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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,823 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Dodge Stratus windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2001 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 152004

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,646 miles


I was driving my 2001 Dodge Stratus on the interstate. I was going approximately 70 mph with no other vehicles around me. I heard what sounded like a shotgun blast coming from the rear seat. I looked back and reliazed my right rear window had exploded. I went to the dealership were I had purchased the vehicle two weeks before to see if they could explain what happened. I was told that the car creates a vaccum and that was what caused the window to explode. If this is the case I think something needs to be done about this issue. Lucky for us there was nobody in the back seat.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #1

May 122001


  • miles
While husband was just sitting in vehicle his back windows exploded. No injuries were sustained.

- Denver, CO, USA

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