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.


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2001 Dodge Stratus steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 102002


  • miles


This should be handled as a top priority investigation. The front axles bearings have been replaced 3 times on right and left front. The front ball joints and control arms have been replaced once all covered under warranty by manufacturer. Axle bearing failure occured at 21,000 miles vehicle was 6 months old. Then again 6 months later with 38,000 miles on it, at that time it was discovered the ball joints on the upper and lower on both sides were worn out, manufacturer covered under warranty. Recently a power steering line which runs from the power steering pump to the power steering resevoir started leaking, upon inspection I found it had been leaking for a while but finally opened up. The casue is the design of the power steering line, it rubs against the A/C line which is metal and wore a hole in the line. I purchased the line front the local Dodge dealer. The line has been superceeded 3 times, a obvious design problem. I am ase certified technician, the following problems I listed are very serious and Dodge is aware of them. Comment to me was the axle bearings and ball joints are a very common problem, this came from the dealer it self. The dealers also can not keep the power steering lines in stock. Potential risk associated with this failures are as follows, ball joint and axle bearing failure should they break while operating on the highway can cause loss of control of vehicle. The power steering line when it finally ruptures after it has worn through can cause a potential fire hazard due to the proximity of the exhaust system and also loss of power steering. Although my vehicle has 64,000 miles on it, it is only 15 months old and is driven exclusively on the highway. These failures are not normal on any vehicle with the mileage I listed and should prompt an investigation before someone gets injured. The superceeded power steering line can be confirmed at any Dodge or Chrysler dealer. Thank you kevin gilmore

- Conway, NH, USA

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