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Dodge-Plymouth Neon Transmission/Suspension

My 2002 Neon had to have its transmission replaced at 39,000 miles since it was a used car it wasn't covered by the 7/70 power train warranty- I got nowhere with Chrysler in trying to get them to cover all or part of the cost - does any one have similar story ? or suggest any tactics that might work in getting some coverage on this - after all transmission should last the life of the car -100K




  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609
    Sorry to hear of your transmission failure. These transmissions need to be serviced every 30,000 miles. The cost is about $125.00 US. If CDX saw no transmission service had been dome then they would have no reason to even consider paying anything. If you bought the car before 36,000 miles you could have purchased the remainder of the & year or 70,000 mile warranty. Only if you were the second owner couls you have done this. Yes the transmission most likely with proper care should get much better life. I have a 96 Dodge Neon with 178,000 on the orignal engine, however the transmission was rebuilt once at 30,000 and replaced with a Chrysler rebuilt at 85,000. These were the three speed automatics. Yor Neon has a 4 speed and is a better transmission. Hope this helps.

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,499
    Actually, Honda and Toyota Auto Transmissions are designed to take you easily to 200,000 miles, and occasionally past 300 K w/o any problems whatsoever.

    Dodge Neons are a fraud on the part of Chrysler. They should sell them as "TEMP vehicles" meaning they are temporary cars, good for about 3 years or 36,000 miles.
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • abbeyhugabbeyhug Posts: 1
    What a load of crap. Honda has a much worse history of automatic transmission failures than MOPAR... and they continue to this day: A fact you just don't hear about from the paid for auto journalists.

    Check the back of any Honda dealership's maintenance department, and the torn out transmissions waiting for shipment. I know, I had 3 replaced in a Civic I owned.

    Now I grant you a newer Civic is a better car than a newer Dodge 2.0SX.. the Civic costs more, the the reliability of the Dodge is not that far from the Civic. Check the stats on the Neon based PT Cruiser... gets as good or better reliability reports than various Toyota's

    My 2002 300M has been flawless for 4.75 years... I had a nail puncture a tire for the total of un-scheduled maintenance.

    There are way too many ignorant posters out there: They know not of what they speak.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Oooh, let's be careful not to make this personal ... please.
  • beachbrumbeachbrum Posts: 16
    Can someone please help? I just got the tranny fluid on the manual transmission of my 2001 Dodge Neon RT drained and refilled and now when I cruise down the freeway in 5th gear at 75mph or so. The stick likes to randomly pop out of fifth into neutral.

    What gives? Could this be a fluid issue? I wonder however that I may have some sort of gear box problem and the clean fresh fluid made it a little more readily apparent.

    Thanks in advance
  • nbowlernbowler Posts: 1
    hello there I had just bought a 2005 neon sxt and I have noticed that when i shift into second gear that it tends to lose power for about 2 seconds and then goes back to the normal speed and rpm that it needs to be. They can not figure it out and it has been doing this before it even hit 500 miles it does the sane thing to my fiances neon too.
  • goodcrdgoodcrd Posts: 253
    It sounds like an ecm programming issue. Sounds to me like it is dropping to base idle and your computer is trying to compensate the idle air control. Make sure all the ecm input are continuous signals and you have no dead spots in any of the input signals to the ecm. Good luck, dealers don't like to spend the time needed to figure this stuff out. They want quick fixes with quick money.
  • allllanallllan Posts: 1
    Yeah my wheel starts to shake a bit when ever I go faster than 55mph-105mph. I was told it might be my motor mounts, but my car only has 52,000 miles on it. It's Definety not that old, I also Got a Alignment, New tires, New shocks, New springs, New rack and pinion and A New timing belt!! (My Front Right tire will lose air because of the shaking on the freeway usually If I am driving on there for a bit of a while of time) Well if anyone could give me some good advise, Thanks!!!
  • 79customd79customd Posts: 87
    You can take it to a tech and suggest for him to take a look at the Staic balance and at the Dynamic balance of your car. Which is to say, Check to see if the car is putting A-symmetrical pressure on one tire or the other. A way to check Static balance is to jack the car up or put it on blocks. Have a person sit in the drivers seat and turn the steering wheel at idle. The front wheels should not rotate no matter which direction you turn them in. If there is loose rotation carry the car to a tech who can fix its static Balance. I don't know if this is the problem or not because I'm not there looking at the car and cannot see for myself but thats the best advice I can Give Ya.

