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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#1762 of 1773 I get shudders just looking here
Dec 23, 2010 (5:15 pm)
God, Those were the days! The first new car I ever bought was a 1997 Dodge Neon Highline 5 speed. I was, (stress was) a Chrysler fan when I was a kid, and everyone made fun of me, well I showed them, I bought a new Dodge! I never knew what people meant till I owned one.
The first head gasket leaked at about 40,000 miles, I blew 5 Five! Head gaskets up to 170,000 miles.
I blew a cam seal at about 50,000, it took me like 12 quarts of oil to get 2-3 miles to a supermarket marking lot to call the dealer.
The recall was no big deal, cars get recalled.
The thermostat went around 50,000 miles and I was stranded on the side of the hwy, overheated.
The inner door panel holding pins broke and the (panel) would get caught on the frame and the door wouldn't open.
The clutch felt like it had "gristle" along the cable and I would have it cleaned...to no avail.
CV joints like to just "go"
Rain and winshield fluid whichever would piss into your face if the window was open a little bit.
The girl I was engaged to had a neon as well.....against my advice......the list of problems was just as long.
My spontaneous shopping brother on a whim bought a 2001 sport..his problems were really bad, in fact, he had the balls to drop it off at dodge, told them to "*******" keep it. I hope you all learn Chrysler never will change. and I wish you all luck..
#1763 of 1773 Re: Neon or not. [acuraowner]
Mar 11, 2011 (11:23 pm)
I just bought a 1999 DOHC 2 door 5 speed Neon Sport and I couldnt be happier with it. The car is great!!1
#1764 of 1773 Head for a 1996 sohc
Mar 14, 2011 (7:27 pm)
I wonder is anyone cam give me a GOOD place to buy a head for a 1996 Dodge neon. So far all I have found is junk for $200. My 96 belt tensioner broke and bent two valves. I took a chance hoping that did not bend a valve and had the tensioner and belt replaced, I lost. $600. down the drain. I live in central Missouri
Jun 09, 2011 (3:27 pm)
#1766 of 1773 Re: test [adra21]
Jun 09, 2011 (3:31 pm)
#1767 of 1773 Replacement head
Jun 10, 2011 (3:45 pm)
Have you tried car-part. Com ?? You might even might want to give eBay a shot , u might get lucky there !
#1768 of 1773 Re: Head for a 1996 sohc [farout]
Jun 10, 2011 (3:56 pm)
I just checked eBay and there are a few , even rebuilt w/ free shipping for about 200 or less . Check it out !!
#1769 of 1773 Re: Head for a 1996 sohc [lakeg41]
Jun 10, 2011 (9:13 pm)
lakeq41: Yes, I have seen several at different places. The problem is there is no real way to get a warranty taken care of if there is a crack, or valve guides are new or drilled over sized, or enereld. I have two bad valves, and that's all I want fixed. If I do a full valve job, then the bottom part of the engine has a greater chance of sooner failure. I have 197,000 + miles on the engine and I have taken very good care of the car. I have been quited from $ 650. to $ 1,500. to remove the head and take care of the two valves and put it back on with new head bolts. The bolts are a one use torque bolts, and should never be used again.
What happened was the belt tensioner broke, which I had repleced, and the timing belt. When they started it up it was clear two valves were bent. So that $ 650. was down the drain. I would consider a engine with low miles, but the low mileage eeeengines are pricy and again the question of trust worthiness is there. Anyone can say they have a low miles engine, that could have 150,000 miles and lie about that the engine has 70,000. That's my issue.
Jun 12, 2011 (6:57 am)
I have a 95 neon. It was running great until a couple of days ago. Now I have power but does not turn over. I work for a auto parts store so I have tested the starter, checked the cables, gotten ideas from co workers but still nothing. Im lost. Can anyone help me with more ideas?
#1771 of 1773 My "New" Neon
Aug 10, 2011 (7:22 pm)
By "new" I mean its used, I just bought a 2000 Dodge Neon Es about a month ago, so far nothing major needs done other than a Camshaft positioning sensor and a upstream O2 Sensor.
So why am I posting, more just curiosity I suppose, I am in the process of figuring out why my dome/ trunk lights wont work and if there is any way to supplement those with some strip l.e.d.s that I have from Wal-mart ( Idea is to make them work in the same way the dome light would open door and/or the multi-function switch, next question would be what the difference from the regular neon an the ES I ask this mostly because the Haynes manual that I bought the fuse box numbers don't match up from the book to what is on the diagram on my fuse box cover, my Haynes manual covers Dodge & Plymouth Neon 2000-2005, so not sure about that, I know that the Haynes Manual for the '84 Dodge Rampage 2.2 I had up till this year didn't match, but that was because it covered the Dodge Omni Plymouth Horizon and the '87 Dodge Shelby Charger, which the Rampage were modeled around, could this be another problem of Haynes is covering to many years/models and the wiring diagrams are just not accurate do to that or something else entirely.