hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,900 miles

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problem #5

Nov 302005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The car idles very high and then accelerates to higher speeds without touching the accelerator pedal. There is a high acceleration boosts and spurts when first accelerating from a stopped position, causing car to lunge forward at high speeds. The car refuses to start when not used daily, such as a problem with the starter or the alternator, but no problems have been found with either parts upon inspections by a mechanic. Front axles pop when turning. Key is hard to disengage or remove from the ignition. Brakes are constantly squealing and wear every 3-6 months regardless F how the car is driven. Though it may or not be a problem for some, the fold down seats in the rear seat do not have a disengage lever from the trunk. Over-head dome light does not function properly and has faulty wiring, so that even though all doors are closed the dome light never shuts off. There is constantly a fuse light that flashes in my dash, though all fuses have been checked numerous times and all are in perfect working order, though they have been replaced, the warning light still flashes. The utility outlet/cigarette lighter outlet doesn't and has not ever worked since the car was bought in 2004. Fuses have been replaced multiple times, but the problem still has not been fixed. Water leaks in from rain or windshield wipers causing musty odor in the car. Car constantly over-heats during travel over 35-40 miles and leaks anti-freeze, though no leaks or pin holes of any kind could be found. Trunk sticks making it hard to open or disengage, caused key to be broken off inside the trunk lock.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #4

Jul 152005

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
Wires on compressor plug broke, compressor would not come on. Crimped wire back together.

- Lafayette, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 132005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,500 miles
I have had the same thing happen to two different 2000 Dodge Neons. My headlights go out and then I have smoking around the steering wheel. The wiring harness to the headlights has burnt up. When I went to the dealer they said it was not a recall and my vehicle is not under warranty. It will cost about 3000 to replace.

- Sardinia, OH, USA

problem #2

Sep 202003

Neon 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Air conditioning suddenly went out from cold to hot air. Code in system is P0645, says A/C clutch relay circuit, an open or shorted condition detected in the A/C clutch relay control circuit. I bought the service manual for Dodge 2000 Neon. I went to the Dodge dealer and they said a wire breaks on the black harness attached to the clutch relay on the air conditioner. I hit a bump in the road when the air went from cold to hot air. I checked all fuses are ok. There is no power though to the harness to the high pressure cut out switch or the low pressure cut off switch or the black connector on the air conditioner. The service manual says this may be caused from defective wiring - fuse - or relay. I can't afford to go to the dealer and have them trouble shoot the problem. Any ideas to what my problem is and how to fix it? I'm still paying my car off and already spent $400 to replace brake rotors etc.., now my air conditioning is faulty. Help! help!

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 072000


  • miles
Dealer notified. Replaced air conditioner compressor and fixed broken wires. Second time wires came loose (date: 5-24-2000), dealer fixed and reluctantly accepted the charges.

- Lithonia, GA, USA