Dodge Neon - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Dodge Neon owners have reported a total of 2,557 problems for their cars built in the 10 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Dodge Neon. The 1996 Dodge Neon cars have the most problems reported (611 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Dodge Neon

Model Year Number of Problems
  2005 Neon
102
  2004 Neon
108
  2003 Neon
212
  2002 Neon
177
  2001 Neon
154
  2000 Neon
344
  1999 Neon
116
  1998 Neon
342
  1997 Neon
389
  1996 Neon
611

  Common problems of Dodge Neon

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Dodge Neon cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (891 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (338 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Dodge Neon

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
891
  Electrical System
338
  Air Bag
302
  Service Brakes
193
  Power Train
150
  Structure
118
  Exterior Lighting
79
  Steering
70
  Suspension
65
  Unknown Or Other
63
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
60
  Seat Belt
51
  Visibility
34
  Tire
30
  Gasoline Fuel System
29
  Equipment
28
  Seats
15
  Wheel
11
  Other Fuel System
9
  Latches/locks/linkage
6
  Interior Lighting
5
  Child Seat
3
  Air Brake
3
  Electronic Stability Control
2
  Parking Brake
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Dodge Neon of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Neon model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Dodge Neon model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Neon Model Years

Neon
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2005 102154,75914    
0.05
  2004 108117,03715    
0.06
  2003 212128,53316    
0.10
  2002 177119,56217    
0.09
  2001 154102,63618    
0.08
  2000 344173,47619    
0.10

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Dodge Neon is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2005 Neon
4
  2004 Neon
16
  2003 Neon
17
  2002 Neon
21
  2001 Neon
31
  2000 Neon
38
  1999 Neon
9
  1998 Neon
31
  1997 Neon
26
  1996 Neon
39


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