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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,225 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Dodge Stratus suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 272016


  • 110,900 miles


Ball joints and control arms recall. They failed as I was driving on the highway causing me to complete an almost 1,000 dollar repair for replacements.

- Chesterfield, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 232013

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Stratus. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph the vehicle became difficult to control. Upon further investigation, the contact found that the rear passenger's side ball joint failed, causing the wheel to move 45 degrees. The manufacturer was notified and informed the contact that the failure was considered an anomaly. The contact replaced the ball joint himself. One year later, the rear driver's side ball joint failed while the contact was driving 20 mph. The contact replaced the ball joint. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 160,000. Updated 3/27/13

- Alberquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Dec 012010


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Stratus. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the front driver side wheel detached from the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the failure had occurred once before on the front passenger side. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the bolt joint was fractured. As a result, the lower control arm and cv axle needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Ranburme, AL, USA

problem #1

Aug 122007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Stratus. While driving 55 mph, the strut mounts seized. The contact was able to pull over and then slowly drive the vehicle to his residence. The mechanic stated that the rear strut mounts were rusted and replaced them at the cost of $500. The dealer information was unavailable. The current mileage was 53,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Altoona, PA, USA

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