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:
59,214 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.

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2001 Dodge Stratus suspension problems

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #9

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 #8

Aug 122008

(reported on)

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Dodge Stratus SE has issues with the rear strut mount. Consumer states that there is a back order on the upper strut mounts. The consumer stated the blower resistor stopped working and two days later, the vehicle would not start. The consumer had to purchase a fuel pump. The consumer then started to hear a knocking noise in the steering. The consumer was informed the knocking noise was due to the fact that the steering column was too large for the components. The thermostat broke into pieces and the transmission stopped shifting gears.

- Saint Clair Shores, MI, USA

problem #7

Jul 262008


  • 80,000 miles
I have a 2001 Dodge Stratus with 80,000 miles. On July 26 I heard a noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. I took it to a repair shop that I usually take my car in to change the oil and such. He inspected the rear axle of my Dodge Stratus and said the upper strut joint on both sides of the rear vehicle. He told me that the car should not be driven do to the metal part of the upper strut joint broken and it would be hazardous to drive the vehicle. I asked him when and how much the repairs would be? he made a few calls to autodealers, auto parts stores and apparently they are not available due to a back order of upper strut joints. We took matters into our hands and called a number of dealers thinking that they would have an inventory of the product. All the car dealerships said that they were in back order and that they also needed them for customers and loaner cars that they have in their inventory that they cannot use due to the part not being available. They told me that it would take more than three to four weeks for the part and that was not a guarantee. Some of the car dealerships and repair shops said that this is a problem and can cause the rearend of the vehicle to be attached only by a part of the vehicle which is dangerous. These parts are in back order which means this is a problem that should be addressed. I have photos of the defective part and would like to make them available to you. I could not wait for the part so I had someone make a temporary part for both sides of the vehicle. This should not happen to anyone that has invested on a vehicle and when something happens there are no parts to be found. Their is a problem with this matter and it should be investigated. Please feel free to call me anytime regarding this matter.

- Wauseon, OH, USA

problem #6

Jul 122008


  • 109,077 miles


On 7-12-08 my wife was driving the car home and got less than 1/4 mile away, going around a curve at 45mph. She heard a noise pop and then a rub. She proceeded to the drive and into the garage. She came into the house, got me and I looked at the rear of the vehicle. What I found was the upper strut mount on the rear right side is rotted out because it was made of aluminum (which reacts with steel and road salt). The strut broke free and rubbed a 3/16" groove into the tire. Also looking at the left side it is also rotted or corroded. I am pretty upset about this for two reasons. First, if she were traveling down interstate 69 at 70 mph and it broke free, the tire would of been cut in half. Probably sending the car into a spin into the ditch, other cars, or a guard rail. This would of been disastrous let alone having some kids in the car. Second, I called three dealerships in the fort wayne area on 7-14-08, one told me there are 1200 on back order. One said there are 1300 on back order. One said there are 9000 on back order. All of them said they would not come in until the middle of August. I ordered 2 rear strut mounts on 7-14-08 and have not heard anything as of 7-20-08. What is a person to do without a car for one month? thank you for your time.

- Laotto, IN, USA

problem #5

Jul 082008


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Dodge Stratus. The contact heard excessive noise coming from the vehicle and it began to ride roughly. The failure has been occurring for approximately a week. The dealer stated that the rear upper strut mounts needed to be replaced. The dealer also stated that this is a common occurrence with this make and model Dodge. The parts for the repair are on back order until August of 2008 at all Chrysler dealers. The vehicle has not been repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 139,000 and current mileage was 139,200.

- Bellefonte, PA, USA

problem #4

Jun 292008


  • 71,000 miles
2001 Stratus SE heard a grind after going over a bump on the way home from work. Looked under car and saw driver side strut mount was broken. Took to mechanic and was told both mounts are broken and needed repair. These parts are made of cheap aluminum which is horrible material for salt corrosion. Was told part was on national backorder 2-3 weeks. Not believing hem, I called Dodge directly and was told basically told sorry, 1000 were shipped 7/3 but there was another 7,600 backorder!!! now it will be end of July before I get parts. All they would do was get me a priority for if a dealer in oh gets some I can have them. (and a case number). Very disappointed in Dodge making a suspension piece that sees heavy corrosion conditions out of aluminum pot metal and then has a month backorder. Seems like this is a major issue with this car. So I'm out of my main work vehicle for a month, borrowing the wife's van. What were we to do if my wife was working or if she needed van to get kids to school. Dodge wouldn't even work with me for a loaner. (because I wouldn't have it repaired at the dealership which was 2X the cost, a whole other story).

- Madison, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 302005

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,047 miles


Right rear axel broken, both rear ball joints broken and rear upper control arms broken on Dodge Stratus, 2001, with only 26,000 miles. Failure occurred while driving slowly. Both rear ball joints and upper control arms showed excessive play.

- Victorville, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 072004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,800 miles
Left rear ball joint went out while drinving. As a result, tire hit the rear of the vehicle.

- Dover Foxcroft, ME, USA

problem #1

May 222004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Failure of right rear ball joint in 2001 Dodge Stratus with no warning such as noise or vibration proceeding failure no personal injury or property damage ball joint replaced by Dodge dealership with after market part, old parts are available.

- Dryden, NY, USA

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