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Dodge/Plymouth Neon

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  • btrflybtrfly Posts: 18
    Could you tell me if the diagnostic testing showed the problem with the sensor? The dealer keeps telling me they can't see a problem and yet I'm only getting 20 mpg!!
  • yustasyustas Posts: 31
    What they did, at Auto Zone, just pulled a trouble code out of the ECU. But the problem is not with solenoid, but with ECU itself. Chrysler had a TSB on that. You have to reprogram your car's ECU unit. And while you are at it, reprogram it for the faulty oxygen sensor too.
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,676
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  • Just wanted any good or bad news that anyone has on 2004 Neon. I will be getting one this week and would like any info. you may have. Thanks
  • dcneondcneon Posts: 3
    I am not sure if it is an option on the 2004 model, i think it is, but if you have a choice i recommend getting the SRT-4 instead of the SXT neon. It comes with a nicer body kid, and better under hood upgrades. Runs better.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    We have a 2004 Neon SXT automatic. We have 38,000miles on it and the ONLY problem has been a CD player that kept holding on to the CD for a day or so. The CD player was replaced by the dealer under the 7/70. We have had three Dodge Neons. We still have a 96 Dodge neon with 178,000 miles on the original engine. The gas mileage is still about 30mpg and runs real good with about a quart of oil every 3,000miles. Which is what it has always been. Then we had a 2001 Dodge Neon leather, and lots of goodies, we traded it in on a Dodge Dakota truck. We got the 2004 Dodge Neon in July 2004. Believe it or not the 2004 was more than $4,000. less than our 1996 Neon. the car is good on gas 28 to 32mpg. It drives smoothly but there is some wind noise. The black interior shows spots more than our 1996. I would get a Chrysler Service Contract, as no car is perfect and I believe in what the Boy Scouts taught me "Be prepared".
    Hope you have many happy miles ahead.

    Farout
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    The SRt has a VERY HIGH INSURANCE RATE. Who needs 230 hp in a 2400 lb car? It may run better as far as speed goes, but how long it will last is only a guess. However if you are into speed and have money to burn that the SRT Neon is for sure a eye catcher....and a ticket magnet.

    Farout
  • perangelperangel Posts: 1
    I have a 99 neon 48,000 miles. I just recently had a stereo installed and now I'm having problems with seat belt light comes on dinging, and then lose power to almost shut the car off while driving. Any sugguestions on this? :(
  • dcneondcneon Posts: 3
    Does anyone know/have any 1997 Dodge Neon Blueprints. I need real accurate ones, some that show the electrical wiring under hood, in inside car, cd player, and trunk. If any one has any i would be greatful.
  • i just got a neon and my was running great then i started to have the same problem as you. i got a diagostics done and they couldnt find anything. but my friend looked at it and couldnt find anything i was about to junk it but my boyfriend came over when i wasnt home to change all the filters like i asked a few days before i forgot to tell him about the car. well he changed the fuel filter and i havent had a problem since then. i know it sound weird but it fixed my problem
  • missrubimissrubi Posts: 2
    liil-

    fuel filter is worth checking out. it's actually going to the mechanic for the 3 day stay so i'll let you know what he comes up with. thanks for the input though!
  • bobezbobez Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2002 Dodge Neon base with AC and automatic for $3250, in fair condition. It has 68K miles on it so I believe it has many years left on it. It has some rust on the rims, and other exposed metal parts which leads me to believe it was never garaged. I think I did OK on the deal? Anything I should watch out for?
  • I've done some reading of the messages in this thread, but they seem to pertain to mostly older cars. Any comments on the last couple years of this model? My wife needs a basic 4-door AT econo-car for commuting and they're practically giving them away right now. Is it loud, rattly and unreliable; or can I expect it to get her there and back without too much drama? Is there a "good" motor and a "bad" one?
  • joe602joe602 Posts: 2
    I just got my 05 Dodge Neon SXT w/ auto tran. I bought it used with 18,000 miles on it. The car seems to get really good gas mileage and i can make it from Phoenix to Tucson on a little over a 1/4 of a tank....The wierd thing is though is that it seems the gas guage goes down slowly in the first half of the tank and then it goes faster on the sencond lower half.....It is very comfortable though and it can keep its speed really well.
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    joe602: This is nornal fir not only Neon's but most of DECX vehicles. We have had 3 Neons a 96 we still have with 185,000 miles on the orignal engine, a 2001 we traded in after 1 year. and a 2004 we bought new that has 40,000 miles on it. The 2000 Neon was a big revision, and the 2004 and 05 are thsame except for a few minor changes. We get always 28mpg and on a trip 33 mpg. The big key is at about 80,000 to 90,000 change the timing belt and put on a NEW water pump while you are at it. These engines are solid and will last a good length of time if you change the oil every 4 to 5,000 miles with 5-30 oil. Good luck.

    Farout
  • iyz408iyz408 Posts: 5
    I have a 1995 plymouth neon and both front doors are constantly shocking me.I have no idea what it could be, Even after I park it and the car is off, when I get off and go to close the door I always get a shock!!!!Does any one have a clue as to what the problem might be? :surprise:
  • iyz408iyz408 Posts: 5
    You are not alone! I have a 1995 PLYMOUTH NEON and I am constantly getting shocked! But that is not the beginning of my neon problems. There is also a power steering fluid leak in the metal line that runs underneath the motor due to it coming in contact (rubbing against) another metal line that constantly gets hot,wich eventually makes a hole in the line.AND my car is constantly overheating and with that comes that awful smell.AND my engine always idles sooo high, especially on the freeway or when i gain speed. What is up with this???? If anyone has any tips for me PLEASE let me know.Thanks
  • coop4coop4 Posts: 2
    i have a 99 neon dohc auto i just found out my kickdown rod is shot and everyone wants 200$ to repair it and i also purchased the parts for a whopping 4.00$ if i could do it myself i would . and as for gas mileage i get 290 miles on the highway per tank. and i get up to 60 in a lot less than 8.8 seconds any ideas to make this beast faster will be much appreciated
    currently has 113,000 miles and never blew a head gasket broke a thermostat but aside from the kickdown rod not a damn thing has gone wrong with my car i love it
    and i smoked a honda pilot last nite going up hill lmao
  • coop4coop4 Posts: 2
    all cars are like that the gas goes slow on first half then guzzles rite down on second half of tank any car any size motor
  • monkey7312monkey7312 Posts: 26
    I wish I knew what stopped it. Mine haven't done that to me in a while and I have no idea what causes it or why it stopped. :confuse: Probably just extra static...
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