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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,681 miles

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2001 Dodge Stratus suspension problems

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 312011


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Stratus. While attempting to park the vehicle, the contact placed the vehicle in reverse with the brakes engaged, he noticed that the front end of the vehicle fell while making a clicking noise and would not shift into any gear. He looked inside of the front right wheel and noticed that the control arm and wheel bearing failed without warning. He noticed liquid coming from the wheel bearing housing and two small fragments on the ground. The dealer was contacted and stated that no major repairs had been performed on the vehicle. The contact did not inform the manufacturer nor had the vehicle been repaired or the failure diagnosed. The current and failure mileages were approximately 100,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 05/04/11 updated 12/30/11

- Pennock, MN, USA

problem #5

Nov 022009


  • 120,000 miles
Regarding our 2001 Dodge Stratus, lower control arm ball joint failure. Originally on October 25th of 2005 we had the left front control arm/ball joint assembly replaced because of severe squeaking during suspension movement. This was caused by lubrication failure. There is no way to re-lube this joint on this design. The assembly was replaced with the only available part at the time from Dodge. For the past couple of weeks I had noticed that during abrupt braking the vehicle would pull strongly to the left, then recover when the brakes were released. I had scheduled for inspection appointment on 11/10/2009. Then ON11/2/2009 the same exact ball joint failure occurred to the left side when my 16 year old son was driving the vehicle. I had read the NHTSA campaign # 09E-056 regarding the qualis failure and wondered if it could be related somehow. Please advise.

- Hinsdale, IL, USA

problem #4

Aug 162008


  • 0 miles
2001 Dodge Stratus...noise in front end. Told it was bearings on 3 separate occasions, and they were replaced. Engine ticking/ possible valve tap numerous complaints to dealer being told that year model runs rough; and could trade it for a more expensive car. Now trying to have rear struts put in and the aluminum plate that holds them in is powder. The part is not available. Dodge is the only place to order the part and was informed this is an old car and the part was on back order.

- Pompton Lakes , NJ, USA

problem #3

Aug 042007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Stratus. While making a U-turn at 10 mph, the passenger side front tire leaned halfway down to the ground. Dodge has not been notified and the vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN and purchase date were unknown. The current and failure mileages were 73,000.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #2

Jun 012006

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,086 miles
: the contact stated the air bag light illuminated constantly, the cruise control was inoperable and there was a clicking in the steering column when the wheel is turned left or right. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who determined a spring in the steering wheel needed to be replaced. Also, the contact stated there was a clicking noise in the front underside of the vehicle that has not yet been inspected by the dealer.

- Petersburg, WV, USA

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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