2004 Dodge Neon Overview


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2004 Dodge Neon Overview

The little Neon that could has gotten a bad rap over the years because of its poor reliability and numerous problems under the hood. What doesn't get talked about is that in its subcompact class, it has always been the fastest, roomiest, and probably the most fun to drive of all of its competitors. While short on creature comforts, it's long on power and handling.

Little has changed for the 2004 Dodge Neon. Both the base SE and SXT trims feature a 2.0-liter, 132-hp engine matched with a 5-speed manual (or optional 4-speed automatic, which many drivers say doesn't take advantage of the peppiness of the engine). The SE gives you basic features, but the SXT offers a lot more options and is probably the better value. A Sports Package can be bought for the SXT that adds a spoiler and fog lamps. The R/T is the performance sport model Neon, with a 2.0-liter engine that gets 150-hp combined only with the 5-speed and a sports-tuned suspension, steering, and special badging.

The Neon is a fast little subcompact, but its wide wheelbase gives greater stability and precise handling on the road. Because it is so roomy, it works well as a starter family car, affordable and comfortable, with a fairly big trunk for storage. There are not a lot of bells and whistles, because the 2004 Neon focuses on performance and practicality over luxury. Complaints range from rough idling, a rear blind spot, loud road noise at high speeds, and a poor resale value.


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    Neon Not Shifting

    I have a 2004 2.0 Dodge neon my transmission is working great but when I'm driving my mph stick keeps jumping up and down. When that happens I have to restart my car because the transmission does...

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    This Problem Is Driving Me Crazy. I Have A 2004 Neon With 2.0 Automatic. My...

    About 7500 miles ago my Trans line broke inside the radiator and caused the colong system to fil with Trans fluid. I shut the car down immediately and did not end up with coo Ant in the Trans. I repl...

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    Car Running Hot

    I have a 2004 dodge neon it is gurgling in the reservoir and leaking antifreeze

    3 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 days ago)

    Dodge Neon Sputets And Wont Go Beyond 25mph And Tranny Oil In Milky Pink

    7 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 weeks ago)

    04 Dodge Neon Sxt Won't Shift & Speedometer Doesn't Work

    My 04 neon transmission is not shifting . It does shift from 1st to 2nd but it won't shift any higher. Speedometer also stopped working. About 1 month ago the speedometer would work and it was shi...

    14 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)