hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,807 miles

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2005 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 282012

Stratus 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


The past two years I have had to change the coolant air bleeder valve do to being a defective part need to know if this is a know problem with this year or similar years, I'm disabled and need my car for dr. Appointments, don't want to end up in car accidents do to this issue please contact me if you need other info[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Orangevale, CA, USA

problem #8

Dec 152010


  • 75,000 miles
***update on my initial complaint*** mechanics have determined the cause of my non-stop oil leaks/spills is from a moving crankshaft that causes the seal to pop out, and thus, continuous oil spillage. They have attempted to fix this issue multiple times with no luck. It is not fixable.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #7

Dec 152010


  • 75,000 miles
December 2010 I noticed a massive oil leak/spill under my car. Took to shop immediately. They took apart timing cover set and did some replacements. Cost approximately $900. A few weeks later, an even bigger oil leak/spill. Took to shop immediately. They replaced some sort of part for free seeing as it was the same/similar issue and I was just recently in there. A couple of weeks later, yet another massive oil leak/spill coming from my car. Took to shop immediately (3rd time in about 6 weeks). Mechanic said oil definitely leaking from engine and there was little to no oil left in the engine. They tell me that they are at a loss. They do not know why this keeps happening. My car has about 75,000 miles on it and I am w/out a car for who knows how long...again. The shop owner says he is working on getting to the bottom of the issue and that he is contacting dealerships in the area and national recall to see if I am the only one. I don't have anymore money and time for this. I need my car for work and other people cant drive me around anymore. On top of that, my landlord says that I may not be getting my deposit back due to the damage the oil coming from my vehicle has done to the ground in our parking garage. Please recall!! I am not the only one this is happening to!

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 282010

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


My 2005 Dodge Stratus stalls while I'm driving. It does it out of no where. I was on a busy hwy and it almost cut off. My car sputtered all the way home and then it started driving like nothing ever happen. A day or two later it happens all over again.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #5

Feb 132010


  • 71,246 miles
My 2005 Dodge Stratus has a problem with the crankshaft that keeps moving, which is causing the crank seal to pop out, so it causes oil to start pouring out. I took it to my local Dodge dealer, and they said I need a new engine. I had also took it to local mechanics more then once to try to fix this problem, but the problem doesn't seem fixible. I do believe this is a manufacture problem, and it wasn't cause by us driving this car. My warranty expired in Jan/2010.

- Haverhill, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 262007


  • 62,015 miles
I believe that this issue has great potential for a fatality. The problem that Dodge/Chrysler has is in the 2.4L engines manufactured from 2005 to present. The crankshaft moves inside the engine (endplay) and pushes the front main seal to come out. This spills the entire contents of oil onto the road and covers the bottom of the car. When I had the car towed the shop said it was surprising that the car did not crash fire. Dodge refuses to fix the car, because they say it is no longer under warranty. This is a safety issue and Dodge should be forced to issue a recall.

- Scio, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 132008


  • 56,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Stratus. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle shut off. The vehicle still had steering and braking ability so the contact pulled to the side of the road. She turned the vehicle completely off and it was able to restart immediately. A couple of miles down the road, the failure kept recurring for the next three hours. She took the vehicle to the dealer, but they could not assist because the part needed for inspection was unavailable. The vehicle was towed to another dealer and they kept it for three days. The failure occurred while at the dealer, but they could not provide a failure code. The contact rented a U-haul to have the vehicle towed to the dealer from where the vehicle was purchased; however, they also could not provide a code for the failure. Another dealer could not figure out the cause for the sudden malfunction as well. She retrieved the vehicle from the dealer and drove for approximately a month and a half without any failures. The failure has recently recurred and takes place while idling in traffic or driving at various speeds. The vehicle was towed to a sales dealer and they kept it for four days. They could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The state attorney general also offered no assistance because the vehicle was no longer new and did not qualify for the lemon law. The current mileage was approximately 58,000 and failure mileage was approximately 56,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Jan 072008

Stratus 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Dodge Stratus. The contact took her vehicle to have an oil change and was informed that the front head gasket was leaking oil. The vehicle has not yet been taken in for repair. The purchase date was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 64,000.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 132006

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
: the contact stated while idling, the vehicle stalled without warning. It was maneuvered off the road and restarted. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who could not duplicate the problem. Updated 12/5/2006 - the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was pressed. The consumer repeatedly pumped the pedal to get the vehicle to accelerate. The dealer could not duplicate the problem.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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