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Dodge Neon, Plymouth Neon, Dodge Neon SRT-4, Suspension, Transmission, Sedan
#51 of 67 Re: 2000 Plymouth Neon Transmission Issue [totken]
Nov 30, 2008 (5:32 pm)
I know this is an old thread, but I saw your post and felt compelled to reply. I don't want someone else to go through all the trouble I'm currently going through! My radiator actually failed a few weeks ago, and I had it immediately replaced. My transmission and radiator received a double flush as well.
Much to my dismay, my radiator failed AGAIN last week. I contacted Dodge who basically told me Neon radiators are known to be defective, and Dodge claims no responsibility for this. My transmission is probably on its last leg now due to the 2nd radiator failure. Despite my transmission being covered under warranty, Dodge will not fix my transmission if it bites the dust due to radiator issues, even though they admit their defective radiator is to blame!
Right now I'm in the process of having my radiator replaced again along with having everything flushed again. A Dodge rep actually told me there's a 50/50 chance everything will keep on failing, but replacing the transmission "might" fix the problem... the same transmission that's supposed to be under warranty for another 15,000 miles. Dodge won't chip in at all on the repairs or do anything to remedy the situation.
Despite taking great care of my Neon, it's been nothing but costly repairs for the past couple years, and it's broken down 3 times(!!!) in the past 6 months alone. This is not normal behavior for a car that's 5 years old with less than 55,000 miles on it. I've always kept my oil changed, I don't drive like a maniac, and I don't even drive my car every day... usually just a few times a week, if that. I certainly didn't expect luxury class performance from my Neon when I bought it years ago as a college student on a tight budget, but I did expect it to safely get me from point A to point B without costly repairs every stinking year.
As a result of this ordeal, I'm planning on trading my Neon in immediately after this round of repair work is complete. I want to get rid of it before the transmission fails (and likely the radiator too for the 3rd time). There is no way am I investing that much money into such a problematic and unreliable vehicle when I can invest it in a brand new vehicle from a better manufacturer!
I would NEVER buy another Dodge vehicle again, based on the poor quality of both their merchandise and customer service. It's simply unacceptable! If this is how other American auto manufacturers conduct their business, it's no wonder the American auto industry is failing.
Do yourselves a big favor and trade in your Neons for safer, more reliable cars once you start experiencing radiator and transmission problems. And don't buy a used one just because they're inexpensive and have good gas mileage, unless you don't mind the very likely chance of spending thousands on repairs. Maybe you'll be luckier than I was, but I've come across dozens of other people on the Internet who've had the same outcome as me or who've ended up much worse. Even Dodge will admit their product is crap. The fact they stopped making Neons 3 years ago says it all.
P.S. Tim, Neons are also known to have brake-related and electrical problems. I've never had any electrical problems (thank God!), but I've had my brakes serviced twice in the past year alone. I'm convinced my Neon is the spawn of Satan. =P
#52 of 67 Re: 2002 Dodge Neon Transmission Failure [pat]
Dec 05, 2008 (2:42 pm)
I AGREE WITH PAT, BUT MAYBE THE HONDA GUY SHOULD STICK TO THE HONDA FORUM'S NOT THE NEON ONES. AFTER ALL ISN'T THIS TO HELP ONE ANOTHER ON OUR DODGE'S.
#53 of 67 Re: 2000 Plymouth Neon Transmission Issue [AllisonPGH]
Dec 05, 2008 (2:47 pm)
I AM SORRY YOU HAD SUCH A BAD EXPERIENCE WITH YOUR NEON, IF ANY HELP USE A SEPERATE COOLER FOR YOUR TRANS, I CHANGE TO A SEPERATE ONE AND A SEPERATE OIL COOLER AND MY 2.0 RUNS GREAT, YOUR APPLICATION ON YOU CAR IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT I HAVE OR AM DOING TO MINE, THE ONLY REAL GOOD THING OTHER THAN MY MPG IS THAT MOST PARTS ARE CHEAP, WHEN NOT GOING THROUGH DODGE OF COURSE AND YOU CAN BUILD A REALLY GOOD DEPENDABLE CAR OUT OF THEM, IF IT IS PAID FOR AND YOU LIKE WORKING ON THEM YOUR SELF.
#54 of 67 Re: Tranny Problems [tridurvi]
Dec 05, 2008 (3:25 pm)
UNFORTUNATELY THE GEARS ARE PLASTIC, IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO GET A BETTER TRANY PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
Jan 25, 2009 (1:29 am)
Ive noticed a lot of you talking about having to change your transmission.. what symptoms did you notice that were tell tail signs your tranny was going??
At the moment when I accelerate I hear a whining noise. The same noise as when you reverse fast or up a hill. The faster I go the higher pitch the whine. Do you think this is wheel bearings or tranny??
Just got my 2001 neon last week with 147k on it.. fingers crossed its not a bad car :S Already having to put half a liter of oil in everytime i fuel up.. engine light is now on.. when starts cold makes some funky noises and does this wierd rev on rev off things.. but anyways.. any help or advice with the whining would be great.
#56 of 67 Re: Torque converter locking and unlocking constantly [dkaufman23]
Aug 01, 2009 (10:30 am)
well bad new, i have same car n year 2005 dodge neon sxt
same problem including rpm jumping gear o stay stuck on one gear mayb 2gear since the car is computerized its tried to adjust but i the same time i could serious damage ur trans like mines dont wait long jus got my car fix bad new it cost me 1000$$ to rebuild good new now runs good no problem the problem was bad transmission converter torque all all dodge chrys- transmission die after 55,000 miles have it check most places r free avoid having this code P0700 Transmission Control System Malfunction
#57 of 67 I told you so.
Sep 15, 2009 (3:31 pm)
I hate it when I'm always right, but I think the Neon is the single biggest reason Chrysler went bankrupt.
#58 of 67 Re: Whining [fuze59]
Oct 14, 2009 (6:49 am)
I had the same problem for a while.. then the car would run fine for about 10 minutes then the whole transmissions would just go out, as if the car was in neutral in every gear. I pulled the tranny out and opened it up. The clutches looked good, the pump looked ok, so the only thing I could think it could be was the torque converter. So I bought a new one for $89. I'm about to put it on and see if that was the problem. I'll let you know then you will know what needs to be fixed on your car. Unless you've already had it fixed. If so let me know what it was. Thanks.
#59 of 67 Re: Whining [pastornick]
Oct 14, 2009 (9:09 am)
Thanks keep me posted.
Another problem which recently started is the internal electrics. Every once in a while (happening a lot more frequently now) all the dash lights will illuminate and/or all shut off. The speedometer and fuel gauges also just stop and drop back to the off position. I notice this happens to when i toggle the indicator or toggle between normal and hi setting headlights when driving at nights. Time to move this car on
Nov 11, 2009 (8:49 pm)
i have a 2002 dodge neon with automatic tranny. The transmission went out with no warning whatsoever. When the car is running, i hear clicking or tapping noises coming from the bell housing. i was told that if i replace the tranny with a used one, it has to be a 2002 only because they are calibrated differently. I did some more asking around and was told i could use any tranny from a 2000 and up neon, but will have to switch the computer with one from the donor car. Any ideas?