Notes: The Dodge Stratus, Intrepid & other Chrysler sedans are infamous for oil sludge problems with the 2.7L V6 engine. If someone offers to sell you a 2.7L V6 model, it's only worth the price of the scrap metal it's going to shortly turn into.

NOTE: Only the 2.7L V6 has the oil sludge problem. Our "Avoid like the Plague" designation is ONLY for models with the 2.7L V6 engine. All other available engines are very reliable with no major problems.

Even with regular maintenance, the oil sludge defect eventually destroys the 2.7L engine typically around 80,000-100,000 miles. The only true fix we know about is to put in the larger 3.2L engine, which has a great reputation.

This issue was never deemed a safety defect by the Feds, so there was no recall. In the end, Chrysler got away with FOUR YEARS worth of defective 2.7L V6 engines in their sedans.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
107,512 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1999 Dodge Stratus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1999 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152010

Stratus ES 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


heater only works on high speed. No low or med air flow.

- , Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #1

Mar 042008

Stratus 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,023 miles

My fan works on high. It doesn't work on any other setting. My heater works just fine. It blows cold and hot air. The windows fog up so bad.... and i cant get a consistent temp..... It has a delayed reaction when i change the settings. I switch it from defrost to foot setting and it takes 20-40 seconds to change. You can hear something click.

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

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