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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,250 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Stratus brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012011

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles


I started the car, placed my foot on the brake and it went to the floor. I exited the vehicle and found a large pool of fluid on the right front of the car. ABS and brake light came on. Master cylinder was near empty. I had the car towed to my local mechanic and he found that all the brake lines (6?) were leaking at the ABS pump. This is the car my wife drives. My wife! I am anal with regard to my vehicles condition and maintenance. To have a failure like this on a what is supposed to be a "quality american made vehicle" is absurd and totally unacceptable! my brothers 1999 Honda, my step son's 1991 Nissan stanza (recently sold) a 1993 Geo prizm (I.e. Toyota corolla!!!) recently sold had zero rust on any brake fitting, brake line or fuel line. I had no brake issues previously.

- Reynoldsburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 222004


  • miles
Safety defect in 1998 on several occasions extended stopping distance was experienced resulting in an accident. The consumer admits that she may have hit the gas instead of the brake while attempting to stop for a red light. Campaign id number : 99V244000

- Lancaster, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 041999


  • 15,000 miles
1st brake failure, 15,000 miles, second at 40,000 miles. Engineering defect, not enough surface area to compensate for cab forward design. Many of your complaints about anti-lock brakes have nothing to do with the hydraulics. Lets get this recalled before some one gets killed. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over artemis**725472

- Middletown, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 122002


  • 55,000 miles
The vehicle lost oil, and the brake pedal traveled to the floor when applied. The dealer replaced the brake tube and clamp.

- Hazleton, PA, USA

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