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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 1 of 4)

problem #77

Oct 272008

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 135,800 miles

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

1998 2.7 V-6 engine in Dodge Stratus vehicle. Oil light came on and then the engine quit running. When attempting to obtain information on cost of repairs, I was told by many individuals that this engine has failed in this same manner for all of the vehicles. The oil was changed every 3000-5000 miles, more often that suggested by the owners manual. The owners manual states to change it every 7500 miles or 6 months which every comes first. Most of the repair places that I spoke to said that this engine should have been recalled due to this failure.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #76

Nov 252005

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,223 miles
Bought a car with a defect in the head gasket.

- Middle Town, NJ, USA

problem #75

Dec 122005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles
Head gasket failed with mileage of less than 35,000. Gasket was replaced at owners expense by dealership.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #74

Jan 192005

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles

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

1998 Dodge Stratus developed problems with the head gasket.** answer required***.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #73

Jan 182005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket failure. Cannot afford to replace, just hope the engine will not catch fire.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #72

Oct 012004

Stratus

  • miles
Re faulty head gasket on 1998 Chrysler Dodge Stratus. The faulty head gasket caused oil to leak from the engine. The consumer had to put at least 1 quart every other day and even then the oil barely register on the dipstick.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #71

Jan 012003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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

Engine headgasket failure. I have a 1998 Dodge Stratus with a 2.4L and a year ago when I noticed that my engine had a very significant oil leak coming from the head gasket. The car has 75000 miles. I contacted Dodge recall center and they told me that there is no recall for this problem. I have called for repair quotes and it can range from 600 to 800 dollars to repair.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #70

Mar 142003

(reported on)

Stratus

  • 33,407 miles
Nar 03/17/2003 the head gasket were defective and leaked prematurely in the 1998 Dodge Stratus. The consumer requested that he be reimbursed for the attempt to repair defective head gaskets in the amount of $ $300 from the dealer.

- Cedar Grove, NJ, USA

problem #69

Apr 152003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
Head gasket leaks oil at about 70,000 to 80,000 miles and causes extreme fire hazard all over engine.

- Medford, OR, USA

problem #68

Apr 052004

Stratus

  • miles
While driving the check engine light flashes, on and off, intermittently on the dashboard. The driver noticed oil leaking from underneath the vehicle while parked. The driver took the vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that a sensor needed to be replaced due to worn part. Please fill in additional information.

- Brigham City, UT, USA

problem #67

Mar 122004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,360 miles

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

Head gasket leaking oil 1998 Dodge Stratus 2.4 engine with only 41,000 miles. Fire hazard.N

- Berlin, NH, USA

problem #66

Mar 072004

Stratus

  • miles
My 1998 Dodge Stratus is leaking oil to the tune of 2 quarts every 7-10 days. 2 mechanics have looked at it and both feel it is at the very least a defective head gasket and possible rear seal? both have told me it will need about $20 in parts but cost in excess of $800 to fix. I feel this is ridiculous. This has been a problem for some time now and though it started slow at first, it has now become a real safety concern. After researching the internet, I find that this is really a common problem and the manufacturer even redesigned the head gasket because of it but has offered no recall or assistance to the owners that bought the cars on good faith. Please advise as to what you intend to do.

- Belpre, OH, USA

problem #65

Jan 282004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
While driving the head gasket leaked oil. The consumer was told by many mechanics that this was a common problem. The consumer had to pay a deductible to have the part replaced. The consumer feels the part should have been replaced free of charge.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #64

Jan 152004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24 miles
I just bought a 98 Stratus with 36000 miles. The first day the weather turned cold and I started it, a huge oil leak developed. The head gasket is out. Where can I sign up for the class action suit?

- Moorhead, MN, USA

problem #63

Dec 022003

Stratus

  • 53,000 miles
Consumer noticed oil stains on driveway. Upon inspection of the vehicle by the manufacturer he indicated that the engine head gasket was leaking.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #62

Oct 032003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1998 Dodge Stratus 2.4L engine automatic 1. the engine is severly leaking oil. Two mechanics have looked at it and both said it needs a new head gasket. This car only has 76,000 miles on it. Upon research, this is a rampant problem. I have seen hundreds of complaints. They have changed the gasket type to fix this problem. This should be a recall item! 2. trunk latch seems to have a sticking problem. This too seems to be a very common problem.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #61

Nov 302001

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
I've started experiencing both head gasket leaks as well as air condition issues. I have paid out over $2,500 combined over the past 18 months. Now, I read that this is something that everyone that has a 1998 Dodge Stratus.

- Lutz, FL, USA

problem #60

Apr 102003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,898 miles
Engine head casket is blown, causing major oil leakage.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #59

Aug 202002

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
I have a 2.4 liter 4-cylinder Dodge Stratus that has 49,000 miles on it. It has developed a head gasket leak. I've obtained several estimates ranging from $700-$950 to repair the problem. Daimler Chrysler will not issue any type of recall for this car or many other models like the breeze, neon, avenger and cirrus. They are aware of this problem and have been for some time yet they refuse to cover the problem under warranty nor have they attempted to redesign these engines so the head gaskets don't leak. When you put an aluminum head on a cast-iron block, there will be leaks. The two different metals have too many differences in how they react to temperature changes. As long as these metals are paired together (and the unsuspecting public keeps buying this ill-thought-out design) there will be leaks.

- O'fallon, MO, USA

problem #58

Jun 102003

Stratus

  • miles
Engine head casket blew out due to excessive oil leaking. Dealer notified.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

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