hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
410,672 miles

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2003 Dodge Neon lights problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

Sep 262008


  • 67,500 miles


My 2003 Dodge Neon srt-4 was making a funny smell at night then my lights went out and they would only work with my bright switch pulled back. I pulled apart and saw that my switch to my multifunction switch was burnt. I went to Dodge and they told me it was not covered under warranty. So I bought a new multifunction switch and plug. I do have all the old parts.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #7

Jun 012008


  • 78,000 miles
2003 Dodge Neon, low beams quit working a few weeks later the fog lights became intermittent, then eventually quit working too. Upon examination it was discovered that the connector that attaches to the multifunction switch is melting from being overheated during headlamp/foglamp use. Dodge is aware of the problem but does not have a recall on it. A repair kit is available, the description for which clearly indicates that Dodge is aware of the problem. Research also reveals that the same repair kit is indicated for several other Chrysler products exhibiting similar design deficiencies.

- Winterset, IA, USA

problem #6

Sep 152008


  • 75,000 miles
When I use my headlights for 15-20 minutes, I begin to smell a burnt plastic smell and notice the left side of the steering wheel gets very warm. After 20-30 minutes of headlight use the low beams just go dead, it "automatically" switches to high beams immediately. If I try to turn it back down to low beams, everything goes dark (*very* dangerous at night!). then I am forced to use high beams and blind everyone else for the rest of my trip, or I have to pull over and let the apparent cause (the multifunction switch) cool off for an eternity before resuming my trip. I'm highly uncomfortable knowing that my car has plastic behind the steering wheel on the verge of erupting into flames when I use my headlights. I also consider it extremely hazardous, not only for the fire risk, but also the low beams dying suddenly.

- Farmington, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 152007


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Neon. The contact stated that the high beams, headlights and fog lights did not work properly. The switch was replaced, but failed again approximately one month later. There was an opened and closed investigation (EA06019) for the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- Putnam Valley, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 282006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,500 miles
Recently I was driving my 2003 Dodge Neon SXT going to drop my kids off at my parents house. When I dropped them off my headlights and fog lights were working fine. After dropping them off I got back into my car and started it and went to turn my headlights and fog lights back on only to find that they didn't work! my parking lights and taillights worked but the low beams and fog lights didn't and still don't. I have checked the fuses, the light bulbs and I even checked the switch and they all looked great and from what I can tell the wiring looks good. I belong to a Neon club on the internet and there are others having the same problem. I checked on the internet for a recall on the 03' Neon and I found one for the exterior lighting but when I called the dealership they said that my car wasn't affected by the recall and I would have to pay to get the car fixed. A car this new should not be having problems like this I can understand some general maintenance sure but not both headlights and fog lights not working at the same time. My high beams work if I hold them on but if I let go of the switch they turn off.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #3

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 #2

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 #1

Sep 112006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The problems first started when the fog lights on my 2003 Dodge Neon had started to come on even when the switch was off. They would do this any time I turned the wheel, or went over a bump. This had been going on for almost 6 months. Then about a week ago, my lights would not turn off. The lever wouldn't click when I hit it to turn them off. They continued to stay on, and then would turn off when they wanted to. After about a day I was driving home at night, and all of a sudden my lights turned off, and would not go back on. If there were no street lights, I could have gotten into a severe accident.

- Hopewell Jct. , NY, USA

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