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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,824 miles

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1998 Dodge Stratus engine problems

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Mar 222004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,310 miles

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

Head gasket leaking, millage 69310, total cost $1003.

- Colchester, VT, USA

problem #20

Mar 182004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
My Dodge Stratus 98 has a major oil leak from the head gasket which can blow my engine - according to my friend who is a mechanic. He says that most of these models have this problem but there was recall only for 95-96 models. Is there anything on process to extend the recall"?" the car is worth $2,600 and the repair will cost me $2,000.

- Seal Beach, CA, USA

problem #19

Mar 092003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
At 78,000 mile delevoped a bad oil leak, don't know if it can catch on fire. It sure smells bad.

- West Liberty, OH, USA

problem #18

Jan 162003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

At approx 60,000 miles my 1998 Dodge Stratus, developed an oil leak at the head gasket, a cracked exhaust manifold, a timing belt tensioner and cover that have failed, a leaking water pump that needs replacing. My mechanic estimates $2150 to replace and repair all these items. To top this off my mechanic tells me that it will take 2 to 3 weeks to get the timing belt tensioner and cover because there's a big back order on these items. Meanwhile I'm without a car! by reveiwing the complaints on the web, I see that this vehicle's head gasket was redesigned by Chrysler since 1998, also the timing belt tensioner has been redesigned. The car has been great up to this point. However I feel, all these recent problems are clearly pre-mature especially since Chrysler has had to redesign the head gasket and tensioner in order to correct the problems with these items. Should there not be a recall on the 1998 Dodge Stratus for all these breakdowns" do I have any recourse on this" could you please help out. Thank you.

- Paso Robles, CA, USA

problem #17

Sep 012002

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
Massive oil leak from head gasket there is a consistant problem with the 98 (and other years) Dodge Stratus engines. The head gasket is leaking oil massively. Whe you are driving it splatters down the underside of the car, landing on the catalytic converter, the exhaust pipes and muffler. I have no fires of yet, but we have restricted use to short trips. Here is a link to a message baord with similar people with problems. www.cartrackers.com/forums/live/Chrysler/8.html

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #16

Jan 052002

Stratus

  • miles
Please contact me if you have any information on this subject.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #15

Oct 012002

Stratus

  • miles

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

Head gasket failure internet reveals widespread problem. Dealer acknowledged problem. Called Chrysler they said individual dealers would handle problem on a case by case basis. Reputable dealer also aaa offered to repair as good will for $378. I hope someone else benefits from my experience. What is the correct thing for a manufacturer to do when it appears every single engine will eventually fail before the expected life of the part" can the gov't help us"

- East Amherst, NY, USA

problem #14

Oct 102002

Stratus

  • miles
Started with an oil leak that required about a quart of oil per tank of gas. This suddenly got much worse, about three weeks ago. Car began to overheat and also had no heat inside. My first thought was a thermostat and I purchased one and went to replace it, only to find the coolant looking like chocolate milk. Seems to be a clear indication of a ruptured head gasket. Engine will still run and there seems to be no structural damage, only that the oils is blowing into the water. With no heat on the inside, I would hope that a heating/coolant system flush will take care of that.

- Colonial Heights, VA, USA

problem #13

May 032002

Stratus

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #12

Mar 292002

Stratus

  • miles
On three occasions, consumer noticed engine oil and service engine soon lamp had illuminated, dealer found engine oil was leaking, but could not determine from where, dealer changed engine oil, replaced oil filter, and checked engine, but problem still exists, consumer is placing up to three quarts of oil every week. Vehicle stopped completely causing vehicle to jerk violently and causing an accident.

- Eastman, GA, USA

problem #11

Mar 292002

Stratus

  • miles

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

On three occasions, consumer noticed engine oil and service engine soon lamp had illuminated, dealer found engine oil was leaking, but could not determine from where, dealer changed engine oil, replaced oil filter, and checked engine, but problem still exists, consumer is placing up to three quarts of oil every week. Vehicle stopped completely causing vehicle to jerk violently and causing an accident.

- Eastman, GA, USA

problem #10

Mar 292002

Stratus

  • miles
My Dodge Stratus/98 has recently began giving me a load of problems.it all began summer 2001 with the drivers side door not being able too close.I did not think anything was wrong untill I attempted to continuously close my door and it would not shut.so I looked carefully and the latch that locks the door in place was comming undone.I than tried to make the door shut but the problem was greater than that.the screw was gone and the second was almost out of tact.the labor and screw replacement along with the towe cost me around $60.than luck would have it the same incident occured again on the left-hand front passenger side with labor and parts costing $30.the problem with my engine began in November, I had noticed that my car oil and engine warning had appeared so I took my car to a mechanic had oil-filters, air-condition fluid, water, & engine all checked and repaired.the mechanic told me all I needed and $360 was well invested.I thought all was fine but the service signal for oil and sometimes engine were constantly appearing. I took my car back and the mechanic told me that I needed more oil and when did I last have my car checked, I advised him that it was not long ago he than emphasized that I was lucky my car had not locked.the next week the same thing but another mechanic.he told me my oil was leaking he could not determine from where so he recommended I change my oil-filters, oil brand and put car on machine dialiysis.he did all this totaling $73.yet a week later I'm having to place up to three quarts of oil every week.I contacted a local Dodge dealer here in eastman ga 31023 and he told me of daimler luck would have it you all had just sent me notification of brake change. I made the complaint and no one contacted me so now today I had a bad accident my car completly stopped leaving me stranded and when my car stopped it jerked me leaving me stunned but concious and my car is now out of service.

- Eastman, GA, USA

problem #9

Jan 012002

Stratus

  • miles
They want me to pay $900 for a defect that occurred to the 1995 model. Nlm

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #8

Feb 222002

Stratus

  • miles
I have contact Chrysler and told them and they are unresponsive. No safety defect listed in summary.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #7

Oct 202001

Stratus

  • miles
I have heard a lot of people complain about this problem. Dodge "apparently" has a service bulliten out on extending the warranty, but it's hard to get dealers to look into it. No safety defect listed.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #6

Jan 152001

Stratus

  • miles
Oil leak leaks onto exhaust pipe, concern of fire hazard and ground contamination.

- Kuna, ID, USA

problem #5

Oct 022001

Stratus

  • miles
While driving oil leaked onto spark plugs, causing vehicle to hesitate. Consumer took vehicle to a mechanic, and they stated that head gasket needed replacing.

- Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #4

Dec 262000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 101999

Stratus

  • miles
I noticed my car oil light came on - so I checked the oil and much to my amazement I showed no oil level on the dip-stick so I added oil until it showed on the dip-stick which ended up being 2 qts low. Since January I have added at least 3 qts a day, costing me a numerous amount of money. Also my windshield has been cracking since Feb, 99 the crack has almost reached the drivers side.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 032000

Stratus

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- N.Attleboro, MA, USA

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