definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,800 miles

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1998 Dodge Stratus suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 152016


  • 80,000 miles


Left front upper ball joint broke

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #4

Oct 202015


  • miles
Having issues with dash and headlight dimming, also radio goes off and looses memory, door locks won't work when radio goes off. Burnt out defogger relay and power amp fuse with no power amp, also had to replace horn relay yet taking all those relays out and problem still happens. Already checked lighter assembly, that was popping amp fuse. Fixed that still happening. Also goes through 1 quart of oil a month but no leaks under the car when moved. "????" help!!!!!! the oil problem should fall under hazardous meterials act if all these cars are dumping used oil all over this country.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012012


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Stratus. While the vehicle was at the dealer for routine maintenace, it was discovered that the front ball joint and control arm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. On two separate occasions, the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer determined both times that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired both times. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. Several years later, the contact was unable to remove the key from the ignition switch. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 04V021000 (power train) and 98V183000 (power train). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 5,000.

- New Port Rickey , FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 152015


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Stratus. While performing an oil change, the contact noticed that the lower ball joint and control arms were rusted. The contact stated that the lower ball joints and control arms were replaced four months ago. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,000.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 102001


  • miles
When driving and hitting a bump on the road vehicle will make a loud thumping noise. This only happens when there are bumps, and it lasts for a few seconds. Contacted dealer, and the dealer cannot find the cause.

- Flint, MI, USA

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