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:
Average Mileage:
85,950 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replaced the transmission (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Stratus transmission problems

transmission problem

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1999 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 262007

(reported on)

Stratus 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,900 miles


I had to replace my transmission twice the sad thing is when it was still under warranty and I took it to the shop they could not find anything wrong so they just put a shim in it. I really think Dodge should have fixed it right the first time and at the least replaced my tranny for free!!!!! It seems I got stuck with a lemon, Thank you very much Dodge

- , Akron, OH, US

problem #1

Aug 202006

(reported on)


  • 38,000 miles

38,000 miles and the transmission goes.??? I can't understand a car having only 38,000 miles on it having transmission problems not covered, since there is a linkage problem with the transmission, there was no warning signs at all. So far the altertnator was replaced, but under warranty, and 3 batteries.

- , Fairless Hills, PA, USA

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