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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,146 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Dodge Stratus engine problems

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2006 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 242010

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Stratus. While traveling 60 mph, the contact noticed smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. Seconds later, the contact noticed that the bottom of the vehicle was covered in oil. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the front seal and timing belt were replaced. There were no prior warnings of the failure. The failure mileage was 54,000 and the current mileage was 64,000. Updated 09/09/10. The consumer stated the front seal failed three more times. Updated 09/10/10

- Brighton, IA, USA

problem #5

Mar 202009


  • 44,000 miles
My 2006 Stratus has just 44,000 miles. I noticed a puddle of oil under my car and had to have it towed to a dealership. After having my car for a month, the dealership said the crankshaft had pushed into the engine and the entire engine now needed to be replaced. After looking on the internet, I have learned that there are many people with the same issue, and Dodge does not want to acknowledge the problem.

- Hinton, WV, USA

problem #4

Feb 202009


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Stratus. The contact noticed a puddle of oil in her driveway and observed the oil indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the main front seal of the crankshaft was blown out. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The vehicle will be taken back to the dealer. Through online research, the contact found complaints for similar failures she was experiencing. The failure and current mileages were 52,000.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 242008


  • 34,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Stratus. While driving 60-70 mph, the vehicle suddenly stopped in the middle of the road. The entire engine shut off and the power steering and brakes became inoperable. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel prior to the failure. The vehicle was towed to a repair center and then to Firestone repair center because Firestone was the last repair shop to service the vehicle. The dealer was called and they towed the vehicle to the Chrysler dealer, which cost $400 and included a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that they would not touch the vehicle until the $400 was paid. The contact called the manufacturer because the vehicle should have been under warranty. It was purchased four months prior to the start of the failure. A representative at the manufacturer stated that they do not pay for the diagnostic tests, only the repairs. The failure mileage was 34,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #2

Dec 222008

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 33,575 miles
Vehicle is 2006 Dodge Stratus 2.7L V6. No events leading up to engine failure. Was warming up vehicle on cold winter day. Made it back to front door, car had shutoff, went to restart car, car would not start. Took to dealership that said engine was locked up. Dealership would not honor warranty stating negligence of owner.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #1

Jan 172007


  • 53,300 miles
Jan 17,2008 car started leaking oil at 53,300 miles. Call dealership said bring in to replace the main crank seal and hopefully that should fix problem and if not the I would have to replace crank shaft. Well 3,000 miles later less than a month later car started leaking oil again. Car been parked since call dealership set up to have crank shaft replace there was a service bulletin that they told me replace the crank shaft and the car would been fine this was May 20,2008 it took then a month to get my part with my car sitting at the dealership then a week and half they call me saying the crank shaft wouldn't work because basely the crank had destroy my engine and I need to replace the engine. I've try to get the dealership to either replace the bad engine or give me a reasonable trade.I was told by there service people to put a seal in it and get rid of it down the road at another dealership since I didn't have the money to replace the motor then the same thing from there general manger when I asked for help they told me to take it down the road at another dealership and get rid of it. I had them replace the seal again trying to take my car home in less than a 1 1/2 the seal came out again I have called at different time to get this problem resolve the won't even return my calls.I have contacted the Corp and still haven't any result.

- Murfeesboro, TN, USA

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