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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.

5.7

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

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2001 Dodge Stratus engine problems

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 192006

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

In 2003 my 2001 Dodge Stratus engine failed. I took it to a reputable certified mechanic and was told that it looked like the oil had not been changed for over 10000 miles and as a result gummed up lower part of the engine. The oil had been changed every 3-4000 miles and had been changed not 3 days before incident happened. Engine had to be completely cleaned out and repaired to the tune of $3000. Engine had less than 60000 miles at the time. Since then car again has had regular oil changes without fail. Again, the engine failed, I was finally told that that the Dodge Stratus magnum engine was known to have a too small oil line to the engine and had a tendency to clog with a minute amount of normal debris, and therefore the lower half of engine was starved of oil and engine becomes toast. By the way, the oil light failed to go on to let me know I had a problem until engine was toasted, then it went on. I have taken excellent care of this vehicle it is in perfect condition other than the engine. I was told I will need a new engine to the tune of well over $3000, no repairing it this time. I can't afford to do this again. If this is an engine design flaw...it needs to be addressed immediately. Beautiful vehicle design, lousy quality and mechanical design.

- Haslett, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 012002

Stratus

  • miles
Car has been in 19 times in 18 months for 15 separate issues. Motor seems to have finally blown. Took 4 tries to pass state inspection. Chrysler keeps ignoring me, my dealership keeps ignoring me visit my site at members.tripod.com/~go_grl/Dodge.html for full story. No return calls from Chrysler thru today 10/30/2002 bill day, general manager at dealership ignoring issue long enough. Now no car we'll see what they do to remedy this issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Sep 112002

Stratus

  • miles
Engine failed. Taken to dealership. Was told that proper maintenance was not maintained on the vehicle. Waiting on response to determine coverage for the engine. Estimated damage $7000. Be sure to check your warranty information.

- Danvill, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 032001

Stratus

  • miles

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

There is a whistling noise heard from dash area when coasting at highway speeds, also there is a noise when consumer takes her foot off the gas, as well as when it is warm outside possible engine related.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 232002

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
While driving vehicle completely shuts down without warning, cause unknown.

- Little Elm, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012001

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed engine will stall out, when taken foot off pedal can feel engine trying to die out, consumer has to keep foot on accelerater to avoid vehicle from shutting off. Contacted dealer, and dealer could not recreate problem to fix it. Consumer stated vehicle has been to the dealer 2 more times.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 032001

Stratus

  • miles
There is a whistling noise heard from dash area when coasting at highway speeds, also there is a noise when consumer takes her foot off the gas, as well as when it is warm outside possible engine related.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 052000

Stratus

  • miles
Engine stalls out after filling gas tank while facing South or West. Recall done on travel module Nov 2000. Did not fix problem. Replace travel and engine modules as well as fuel pump. I have filed lemon law.

- Roswell, GA, USA

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