Notes: The Dodge Stratus, Intrepid & other Chrysler sedans are infamous for oil sludge problems with the 2.7L V6 engine. If someone offers to sell you a 2.7L V6 model, it's only worth the price of the scrap metal it's going to shortly turn into.

NOTE: Only the 2.7L V6 has the oil sludge problem. Our "Avoid like the Plague" designation is ONLY for models with the 2.7L V6 engine. All other available engines are very reliable with no major problems.

Even with regular maintenance, the oil sludge defect eventually destroys the 2.7L engine typically around 80,000-100,000 miles. The only true fix we know about is to put in the larger 3.2L engine, which has a great reputation.

This issue was never deemed a safety defect by the Feds, so there was no recall. In the end, Chrysler got away with FOUR YEARS worth of defective 2.7L V6 engines in their sedans.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
109,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace pcm/power control module (1 reports)
  2. replace starter (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Stratus electrical problems

electrical problem

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1999 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 242010

Stratus ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,300 miles


i,ve been hearing all these complaints about the dodge stratus. I wonder why no class action lawsuits. the makers of these pcm's who are they?

- , Newnan, GA, USA

problem #1

Nov 052009

Stratus ES 2.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,200 miles

Amazed starter went out so soon at such low miles.

- , Hernando, MS, USA

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