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Oil Sludge Resulting In Engine Failure
2002 Dodge Stratus (Page 1 of 3)
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Dodge dealer.
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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 95,200 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 41 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- replace engine (27 reports)
- not sure (11 reports)
- undisclosed warranty (2 reports)
- teardown and clean (1 reports)
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
I purchased my 2002 Dodge Stratus brand new and very faithfully had the oil changed every 3000 miles. I had complete catastrophic engine failure before the warranty even ran out due to oil sludge in the engine. The warranty would not cover it! I replaced my engine two times and then after the 3rd time it failed I finally gave up! I absolutely LOVED my stratus otherwise but there should have been a recall at the least and consumers who spent so much time and money on these vehicles should be well compensated by the maker! They absolutely know they are in the wrong for this and should be completely ashamed!!!
- Sonya B., Kennedy, US