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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,788 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.

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2004 Dodge Stratus engine problems

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012016


  • 94,238 miles


Car lost power. No accelerator or power in traffic.09/01/16 was last time.. does this quite often.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #2

Nov 232012

Stratus 6-cyl

  • miles
Car was parked in the driveway about 1 day. As I started the car I heard a big bang, and the engine seized up. Car will not turn over. No warnings or anything to indicate something was wrong with the engine. I decided to look under the hood, and I pulled out the dipstick and spotted a dark milky substance. I bought this car about 3yrs. Ago, and kept the maintenance up on the car.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #1

Nov 182011


  • 118,127 miles
I was driving home and felt a miss in the engine, placed in neutral to see if it was just a bump or imagination. I watched the engine rpms drop to zero. Somehow the vehicle started back up and I was able to stop in time only to have to throw it in neutral again and drive two footed all the way home because the engine was trying to die. So, I drove my truck to work for the next week and then Saturday came around and I fired the car up nothing appeared or sounded unusual. I let it idle for about 5 min. Backed up and out of the drive way and at the second stop sign I hung a right and heard a "pop" noise followed by a card in bike spoke sound from the engine, I opened the hood, again no damage....the valve cover closest to the front of the vehicle had 2 cracks in it! it was oozing out oil. So as it turns out though I got really lucky, I bent 2 valves on #3 piston, also did compression leak down test on all other cylinders they were fine. (if your chain snapped it is a very easy and fast test to determine if your motor is junk or not and should not cost you much at all) dealerships wanted over 6K for long block, the car isn't worth that much! auto parts stores wanted over 400 bucks for timing set only. I found the timing chain set, oil pump, and water pump on line for half the cost of the timing chain set alone. Good brand names too! upon removing the timing cover and heads from the engine I found the cause of the problem, the water pump bearings seized, and because that water pump is driven by the large timing chain it was the cause of the chain snapping and almost ruining my entire engine.

- Tacoma , WA, USA

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