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3.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,190 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.

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 152008

Stratus

  • miles

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

Well I have had to replace my oil pressure sensor about 6 times already, it seems like I replace it ever 6 months or so, it has been leaking out of the electrical end of the sensor but never leaks out of the threaded end that goes into the block, it almost caused me to blow up my motor that last time it happened, it is just becoming a huge hassle there has to be some defect in the part, because it doesn't matter which parts store I go too they all end up leaking.

- Princeton, MN, USA

problem #12

Feb 182008

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles
Throttle cable frayed and stuck in cable housing not letting the engine to idle down.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #11

Jul 272007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles
1998 Dodge Stratus caught fire under the hood. Ohio traffic crash report.

- Poland, OH, USA

problem #10

Jul 202005

Stratus

  • miles

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

1998 Dodge Stratus caught on fire in the engine compartment. Daughter turned a corner when the power steering went out. She pulled over as the engine caught fire. It was extinguished by the fire department.the car was totaled.

- Springfield, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 242005

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle caught on fire. The vehicle was smoking, and took it to the repair shop. They could not find anything wrong with it. The fire started while the vehicle was in use. It started smoking where the oil filter was the vehicle has not been inspected to see why the fire started. The fire department did come, but the report should be available today or tomorrow. This happened on Sunday July 24, 2005. The brakes were serviced about 5 days ago. Also a police report was issued.

- Fort Washington , MD, USA

problem #8

May 012004

Stratus

  • 86,000 miles
While driving vehicle overheated. Consumer had to stop to constantly add coolant. Took vehicle to dealer for an oil change. Dealer found that the head gasket blew out. Oil had sprayed from the front end to the back end of the vehicle.

- Menomonie, WI, USA

problem #7

Oct 022002

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

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

My 1998 dodage Stratus leaks oil to the tune of at least 1 qt every other day. I have to keep a case of oil in my trunk to keep up with the leak. And then it still barely registers on the dip stick. I have a large oil stain in the grass of my driveway. I was told the leak was due to a faulty head gasket. It hasn't blown (yet) but it is only a matter of time before the rest of the car falls to pieces. I emailed a complaint to DaimlerChrysler and I got a "we are sorry for your dissatisfaction". that was it. I have read all of these complaints and I was just wondering where the responses to them are" has anyone gotten anywhere with this issue"

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #6

Apr 152003

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,465 miles
Slow oil leak, but not enough to turn on low oil indacator on the dash board. I eventually put a quart of oil in the engine.then I took my car to have it checked out and found out that I had a cracked head gasket.I was very angry when I had found that out especially with only 53,465 miles on the car!!!!!

- Brighton, KY, USA

problem #5

Feb 102003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The vehicles head gasket failed and the manifold cracked.

- Keokuk, IA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012001

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Head gasket leak

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #3

Feb 052003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

1998 Dodge Stratus head gasket cracked I have 48 thousand miles on the car oil leaking into the cooling system called Chrysler they were no help at all this seems to be a very common problem with the Dodge stratusthis is going to cost me between eight and nine hundred dollars.I feel the company should make good of this problemi also understand there may be a class action suit against them. Hope there is something you can do to help with this problem.I honestly don't feel this type of repair should have to be done at 48 thousand miles

- Machias, ME, USA

problem #2

Jan 292003

Stratus

  • miles
While driving and without warning the head gasket blew causing oil to leak. Dealer notified.

- Cut Off, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 232003

Stratus

  • miles
While driving head gasket blewout, causing an oil leak.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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