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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,031 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Stratus steering problems

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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

Oct 022004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,526 miles
Brakes, outer tie rod, brake calipers, engine oil inner seal. Brake pads, since I have owned this car I have replaced the brake pads 20 times every 3 months and the brake caliber on the right rear this will make the 9th time I am running out of money on this car the front brakes and hubs have been replaced several times have all my receipts and can prove the work that has been done on my car cost of oil leak repair was over $800 dollars and guess what I will have the car paid for this month and I am still working on the wheels and brakes I need some help with this car and the dealership I purchased the car from will not respond to my questions about the brakes, and the engine problems I am having.

- Grethel, KY, USA

problem #3

Jun 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
While turning a corner at 10 mph consumer felt the steering wheel tightened severely. Consumer made another turn, and the steering wheel tightened again. Vehicle would not proceed any further, and consumer called a tow truck. The vehicle was towed to a garage, were the consumer learned that the left tie rod broke.

- Ansonia, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 072003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,628 miles
Since July 2003, I have had to replace left and right tie rods and right wheel bearing. 7/2003-left tie rod, 8/2003 right wheel bearing, 1/2004 right tie rod.

- Defiance, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 112000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving on highway vehicle started drifting from lane to lane. Took vehicle to dealer & mechanic checked it. Had noticed right tie rod had came loose. Had no problem with the left. Later, was backing out of parking space & vehicle completely stalled out. Vehicle towed home. Husband noticed left tie rod had came apart, causing wheels to face one another. Both tie rod ends were replaced.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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