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.

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CarComplaints.com 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.

4.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
164,700 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Stratus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Aug 142008

Stratus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,700 miles

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

The check engine light came on one day and would not go off. I had two different mechanics check it and could not find any codes, and could not reset the computer so the light would go out, but could not get it to reset. Now every time the car is running, the check engine light stays on. What can I do to find the problem. Someone told me that there might be a toggle switch under the dash that would shut it off, but where is it located if it is there.

- , Elsberry, MO, USA

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