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:
56,494 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 092007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,987 miles


The contact's daughter owns a 2001 Dodge Stratus. The vehicle has cooper sigma shadow, size P20565R15 tires (na). While driving 40 mph, the contact heard a loud flapping noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the tread separated on the rear driver side tire. The body shop inspected the tire, but was unable to determine the cause of the failure. There is a recall for the tire tread (NHTSA campaign id number 06T027000), however, the manufacturer stated that his tire was not included. The VIN and dot number were unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 112,987.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Mar 212003


  • miles
While driving about 55 mph the driver heard a loud noise. When she pulled over and inspected the vehicle she noticed that one of the passenger side tires blewout.

- Still Water , ME, USA

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