2002 Dodge Stratus
CarComplaints.com 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.
2002 Dodge Stratus Engine Problems
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- Oil Sludge Resulting In Engine Failure38
- Engine Oil Light Comes On With Plenty Of Oil14
- Knocking Noise From Engine12
- Engine Light Is On7
- Engine Cuts Out But Restarts5
- Timing Belt Broke, Destroyed Engine4
- Loosing Oil2
- Timing Belt Broke2
- Died While Driving1
- Difficult Replacement Of Intake Gaskets/Spark Plugs1
- Serpentine Belts And Air-Conditioning Belts Break1
- Timing Chain Guide Broke1
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine26
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling16
- NHTSA: Vehicle Speed Control7
- NHTSA: Engine3
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline2
- NHTSA: Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline: ...1
- NHTSA: Vehicle Speed Control: Cruise Control1
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