pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
62,833 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. contact your dealership! Mine fixed it for free! (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Stratus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 012008

Stratus SXT

  • Manual transmission
  • 80,000 miles


This damn car.... I've seen better paint jobs on cars that are 15 years old. I bought my car new and now the paint is turning white in patches all over the roof and hood and now its starting on the trunk. The car is (or should I say, WAS) black. I've called Chrysler so many times and all I get is B-S. They are extremely rude. Funny the way it is, I pay the car off and now they can't help me. First and last time I buy Dodge!

- , Rochester, NY, US

problem #5

May 122009

Stratus R/T 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Bought this car used from a dealer last fall and never noticed a problem. As soon as I started washing the car myself I noticed white spots and now it looks even worse. 6 months after buying the car all the spots that are in direct sunlight are white as snow. It needs a new paint job but by looking at the rest of the complaints and other sites looks like Dodge isn't going to pay for it.

- , Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #4

Jan 012008

Stratus SXT 2.4L 4c

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

dodge sucks i have called them many times and they keep saying its the owners fault and its not there problem i like there vehicles but i don't like the workers.

- , Independence, KY, US

problem #3

Feb 202009

Stratus RT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


Black cars clear coat is "starring" (basically the clear coat is cracking and turning white.) I contacted the local dealership (I didn't buy it there) and they said they couldn't do anything. They wouldn't even contact Dodge. I drove the hour to the dealership I bought the car from and they looked at it and said they would contact Dodge. They also said paint wasn't warrantied and that they will probably not do anything about it. 1 hour later they called and said Dodge was willing to fix all the problem areas - paid for 100% by them. I bought the car new, I also purchased the extended warranty. I made the comment to the dealership that this was my 3rd Dodge and if it wasn't fixed it would be the last. I was very nice but made sure they knew that I knew it was a faulty paint job and that I wasn't just going to walk away....

- , Wickenburg, AZ, USA

problem #2

Mar 072008

Stratus SXT 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

Noticed the clear coat coming off the roof sometime last spring (2007). Yesterday (03/06/08) I noticed it was starting to flake off at the trunk and rear of the car. This is a salvage vehicle that was fixed up. The hood and bumper cover have a new paint job from the repair--no issue with flaking there. This is going to be a pricey repair. No longer a Dodge fan, jerks.

- , Westfield, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 262007

(reported on)

Stratus R/T 3.0L

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Black 2003 Stratus R/T. just out of warranty and top starts to turn white and flaky probably due to bad primer or clear coat. Spreading to other parts of the car as well. Chrysler knows there was a defect and refuses to fix it. This is much like the last time I got "burned" by Chrysler on a new 1971 Dodge Challenger Plum Crazy color that had the paint literally fly off while driving down the road. Fool me twice, shame on me - but it won't happen with Chrysler again as I will never purchase another vehicle from them. Too bad our Government bailed them out.

- , Midland, MI, USA

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