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#1123 of 1773 My 2003 Neon SE only getting 19MPG bad gas mileage
Sep 02, 2003 (12:00 pm)
I bought this car specifically for its economy fuel rating 29MPG city/36MPG HWY. I know that there will be some variance, but I am barely getting 19MPG in City/HWY combo driving. I passed over buying other vehicles because the fuel economy weighed so heavy in my buying decision, plus I saw people raving about the great gas mileage here on Edmunds.
This car is under 10,000 miles and automatic. It has a 12.5 gallon tank and I am getting about 225 miles from full to empty on my tach. It drinks a quarter of a tank a day.
Anyone else run into this? If so, were you able to have the issue resolved by a Dodge Service Center?
Any other help appreciated!
Sep 03, 2003 (4:24 am)
The autos I saw on the lot were rated at 32mpg hwy. The five speeds were rated at 36. I have actually gotten 36 out of a five speed on a long trip so I know it's doable. On my 2000 five speed I would sometimes see as low as 21.5-22mpg if there was too much city driving. Especially if my wife did the driving. She likes the feel of control of her speed using the engine so she stays in a lower gear than, in my opinion, she should be in. So, 19 isn't out of the question if it's straight city and you have a lot of stop and go or a heavy foot. It does seem to me that if it's truly combined driving it should be better than that. The mileage started to fall off in my 2000 at about 50k. I put new plugs in it and it was good as new. Perhaps your plugs were gapped incorrectly from the factory. Try a new set of plugs. Should only cost you six or eight bucks. Make sure they're gapped correctly and see what happens.
Sep 17, 2003 (4:37 am)
I just took a trip from MD to NC last week. On the way down, with my wife driving, we averaged over 34mpg. I was very impressed as she was cruising at 85. Sometimes slipping up over 90. In a week of driving around down there including a trip into the city of Wilmington we averaged a little over 28 with the AC on. I'm happy.
Sep 26, 2003 (1:12 pm)
Get around 32-33 mpg on the highway at 80 mph. All city, get around 22-24 mpg.
#1127 of 1773 heater core on 2000
Oct 14, 2003 (9:05 am)
Hi , I have a 63,000 mi on my Neon when the heater core gave up I understand that this item does not fail until the life of the car, does this mean its the end of the line for my car. Ilove it no problem for the last 63,000 but. . .
has any one have the same problem, did Chrysler pay for it?
Oct 15, 2003 (4:55 am)
Unless you bought an extended warranty I doubt anyone but you will be paying for it. Heater cores sometimes fail. It's an unfortunate fact of life. The one in my friend's Protege failed just out of warranty. Mazda said too bad the warranty expired we're not paying for it. That was their right and they exercised it. Much like cars themselves heater cores are not all made the same. Sometimes a soldered joint gives out. Sucks when it happens to you. I still have the original in my 71 Charger which is probably nothing short of a miracle but you never know how long (or short) these things last. I don't know who makes them for Dodge. Maybe if you could find out who the vendor is perhaps you could contact them and bitch them into helping you with it. Perhaps Modine. They supplied a lot of radiators to Chrysler.
#1129 of 1773 TROUBLE AGAIN WITH HEADLIGHTS HARNESS....
Oct 23, 2003 (6:57 pm)
Well my car a 2001 Black NEON R/T burned AGAIN the multilever turn signal harness connector and even the turn signal lever!
I already replaced three batteries, the PCM, ALL WIRE HARNESS, three times the multilever turn signal, Iīm CRAZY about this problem.
Took it again to the dealer, they couldnīt find NOTHING WRONG!!!
I phoned Chrysler, got the answer from them Sir. We really donīt know whatīs causing the problem, we might need to replace everything again!
I spoke to a PRIVATE TECHNICIAN, he told me wires to fog lamps are not strong enough to hold all the charge, plus the multifunction turn signal lever is also very weak.
Cars having fog lamps may experience that problem if you use those "fog" lamps very often !!!!
So I hired him and PAY HIM TO FIX MY CAR.
He installed two relays more in the fuse box, directly in the lights wires, he replaced the damaged connector and the turn signal lever.
Now Iīm using the car already for three weeks, with no problem. (Being honest to you, Iīm not using those fog lamps, Iīm affraid !).
But Iīm checking the connector twice a week, to see if itīs ok, next week Iīll start again using those fog lamps and see.
Iīm praying for my car, I just hope It will be ok, I canīt buy a new one, canīt afford it.
Oct 25, 2003 (6:47 am)
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Oct 29, 2003 (7:24 am)
"he told me wires to fog lamps are not strong enough to hold all the charge" Personally, I find this patently rediculous. I had fog lights in my 2000 and I have them in my 2003. I use them a lot. Never had a problem. There has got to be a short somewhere in your car that they cannot find. If the wires couldn't carry the load then the problem would afflict all fog lamp equipped Neons. Not just yours. A friend of mine is a Jeep tech. He told me that they used to "smoke out" problems like this. They just apply way too much current to the circuit that was acting up and let the problem spot burn. Then replace all they needed to replace. He told me they're not allowed to do this anymore as it usually destroys other things that then also have to be replaced.
Electrical gremlins have got to be the worst affliction. My headlights kept shorting out in my 71 for some unknown reason. Until one day a loose ball of solder fell out of the fuse box. Haven't had a problem since. The funny thing is the car was over 25 years old before the problem set in. I can't tell you how many fuses I replaced. I even changed the switch once until the problem solved itself.
#1132 of 1773 Headlamp and turning lever problem
Oct 31, 2003 (5:45 pm)
It seems the turning signal lever is causing the problem, they look into 25 neons on the lot and 17 had already signs of a damage in the same connector, I must tell you that all of them had the fog lamps option, so if you have a second gen. Neon with fog lamps, you better check the connector (GRAY) located at the turn signal lever.