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:
72,050 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 262008


  • 54,100 miles


Driving down I-71 at approx. 10:00pm and the rear of my car started to sway alomost causing M, E to lose control. I pulled over and realized the drivers side rear tire had failed. The side wall had broke down and came apart under normal operating conditions. Speed was 67mph and the tire had 35psi in it at the time of failure. Treat on the tire is still approx 50%.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #1

May 122007

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
While driving about a year ago passenger rear strut broke. Upon inspection I noticed the top strut clamp of the spring corroded, causing the spring and strut to fall out of place and rub against the tire. Had to replace tire and strut. Approximately $500 for both. 6 months later the driver side strut did the exactly the same thing. The clamp corroded and has fell apart, causing the spring to rub against thewheel once again. This was due to an aluminum alloy/metal corroding. Manufacturer should know that aluminum corrodes extremly bad when it come in contact with weather.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

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