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:
33,452 miles

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2002 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 192007

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,452 miles


We had taken our car in to the Dodge dealer here in okeechobee. It was having a regular tune-up and misc other things done. The dealer had it for 2 days. Two days after I was taken my 70 year old father to his physical therapy class when the drivers seat back fell completely to the back seat in a laying down position. I was just proceeding out of my drive way. Thank god as if I was on the highway there could have been a fatal accident. I had not touched nothing on the seat mechanics before this happened. I called the dealer and nothing has been done about this as of yet. I knew there had to be someplace that would help me with this problem. Also that same car dealer ship rounded off the oil cap on the pan and they did fix that. The seat is still broken. I am not a large person nor is anybody that drives the vehicle so we still think it was either the mechanic at the car dealer ship or a faulty seat mechanism. This could have been a very dangerous incident had I not acted fast.

- Okeechobee, FL, USA

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