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. Also the 2.4L engine doesn't have the oil sludge problem.

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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
109,951 miles
Total Complaints:
16 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (10 reports)
  2. replace blower motor resistor (3 reports)
  3. replace A/C control panel (1 reports)
  4. replace heater resistor (1 reports)
  5. replace the blower motor (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Stratus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2000 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 152011

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,480 miles


The Heater does not work, it doesn't throw any heat at all .

- , Carthage, NY, USA

problem #15

Dec 012009

Stratus ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 181,300 miles

So I am not going to lie, I LOVE my car..not the car I have always wanted but it has definitely grown on me (: BUT as soon as I started driving it constantly lets just say it started having issues. The same mechanic has been working on this car since it was brand new, so I trust him and thats probably the main reason why my car is still running great. Although, my damn heater is pissing my off only works on high...and im determined not to pay for it to get fixed so I have been dealing with it. BUT its to the point where I'm freezing and it only works maybe 35% of the time soo I'm thinking about going to find a part at pick and pull and fixing it myself!!

- , Modesto, CA, US

problem #14

Mar 172010

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,432 miles

This has been a very common problem for Dodge!!!!!!!!!

- , Windsor, MO, USA

problem #13

Mar 172007

Stratus ES 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The heater and AC only worked on high. I researched around and this is a very common problem with this car. Most people would assume it is the resistor but it usually isn't. The coil in the motor burns out and then the motor draws too much current through the resistor and it burns out as well.

- , Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #12

Aug 012005

Stratus V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

This wasn't so bad in the summer because having the a/c on High in New Mexico dry heat was great, but in the fall when it was either BURN ALIVE or FREEZE, well, that sucked. I don't know if Dodge has a problem with the way they make their a/c but the other Dodge I have has ANOTHER a/c problem and it was at about 95000 miles. What's the deal?????

- , Hobbs, NM, USA

problem #11

Feb 102009

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

My heater/ac only works on high and sometimes not at all. Since I have a 1 year old this has been a real pain in the ass this winter.

- , Gloucester, MA, US

problem #10

Jul 042007

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


We got this car used and it had 30,000 miles on it. The blower worked fine for a while then one day it would only work on the hi setting.

- , Clearfield, UT, US

problem #9

Jun 022008

Stratus SXT 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

Blower motor only works on high. I've changed the resistor , blower motor, and the switches.NADA, still in the same boat. Also the heat doesn't work.

- , Ofallon, MO, USA

problem #8

May 082007

(reported on)

Stratus ES 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Part not hard to replace, but had to replace three times. I think some replacement parts worst than new.

- , Waukegan, IL, US

problem #7

Oct 252007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

Over the summer, the blower would only work on high setting. Eventually, the high setting crapped out too. It turned out to be a bad blower motor resistor - corroded after 7 years and 145,00 miles. The resistor is a $30 part at the local CarQuest shop. Took about 10-15 minutes to install at home.

- , Joliet, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 022007

(reported on)

Stratus ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles


All we had to do was pick up a replacement AC/heater control panel from a local junk yard (we are cheap) and install it. It was a pain to install (so my husband said) but it corrected the issue.

- , San Juan, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 102007

(reported on)

Stratus SE 2.4L L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,280 miles

I bought this car 1 year ago with only 59,000 miles on it. The fan worked fine then one day it just worked on high. I live in MN and the weather changes from day to day. Last week it was 95 today it is 54. When your fan only works on high it is a real pain. If you run the a/c you freeze to death and if you run the heat you roast. I saw it cost an average of $220.00 to fix this has anyone found it cheaper because I can't afford $220 but I don't know how long the fan will keep working at all. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

- , Rochester, MN, USA

problem #4

Apr 232007

(reported on)

Stratus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Worked fine after I bought the car, at which point it had 90,000 miles. About a year later this problem popped up. Works only on high.

- , Springville, IN, USA

problem #3

Feb 122007

(reported on)

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,500 miles

Heater was working fine, one day got in the car, and it would only blow on the high setting!

- , Spokane, WA, USA

problem #2

Feb 122007

(reported on)

Stratus SE 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Car worked fine, came out one day and fan motor would only work on high.

- , Long Prairie, MN, USA

problem #1

Dec 052006

(reported on)

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,230 miles

I came out to use my car on the so far coldest day of the year and the heater blower motor would only work on high. The day before I had the oil changed, radiator serviced and washed at a car wash. I don't know if that had anything to do with it but It was the first time since I got the car brand new that anybody but myself had touched it

- , Austin, TX, USA

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