Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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. Also the 2.4L engine doesn't have the oil sludge problem.

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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
82,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2000 Dodge Stratus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2000 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 042011

Stratus LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


Water comes in on passenger side front seat under the seat and next to center console. What can be done to stop leak and detect where the water is coming from

- , West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 182009

Stratus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

Had the car 2 months and it starts flooding. There would be between 4 and 6 inches of water on the passenger floor board when it rains. It wouldn't be right away but after driving awhile. I took it back to the dealership and had them look at and they found that the water was getting into the A pillar but none of us couldn't figure out why or how.

- , Axtell, KS, USA

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