hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,031 miles

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2004 Dodge Stratus suspension problems

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2004 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 142015


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. The contact stated that the vehicle made an abnormal noise and the brakes functioned intermittently. The failures happened without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the control arm assemblies were defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. NHTSA campaign numbers: 07E023000 (service brakes, hydraulic) and 10E059000 (suspension) were issued for these failures. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #11

Jan 032011

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Car is driven on regular city streets and freeways. Roads I drive are paved - no country, dusty roads and area isn't heavy in pollution. I purchase my gas from shell or chevron and refill at 1/4 to 1/3 tank to reduce chance of picking up sediment from fuel tank. Noticed while driving on freeway.that car would drop in speed from 60 mph to 20 rather quickly and then forget about going up a hill. I was also getting 8-10 mpg. A couple weeks later I noticed even on level city streets the loss of power. Car was diagnosed as catalytic converter and with California emission regulations the cost of parts and labor was $ $1,600. A year later, I noticed some loss of power and increased fuel consumption. Car was diagnosed to need cat converter replaced again and paid another $ $1,600. Also was diagnosed that rear mounts needed replacement and was wondering if this was normal. Very bouncy ride.

- Seattle , WA, USA

problem #10

Mar 132014

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles
Is their a recall on anything on my vehicle?

- Lanett, AL, USA

problem #9

Aug 152013

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles


There are two recalls on the same model/year of my car (10E0959000 and 09E056000). In August, 2013 an automotive repairman told me that the problem with my vehicle is that the car needs a front control arm and lower ball joint. This is directly related to the two recalls. But I was told by a Dodge dealer that my VIN # does not have any recalls. How is it determined that only some vehicles are included in the recall and not others" it is too much of a coincidence that my vehicle has the exact same malfunctions as in the two recalls. How do I get my VIN # added to the recall list"

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #8

Aug 082013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. The contact stated that while traveling at unknown speeds, she heard a loud bang. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was discovered that the driver's side ball joints had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

Oct 232011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Stratus. While driving approximately 35 mph, the contact heard a grinding sound coming from the front end of the vehicle. The grinding sound progressed over time and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised the contact that the front driver and passenger side lower ball joints, outer tie rods and the stabilizer bar would have to be replaced. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 09E056000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #6

Oct 062012

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Driving over a small bump in the road, the car rear suspension made a clanging noise. Upon investigation, the left rear shock absorber top mount is broken, and the shock is loose and rattling, not performing its function to stabilizer the vehicle over standard road conditions. Loss of suspension during braking maneuver on wet roads could lead to an accident from loss of control of vehicle.

- San Leon, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 292012

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 120 miles
Heard a pop, pulled over and the tires are in different directions. Called the local dealer and they say no recalls on this VIN, however, the parts it seems were recalled for other VIN numbers on this vehicle. Specifically recall id 79805 and recall id 86458.

- Babylon, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 012012

Stratus 6-cyl

  • miles
Car is making crunching sounds in rear. Brought into the dealership on route 38, lumberton NJ 08060 and was told it's the rear suspension/struts etc and would cost $1100 to fix. My sister has the same car, same year and hers broke last year. I then looked online and saw there are so many complaints about this problem. The parts that were put onto car during assembly line were like plastic and they crumble and cause the whole rear to fall, cause accidents, cause tires to fly off the car and deaths. This should be a recall immediately. My mom is very angry. She paid for both cars and wont buy another american made car again unless they recall this issue. She called Dodge headquarters 800 number and spoke to [xxx] and he said there was nothing he could do. Please do something. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Southampton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Jun 172011


  • 113,349 miles
Mounting bracket on rear struts broke

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 152010

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles
2004 Dodge Stratus left axle broke off while driving. Consumer also states that the tire fell off, brake rotor was replaced and then the ball joint went bad. The consumer also stated the transmission gasket was replaced twice and the vehicle smelled hot.

- Penfield, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 292009


  • 23,900 miles
I was driving at 30mph coming to stop where I heard this loud clunk like if I ran over a large rock and bottomed out on it. Nothing happened to the car from what I can see but I see that there are many other complaints for this issue on this car.

- El Paso, TX, USA

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