    Hope my advice helps and fixes the problem ;)
  • faroutfarout Posts: 1,609 My 96 has just turned 180,000 miles. Durring the first 100,000 while under the Chrysler Service Contract we bought, every thing you can dream of was replaced! Chrysler spent more on warranty repairs then we paid for the car! Motor and transmission mounts are not something I would discount. I have replaced the fromt motor mount at 172,000 and I could not believe the difference it made. It's hard to do, and I don't have the patients to do that, so I got a local garage to do it. I think the mount was rather costly. If you haven't had a head gasket issue yet, keep your eyes open as you are open for a problem there. I did have the orignal transmission rebuilt twice and at 85,000 miles the put a Chrysler rebuilt which I have changed the fulid every 30,000 miles on and it's got 95,000 and still runs good. Anytime I brag on a car or truck it soon falls appart!

  • yota3yota3 Posts: 1
    i need to find where to fill my trans in a 98 neon. my trans cooling hose split and emptied the trans replace the hose just cant find where to fill the trans
  • Transmission dipstick is where you fill the fluid.
  • I've got a 2001 Neon RT with about 72K miles, totally stock suspension. I just now have 205/50R16 tires instead of 195's.

    I was looking to improve straight line drive quality(not so stiff) while maintaining what I feel is some pretty awesome cornering ability.

    Anyone have any advice as to how to do go about doing this correctly? I commute 70 miles round trip each day on an interstate in basically a straight line and I would like that to be a little softer ride. However I still want to maintain cornering ability.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Lucky me...(NOT) I just put my 2002 Dodge Neon in the shop. The transmission started slipping and making this great whining/grinding sound, plus the check engine light came on when it started acting up.
  • teenyteeny Posts: 1
    Can I ask how much this set you back? My 2001 Neon just started to slip, not all the time but I'm pretty sure it's my transmission. My last payment is THIS MONTH!!! I should have known this was going to happen..........
  • Farout - For some reason, the "Reply" link isn't appearing in the main Neon list.

    So, here is my response to your 10/14/06 (2:28 PM) message, (which was "lawyer53: How many miles are are on your Neon. We have a 96 Highline. we bought new, and it has 192,000 miles on it. It uses a quart about every 600 miles. I expect that with this many miles on it.
    Thank the Lord we bought the Chrysler Service Contract. Everything but the block and head, and I mean everything you can imagine was replaced under the extended warranty. Chrysler spent more on repairs during the 100,000 miles than we paid for the Neon! After 100,000 miles repairs have been normal and it's been great. Always the mpg has been in the 30mpg range, even now. However this summer we have spent about $1,400. in tires and repair. Now we drive it less than 100 miles a month. If we don't drive it once and a while to keep the rings from becoming loose, and using more oil. Yes. it smokes a little but 192,000 is a lot for a 2.L engine. At least I think so.


    I have 133K on my 1998 Neon. I'd say I am constantly replenishing the oil. It's a leaker (because the mat under the car in the garage is stained with oil). I used the extended secondary, market warranty a lot, and easily saved more than the premium for the warranty. Now that the warranty is over, I have had to buy tires and brakes (would not have been covered by the warranty, anyway) and get a repalacment starter motor. That was about $400. Still, it gets good mileage. City is about 32. On long trips, I can get 38 or more.
  • i have a 95 highline and i am looking to swap from a auto to a manual trans for performance reasons. my ? is, how much of a problem is this and how long will expect for the car to be down?
  • desgnrdesgnr Posts: 19
    My wifes 1998 Plymouth Neon bought new.
    Now has 45,000 miles.
    When the car is cold the Transmission slips.
    When it warms up it shifts fine.
    My mechanic said if he changes the Transmission fluid it might help,but he also said it could make the problem worse.
    What do you suggest to correct the problem?
  • cafebradcafebrad Posts: 1
    hello, i read alot about tranny problems in these cars. My 95 2.0 auto slips between 2nd and 3rd only, and more so when the whole thing hooped, or should i try a flush and this special additive i heard about for gears slipping.
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 9,499
    The only crap here is what you wrote!

    The truth is that Honda transmissions in general, last basically forever (check 92 civic DX that had original tranny approaching 200K miles when we sold it about 2 years ago).

    Dodge transmissions last about 65K at best!!! That is like a best case scenario with regular maintenance.
    Toy '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD, Commuter '16 Kia Optima LX 1.6 Turbo FWD, Wife's '17 VW Golf All-Track SE 4-Motion AWD
  • Alright i have a 2004 Neon 2.0L, well some one tampered with the transmission, at first i didnt know what it was but knew i burned out the pan gasket seal, i change that then came to another problem, they removed the plug thats located underneathe the transmission, i know they dont sell them in auto stores like autozone......need some advice on where i could get one, and how much would this cost! please help. i would like to get my neo up and running please..... :sick:
  • Yesterday when I was driving my car, when i stepped on the gas pedal I could feel the car revving but it wasn't going any where then all of a sudden it would jerk and go ahead...

