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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#244 of 1773 Computer trouble
Aug 15, 2000 (7:57 pm)
I just bought a 2000 Plymouth Neon 3 months ago and I have already had it in the shop twice. It had to be towed in about 2 1/2 weeks ago. It took them 2 full weeks to figure out what the problem was and to fix it. They said that I had a bad computer. Has anyone else had this problem? I am just wondering if it's is common in the Neons or if I just happened to get a bad one. The second time it went in was this morning (I just got it back from the first time 4 days ago) This time I don't know what is wrong with it yet. It started accelerating without my permission on my way to work this morning. I let off the gas and it actually sped up! Then when I put it into park, it kept revving up and dropping back down again. I don't know much about cars at all, does anyone know what would cause something like that? I am afraid that it may be another week or two before I hear from the incompetent mechanics at the dealer. My car only has 3200 miles on it...did I buy a lemon???
#245 of 1773 MSK...
Aug 15, 2000 (8:57 pm)
In a word, yes. And ALL Dodge dealerships' customer service sucks butt too.
Aug 16, 2000 (12:58 am)
It does seem like you have a serious issue with the throttle surge. When I have a problem with my car I talk directly to the service manager-the one who can get things done quickly if he gives a damn about customer satisfaction. Please get this situation fixed asap, dont want to see you get hurt. I have not heard of computer problems until yours so I wish I could give you a diagnosis but I cant. The service manager should give you a rental until they can replace the computer on your neon, if they don't- strongly suggest it. Is there another chrysler dealer in your area?If so try them as soon as you can and good luck. Keep us posted.
#247 of 1773 msk178,and Seapup99
Aug 16, 2000 (1:37 am)
Hi donīt worry,your car has an easy to fix problem.
1.-You HAVE to go to ANY other dealer.
2.- The problem seems to be a faulty sensor,but itīs really easy to diagnose.
a) A competent dealer must to plug in the DRBIII.
b) That tool will immediately show a faulty code,(that means it will tell them what is wrong!).
c) Iīm just courious,how did the diagnose you have a bad engine module?(computer).
d) If the engine module fails,your engine WONīT start.
Those mechanics should go and take some lessons,donīt waste your time try another dealer,Iīm sure they find and fix the problem for you,any connector,or a sensor could be wet or a faulty circuit.
Iīm glad to hear you are now happy with your car.
BTW,a new 4-speed auto will be available as an option for 2001
#248 of 1773 Recall notice...
Aug 16, 2000 (8:38 pm)
There is a recall on the 2000 Neon. I took mine in for service today, and the service man told me. He said it JUST came out and Chrysler isn't notifying people about it yet, but they shall start soon. He didn't say exactly what it was, but said it involved the PVC valve. I don't know what cars are affected, but this particular had a build date of sometime before December of 1999.
Aug 16, 2000 (9:28 pm)
There was a recall that just came out for the neon and I dont know if it's the same recall-possibly. It's for people who live in extremely low temperature areas (-20 or colder ambient temp), the throttle blade has a tendency to ice up in these temperatures (duh, what wouldnt?) Anyway, they will replace it and install a different setup. That is the only recall I heard of and it just came out, however I doubt it pertains to many people except maybe canada.I'm sure we'll hear more about it. Outta here...
#250 of 1773 Update-Computer trouble
Aug 17, 2000 (12:00 am)
Well, my car is back and running well (so they tell me, I haven't driven it yet). When they installed the new computer, they weren't very nice putting my car back together again. The vacuum hose got cracked and was sucking in air causing the acceleration. Like I said, the mechanics at my dealer are not very competent! I don't think I will be taking my car back to that shop anymore. I am just happy to have my car back. Even though it has had trouble, I still love my pretty little car.
#251 of 1773 Msk178
Aug 17, 2000 (1:05 am)
Glad you're up and running.And your last statement say's a lot about the appeal of the Neon.I would tell you to follow the advice of the others and get a new dealer. Seek out a 5-star dealer and ask around your area,as to whom people like.
Mine (Herb Gordon Dodge) here in Silver SPring Md. is quite nice. Long term, I cannot say but I am impressed in how stringent Chrysler is to award a 5- star rating, and how hard it is to keep it.
Seek and ye shall find.
Good luck and I hope for your trouble-free miles.
#252 of 1773 Vocus - Do you and your 'Friend' also own a 2000 Celica GT?
Aug 17, 2000 (1:16 am)
I was considering buying a Celica GT a few months ago but couldnt get the dealer to 'deal'. I posted a message in that forum and went back to check on it today.
Guess what? Vocus is in there complaining about the alarm system he installed on his friends Celica GT.
Now what gives? He has a 'friend' with a 2k Neon who he takes the car for servicing and another 'friend' with a 2000 GT who he did work on the car.
Vocus, how many friends with new cars do you know and help service? How many message boards do you visit to discuss cars YOU DONT OWN!
Aug 17, 2000 (3:06 am)
Hey vocus does that Celica GT have a "peeling dash" and does it "vibrate" alot? I bet it does......=^P