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:
No data
Average Mileage:
90,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
2001 Dodge Stratus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 072008

Stratus ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles


Just seems like problems always happen right after warranty runs out.

- , Churubusco, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 032008

Stratus ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A/C will randomly and rarely get cold don't know why. Bought fri-on to see if it was low. Nothing. If anyone has any idea what's going on let me know.

- , Coatesville, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 222007

(reported on)

Stratus LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

This is crazy and a inconvenience, what is the problem, no-one seems to know the answer. It worked only on high for about a year and now nothing at all!!!!!!!!!!!!! and when it is freezing outside and i have to drive a hour to work everyday this is bullsh*t, please someone tell me the solution so i can tell the repair man how to fix this.

- , New Philadelphia, OH, USA

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