1st Generation (1995—1999) Neon Problems

This generations ranks 28th out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (36%), electrical (21%), and the body (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Noisy Brake Pads 5 complaints at an average of 32,400 miles in the 1999 Dodge Neon.
  2. Blown Head Gasket 6 complaints at an average of 69,993 miles in the 1995 Dodge Neon.
  3. Cracked Head Gasket 3 complaints at an average of 68,000 miles in the 1999 Dodge Neon.

What Neon Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 18 4 23 5.75
1998 25 6 43 6.6
1997 10 6 53 2.69
1996 31 7 41 3.61
1995 27 11 57 5.19

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