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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
84,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Dodge Stratus exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2002 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 192006

(reported on)

Stratus RT 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


Can anyone please tell me if there is such a thing as an EGR valve sensor? I just spent $100 gettin a new EGR valve that i never needed. I spent $100 on an O2 sensor that i guess i needed. Now i still need to get a HUB assembly for my rear wheel bearings. But nowhere can i find a sensor for the EGR valve!?!? Does it even exist or is it called something else? My check engine light has been on now for the past 3-4 mths and everytime i change something it comes back on again. I did the whole diagnostic test with the codes and crap, but it has something to do with some sensor, EGR fluid/sensor grid connection?? i have no clue. Oh and i also need a new front left tire to fix the severe shakin of my steering wheel. BTW i have a 2002 Dodge Stratus RT 3.0L V6. Oh and the auto parts places dont have it either and the people who work at these places you would think know stuff about cars but i guess where i live they dont. Please, if anyone can offer anything, it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

- , Plant City, FL, USA

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