really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,286 miles

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problem #7

Feb 192006

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Make: Dodge model: Neon type: Passenger car year: 2000 summary: As noted in other complaints, with any heavy rainfall, the floor in the back seats fills with water (up to an inch or more). Appears to be entering through the trunk area, as the spare tire well also fills with water. Using sponges and a shopvac to soak up the water and then leaving windows open to dry it out is my only remedy to the moisture and odor. This has been occurring since the vehicle was purchased in 2001. The dealer is of no help because (mercifully for others) that deal went bankrupt a year after purchase. I have a litany of other concerns with the 2000 Neon. I've had to replace the engine (Chrysler refused to honor warranty - partly a problem with records as the dealership of purchase/initial maintenance has gone out of business), each time I start the car, the fuse warning light comes on, though all fuses have been checked and look ok. An electrical harness has failed and as a result I have no functioning interior dome lights or exterior backup lights. Repeated efforts by several repair facilities to locate the correct harness have failed. Vehicle has under 72,000 miles of relatively easy city driving (commute to workplace) or divided highway driving), yet most front and rear suspension system components have failed and been replaced (all struts, sway bars, etc). Transmission fluid hose or connector failed on Feb 19, 2006, resulting in sudden and complete loss of fluid.

- Dartmouth, 00, USA

problem #6

Jul 012004


  • miles
Problems with air bag warning light on Dodge Neon 2000. The light was intermittent and would beep everytime the consumer would make a turn. Recall# 99V043000. The tie rods had to be replaced. When the consumer turned the air condition on, the vehicle felt as though it was going to cut off.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #5

May 272004

Neon 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
I owned a 2000 Dodge Neon. I last drove the vehicle on May 25, 2004 and it had been parked outside my apartment since that time. According to the police report, on May 27, 2004 at about 2:45am my car while parked outside my apartment caught on fire. I was unaware of this and was asleep in my apartment at that time. According to the police and fire department, the fire was confined to the engine compartment and had to be put out by the fire department. According to the insurance fire investigator, the heat from the fire was so intense and engine and front end damage so severe that he was unable to determine an official cause but suspected the fire to be electrical in nature. Officially according to my insurance, the cause is unknown. My insurance determined my vehicle to be a total loss. I have no reason to expect arson or that it was deliberately set fire. The police and fire departments also did not suspect arson and are not pursuing further investigation. The consequence of this fire was a big finacial loss for me(based on my annual income) due to the insurance reimbursing only half the original cost of the car. I also am thankful that I was not operating the vehicle when this happened which could have caused me serious injuries. I did have two prior accidents to the front end of this vehicle with one of the crashes requiring the engine to be removed and put back in. This crash, however, took place over a year ago and I had no problems with the Neon up until May 27, 2004. As a result, I do not suspect the prior repairs to be the cause of this fire. With the recent recall of the chryslar PT CRUISER, I thought I should report this Neon engine fire to protect other Neon owner's safety.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 212003


  • miles
The vehicle caught on fire while parked. The dealer was notified.

- White Lake, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes, the vehicle will start to pulsate at any speed. Also, extended stopping distance. Contacted dealer. The consumer states the following as problems occured: The passenger air bag, throttle blade icing, defective rotors, charging system over charging-no trouble codes; 3 battery replacements(defective per mechanic), many gas tank repairs/replacements(would not take gas without clicking and ticking/filler tank/gas tank), warning brake light and buzzer chimes when brake is applied also with the gas pedal when applied (due to defective rotors and lack of brake fluid, transmission problem-grinding noise/won't go in reverse, brake noise in rear tire/brake booster replace per recall-needs rotors & pads in front, A/C blows warm air-compessor clutch wouldn't engage(found broken wire), problem with the voltage regulator, and noise in the power steering.

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #2

Feb 012001


  • miles
The lights flicker intermittently, the dealer was unable to duplicate the problem. Nlm

- Lemoore Na, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 282001

(reported on)


  • miles
The battery died causing the vehicle not to start and the remote control does not function properly. Nlm

- Norfolk, VA, USA