hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,918 miles

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2004 Dodge Neon electrical problems

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2004 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 152009


  • miles


The contact owned a 2004 Dodge Neon. While driving 55 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment followed by flames. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Dothan, AL, USA

problem #9

Jun 072016


  • 185,000 miles
Running lights stopped working (on a city street), when repaired, was due to a wire in the multifunction switch burning out and melting the casing of the mfs

- Morristown, NJ, USA

problem #8

Nov 012012

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Neon. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the key would release out of the ignition switch without warning. The vehicle continued to drive without the key in the ignition switch. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 7/16/15

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #7

Nov 232012

Neon 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Just had the instrument panel replaced due to a fried power transistor on the I/C board. Repair lasted about 1 hour and then replacement instrument panel failed also. Appears to be a short in the dash light circuit. This causes fuse # 15 to blow which removes power from the parking lights, and the tail lights.

- Vevay, In, IN, USA

problem #6

May 022006

Neon 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
About 2 1/2 years after I purchased my Dodge Neon SXT the seal at the bottom of all the windows began to dry up, crack, and fall off. At this point I barely have any seal in between all 4 of my car windows and the car door. Water has gone down into my door and I'm afraid that it will soon affect the electrical equipment in the door. My main concerns are the controls for adjusting my mirrors, my window controls, and my door lock. I have never seen a car's seal basically dry rot and fall off of a car starting so early. I would expect it to start happening now that I've had the car 8-9 years, but not to this extent.

- Highland Village, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 162009

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Neon. While driving 30 mph with the headlights illuminated, the fog lights suddenly illuminated without warning. The steering wheel began to emit smoke and became unusually hot in temperature. She was able to drive the vehicle home; however, a burning smell filled the cabin of the vehicle. The dealer was contacted and stated that either the wiring harness or the multi-function switch had failed. There were no recalls for the failure and the vehicle was not repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 97,000. Updated 4/26/10 updated 05/06/10.

- Lisle, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Neon. The contact has replaced the vehicle's battery four times since June of 2005. The first time the vehicle stalled out was in June of 2005. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer who stated that the battery was drained. In October of 2005, the vehicle experienced the same failure twice. The contact returned to the dealer and they replaced the battery. On July 3, 2007, the failure recurred and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer stated that the battery needed to be replaced again. The VIN, engine size, and # of cylinders were unknown. The current mileage is 53,000 and failure mileage was 15,000.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 282005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 33,379 miles
: the contact stated the vehicle stalls intermittently. This happens at various speeds and under normal driving and road conditions. However, it happens mostly when the vehicle is shifted from third, fourth or fifth gear. The vehicle has been to the local dealership numerous times, they are unable to duplicate the problem. The starter has been replaced 3 times, the entire wiring harness was replaced, the O2 sensor was replaced and the camshaft sensor and bolts were replaced. Although, these replacements were replaced the problem still exits.

- Westminster, SC, USA

problem #2

Mar 182004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,800 miles
While driving at 70 mph, the consumer attempted to exit a freeway and the vehicle lurched and made a loud noise. The vehicle was pulled into a parking lot and smoke began to emit from the hood. Consumer turned the key off, but the vehicle continued to run. The fire department arrived and disconnected the battery cables. At that time the smoking ceased and the engine shut down. The consumers vehicle continued to run rough and lurch forward, the check engine light would come on, , the vehicle would run with the key out of the ignition, and when the door was inadvertently shut, the door would lock. The dealer could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. The consumer was told that the fuel was delivered at a rich combustion level. The service dealer replaced the ab/master relay and the power train control module. (fuel was being delivered to the cylinder at excessive amounts and with the key out of the ignition)

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 192004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 45 mph a loud ticking noise was heard coming from underneath the hood of the vehicle. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, however the mechanic could not duplicate or resolve the problem. The headlights had gone out while the consumer was driving the vehicle, the wheel needed to be replaced, there was a problem with the brake line in the front, the wheel bearing was broken in half, the fog lights had gone out, there was a roaring sound when the vehicle was in motion, there was a whirling sound in the engine which would get worse when accelerated, the rotor/pads rusted, the steering pulled to the left, and when slowing down, the steering wheel would shake. (Dodge Neon SXT 2004)

- Lafayette, AL, USA

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