    It did this a few times then I decided this isn't I got out of my car to check the soon as i opened my car door i saw a trail of fluid ...from the road to where I parked..

    So i peeked under the hood and green stuff and red stuff was leaking on to the ground. Oh damn..

    I jumped in the car trying to head back to my place but I stalled about 2 min..I could feel the car revving but it wasn't going any I had to push the car to a parking lot.

    When I got my car to my apt, I checked the transmission fluid as well my coolant..both were bone dry

    I think I need a new transmission ...not sure..

    any one can give any clues what it might be? its in the shop now..i want to look smart when they give me the estimate..thanks
  • 2005 Dodge Neon SXT 40,557 miles:

    I recently started having a problem with my car that i can't quite figure out. After driving in traffic around town for a while and then getting out on the interstate the transmissions' torgue converter seems to be locking and un-locking constantly as i notice a dramatic fluctation in RPM at that time. Also the speedo fluctuates 10-20 mph...i guess bounces between would be a better description. It also seems to be miss-firing but no associated engine light, so no codes to pull. The missfire feeling could be from the tranny but not sure. It only does it for a minute or so. Then all goes back to normal. Seems to run fine once it stops its little fit but bothers me. Dealership has been no help.

    It only seems to do this after doing city driving and not at any other time. MPG has also decreased noticieably. Was thinking transmission control module with the speedo doing the bounceing but just want some input.


  • i had this same thing happen last night... i am under the impression that this is the transmission fluid cooling line that runs to the radiator... but not 100% could you let me know what you found out??? pleez!
  • ray40ray40 Posts: 1
    Just went thru this problem with a 2002 neon. You need to replace the Radiator, and have the trans fliud and the Radiator flushed out, then hope that ne damage was done to the Trans.
  • In case you haven't solved your problem yet, I will give you a little advice on it. My son's 200 Neon lost all the tranny fluid. We found that the cooling line to the radiator was off. The plug that went into the radiator had pulled out. Not the hose clamp, but the threads on the plug stripped. To repair it, I used PC-7 epoxy to hold it. So far it has held. He had driven it without fluid about 5 miles, slipping badly. We put 3 1/2 quarts of high mileage fluid plus sealer and conditioner in it and it didn't slip. I don't know how much damage was done to the discs, but he'll have to wait and see if it continues to run.
    Hope this advice helps anyone.
  • In case you haven't solved your problem yet, I just posted the following to billandalisha . My son's 2000 Neon lost all the tranny fluid. We found that the cooling line to the radiator was off. The plug that went into the radiator had pulled out. Not the hose clamp, but the threads on the plug stripped. To repair it, I used PC-7 epoxy to hold it. So far it has held. He had driven it without fluid about 5 miles, slipping badly. We put 3 1/2 quarts of high mileage fluid plus sealer and conditioner in it and it didn't slip. I don't know how much damage was done to the discs, but he'll have to wait and see if it continues to run.
    Hope this advice helps anyone.
  • my trans line from the tranny to the radiator popped off from the radiator... the threads were stripped off also just like posted must replace the radiator and flush the trans.... for a quick fix to get you to a shop use a small piece of brake line and splice the input and output lines together with the brake line and a few hose clamps but i remind you this is a quick fix for a short distance prolonged use can result in trans failure how this was helpful
  • It looks like my son's Neon wasn't the only one that had stripped threads in the radiator. That epoxy repair seems to be holding good so far. I've used it a number of times before and it's good stuff. They ought to, at least mold a little heavier area on the radiator where the fitting screws in. It only has about three very fine threads in it and that's not much. Perhaps they want you to have to buy a new radiator and/or replace the tranny.
  • We have a 2004 Neon SXT with 140,000 highway miles. The solenoid pressure switch was leaking fluid and the mechanic has replaced. After driving for 5-10 minutes, the transmission will make a hard shift and then will get stuck in 2nd gear. The transmission will down shift to 1st, but will not shift any higher than 2nd gear. It will remain in this condition until the vehicle ignition is turned off.

    Has anyone experienced this problem, if so, what what the source of the problem?

    The mechanic suggested the electronic shifter was not working properly due to a low charging battery?? Any thoughts on that statement?
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