definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,372 miles

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2003 Dodge Stratus transmission problems

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2003 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,986 miles


- the contact complained about transmission failures about 1 year ago. The contact took vehicle to dealership last year, and was told that the computer needed to be reprogrammed. The contact stated that vehicle would not accelerate after coming to a complete stop, and it was not accelerating properly when going up a hill. The contact stated that when trying to accelerate after she came to a complete stop, the rpms would go up but the vehicle wouldn't advance. The contact took the vehicle to dealership in December, at which time she was told that her transmission had failed. The contact stated that the dealership said to have transmission fixed would cost $5,000. The contact called Chrysler corporation and filed a complaint, and was given a file number 15815556. Updated 2/6/2007 -

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

May 252006

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to put the vehicle into gear the transmission would not engage. The gear shifter would maneuver into drive and reverse but the transmission would never engage. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop for inspection. It was determined the transmission failed with 5 transmission codes. On several occasion prior to the transmission failure during regularly schedule maintenance there was diagnostic testing performed however the test showed no transmission codes. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012004

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The consumer says that when reaching 35 mph, a noise is heard from in the transmission area. The dealerships transmission person had the vehicle brought in and checked it out and verified what the service manager thought it was. They called Chrysler star online. They stated that this was a normal transaxle operation and noise. They would not let the service people fix the car. This has been going on for about one year. The vehicle had been at the dealership 3 times. The dealer was not able to fix the problem because of Chrysler. The car increased in noise after 35 mph. The owner has taken the car to the dealership to be fixed, but Chrysler won't let them fix it. The consumer talked to Chrysler twice, and has a reference number #13735214. There was a scraping noise when turning to the right. The consumer noticed that the discs were covered with brake dust.

- Grayslake, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 082003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
I have 2003 Dodge status with the 2.4L 4 cylinder engine and automatic transmission. After coming back from a trip, most of which was at freeway speeds, I was stopped at a red light with my foot on the brake when the engine speed suddenly jumped from idle speed to 2000 rpms. The car luched forward causing me to almost hit the car in front of me. At the next 2 stops the engine speed jumped from idle speed to 1400 rpms. For the next week the problem did not happen again during normal around town driving. The following week I again had to make another trip at freeway speeds and this time stitting at stop signs the engine idle would sometimes drop to the point of almost stalling then recover. I have taken the car twice to the dealer and they can find nothing wrong. The second time a mechanic went with me and witnessed the idle speed dropping. The service manager at swanty's Chrysler contacted the factory and he told me yesterday that per the factory this is common to Chrysler 4 cylinder engines in hot weather. The days the engine acted up the most were very hot. The temperatures were 128 and 124 degrees. The engine idle slowing problem is annoying to say the least, but the engine speeding up is a safety hazzard. The last time I took the car in I was about to leave the dearler and the engine was idling in park and I did see the idle speed jump up once to 1400 rpms. Myself and my wife are very concerned and the dealer is stumped. There are no trouble codes showing, but I feel this is a computer problem because the engine and transmission computers are under the hood and our commom 120+ degree days are causing the computers to malfunction because of the extremely high under hood temperatures. I have also noticed that my fuel mileage is dereasing significantly which could be related to this problem. The dealer has been very understanding and has been trying to help, but this seems to be a factory defect.

- Bullhead City, AZ, USA

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