caused the stalling. They tightened the bolt and returned the car to me. Less than 5 weeks later, the car stalled 3 times again around town, restarted after 20 minutes, and finally stalled in santa monica, when the entire electrical system died, no brake lights or safety hazard lights at all, and the car would not restart. I had Chrysler towing take the car to buerge Chrysler in West la, and they could not duplicate the problem, & declared that the battery was fine. They said a service bulletin suggested "flashing the power control module", which they did. The car was returned to service. Less than 6 weeks later, the car stalled on the road twice again, and once more in an underground parking garage, where it would not restart: Again, no power at all, no brake lights or hazard lights. The car was again towed to buerge, and 2 days later they claimed to have found a defective connector on the battery grounding cable, which was replaced. The car was returned to service. When a car is barely 2 years old with less than 24000 miles on it, and stalls 7 times, 3 times stranding the driver, in the midst of traffic, this must be considered a significant safety hazard. I still owe the bank $$ for this lemon, and am afraid to Venture too far for fear that the alleged fixes of tighteedg bolts, flashed pcms, and replaced connectors may not be certain fixes. Chrysler needs to get to the bottom of this inexcusable problem.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 182005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles


Feb 18,2005 while driving my car all of a sudden the headlights failed the car was taken to my mechanic and it was determined that the headlight switch was faulty and the wiring harness and connector had melted.

- National Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 202004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
While driving 35 mph steering column caught on fire. Consumer extinguished the fire by turning off the turn signals. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the turn signal switch and wiring harness needed to be replaced.

- Donora, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 012003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I drive a Dodge Neon srt-4. the number 4 spark plug wire is turning snow white, it look S like if I keep it on, it will eventually fail and burn up. I have heard about someone else's wires burning U, and also have seen pictures. I do not want the same thing to happen to me.

- Union, NJ, USA

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