really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,462 miles

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2005 Dodge Neon seat belts / air bags problems

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2005 Dodge Neon Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 232010


  • 35,000 miles


2005 Dodge Neon SXT drove through a red light. A crash occurred and the air bags did not deploy.

- Bayside, WI, USA

problem #5

Aug 152009


  • 0 miles
2005 Dodge Neon involved in a crash and air bag did not deploy. The Neon was northbound traveling at 30 miles per hour. A vehicle pulled out and the Neon struck the drivers side of the other vehicle with the complete front end of the Neon. Point of impact and speeds should have deployed the air bag.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 262008


  • 35,000 miles
My 2005 Neon has been slipping when shifting from first to second gear. It is worse in warm weather. Transmission fluid fine and not burnt. Didn't pick up on the computer when it was checked out at a garage but no one disputes the problem. Feels like slipping on ice. Has 35,000M now and has been shaking as well. It began doing this at 30,000. Out of warranty by 6 months. Further, hit a deer last night. Significant damage to front end. Hit the deer hard enough for it to fly up onto the roof and bounce off. Body shop was surprised airbags did not deploy as the sensor was exposed and definitely hit. I'm kind of glad they didn't but after reviewing complaints this seems to be an issue. Finally. The wheels have been corroded since day one and there is no reason that the wheels should have done this let alone nearly immediately after purchase. Once again, Dodge does nothing.

- Falconer, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 062006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,326 miles


2005 Dodge Neon [xxx]. 4 cyl, 2.0 ltr engine, 12,326 miles, I was driving in anchorage Alaska, on 03/06/06, my accelerator got stuck, and I was going faster, before I knew what to do I slammed into an abandoned vehicle, I was going about 30/40 mph, airbags didn't deploy. At impact I hit my head got a concussion. After impact car was still accelerating, put the car in park, realized the accelerators stuck, now smoke was filling the car, and I got my phone and ran thinking it was going to explode, I called 911, they asked if the engine was still revving and I said yes, they then told me to back away from the car, and wait for the fire dept. 3 witnesses saw that the engine was still revving with me out of the car. Anchorage fire/paramedic came. The fire dept disconnected the battery and opened the trunk; smoke was still coming out of the engine/trunk. Anchorage police came and asked what happened, I told him. I got a case number case #, and they towed my car to a body shop. Body shop found that there was a hole in my plenum/ intake manifold, caused by the collision. That's why the car was still revving. I asked how did the accelerator get stuck in the first place, was told he could not determine that. I called daimler Chrysler, to file a claim with them. They sent a special investigator to look at the car. I got a letter from daimler Chrysler, and was told that they are denying my claim. I called to find out why, and was told daimler Chrysler does not care about the claim, a decision was made and that's final, I can seek legal action if I feel like it. I asked why daimler Chrysler does not care about the claim, she told me a decision was made and that was final I can't do anything about it and ended the call. My insurance is going to fix the car, but I have to drive this car knowing that the original problem was never fixed, and that every time I put my wife and my 7 month old in the car. Updated 07/16/2012

- Anchorage , AK, USA

problem #2

Feb 262006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,900 miles
My son was driving our 2005 Dodge Neon on hwy. 50 when a 2003 Dodge Dakota 4X4 made an unsafe lane change in front of our car. The driver of the Dakota slammed on his brakes before being completely in my son's lane and my son rear-ended the Dakota (front end damage, most of which was caused by the Dakota's trailer hitch punching through our Neon--trailer hitch entered to the right side of the Neon's license plate by about a foot). Air bags did not deploy should have. My son was wearing his safety belt and due to the air bags not deploying, his knees were rammed into the dash. At time of impact, my son believes he was going about 20 mph. Damage to the Neon, according to cal state auto and geico, is $7400. My son had sore knees and a wrenched back plus a very sore chest from the seat belt being the only thing that held him in place (could have been much worse).

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 548 miles
My wife struck another vehicle in the back @ approximated 45 miles per hour with substantial front end damage to the front end (total loss) none of the air bags deployed. I contacted Dodge with this issue they had a lot of excuses and promised to send out a rep. To investigate the incident but never did.

- Yadkinville, NC, USA

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