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You are in the Dodge/Plymouth Neon
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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Sedan
#358 of 1773 Copperhead...
Aug 29, 2000 (7:19 pm)
I have seen 3 2001 Neons already (1 Dodge, 2 Plymouth) and none have had a 4-speed. Maybe it will be a running change or something. I hope so. Anyway, I am going to take the car to a different dealer next week and have them fix all the TSBs and recalls, plus anything else they find. It just sucks that Dodge won't give a loaner if the car is in the shop overnight. I thought that was a standard-fare thing among all car companies.
Aug 29, 2000 (11:36 pm)
I don't believe it is any company's policy of giving out loaner cars. My dodge dealer here gives them if you bought the car there, the Mazda dealer here does the same. Again only if you purchased the car from them. So you could give your above arguement about any make of car not just Dodge. The funniest thing I saw was when my stepdad bought a new chevy and got minor bodywork done at the dealer 1 month later and got his old trade in as a loaner (75 caddy eldorado). There is no company policies on loaner cars, it is left up to the dealer and I believe no dealer is going to bend over backwards for you if you bought it somewhere else.
Aug 30, 2000 (1:40 am)
Just make sure they fix ALL the TSB and RECALLS!
About the 4-speed it´s coming,when that I don´t know for sure,but it will be available for 2001.
BTW most 2000 neons have a electronic lock-up´torque converter,it really feels different from a normal 3-speed tranny.
If your dealer doesn´t give you a loaner,try Chrysler give them a call,let them know the problems you still have,AND REQUEST! a service rep. to meet you at the dealer.
When you will meet him insist on the POOR SERVICE,the inconveniences you had,and ASK HIM FOR A LOANER,for sure he will give you one try it!.
#361 of 1773 Problem fixed
Aug 30, 2000 (2:09 am)
I had a grinding/clicking sound that I hear
with the windows open. Its repetitive and
increases in frequency with speed.
The sound is gone when the hub caps are removed!!
I can't figure out why the hub caps cause that
noise since they were on quite tight....
#362 of 1773 Copperhead...
Aug 30, 2000 (1:37 pm)
I called Chrysler customer service and bitched them out already as well. This woman I talked to (who couldn't stop freaking coughing in my ear) said it was the responsibility of the Dodge dealer to provide a loaner car and they weren't required to do so by Chrysler because each dealer in an independent operator. Needless to say, I told her a few things and abruptly ended the call. It just seems like customer service from Chrysler (even the 50star dealerships) is very shoddy.
Aug 30, 2000 (4:47 pm)
Vocus-Try again,there are about 50 people or more answering calls,and insist on a Chrysler rep. not on a loaner.And tell the Chysler rep at the dealer you want your car to be fixed and then ask fot a loaner!
Ancu- Something is wrong with your caps,take a closer look at the bolt-on feature,but you may well ask for a set of new caps,if the noise persist.
Aug 30, 2000 (10:33 pm)
ANY NEWS ABOUT THE 4 SPEED TRANSMISSION ON THE NEON 2001?
Aug 31, 2000 (3:32 pm)
You are the one with news and with the truth,so speak-up
#366 of 1773 OCHOA TO VOCUS
Sep 04, 2000 (11:18 pm)
HOW I CAN MAKE O ADEQUATE THE NEON GO MORE POWERFUL IN CLIMBING WITH A AUTOMATIC TRANSMIT ION?
#367 of 1773 Back to the dealer again....
Sep 05, 2000 (1:29 am)
I took the car back to the dealer on Friday for the recall, the abnormal engine vibration through the entire frame and dash of the vehicle, the brakes feeling like they need to replaced again (just done 6000 or so miles ago), and the "surging" problem I started having coming to a stop. Well, of course, the recall was fixed. NOTHING else was found wrong with the car though. Now, I am really disgusted. This is the second dealer (5-star one too) and nothing found wrong with it. I am going to make one more attempt to take it in and see what happens, then getting someone (lawyer, cons. group, etc.) involved.
Also, I got the chance to drive a 1996 Neon "Expresso" when the 2000 was in the shop (my friend's ex-wife has one). I thought the 2000 was bad in the respect of NVH. The 1996 was 3-4 times worse! Also, the 2000 is a LOT roomier IMO than thr 1996 was. The new Neon was a leap, but unfortunately, maybe not a big-enough one.