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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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1998 Dodge Stratus transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 042006

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

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

I have a 1998 Dodge Stratus ES. The transmission will place itself in neutral at random times while at a stop. The only way to get the transmission working again is to restart the car. The car has the power-stick transmission.

- State College, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 202004

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles
The key can be removed from the vehicle without vehicle being in park. Also, shifts gears without the key being in the ignition. Vehicle was taken to dealer on the transmission shift interlock.

- Mount Vernon, NY, USA

problem #7

Jul 172004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles
Vehicle rolled forward while parked and struck a house. There was no key in the vehicle at the time of the accident. The manufacturer denied the claim. Recall O4V021000 was issued for this problem. A recall noticed was received a week later for the park interlock.

- Rapid City, SD, USA

problem #6

Aug 112004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Vehicle was parked in the driveway it rolled backward and hit another vehicle. Consumer contacted the dealer. Then, consumer received a recall 04V021000 concerning ignition interlock. Consumer was concerned because a collsion occurred and the problem had nort been resolved.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 042001

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Total transmission failure

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #4

Aug 011998

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I tried to explain to Mr. Jay w/ Chrysler corporation that my vehicle is having the same problem as indicated in NHTSA campaign id number 98V183000, but he was not interested..

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #3

Dec 262000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 092000

Stratus

  • miles
This car has been a major problem. Head gasket failed at approx 11,000 on my way to airport to pick up family on April 10, 1999. Couldn't get it in for service until April 14, 1999. Transmission clutch started catching or scraping on something shortly after head gasket was replaced, I was told when work was completed (replaced cables on 11/18/1999) that problem was manufacturer defect mileage was 18,373. Was again experiencing same problem with clutch on 2/29/2000. Upon speaking with service team, was told there was a bad bearing in the transmission and they would be replacing both the cables and transmission parts; I also asked for them to check the engine light, because it was coming on and had a strong smell of gasoline; vaccum system was replaced. On 3/24/2000 internal parts of transmission were replaced at 22,349 mi. On 06/05/2000 engine stalled and was difficult to restart, engine was running really rough, replaced mapping computer @25,008 mi. Came home from work on 8/23/2000 strong odor of gasoline. Opened hood and watched gas leaking all over exhaust manifold. Had it towed to dealership on 8/24/2000 w/ 29,539 mi. Replaced cracked fuel injectors and leaking hoses. The car is now in again because of yet the same transmission/clutch problem previously complained about. Think... I'm driving down I 95 with my family in my car. Transmission fails, big truck runs the car over... does Chrysler want that headache?

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 192000

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I requested recall inspection for transmission power train on 6-19-2000. While looking for info on my Dodge Stratus 9 8 on your website I accessed recalls and noticed that their were two for this car. One was for brake recall and I was notified by huntsville Dodge and took the car in for the inspection the other recall was for power train transmission problem the recall date was owner notification Oct 1998 I purchased this car in Dec 98 and according to the info at that time this car was on there lot at the time of recall notification. I took the recall info to dealer and asked if that recall inspection was done while the car was in there possession and on there lot before it was sold to me in Dec 98. They looked it up I guess by VIN and told me no it was not I asked them to do it while they had it there. They said they would and did. My question and possible complaint to you is should not they have been required to do the recall inspection while in there possession at the car lot before being allowed to sell the car. Thank you.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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