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5.4

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,001 miles

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1998 Dodge Stratus engine problems

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #57

May 142003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

"the famous head gasket failure that nobody wants to touch". yes, I have a 98 Dodge Stratus that is leaking at the head gasket. I had to buy one of those flat pans to catch the oil in while the car is parked in the garage. My 2 year old got out there the other day and decided to play in the used oil. Is this not a safety issue" having to keep a pan of dirty oil under a car" I drain it once a week and get at least 1 quart. (and have to pay to dispose of it) come on here! so, on top of the fire hazard (hot oil on a hot catalyst), now we have poisoning issues with our children. Is anybody going to help us, or should we just start the whole class action lawsuit? I am sure there are enough people here to back me up on this. According to all of the complaints here, Dodge already knows about it and made a stronger gasket to replace it with.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #56

Nov 122002

Stratus

  • 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

problem #55

Dec 192002

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have been told by 2 mechanics that I have a head gasket leak. My car is only 5 years old and has 37,250 miles. The repair cost is 7-8 hundred dollars. I am retired, on a fixed income and feel Chrysler corporation should repair this defect.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #54

Sep 012000

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

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

Oil leak in my 1998 Dodge Stratus after only 35,000 miles.

- Flanders, NJ, USA

problem #53

Mar 172003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
1998 Stratus, 78000 miles, leaks oil badly. Started about 76000 and has worsened. Hope this can't catch on fire.

- West Liberty, OH, USA

problem #52

Feb 142003

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The head gasket failed.jb

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #51

Feb 142003

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles

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

The engine/head gasket had an oil leak. Scc

- Unknown, 00, USA

problem #50

Jan 172003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,000 miles
Head gasket is blown. Oil in the coolant. All hoses and radiator cap have to be replaced and not covered by warranty. 62000

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #49

Jan 062003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,400 miles
Timing belt tensioner broke while driving full speed on the freeway. The engine stalled and I was lucky to get to the side of the road safely. Now the car has been at the shop for two weeks and Dodge states the parts are not in production and unavailable until a later unknown date. I have been told that the part is being remanufactured to eliminate the problem, but the new part hasn't been produced yet. There is not a date set for when the part will be available. Dodge obviously knew the part was defective or they would not have improved it for replacement. Why was my safety put at risk for a part they knew was a problem?

- Lakeside, CA, USA

problem #48

Jan 211998

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Stratus and like many others the head gasket needs replacing. I was told about this in July 2002. I was told by service that this was a known problem and that Chrysler would participate in the expense of the repair and it would only cost me $200. At the time I could not afford the repair. Also, the leak was not that bad. I was led to believe that the $200 would be the cost when I had the repair work done. When I called to make the appointment Jan 20, 2003 because the leak was starting to get worse, I asked the service person if this $200 cost was still in effect. He said he checked on it and was told it was. After I dropped off the car, I got a call later in the morning telling me it would cost me full price. My issue is that since this is a known problem on the 98 Stratus why hasn't Chrysler (Dodge) been made to issue a recall. The realized the problem with the head gasket because they changed the headgasket part approximately Nov 1998 in production and replacements.

- Mequon, WI, USA

problem #47

Dec 092002

Stratus

  • miles

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

Head gasket has busted. It's leaking fuel all over the exhaust. I took it to the dealer who said it could start a fire. He said it would cost about $800 to fix. It requires me to put a quart of oil in it weekly.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #46

Dec 112002

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Consumer called complaining about having problems with the head gaskets. Also stated that has been on our web site where there is more then 40 complaints.dealer was not contacted at the time of this phone call.

- Levanon, CT, USA

problem #45

Nov 282002

Stratus

  • miles
When checking the oil, consumer states the oil reading kept decreasing rapidly. Consumer took to Dodge, Dodge says the gasket is too thin and is causing a leak.

- Mitchell, SD, USA

problem #44

Mar 012002

Stratus

  • miles
Car began leaking oil, but has gotten really bad in the last couple of weeks. I took it to my mechanic and it has been diagnosed as having a faulty head gasket. Apparently a common and wide spread problem with this type year car.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #43

Sep 022002

Stratus

  • miles
Oil leak under engine head, causing smoke to come into car.

- Atwater, CA, USA

problem #42

Sep 172002

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling noticed a burning smell and oil stains under vehicle. Dealer has been contacted, and indicated that head gasket needed to be replaced. *akconsumer spoke to a Dodge representative who informed consumer that this was a common problem with these vehicles.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #41

Sep 122002

Stratus

  • miles
Head gasket is leaking oil. The dealership diagnosed problem and gave me a quote of $800 to replace head gasket. I told the dealer that there are numerous complaints surrounding this particular vehicle. I did not feel I should have to pay all of the expense.

- Stoughton, WI, USA

problem #40

Nov 012000

Stratus

  • miles
Head gasket was replaced originally in Nov 00 and was replaced 3 additional times within the next 6-8 month period. I noticed the same problem again earliers this year and am preparing to take it in for the 5th time.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #39

Apr 012002

Stratus

  • miles
My head gasket hasn't totally blown yet but my car is going through a quart of oil a week. I've had the gasket cover replaced and new spark plug wires installed. Oil still coming out. I take care of my car but not through the dealer. I had to replace the rotors at 16000 miles. Albany Dodge said that they could resurface them for $90 a piece. I believe the rotors should not have been messed up at that time.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #38

Jun 012002

Stratus

  • miles
March 2002 noticed oil leakage. Had it checked and found that the head gasket needed replaced. The car didn't have even 60000 miles on it. Secondly, the car starting just this summer has stalled on numerous occasion. The temperature has always been above 90 degrees and the air conditioning has been running on high. It stalls only when I'm at a stop or in bumper to bumper traffic trying to shift from first. I have a standard, the clutch doesn't feel like it is slipping, and I'm sure it's not user error. This just started stalling this summer. I've had it to the dealership, but they didn't find anything wrong with the car. But it stalls consistently when the temp. Reaches above 90 degrees.

- Hummelstown, PA, USA

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