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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
135,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. i want my money back that i paid to get my car back running (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Stratus steering problems

steering problem

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2000 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 092011

Stratus ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles



Update from Jan 18, 2012: cost me out of pocket money to replace the burn up wires

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 202002

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

We got this car with 30,000 miles on it and it worked fine when we got it. We started having problems with the power steering about a year and a half after we bought it. It felt like there was no power steering and was very hard to turn. Dodge had a recall for the problem in 2006 so we took it in to have it fixed. The fix was only good for about four months. After the four months it became hard to steer again. (Especially when cold) Anyone know what the problem could be?

- , Sunset, UT, USA

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