really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,032 miles

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2003 Dodge Neon exhaust system problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 262004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,000 miles


Neon had to have the manual transmission replaced twice within the total milage of 20,000 miles. The car was delivered with a defective battery temperature sensor, and 1 month before the car caught fire it was in the shop and the mechanic failed to replace the battery tiedown bar. On August 26, 2004 the car caught fire while the ignition was off and was driven for only 5 miles. The vehicle also had a bad passanger seat belt buckle. Many passangers complained of it being difficult to insert the belt into the locking mechanism.

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 182003

Neon 4-cyl

  • 1,065 miles
While driving at 70 mph, the speedometer fluctuated and consumer couldn't get an accurate reading of the vehicle's speed. The mechanic attempted to fix the speedometer numerous times, once by replacing the internal cluster. There was a squealing noise coming from the front of the vehicle, the noise was fixed by blocking the air intake on the front of the vehicle. The vehicle stalled several times on the freeway, however the mechanic was unable to find the problem. There was a noise coming from the heat shield. The consumer stated the vehicle consumed a lot of fuel, there was a rattle from the exhaust and the engine had an oil leak, subsequently the dealer was unable to verify the consumer's concerns.

- Red Bluff, CA, USA

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