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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,264 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. install a better bearing (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Stratus wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 102009

Stratus ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,264 miles


I'v had to install 3 (count em) THREE sets of front wheel bearings in this car. I paid to have it done the first TWO times at 600.00 a pop.....the third time....I did it myself and it only cost me 200 and change and a little time. NOT A GOOD WAY TO IMPRESS NEW BUYERS!!!!!!!!

- , Salem, OH, USA

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