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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,500 miles

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2001 Dodge Stratus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 202004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While driving and turning to the right consumer heard a noise coming from the brakes. Also brake light illuminated on the dashboard. Dealer inspected several times, but problem recurred. The emergency brake light illuminated when the consumer made right turns down a grade. It was later determined that the brake fluid was low. The interior lights blink intermittently.

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 142004

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Dodge Stratus engine die out due to crankshaft position sensor that came in contact w/ a protective shield, which consequently caused a grouted circuit. Thereby causing my engine to die out. My vehicle is a lease, and the warranty is up, and I never received any recall information. Recall info on this call, and the prior year are numerous deadly one. Those which can possibly cause injury, or death. I was almost a statistic today when my vehicle died out completely in an exit ramp off the highway. Please help me find out how responsible the dealership is because I never received any!!!! recall letters. I received their bill, but yet no recall info. This vehicle is only three years old. I have prior to this vehicle purchased three other vehicles from yonkers avenue Dodge, and have traded them in for new ones, but they too had problems, and the dealer never gave me any breaks in price. They just saw a female walk in, and read the "sucker" sign on my forehead. Anyhow my car is now stuck in a shell gas station, which was consequently off the ramp I was stuck on. I was pushed there to get me out of harms way. I will not allow this dealer to continue to stick people, or Chrysler to stick people with the bill to a car that dies out before the lease is up!! if you can help please email me. As well as let other Dodge Stratus SE owners know that the numerous problems these cars suffer from before these owners get killed, or kill others. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Respectfully, Ms. Vivian pena.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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