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:
12,799 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #6

Nov 302005

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,793 miles


: the contact stated while the vehicle was parked, a large amount of transmission fluid was observed on the ground. There was no warning signal prior to the incident. The vehicle was towed to the service dealer who determined that the transmission fluid line had leaked. The service dealer replaced the 2 transmission cooling lines, 4 clamps, and part of the oil system. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that the vehicle was not part of NHTSA recall # 01V011002, which pertains to the cooling unit and lines for the automatic transmission due to the VIN.

- Fountain, CO, USA

problem #5

Jan 102005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I took my car in to get the oil changed, and the guy told me that I was leaking transmission fluid from the cooler hoses. When I got home I looked it up on the internet and found that there was a recall for this problem, NHTSA campaign id#01V011002. So this morning I called the local Dodge dealer(llithia) and asked him about the problem. He told me that there was no such recall, and that it would cost around $150 to fix. I took it to a different mechanic, and they put some hose clamps on it for $64, but I think that is a temporary solution. I am disgusted by lithia Dodge calling me a liar, and not wanting to fix the problem.

- Missoula, MT, USA

problem #4

Jan 142004

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
Dodge Stratus engine die out due to crankshaft position sensor that came in contact w/ a protective shield, which consequently caused a grouted circuit. Thereby causing my engine to die out. My vehicle is a lease, and the warranty is up, and I never received any recall information. Recall info on this call, and the prior year are numerous deadly one. Those which can possibly cause injury, or death. I was almost a statistic today when my vehicle died out completely in an exit ramp off the highway. Please help me find out how responsible the dealership is because I never received any!!!! recall letters. I received their bill, but yet no recall info. This vehicle is only three years old. I have prior to this vehicle purchased three other vehicles from yonkers avenue Dodge, and have traded them in for new ones, but they too had problems, and the dealer never gave me any breaks in price. They just saw a female walk in, and read the "sucker" sign on my forehead. Anyhow my car is now stuck in a shell gas station, which was consequently off the ramp I was stuck on. I was pushed there to get me out of harms way. I will not allow this dealer to continue to stick people, or Chrysler to stick people with the bill to a car that dies out before the lease is up!! if you can help please email me. As well as let other Dodge Stratus SE owners know that the numerous problems these cars suffer from before these owners get killed, or kill others. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Respectfully, Ms. Vivian pena.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 072001

(reported on)


  • miles


The consumer received a recall notice for transaxle oil cooler hoses, however it took five different appointments for dealer to remedy the problem, in which the first three occasion consumer was informed there were no parts, the next time consumer was informed they only had half of the parts, and the final occasion is when it was finally fixed.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012001


  • miles
Ntsa recalled this car for defective transmission cooler hoses. The same hoses are used extensively in engine compartment for power steering. Why did you not require all defective hoses be replaced??(hose labled ct rubber & plastics 09 RP04)see your file:NHTSA campaign id number: 01V011002.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 202001


  • miles
01 V 011 002/transmission hose: Dealer, family Chrysler, Plymouth, cleveland, ga; phone # 770/503-9370, informed that they were not aware of this recall. Manufacturer was notified, and informed that they did not know when this information would be sent out to dealers. Asking NHTSA assist in with this problem.feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Oakwood, GA, USA

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