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:
Average Mileage:
139,686 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (2 reports)
1999 Dodge Stratus electrical problems

electrical problem

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1999 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 302009

Stratus ES 2.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,371 miles


This was the 2nd time the oxygen sensor had been replaced in about a 2 month period. I did not have to pay for the oxygen sensor being replaced because the person I purchased the car from that month (October 2009) had it replaced only a couple of months before. The shop replaced it for free.

- , Hernando, MS, USA

problem #1

Mar 192009

Stratus 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 196,000 miles

my stupid car broke once again, i just had the O2 sensor fixed like a couple of weeks ago.. now i find out its a bad part. this car sucks, i want a Toyota or Honda, i hear they are better.

- , Clarksville, TN, USA

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