2nd Generation (2000—2005) Neon Problems

Neon owners with a 2000—2005 model year have the most problems with the engine (24%), transmission (16%), and the electrical (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 20 complaints at an average of 92,640 miles in the 2002 Dodge Neon.
  2. Radiator Blew, Letting Anti-freeze Into Transmission 18 complaints at an average of 79,320 miles in the 2004 Dodge Neon.
  3. Gears Not Catching 4 complaints at an average of 82,750 miles in the 2004 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 2004 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 138 4 19 18.33
2004 72 5 18 20.19
2003 66 5 33 17.85
2002 77 6 39 19.61
2001 36 10 35 8.4
2000 48 11 62 13.41

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