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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,363 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Dodge Stratus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 142001

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,090 miles


Warped brake rotors on a 2001, Dodge, Stratus at 46000 miles. This was far too soon for such an expensive repair. Consumer bought the car new, and was not hard on the brakes. This was a design flaw.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #2

Jun 282003

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brakes, rotor rotors are warped far to early for age of car.

- Oshkosh, WI, USA

problem #1

Sep 192002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the front rotors are wearing excessively. Dealer informed that the rotors had to be turned, but the brake pads were adequate. The consumer states that the rotors should not be warped at at 15000 miles and still have padding, the vehicle shakes badly when applying brakes, they were refaced yet there was still a slight pulsation in the rear, the consumer feels that the rotors are of poor quality.

- Detroit, MI, USA

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