really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
77,958 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced wire harness end and multifunction switch (2 reports)
  3. replace melted wires in steering column (1 reports)
  4. Replace multifunction switch (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Neon electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I am having a problem with the combination switch, the high beams are the only ones that work, i have replaced the switch twice now, it was melted both times, can anyone help me and let me know what this is ? is this a recall problem?

- , Gibsonton, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 022010

Neon 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Was driving in town when smoke starting coming from my steering colum. turned it off then stopped but was heating up. and can still smell burning. going to find out towmror what is going on

- , Onalaska, WI, USA

problem #4

May 072009

Neon 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,745 miles

I started my car to go to work when I turned the lights on I smelled smoke and the low beam head lights and fog lights stopped working but I still had high beam lights. The next day I took off the cover over the steering column removed 4 screws and flipped the switch over, removed the plug and saw that it was burnt. I bought a new switch from Auto Zone but I need to get a new plug before I change it. This could be extremely dangerous because of the possibility of fire or an accident at night especially in foggy conditions.

- , Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 252007

Neon R/T 2.0L Sohc Magnum Ho

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Called Charlie Zook dodge dealership where i bought the car New, and as usual they didn't care one bit, then called Dodge and again they didn't care. the lights went out on me when i was driving down a highway at night, the Dodge dealership tried to tell me that if i wanted to fix the problem i would have to buy a new switch and a Whole new wiring harness for 1000 but i was looking at the screen and noticed there was a TSB for this and after i started to loose my cool, the guy finally told me that they do have a connector end for the wire harness for alot cheaper. I will never buy a dodge again, never. the don't stand behind their products.

- , Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #2

Feb 042008

Neon 4

  • Manual transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Wiring melted together and lost headlights off and on. Dodge dealer could not find a problem the first time, 2nd dealer found the melted wires in the steering column. Could have caused an accident at night as the lights would just go out.

- , Dallesport, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 022007

(reported on)

Neon SXT 2.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

I driving my car and I noticed a funny smell and white smoke coming from the steering column. I turned the car off and back on and it kept smoking every time it was turned on. I took it to the dealer, where they said it was my multifunction switch that burned. They replaced the multifunction switch and gave me the onld one back. You can definately tell where it was melted/burned.

- , Middle River, MD, US

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