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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
93,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. reseal the coolant connections (2 reports)
2002 Dodge Stratus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 072015

Stratus Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


The water would be boiling in the overflow container, every few days. Water/antifreeze level was good. No water leak in radiator, water hoses or pump. When I took to the shop it was vacuum hose leak.

- , Graham, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 032008

Stratus SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I like my car, i looked up other problems and it said that this is one of the most common on stratus's. And low and behold mine did have the problem. But what do you expect its american made.

- , Littleton, CO, USA

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