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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
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1998 Dodge Stratus brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #8

Mar 162002

Stratus

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brakes fail every 6~11 months / 6000~11000 miles, have replaced calipers, pads, rotors, drums, shoes, wheel cylinders multiple times.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 011999

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has to turn rotors and replace brake pads every 6 months. Pads are wearing uneven. Braking distance is normal.

- Douglass, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 011998

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had to replace brake pads every 6 months, so far 7 times. Also, problems with rotors.

- High Park, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 222000

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brake repairs every 3000 miles. Dealer cannot correct problem. 1. repaired: Brake pads/turned rotors/brake shoes and drums; 2. brake shoes and drums; 3. left and right drums; rear wheel cylinders, and brake shoes. Was told possible ABS problem. 4. brake master cylinder leaking /proportional valve. 5. brake recall, was told did not need done, 6. rods and master cylinder and left front caliper. As soon as vehicle gets close to 3000 miles brakes start grinding.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 192000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Brake system does not last more than 20,000 miles due to engineering defect. Manufacturer has increased size of rotors and pads on newer models.

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jul 102000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Braking system loses pressure when pedal is engaged. Ongoing problem that has gotten worse. New rotors and pads installed @ 50K miles, but problem not resolved. Pedal loses pressure when transmission changes to lower gear and vehicle has no braking power and "glides" until brakes "catch" again. Does this over and over during single braking/stopping incident. Pedal eventually pressed to floor with little effect.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #2

May 181998

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes are operating poorly, it is very difficult to stop car. Also, brakes make a squealing noise and pulsate. Dealer says that nothing is wrong with the vehicle.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 312000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer experencing excessive wear of the front and rear brake pads and rotors, causing extended stopping distance when the brakes are applied to make a normal stop. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer has replaced parts. Problem still occurs,

- Marrero, LA, USA

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