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:
$200.00
Average Mileage:
65,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced solenoid (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Stratus engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 122006

(reported on)

Stratus ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

What is a solenoid??? it cost about $200 to replace because it kept my service engine soon light on (happened around the same time as the head gasket). should i keep this car??? ummmm...... nooooo!!!!!!!

- , Southgate, MI, USA

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