2002 Chrysler Neon
2.0L SOHC engine
Occasionally, when the car has been sitting overnight, it will take 5-6 attempts to start. Meaning that, I start it, it cranks 5 times, I shut it off, try it again, cranks 5 times, etc. Repeated 5-6 times before it starts. Sometimes, will start on the first attempt, but stalls right away. And then is hard to start.
Once it starts, runs ok.
After a 10 minute drive or so, re-starting is no problem.
Coincidentally - right when this started - my gas mileage dipped to 25 MPG from the usual 32 MPG.
My local dealer has advised that the battery has failed the load test and needs replacing. I am no expert by any means, but, it turns over fine, just has a hard time starting. Seeking a 2nd opinion here.
Appreciate any thoughts you guys could offer.
Friday, September 14th, 2007 AT 10:15 AM