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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
71,502 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Dodge Stratus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 132011

Stratus 4clinder Hodc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,004 miles


Well I just noticed I have a leak on the front driver side and it looks to be transmission fluid.. Looks like everyone is having same troubles , Has there been a recall yet ?? My leek is in the front like, i really doubt its my transmission casket from my pan any ideas from where else could be from .. Thanks

I have had to have my fuel rail replaced and also 5months ago my glock spring went out and air bag light is on..aghhh

- , Lynchburg, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 202006

(reported on)

Stratus ES

  • 40,000 miles

Vehicle leaking transmission fluid. Brought to dealership, was told car needed a solenoid pack, 2 cooler lines and transmission service . Attempted to call Daimler/Chrysler @ 1-800-992-1997 to see if maybe they would good will a portion or all of the repairs, since I am a repeat customer . They advised me that since my car was still covered under warranty (but conveniently enough, the repairs i need done, are not covered under extended warranty), and therefore they could offer no assistance. So needless to say I am not completely thrilled with Dodge at the moment.

- , Huntington Beach, CA, USA

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