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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
120,000 miles

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2001 Dodge Stratus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 022007

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Stratus. The contact stated that the brake pedal extended to the floor when depressed and caused her to crash into another vehicle. The crash occurred on November 6, 2006. The contact was injured and the air bags deployed. There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time. The most recent failure occurred on June 3, 2007. The vehicle was repaired and most of the braking system was replaced. A month later, another crash occurred while driving 45 mph and attempting to engage the brake pedal. The total cost of the repairs was $2,300. There is an electronic stability that takes over and leaves the contact with no control of the braking system. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the most recent failure and there were no indications from the computer codes. There were a total of four vehicles involved in the crash and three of them were damaged, including the contacts vehicle. The fuel system was unknown. The current mileage is 126,000 and failure mileage was 120,000.

- Racine, WI, USA

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