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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,052 miles

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2004 Dodge Stratus steering problems

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 172005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. The vehicle was purchased on June 13, 2005 and the oil light has been illuminating on the instrument panel ever since. The dealer attempted to diagnose the failure on several occasions; however, they stated that cleaning some parts would correct the issue. The failure continued to persist. An independent mechanic stated that the oil switch and plugs were not in place. He replaced them with parts that were purchased from the dealer, but the oil light remained illuminated. Four months ago, a dealer diagnosed the vehicle due to noise present in the engine area. The contact was informed that the engine needed to be replaced at the cost of $3,000; however, she could continue to drive the vehicle for a short period of time. While driving approximately 60 mph on September 1, 2008, the engine shut off. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle and it was towed to her residence. The tie rod also failed on another occasion while driving approximately 60 mph. She was able to stop the vehicle without incident and it was towed to the dealer for repair. There was no warranty for the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 33,000 and current mileage was 107,000. Updated 10/14/08. The consumer was informed the vehicle needed a new engine. Updated 10/16/08.

- Bridgeport , CT, USA

problem #1

May 222004

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,104 miles
I purchased a 2004 Dodge Stratus on 4/13/04. On 5/22/04 I brought the vehicle to a service center for the first oil change. Upon placing the vehicle on the rack, they discovered that there was widespread severe corrosion to the undercarriage of the vehicle, including tie rods, the exhaust system, etc.. they advised me that they felt that, left uncorrected, the situation presented a safety hazard. I have jpeg images of some of the affected areas that can be sent by E-mail. From what I can see, the vehicle is unsafe to drive.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

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