definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2003 Dodge Stratus engine problems

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2003 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 152009


  • 67,000 miles


I own a 2003 Dodge Stratus and it suffered the same failure of its 2.7 liter engine as many others have experienced. The car does not run due to complete engine failure.

- Maple Valley, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 092006

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph, the check engine light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was restarted and taken to the dealership which determined the sensors needed to be replaced. Also, the power steering failed. The dealership determined the power steering pump leaked causing the failure.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 292005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
The consumer took vehicle to a dealership and repair shop several times for a squeaking noise that came from the left driver's side by the wheel. The source of the squeaking noise was unknown. The engine, a caliber to the steering wheel, air conditioning, brakes, and the flywheel were replaced. There is a still a squeaking noise and consumer does not know where it I comes from. The consumer is concerned about the safety of this vehicle.

- Euclid, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 182005

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Reliable mechanics refused to change the oil on my 2003 Dodge Stratus because they don't want to be responsible for an engine which has only 47,200 miles on it.mechanics state there is a major problem with this engine and sludge build up, and it is likely to need repairs of the engine, ranging from $3,000 and up, soon. As I've done some investigating, I have seen this as a major problem. We are faithful with our oil changes, and feel this company needs to recall this engine and fix this problem. I have three children and I have been reading that these engines just die in the middle of the road with no warning. Dodge will have a much bigger problem if someone gets killed because of their carelessness to fix this problem. I really feel this needs to be adressed asap before someone or some family gets seriously injured.

- Boonville, NY, USA

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