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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
123,267 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. get a new motor (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Stratus engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012010

Stratus ES 2.4L, 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122 miles


this car engine stopped in the middle of the road. Dodge stratus is a total bullshit. I won't buy dodge ever again.

- , Windsor, ON, Canada

problem #3

Nov 142009

Stratus ES 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,258 miles

I have owned my stratus for 3 years and haven't even put 20,000 miles on it when i am told my engine is failing. My car doesnt even have over 100k. I will never buy a dodge car again and i will tell others the same. Dodge needs to fix there problems they are horrible cars and i did nothing but throw money into this piece of sh*t, the body is great but nothing else. Im done with dodge.

- , Buffalo, NY, US

problem #2

May 032009

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,688 miles

well this is my friends car and its a pain in the ass first crank shaft sensor then transmission then computer and now going to be an engine

- , Fredericton, N.B, Canada

problem #1

Mar 032008

Stratus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 206,000 miles

I have had problems with my car since I bought it in Jan. 2007! still 2 yrs to pay it off,... and the motor died. not to sure exactly what caused it, because i'm in Ont. and my car is in NL. but 2 mechanics have checked her out, why she wouldn't start and they say I need a new motor. I am sooo f*cking pissed! and I wonder if I should get a motor for it or have one big fire!!!!!!! If I had my hands on the car right now, i'd put a match to the bitch!!!!

- , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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