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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 022004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


While the vehicle was parked consumer noticed fluid leaking from underneath the vehicle. It was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that head gasket needed to be replaced. The consumer stated that the tie rod fell off.

- Ridgeley, WV, USA

problem #4

Jul 132004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I recently bought a Stratus from a used car dealer and I know buyer beware. Any how, I was told by the dealership that they got it from a Dodge dealership and they said it had a head gasket leak. The dealership that I got it from said they looked it over and it wasn't a head gasket, but an oil pan leak. Anyhow, I bought it(hook-line and sinker). Went to get an inspection and was told that it was a head gasket leak. Took it to a couple others and they said it was that. So, I told the company I bought it from and got $300 back. Then proceeded to take it to a Dodge dealership(gladstone Dodge) here in town. They said that it was a head gasket leak, but also said it was many other thing to the tune of $2000, I didn't have the money for that so I took it to another dealership that just found a head gasket leak and a few other minor things and fixed it all for a $1000. What I dont understand with all these problems with the head gasket is why they haven't been recalled? unfortunates, I don't have the old parts to this but wish I did.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #3

Aug 062004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Mechanic determined that intake manifold was cracked. And coolant spilled inside the engine and the overflow.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 012004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles
Problems with vehicle's head gasket. The consumer was told that this part was not covered under warranty.

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #1

May 192004


  • 42,000 miles
Consumer had the oil changed in the vehicle, and was told that the head blew a gasket. Manufacturer informed the consumer that the gasket was defective, but no recall was anticipated for that part.

- Chatham, NY, USA

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