pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
84,167 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. crank and cam sensor if one goes bad it will kill the other (1 reports)
  3. replace fuel pump,sensors,crankshafe magnet spark-plugs e (1 reports)
  4. replaced cracked spark plugs with new plugs (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Stratus engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 192016

Stratus SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


So I just recently found out that 2.7 engines are crappy. And I'm having pretty much the same problems as majority of the people are having with their engines as to date. My cars engine is suffering, it's having a hard time starting up and I can't go over 40 cause if I do then it'll just shut down whenever I'm at. Everything looked good under the hood so it has to be internal inside the engine and that's where the noise is coming from as well. I barely drive my car and within the past 6 months I only put less than 1,000 miles on my car. I'm confused as to why everything is starting to fail especially the main component that I need in order to operate the car. Now I'm out of a car. I will never purchase anything from Dodge or anything affiliated or associated with Dodge ever again

- , Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #5

Jan 112012

Stratus ES 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

had to take it to the dealer to find this out i had replaced the cam sensor 3 times then took it to the dealer to find out that both needed to be changed

- , Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #4

Jan 042011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I will be going down the road car driving fine and then out of the blue it looses power, engine light comes on and it is missing like, bucking if i let off the gas and let it idle it will pick up but if i try to accelerate it will just get worse. I has never died and it was only doing it occasionally now it is more often .

- , Mobile, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012010

Stratus SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


I'll be going along and all a sudden when i give it gas to accelerate it will surge and buck. Lift on the gas and it smoothes out. Give it gas again and it starts it again. Turn car off and restart problem goes away. This has happened to me maybe a dozen times in last month. There is no warning when this happens. I sure am glad I wasnt trying to pass a car or cross a interection when it happened. This problem may sound like just an anoyance but I think its dangerous. And like I stated once I stop and shut car off and restart it runs normal again. From what I've read it could be camshaft sensor or egm? valve. Anyone have any insight to this? I hate that car. Ive had multiple issues with it. one more issue which i am about to make another complaint about right now! lol````

- , Pensacola, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 172010

Stratus 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

well I don't think it right that car dealers know about these kind of problem and turn around and sell these car to people that is another form of stealing I guess it's the American way and

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 162006

(reported on)


  • 36,000 miles

I regapped the plugs that were in it when I bought it and that worked for about a week. Those plugs were so far out of gap! They are supposed to be set at .50 and the first one I pulled was at .55, the second at .60, the third at .65, and the fourth at .75!! Problem solved, right? WRONG!!! It lasted about a week! I then bought a new set of plugs and gapped them all properly, and they were exactly the plug the manufacturer called for. That worked about two weeks. After that I went back to the dealership I bought the car from and they wouldn't help me. We had quite an argument in the showroom in front of other customers and they decided to give me $100 dollars to get it analyzed at the local Dodge dealer.

The Dodge garage found it had a cracked plug, and also that Dodge had upgraded the plug to be used. So, I had them replaced the plugs. Again, problem solved, right? WRONG AGAIN!! It lasted about a month and started doing the same thing again! I took it back, and, again, they found a cracked plug!! They replaced that plug, and I ask why it kept cracking the plugs. The service manager told me he had no idea! Seems to me that something has to be overheating pretty bad to cracked your spark plugs over and over again, but the car never overheats! What's up?! The dealership doesn't seem too interested in helping unless I pay a fortune to keep going back. I cannot afford to pay $60 and hour for the same problem to not be fixed! Hell, it costs $60 just for them to hook it up to the analyzer, and that's highway robbery seeing that all that amounts to is plugging a cord into a receptacle and having the computer tell you right out what's wrong!! I have read a lot of other complaints on this and other web sites about Dodge vehicles, and there seems to be one thing in common with them all-YOU CAN'T GET THE DEALERSHIP TO BACK UP THEIR PRODUCT!!!! I was never a Dodge person to begin with, now, I'm will do everything I can to get others not to purchase any of their products!!! I have had so many other problems with this car, from the rear passenger window cable popping out, to the heater fan only running on high to the dash lights blinking bright and dim and sometimes off to the transmission downshifting hard ( a problem they said would not be covered under warranty, since it had to be fixed with a flash on the computer rather than in the transmission itself. Come on! The problem was with the transmission! It's not my fault it had to be fixed through the computer, and if not fixed, it would have ruined the transmission anyway!! Anything to get out of paying on the warranty, huh, Dodge??!!!). The cruise control works only when it feels like it, the list goes on and on!!!! And I've only had the car for a year and a half!! Can't anyone help me and other like me? I've heard so many of these same complaints from others, so I know I'm not alone here! Someone has to jump in and help us and be on our side for once! I am actually considering hiring a lawyer to look into this matter. These cars cost way too much of out hard earned money to just let ourselves be taken this way!!!

I traded in a 1994 Ford Tempo for this car and, believe it or not, I would give just about anything to have that car back over this piece of crap! In 33 years of driving and owning cars, this truly is THE WORST CAR I'VE EVER, EVER OWNED!!!! If anybody out there knows anything I can do about this, please, please let me know before this car stalls in an intersection and gets me and my family killed!!!!!

- , Avis, PA, USA

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