definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,811 miles

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2006 Dodge Stratus Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 152011

Stratus 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


The front oil seal came out of its seat causing massive oil leak. After engine removal and disassembly I found the wrong lower main thrust bearing was installed. This caused excessive stress on the top thrust bearing causing bearing failure causing end play in crankshaft resulting in oil seal failure. Fire danger from oil covering underside of vehicle. The lower main bearings were all the same. No flanged thrust bearing.

- Punxsutawney, PA, USA

problem #6

Jul 102009

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles
My car leaks water into the passenger compartment when I run defrosters/air conditioning. I looked this up on line and it is a problem with the drain tube on Dodge/ chrylser car. This is not a recall on my car but a complaint on the car. There is a recall on 2008 Dodge Caravan/Chrysler town/country's. the Dodge dealerships says it cannot help me because my car does not have recall. I have had this problem for over a year. Also on line other people have had this problem also, when you look it up.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #5

May 042008


  • miles
My complaint is that I purchased a 2006 Dodge Stratus in 2006. And am already working on putting in my second bottom end of the motor. It started leaking oil at 17,000 miles and now it's started back leaking oil in the same spot at 46000 miles. To say the least my work order to get my now out of warranted car fixed says the same thing it said at 17000 miles. Now I'm looking at paying out over 5,500 dollars to get it fixed again. And still have to make a car payment on this junk!!!

- Cecilia, KY, USA

problem #4

Sep 112007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Stratus. While driving approximately 46 mph, the contact released the steering wheel and the vehicle veered to the right and left. The oil is constantly a quart low in the vehicle. The speedometer displays inaccurate readings and the vehicle was diagnosed with calibration failure. The current mileage was 57,000 and failure mileage was 41,000.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 122007

Stratus 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,856 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Dodge Stratus. While driving approximately 60 mph, the engine revved. The contact applied pressure to the brakes and the engine returned to normal. One month later, while driving approximately 55 mph downhill, the vehicle dramatically accelerated. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle would not decelerate. He shut off the vehicle and restarted it moments later. He restarted the vehicle and coasted to a nearby dealer. The dealer stated that there was throttle failure, which caused the oil pump to fail as well. The engine is in the process of being repaired. The current and failure mileages were 35,856.

- Springfiled, VA, USA

problem #2

Jul 212007

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,818 miles
The vehicle sputtered a little and died. After getting it started and going further up the street in traffic, it died and would not restart. I have not been able to get the vehicle fixed up to this point. I have been speaking with the dealership, and the manufacturer to see if this problem could be resolved.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #1

Apr 112006


  • miles
While driving a rented Dodge Stratus with the cruise control set at 60 mph the vehicle began to slow down to 35 mph. The driver was unable to get the vehicle to accelerate and pulled onto the shoulder of the road. The consumer stated there was no gas going to the engine and the vehicle lost power. Updated 06/03/10

- Huntington, NY, USA

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