really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
24,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace intake air tube (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Neon engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 302009

Neon 2.0L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles


This is actually my girlfriends car, and I am a mechanic. I got a call at work that she started her car and it immediately revved up to the red-line, so she shut it off, this happened every time she started the engine.

When I arrived I had her start the engine while I was under the hood, to my surprise, the intake air tube running between the throttle body and the intake manifold would collapse under heavy vacuum. A faulty sensor, a design defect or just poor engineering caused the ECU to interpret this as Wide open throttle, so it proceeded to dump maximum fuel to the injectors, causing the car to redline. I still have not figured out why the engine simply did not just stall out as I would expect.

So, I called the dodge dealership and they quoted me a price on a new air tube, it was exorbitant as anyone can expect from such a "fine" entity as Dodge/Chrysler. I wound up cutting up a plastic peanut jar and siliconing it into the tube to fix the problem, but I would highly suggest anyone this happens to simply pays to replace it.

The safety hazard of this is enormous, If someone were to drop the transmission in gear, there is no doubt in my mind it would result in a disaster. It would surely overtorque the braking system and cause total loss of vehicle control. Even moreso if this happened at a stoplight at idle when manifold vacuum is high.

Thanks for quality American products Dodge!

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

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