really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,122 miles

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2004 Dodge Neon drivetrain problems

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2004 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 262015


  • miles


The front frame that holds engine, struts, brakes, steering are rotted out from rust causing major issues and possible injuries and death !!!!!!!!!!! Chrysler knows of these issues and wont do anything to remedy the problem.

- Oregon, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 162013


  • 54,000 miles
Transmission cooler in radiator leaked, causing transmission fluid to contaminate engine, and also contaminated transmission with radiator fluid. Called Chrysler Corp and they said no recall on it and did not offer to help with it. When I google searched this problem there seems to be multiple instances of this happening.

- Oak Forest, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 232012


  • 153 miles
I have a Dodge Neon 2004 when driving to school the car started accelerating on it's own which was very risky. It was revving up to 3200 RPM atg 40 mph I had to pull by the side of the road all of a sudden I saw a leak behind the plate on the transmission the check engine light came on too bad. I was wondering if there is any recall on this car because I can see a lot of complains from other individuals on here. There are a lot of safety issues regarding the Neons revving up or accelerating on it's own.

- Cincinnati , OH, USA

problem #8

Jan 082012


  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Neon. While driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle began to decelerate. The contact exit the vehicle and noticed transmission fluid leaking underneath it. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated the radiator had to be replaced and the transmission would have to be flushed. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 74,000.

- Clearfield, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 042012


  • 134,526 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Neon. The contact stated that while driving, the transmission shifted in and out of drive. In addition, there was a transmission fluid spill. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic that located the failure at the radiator. The radiator was cracked and caused the fluid to contaminate the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 134,526.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #6

Jan 042012

Neon 4-cyl

  • 134,000 miles
The Neon was driving down the road when I lost acceleration and it spewed transmission fluid (and mixed with what I later found out was cooling fluid) all over the road. The car could no longer accelerate and is inoperable. The mechanic later determined that the radiator had failed and leaked coolant into the transmission causing it to overheat and fail.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Jul 262010


  • 66,447 miles


S10 appropriate handling - letter from regarding Dodge problems. 2004 Dodge Neon. The consumers wife was driving the vehicle when the vehicle suddenly stopped accelerating. The transmission failed and she was barely able to make it to the side of the road. The hood was extremely too hot to touch and noises and liquids were coming from the vehicle. The consumer stated there was a known problem with the transmission cooler in the radiator. The transmission, radiator, hoses and thermostat had to be replaced. Also, the engine was flushed.

- Arbor Vitae, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 072010


  • 46,000 miles
Driving 2004 Dodge Neon, bought new, getting on interstate up to speed when engine began to stumble, would not accelerate, would not go above 2000 RPM, check engine light came on. Had to pull off to the side of the road. Nursed the car home at 40mph and ran obdii scan. Got a camshaft position sensor intermittent signal failure code. Replaced sensor from advance auto parts on 2-18-2009. Car ran fine until 7-7-2010 when same thing occurred. Pulling out into traffic to get up to speed when engine stopped pulling and started to shut down. Had to get out of the way of approaching traffic from behind and pull off the road. Check engine light, car would run but not over 2000 RPM. Got it home and scanned it and sure enough same defect code, cam shaft position signal intermittent. Changed it out with one from autozone with a two year warranty. This will make the third one in this car and it only has 46000 miles on it.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #3

Mar 122004


  • 67,234 miles
2004 Dodge Neon SXT. Transmission / cooling system failure resulting in antifreeze mixing with transmission fluid destroying transmission and radiator. Dodge refuses to honor their power train warranty citing the cooling system as the cause of the transmission failure, and not the powertrain. This should be a rare occurrence according to my mechanic, but it is one of the largest problems with the car online. There seems to be a major defect in these cars causing a catastrophic failure. Dealer estimated 3900 parts and labor to fix.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #2

Feb 122009


  • 96,978 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Neon. The contact took her vehicle to the dealer to have the brake pads serviced. The technician discovered that the transmission solenoid pact was leaking and made the replacement. The repairs totaled $1,000, of which the contact paid $865. Two days after the repairs, the vehicle revved up while driving 25 mph. On one occasion, the contact released the accelerator pedal to slow down and the vehicle began accelerate on its own. She attempted to apply the brakes, but the vehicle still accelerated. When she arrived home, she noticed that the check engine indicator was illuminated. She took the vehicle back to the dealer, but has not yet received any feedback. The manufacturer has not been notified. The current and failure mileages were 96,978.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 232006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
I purchased a 2004 Neon SXT on November 23, 2004. Mileage on delivery was 200. In December of 2004, the solenoid malfunctioned. The engine light stayed on and the car would not accelerate. The dealer repaired this and my basic limited warranty covered it. On March 5, 2005, I took the car back to the dealer for repairs for this same problem. On March 23, 2005, I took the car back to the dealer for repairs. This time there was a malfunction with my timing chain causing the car to accelerate on its own! it would reach speeds of 60 to 70 mph without applying gas! the dealer repaired this, again covered by the warranty. In June 2006, the problem recurred causing me to have an accident. Out of no where, with no warning, as I was turning a corner, the engine light flashed and my car took off! I could not stop it! its 5pm, the middle of rush hour traffic and cars a waiting for a red light! I drove in between lanes to avoid hitting others! I finally put the car in neutral (didn't stop) then park and turned it off in the middle of the street! as I did this I hit two cars. Im sure you can imagine my horror! its something I will never forget nor want to relive. Im sending you this letter because im now faced with a dilemma. My car is at the dealership waiting to be repaired. They are telling me this problem is not covered by my power train warranty. Now when I purchased the car, it was explained that the power train was all engine related parts. Now according to your warranty manual, the timing chain is an engine part and is covered by the power train warranty. Why am I having a problem? besides this, I no longer want to drive this particular vehicle! who knows when this will happen again and where ill be! I risk injuring myself and anyone in the path of that car!

- Kansas City, MO, USA

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