really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
126,500 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. need a new water pump fast (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Stratus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 252016

Stratus SXT 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles


Car started to overheat slightly, figured it was time to do a flush. Flushed the coolant system, car continued to overheat, but it was getting much worse. Replaced the thermostat, water pump, hoses, radiator, still same issue. checked the head gasket... which I might add, is a pain, everything was fine, but still over heating. all my coolant goes into the "barf box" and boils, it never returns to the radiator. This has been the toughest fix! Still no clue on what the problem is!?!

- Celena H., Tempe, AZ, US

problem #3

Jul 282012

Stratus 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

Spent a small fortune and the problem is still not fixed yet! Did the thermostat housing, next the thermostat itself, and it still over heats.

- Charles H., Nnewark, NJ, US

problem #2

May 052011


  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Car overheats. it seems like when it wants to. we changed all the things u can imagine to it. for a new reservoir tank we just bought another water outlet for the second time today. the other one cracked. my husband changed all the hoses, he did a radiator flush. and a new radiator cap. he even did the heads on the car, and it still does the same thing. it is so frustrating, we go to the parts store and they say it may be the heads but we already did the heads. and it is so frustrating cause it still overheats. and we have no clue why.

- Jessica V., San Berdo, CA, US

problem #1

Aug 072008

Stratus 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Just a word of advise...IF your car is getting hot, it's possible you have a hole in your waterpump. Get it fixed AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! I had a hole for about a week, and put water in everyday. One day I didn't keep enough in the waterpump, and my car stalled while driving. And it ended up I needed to get a new waterpump, and my car "jumped time" 180 degrees. On top of that, I blew a head gasket. The whole thing was supposed to cost over $1500.00. But I got lucky and didn't have to pay that much. Many people also told me that Stratus' problems' cannot be ignored. Otherwise u will need a new car.

- Jennifer W., Lubbock, TX, US

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