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.


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2000 Dodge Stratus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 102007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


About 3 months ago my heater stopped working only from low to medium. If it is put on high it works no problem. The lights on the heater/air conditioning knobs have all stopped working as well except for the defrost light. The knob for the temperature control is also very hard to turn. I know I am not the only one. The driver side window has also decided to work when it likes. I know this is not the button because I have had to replace the button on the passenger window. Why is it when the car is covered under a warranty they give you the run around but when the problem is not cover any more they want to charge a lot of $ to fix it?

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 312003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Heater A/C blower only works on high. Does not defrost properly

- Arlington, VA, USA

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