really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,593 miles

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2004 Dodge Stratus engine problems

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 162011

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 56,262 miles


Our 2004 Dodge Stratus engine seized up completely and without warning in the middle of an intersection while my wife was driving home with our children. This car is equipped with the 2.7L V6 engine which only now have we become aware of the long history of this catastrophic type of failure. We bought this car new and have taken meticulous care with maintenance as noted by the service manager at our dealership. None the less, now I am expected to spend $6,700 to replace a motor that was clearly defected in design.

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 182008


  • 60,253 miles
Car stalls, sputters, jumps, kicks and all without warning. Shakes a bit while driving but really acts up when slowing or stopped.

- Lehi, UT, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006

Stratus 6-cyl

  • miles
2004 Stratus made a whistling noise that came from the engine when driving 70-80 mph. The consumer stated it sounded as if the front of the vehicle was going to fall apart. The consumer thinks something is loose or broke in the front of the vehicle. He thinks it may be the steering, transmission or the rack and pinion.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Feb 182006

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
: the contact stated while attempting to start the vehicle, the engine revved and the tires spun. The vehicle accelerated the hit the consumer's garage. The vehicle and garage sustained damage. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was alerted, however no repairs were made. Updated 3/20/2006 -

- Niles, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 282005

Stratus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,450 miles
My car sometimes shuts off while in parking lots or at red lights. When I got out last time I let my car sit for about 30 minutes and underneath the hood was all hot! the dealer cannot find the problem because it only happens spontaneously and they would need to duplicate the problem. I read a website forum full of Stratus' that all have the same problem. They stop without warning, the radio stays on and everything! this could lead to a wreck!

- Savannah, GA, USA

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