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Dodge/Plymouth Neon



  • enzone33enzone33 Posts: 1
    HOw is the dash removed? Are there any crucial steps in this process? My car is doing the same thing. Can a repair shop fix it or would they just order a new instrument panel?
  • zer0o7zer0o7 Posts: 1
    Can anyone point me in the direction of a diagram or pics of all a/c hoses on a 1999 Dodge Neon? I recharged the a/c yesterday and today I think one of the hoses failed. Big cloud of a/c coolant came from under the hood with a hissing sound. Where ever the hose failed ( if it was the hose ) was under alot of pressure, pretty sure it wasnt the compressor but I cant find where or which hose or part failed. Can anyone help me? I have the Haynes automotive book for it but it only shows how to recharge the a/c and change the compressor.
  • justus3justus3 Posts: 21
    My Neon is an '03 5 speed. It has just over 71,000 miles on it and I have never had a problem with it until now. A few days ago I filled up at the Exxon station, and noticed right after that the engine seemed to be running a little rough. It is steadily getting worse, and I noticed when I am starting out in 1st it sputters and seems like it wants to quit running til I give it a little gas and once on the road it runs fine. I also noticed some strange noise coming from the engine compartment toward the front of the car that sounds like a hissing sound. It's not a constant hissing though. It starts and stops almost in a way like it's trying to suck for something that is not there. There is also a strong odor of gas coming into the car intermittently, usually when it is running rough and I push the gas pedal in to get it to run more smoothly. I put in a bottle of STP fuel injector cleaner but so far it's not getting any better. The engine light has not came on since this began. Any input as to what could be the problem would be helpful. :confuse:
  • lt211lt211 Posts: 1
    I'm attempting to replace the water pump on a 97 2.0 dohc. I can't get the lower pulley off the engine to remove the timing belt cover. Any suggestions? my gear puller isn't doing the trick. Additionally, I'll need some info on adjusting the alternator belt, I ended up just cutting it off, I couldn't get to the adjusting bolt.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    Calling it a lemon would be a fantastic compliment to it!

    I'd be embellishing for the good if I called it only a :lemon: :sick:
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    I have been given an estimate to replace the struts on my 97 Plymouth Neon (744.21) which includes an alignment and am looking for any feedback as to whether the price is reasonable or not.
  • The question is, is that for all four struts? The struts in the front or the struts in the rear? That price for all four is a fair price. I had the rears done on my 99 Dodge Neon and that went for $550 including the mounts.
  • alamocityalamocity Posts: 680
    Yes, that is for all 4 struts.
  • Then I say go for it. Your car will have better handling.
  • Hey my names Greg proud owner of a 1997 plymouth neon 5 speed what you need to do is go to wal*mart and buy an a/c recharger it comes in a can leave the car off while you do this regaurdless if it tells you to keep it running or not make sure you have someone with you while you do this when it says its charged stay under the hood and have someone turn the car on and turn the a/c on and try to figure out the hose it is leaking from when you find it out take it to the dealer and have them get you that hose or if you are a "do it yourself" kind of guy take the hose off yourself and bring it to your local parts store and hae them ring you up a new one also look underneath the car there are a few hoses under the car if you didnt already know about them hope this helps out atleast a little bit
  • justus3justus3 Posts: 21
    This is my final post to this forum as I am no longer the owner of my '03 Neon. I traded it in for a '07 Chevy Cobalt. The Neon was a decent enough car for a little bit, but as more and more problems began to surface with it, I decided it was time to get rid of it. The trunk began to leak water every time it rained and filled my spare tire compartment and floorboards with water, it all at once started running like crap (refer to a past post)and overall I was just sick of it. Sad to say, but I don't think I will be buying a Dodge again anytime soon. Never had problems with any other cars like I did with the Neon. Good luck to all you remaining Neon owners.
  • alkijimalkijim Posts: 6
    Ran into similar problem on my nephew's '95. No turn signals. No brake lights. Replaced brake light switch. Cured both problems. Good Luck.
  • I have had my 2000 plymouth Neon for 2 years now. Bought it with 72,000 miles. It's now at 97,000 miles. The problem started a year ago, the fuse that controls the back-up lights and rear defroster blew and kept on blowing.(10amp) Replaced it one time to many. (I have packets of fuses just laying around in my car). In the winter I had to replace the fuse just to defrost the back windshield, and then it would blow after I put the car in gear.

    The recent problem started this Sat.8/4/07.

    The fuse for the the turn signal blew.(15amp) I replaced it several times since then, but it still doesn't work. The signals would work for 1-3 mins, then blow again. (Yet again I have to carry packets of fuses in my car).

    I have dealt without having any back-up lights for a year but not having any turning signal, is ridiculous. I just can't deal with that. I have tried everything to get it to work, but have not had any luck. If there is anyone out there that can give me ANY advice, it would be greatly appreciated.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    The best advice I can give you is to have someone "steal" your vehicle and total it. Or have someone burn it to the ground :P .

    As trust me on this, fuse/electrical problems are the most minor problems you will have to deal with on your Neon.
  • lilbeelilbee Posts: 3
    I just brought a 200 neon with a stock motor. a cold air k&n intake and 2inch exhaust with two mufflers came on the car. it get 29mpg, runs great after 30mph. but 0-30 its a dog, no go! anybody have any ideas how to fix this. thanks
  • lilbeelilbee Posts: 3
    has anyone tried one of the electric superchargers? if so did it really help? they look like a heater blower motor!
  • Picked up A 2000 Neon with 111,000 miles for $200.00. The engine had a blown head gasket. Dropped the engine out, put it on a stand and rebuilt for about $900.00, including machine work and parts. It runs great, 3 spd Auto, blows 40* air cond at idle, engine temp stays right in the middle of the gage. Interior and body are in like new condition, new tires, alloy wheels, moon roof, PW,PS, cruise. Just wanted folks out there to know that not everyone is dissatisfied or having problems with their Neon!!!!!!
    The key is to have the head milled before installation and don't let the dealer mechanics near it and it will probably will last a long time.
  • neon04neon04 Posts: 2
    04 neon with fog lights how to i install them the correct way let me no
  • I have the same setup as you and the same problem. Mine is an automatic and is a "dog" from 0-30 mph, but runs great from 30+ mph. I replaced the plugs, plug wires, and cleaned the throtle body which helped a little bit but did not fix the problem. Did you resolve the problem yet ? If so, let me know.

  • I have a '97 Sport and, although it has bugs, it is one of the most fun to drive cars I've ever owned (I have a manual though). I get about 37 overall and 40 on the highway. Shifting has its advantages (although if you live in a metro area don't even bother). I'm hoping to work it up to 50 mpg with mods.
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