pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
82,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (2 reports)
  2. replace clamps on hoses (1 reports)
  3. replace radiator and flush transmission (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Neon transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 032015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


Ok, so me and my husband bought the car in August 2014. From the day we got the car we have had to put over 3 gallons of transmission fluid in the car. On Saturday night me and my husband we taking our daughter home and the check engine light came on. We first replaced the radiator and that did not fix the problem. Then we went to my uncles garage and they replaced the clamps going from the transmission to the radiator. They told me that when you replace the radiator you should change the clips to different ones because it was not the same. Once they replaced the clips we no longer had a transmission leak.

- , New Kensington, PA, US

problem #3

Nov 132014

Neon SXT 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

I was driving home the other night and the Transmission started slipping. It got worse as I kept driving. The temperature gauge shot way up. I pulled over and got out and the car was smoking and something was burning. I opened the hood and tried to see, but it too dark. I put the car in reverse and it was slipping really bad. It finally kicked and I put it in drive and went to the Transmission shop down the road, the car overheated again and I pulled it to the shop. I looked under the car to see that it was leaking Transmission fluid. I called the next morning and the guy checked it out. He said the radiator blew, and Anti-Freeze went into the Transmission. I got the car towed to another place, and they said the same thing. It ended up costing me $2800 replace. The guys said it wasn't the first Neon it's happened too either.

- , Traverse City, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 152009

Neon SXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

Radiator failed at approx 42000, come on.Replaced radiator, flushed tranny several times.

- , Oneonta, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 282007

(reported on)

Neon SXT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I got this car used with 7100 miles on it. At about Im gonna say 25,000 miles the car would act like it was going to idle out at stop signs and it would jerk a little bit. After checking all fluids and seeing that they were all there and nothing was low I guessed it was just a freak occurence... WRONG!! These symptoms continued until about 43000 miles and one day on my way home from work for lunch the check engine light came on and the car would not go over 35 miles an hour. There was found to be nothing wrong mechanically with the car and after talking to a few mechanics the best solution anyone could come up with was to change the tranmission fluid. This seemed to fix the problem for about 7000 miles, then we had the transmission fluid flushed and changed again because the car would make a noise like it was really trying to push to go anywhere. Then a couple days ago I was going somewhere (4000 miles later) and the car acted like it DID NOT want to go then I was pretty much rolling backwards down a hill . So I stopped at a gas station and fluid was POURING out of the transmission area. I thought okay maybe this is just a leak... WRONG again!!! I towed it to a local dodge dealer (same place that changed the fluid) and they decided that they needed to look inside the transmission. They called me after I had been trying to get answers for four days and told me "your tranmission is pretty messed up ma'am!" THANK GOD I have a 70,000 mile extended warranty. I was told I need a NEW transmission. I will be getting a NEW car soon. I am so sick of this whole ordeal.

- , Aiken, SC, USA

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