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.


hardly worth mentioning
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
187,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1999 Dodge Stratus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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1999 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 282007

(reported on)

Stratus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 187,000 miles


This is my 3rd complaint about my car and I have only had it since January 15,2007!The lovely dealer spoke soo good about this car and how it had a C. D player that holds 6 c. d's at a time.

When we got the car home and put our c. d's in it, the display window showed (NO C. D)(NO C. D) for all 6. I took the c. d's out over and over, moved the player aroud , and tried different c. d's! NO DIFFERENT!!The damn thing still doesn't work and I don't want to pay money to fix it, Do anyone know what my problem may be and what I can do to fix it?

- , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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