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:
78,383 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1999 Dodge Stratus seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1999 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 122014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,383 miles


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air bags failed

Daughter was in a bad car accident and the air bags failed to deploy. Other driver was speeding and plowed into her and totaled her car. Thank God she survived. Had to be revived but she is alive with no serious injuries.She is alive but suffered a major concussion. Can't even remember anything before the accident and is suffering from migraines. The car was purchased as a used car but in very good condition and it was serviced.

Dodge called me after I contacted them to inquire about the air bags not deploying after a hit like that. They only wanted to know if there were any fatalities and they told me they would look into this and I have not heard from them. I called a second time and was told that I need to contact my auto insurance agent and my agent was like, no one has contacted me and there is no reason they should because it is a manufacturer issue.

Wrote a letter to the CEO Timothy Kuniskis but not sure if that was his add. Did a Google search. I wrote a third letter but I get the feeling Dodge is just plain old dodging me (no pun intended!)

- , Port Orange, FL, USA

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