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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
85,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2001 Dodge Stratus drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 312008

Stratus 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


several times i have had to take my car in to have numerous problems with the suspension fixed over the past two years. Ball joints, shocks, struts, strut mounts, motor mounts, you name it, i have replaced it on my car! i have soaked over $3,000.00 into my status over the past two years! crazy but, i keep it cause, i know what is on it, other than the suspension, it runs well and i have never had any problems with the motor.

- , hermitage, pa, USA

problem #1

Sep 162007

(reported on)

Stratus ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I have had this noise investigated for a long time. Never found problem but can hardly stand driving it more than 30 miles as it is awful.

- , Minden, NV, USA

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