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.

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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
21,350 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new computer (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Stratus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 032010

Stratus RT 3.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,350 miles

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

SO I WAS GOING TO REPLACE MY LIGHT BULB ON THE BACK OF MY CLUSTER GAUGE WELL GOT DONE PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER AND GUESS WHAT SPEED ,AND MILES WASN'T WORKING SO I WENT DOWN THE ROAD WITH MY SEAT BELT OFF AND MY (RPM) WAS WORKING PUT ON MY SEAT BELT AND MY RPM GAUGE FLAT LINE TO EVERY TIME I DONE IT THE SAME THING CHECK MY WIRES AND FUSES EVEN HAD MY CHECK ENGINE CHECK NOTHING WRONG BY THE OBD2 READER TOOK IT TO DODGE AND THEY HOOK IT UP THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS LATER MY COMPUTER FRIED THEY TOLD ME 1100 FOR A NEW COMPUTER WOULD TAKE UP TO A WEEK TO GET AND THEY GAVE ME THE PART NUMBER SO WENT ON EBAY THERE IS A PLACE YOU GIVE THEM YOUR VIN AND THEY WILL FIX YOU UP THATS ABOUT IT THANKS FOR LOOKIN.

- , Chattanooga, TN, USA

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