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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
14,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace front brake rotors (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Stratus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 082006

(reported on)

Stratus SE Plus

  • 14,000 miles


14000 miles on a 6 month old car. Front brake rotors are so warped that the whole car shakes when braking. Dealer almost didnt cover the parts because it was over 12000 miles. I had to make a stink and they covered. I shouldnt have had to be in there for brakes at 14000 miles in the first place. That is absolutely ridiculous. Your average person would have just accepted the dealer's answer. Chrysler needs to look at how crappy their rotors are because this is not the only car that is affected. I am now on my third set of rotors at 95000 miles. However the brake pads are still ok and have plenty of life. The car has mostly highway miles and should not have needed a second set of rotors before the brake pads wore out. People should be aware of how poor the rotors are on Chrysler vehicles.

- , Hunter, IN, USA

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