really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,825 miles

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2003 Dodge Neon transmission problems

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2003 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 292010


  • 68,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Neon srt4 (na). The contact stated that while driving approximately 15-20 mph, the 3rd gear shifter suddenlypopped out of place. The contact was able to continue driving after a little maneuvering. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted but they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 68,000.

- Landover, MD, USA

problem #7

Sep 252008


  • 45,000 miles
Bought car new and I am meticulous about it's maintenance. Oil seal in manual transmission has failed twice now. Once in 2004 with about 10,000 mi. On the car with no damage to clutch disc and again now in 2008 with 45,000 mi. This time the clutch disc was contaminated with oil and was not included in the repair under Chrysler's 7 yr. 70,000 mi. Drivetrain warranty. Ended up paying for a new clutch assembly as well as the $100 deductible. This car has been a nightmare. This is just one of about 15 times this car has been in for major repair.

- Shavertown, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 012006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Car was hard to shift into any gears - car was taken to dealership and was given a replacement transmission. They blamed it on bad synchros. About 6,000 miles later I had the same problem only worse. The car would not shift into 3rd gear at all. It would only grind. They replaced it again with a new transmission. Now - once again I am having trouble shifting into 3rd gear and sometimes 4th.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #5

Feb 032005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 19,500 miles


1) no warning of upcoming part failure. Car was being driven on the highway at normal speed (55) preparing to decelerate/downshift, damp road conditions, but wasn't currently raining. Car is a 2003 Dodge Neon R/T. part in question is new to the 2003 model year. 2) clutch master cylinder assembly (master cylinder, hydraulic line, and release cylinder-sealed assy.) hydraulic line broke off while downshifting coming off the H3 into the usmc base (many swerves and need to slow down.) this resulted in a loss of fluid to the pressure plates causing the transmission to not disengage properly. The car does not shift properly, and the engine RPM's do not drop when the clutch is pressed. The stick cannot be pulled out of gear into neutral if the car is moving even 10mph. This could have been a hazardous/fatal problem under other circumstances. 3) I am contacting windward Dodge in the morning to have the master cylinder assembly replaced and the rest of the clutch assembly inspected (replaced if necessary) for excessive wear/damage from this incident. If they aren't sending the part off for an inspection at corporate offices I will request to hang on to it in case an engineer somewhere would like it.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #4

Jun 012004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 13,000 miles
The vehicle accelerated very slow when put into 2nd gear. The RPM hangs at 3000; while stopped in neutral the idle fluctuated from 3000-1000 RPM and the vehicle idled very rough. The dealership has serviced the vehicle 5 times, in which the sparks plug, air filter, oil filter etc, . has been replaced. The problem still exist. The vehicle is currently at the dealership being serviced for this same issue.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

May 302003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 100 miles
I have a 2003 Dodge srt-4 since I bought the car I have been having problem with my transmission. Sometimes it's hard the get in gears no mater is you're down shifting or up shifting, I went twice to the dealer I they told me that is normal but I know from the chats that there is a lot of people having the same problem. Thanks.

- Port Angeles, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 072003


  • miles
The transmission in my Dodge Neon rt 2003 has went out twice, they have to replace it w/ new ones... I know a few more people where the transmission was broken in these cars.. it's happening constatnly in the Neon rt.. manual transmission

- Millville, NJ, USA

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