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#25 of 139 Dodge Neon '98, auto transmission
Mar 05, 2000 (5:34 pm)
I got a question about Dodge Neon 1998 (or,
maybe, this is common for all Neons with auto
I am going to buy this car in a few days and
tested it yesterday. Before I was driving only
japanize cars and and driving Neon was my first
experience with small american cars.
Is it common that you feel when you change gears?
From R to D , lets say.. The car jumping up a bit
every time you change from P to R or R to D ?
I don't feel anything when I do that in Civic...
I would appreciate any answer here, or you can
send it to ignainame.com
Mar 06, 2000 (2:49 am)
Did you try posting in the "Transmission Trauma" topic??? You might get a better response there.
Your host, Bruce
#27 of 139 1998 Dodge Neon Sport - blown head gasket
Mar 16, 2000 (5:36 am)
Hello all! Just to let you know, my 1998 Neon Sport blew the head gasket three days ago. A friend of mine told me to research it on the Internet because he heard it was a widespread problem. I have since found that it is indeed a model-wide and engine-wide problem (for the Breeze/Stratus/Cirrus with the same engine). I am currently embroiled in a battle with Daimler-Chrysler and my local dealership to have the cost of the repairs covered ($690 for a car with 45K miles on it!). I have received excellent guidance from the following website: http://www.lemonaidcars.com Click on the link marked "Secret Warranties" for some good info. I have already filed a complaint with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (http://ww.nhtsa.gov). I am demanding that DaimlerChrysler stand by their product and extend me the same "goodwill" that they have to other customers in this matter. Barring an amicable settlement, my next step is to file a small claims court suit naming DaimlerChrysler and my local dealership as the plaintiffs. I will then proceed to create a website with links to all the other websites that already exist concerning this problem. I may even contact my local television station's consumer affairs investigative reporter and see if they would be interested in this story. Bottom line is DO NOT SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS THAN AN EXTENSION OF THE ORIGINAL WARRANTY TO 5YRS/100K MILES!! There is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that Chrysler has already done this for some of their customers. Therefore, it should apply equally to ALL of their customers! Do not be intimidated by the corporate giant! Stand your ground and assert your rights as a consumer! The beauty of our capitalist system is that they will either handle your complaint satisfactorily, or they will lose a valuable customer and gain a whole lot of bad publicity as a result of it. I'll come back in a couple of days and let you know how it goes.
#28 of 139 Neon Head Gaskets
Mar 17, 2000 (1:59 am)
I'm hoping I can help answer a few of your questions. I work at a GM and Jeep Dealership. I was looking into buying a 96 Neon so I decided to ask one of the jeep mechanics about it. He told me that they've had alot of problems with Neons blowing head gaskets, but other than that they were fine. Unfortunately, the problem is so bad that our dealership won't even buy Neons at auction anymore. Thats got to be bad, considering that our dealer buys pieces of crape on a regular basis. well , I hope my information was of help.
#29 of 139 Neon Head Gasket Problem Owner
Mar 18, 2000 (4:38 am)
Just wanted to say thanks for the advice. I have a blown head gasket and was about to pay $650 at my local independant garage when I came across someone who submitted that Dodge was standing behind them. So I figured I had nothing to lose and called the local dealer. He said that my car with 62,000 miles would have a deductible of $100 dollars and he could do the work tomorrow. I was very impressed. Thank you Larry Miller Dodge in Peoria AZ. When I called I was ready for a fight because this is what I thought it was suppose to be like talking to a dealership on these issues. Not at all. Thanks again Edmunds for this wonderful money saving site and Dodge for standing behind your car.
#30 of 139 98 DODGE NEON HEAD GASKET
Mar 18, 2000 (7:07 pm)
I HAVE A 98 NEON AND AT 44,000 MILES THE HEAD GASKET WENT OUT. THE CHRYSLER DEALER TOLD ME THAT CHRYSLER WAS ON THE 3RD GENERATION HEAD GASKET AND FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT BY CHANGING TO A METAL GASKET. HE REASSURED ME THIS WOULD BE THE LAST HEAD GASKET PROBLEM. I HAD PURCHASED THE MAXIMUM CARE WARRANTY (100,000 MILES) WITH A $50 DEDUCTIBLE. AFTER CALLING CHRYSLER IN DETROIT AND EXPRESSING MY CONCERN ABOUT THE HEAD GASKET, CHRYSLER WAVED THE $50 DEDUCTIBLE. SO FAR, 7,000 MILES LATER I AM STILL DRY......
#31 of 139 98 dodge neon head gasket problem
Mar 20, 2000 (11:14 pm)
Hello.. I am a single mother of two boys... I bought my 98 dodge neon Brand new from my local dealership.. this was my first brand new car and I was very proud to finally own something That i could trust to not let me sitting along side the road,,,, well I was wrong.. not only am I making the $260 per month car payment .. now at 69,000 miles ... I have to come up with $700 out of pocket to have a head gasket replaced I am furious and I feel almost violated to the fact that Chrysler knows this is a problem and to the proportions of recall status yet nothing is being done about it... My two year old car overheated and let me sit along side a busy highway at ten oclock at nite with my two kids.. Luckily I was near a gas station and could call for assistance.. I have called the customer service number I will hear back from them maybe tommorow.. The man on the phone was very polite and curtious.. and to some this maybe funny ... he asked me where i heard about this being a major problem and I asked him if he had a computer at home and he replied.. yes mam I do I said well.. go home tonite... go into any search engine.. type in the words... DODGE NEON HEAD GASKET PROBLEM.. I said and there you will see about 40 pages of reviews .. and complaints on this issue.. I wonder if he will really do that tonite when he goes home.. hopefully.. thank you
Mar 21, 2000 (6:39 pm)
Supposedly if you complain to Chrysler enough they will pay for half or all of the cost. This has worked for many people with 95-early 98 Neons.
#33 of 139 96 neon head gasket leak
Mar 24, 2000 (11:05 pm)
We own a 96 dodge neon with 30,000 miles on it. At 25,000 mi. the head gasket started to leak. The mechanic at a local repair shop found it during a routine oil change. He told me that all neon head gasket are bad (poor design) and to get hold of a Chrysler rep. He also said that on the new neons the head gasket have been redesigned. Well we went to the local dodge dealer ready for a fight. To our surprise they immediately acknowledged the neon head gasket problem and replaced it. They did require a 100.00 co-pay because the car was out of warranty. Not real happy with the co-pay with only 30,000 mi. on it, but I guess it's better than paying for the whole thing. Other than this problem ,the neon has been a great little car, fun to drive, handles well and pretty peppy too.
#34 of 139 95 neon head gasket trbl.
Mar 25, 2000 (1:03 pm)
At 49K miles a head gasket replacement was required because of leaks. Cost $627. At 60K same trouble....Cost: $454. ...Chrysler paid for parts supposedly.