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#70 of 139 Head Gasket
Nov 03, 2000 (3:29 pm)
I just recently had an oil leak in my '97 Neon with less than 31,000 miles. I had it checked out locally and they informed me it was the head gasket. The mechanic also informed me that they had 8 Dodge vehicles in in the past year (a city of less than 2000 population)with the same problem. In doing the repairs on some of those vehicles, he indicated that when they received the new parts, it had been redesigned. I wonder why??? The Dodge dealer I purchased the car from did agree to give me a "courtesy" warranty because of the low mileage. But it appears to me that there is a problem (but I'm no mechanic). When I picked my car up yesterday from being repaired they told me that I had transaxle fluid leaking and that they replaced the seal on the left front axle. So....Ford Focus here I come!
#71 of 139 I am not alone!
Nov 03, 2000 (8:15 pm)
My 98 dodge neon sport is cute, roomy (important for my 3 kids), and really fast! But it's also very disappointing. I have replaced the head gasket, battery, breaks, front tires( going on twice), and the ignition wires. Not to mention the " Service Engine Soon" light coming on about once a month. And when I take it to the dealership all I get is rudeness. For $90 an hour for labor they should make sure everything is fixed before they give it back to me but they don't. I also was wondering about the lemon laws. When I expressed my thoughts about this to the manager he was more than willing to service my car at no charge and even apologized to my husband for being rude. So, speak up. Let those people know how you feel. I was thinking of buying a Dodge Caravan but now I say HELL NO!! Thanks for the support and all the shoulders to cry on.
Nov 06, 2000 (6:44 pm)
I'm definitely a person who believes that Honda & Toyota build the best cars in the world. It comes as no shock to hear that your Neons are giving you this many problems (well, a little shocked). Before you hate me though, the main point of this message is to say that my girlfriend has a '96 Neon with 118,000 that hasn't had any problems yet. To be totally honest though she bought it at 60k and at 90k she wrecked it and had to have the transmission replaced along with the cosmetic reconstruction needed. So i don't know whether she got a gem or if maybe she's just been lucky enough to avoid the repairs. I actually like driving it...but i think i'll stick to my Honda & Toyota instead.
#73 of 139 re: 95'Neon
Nov 21, 2000 (10:10 pm)
Bought in July '00, found approx. 2 wks later, had
a problem with instrument panel(suddlenly dropping to zero. Also, the selector dials for the A/C weren't working, and A/C itself wasen't working either. After i think 4 times in and out o' the shop, these problems were taken care of. i paid the extra for the warranty. Around the same time, i noticed oil in my driveway. What'da think it was? Back to the shop i go. They were kind enough to give me a rental for a Month, and fix it finally for Free. Although they were under no obligation for the labor. Since then i've had no problems with my Neon. Thanks to Reno Mazda-Kia.
Oh, my Neon now has 113K miles and looks good!
Any input please direct to: johnnevjuno.com
#74 of 139 Joining the Headgasket repair club
Nov 22, 2000 (4:53 pm)
Just picked up my car yesterday from being repaired at the local Dodge dealorship. Problem?
Found oil leaking at 40Kmi. I have not had this problem with two other new cars that I had in the past. Toyota Tercel, and Ford mustang. I bought a new car so I could concentrate on business not worrying if my car would make from one destination to another.
#75 of 139 My new car has been a nightmare.
Nov 25, 2000 (4:05 am)
I bought my '98 neon sport. At 18k miles I had leaked out all my oil and had the car towed to the dealership. Headgasket was replaced. Dealership said no big deal. At 22k miles I noticed more leaking. Back to the dealership. They told me it was not leaking, that it was residuals from prior leak. I advised them that I'm not that stupid. Had my bfriend call the shop, they were able to put the dye through the car and find the leak for him. Dealership insisted that it would take 2 wks with no loner car to order the "new headgasket model" part. I got on the phone with Chrysler Corp, and like a raving lunatic demanded service. Advised them of the unfair treatment with the dealership and the the same problems with the car. Dealership and Chrysler Corp tried to sell me extended warranties. I advised both of them that I plan on selling the car prior to ending my 3yr/36,000 warranty. I'm not giving this company another penny. Chrysler Corp put pressure on Dealership and I got the "new" headgasket the next day. At 28k miles I'm back at the shop. Idling roughly. Blinking engine light. Dealership advises me that I need a tune up and advised me of how much they will do it for. I advised that I do not need a tune up with 28k miles. To early. Dealership got annoyed w/ me for not having my tune up. Today.... at 30k miles... on my way to work.... stall out on the road.... managed to get the car to a mechanic down the road from my home. Mechanic there advised me that my 2nd cyclinder spark plug was completely broken in "an unusual" way. Wasn't worn or cracked, but broken. I advised is this typical/usual.... he said no. What am I to think now???
****I'm on this site now looking for either a nice little sentra or a civic. I'm going to end up taking a loss on this car with the trade in, but I just need to get rid of it.
#76 of 139 1999 Plymouth Neon
Nov 25, 2000 (8:00 pm)
Well, it finally happened to me, after 56,000 miles, my friends who owned Neons told me it would happen, but I was like no it won't!! I have not taken it to a shop yet, but I know what it is, bad OIL leak = Head Gasket!! I called my local dealership and they said that there is lots of problems like that, they said I may not have to pay for it, they will try to have Daimler Chrysler pay for it. I hope they do, who can afford to pay a dealership for fixing a headgasket? NOT ME!!!!! Anyways, I see I failed to metion that my brother works for Daimler Chrysler, and I kinda have to be loyal to that, but after this I called andd told him that I will not buy another CHRYSLER product. I am going to go with HONDA or TOYOTA!!
#77 of 139 1995 Neon head gasket problem
Nov 27, 2000 (8:32 pm)
I have had my 95 Neon since I bought it brand new from my local dealer and do not have much problems with it until 2 weeks ago. I noticed drops of oil in my driveway and took it in to service today. Guess what.. head gasket problem and costing 967 dollars to fix. Having had this privilege to read this edmunds.com and knowing all these responses..I just wonder if it is still possible to have this known-defect to be fixed under warranty. Anyone knows any tricks !!
#78 of 139 another head gasket down
Nov 28, 2000 (11:54 pm)
I just found out my head gasket has died on my 98 neon with only 63,000 miles on it. I am trying to find another car to replace it and have learned my lesson with dodge products. If anyone thinking about buying a neon is reading this, I implore you to reconsider your decision.
#79 of 139 1997 head gasket problem
Dec 01, 2000 (3:00 am)
I leased my 1997 Dodge Neon in February of 1997.
It only had 20000 miles on it when the head gasket went bad for the first time. I took it to the local Dodge dealer who supposedly fixed it.
At 48000 miles the head gasket went bad again and it had no warranty coverage left. Fortunately the dealership payed for the cost. I don't understand why I was not notified of the part they put on my car being defective before it went out again. Now my transmission is acting up and my power steering. I tried to trade it off but the place where I got it at won't take it back!!! They said it is not worth what I owe on it. Now I feel like I am stuck with a piece of junk that no dealer wants because of all the problems with it.