10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 8
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,109 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

The NHTSA is the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints can be spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem. See the Back button — blue bar at the very top of the page — to explore more.

Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1996 Dodge Stratus:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #219

Jun 022002

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph oil light on dash came on. Vehicle was taken to dealer, engine oil was all over exhaust. Dealer determined oil galley plug came out. There was a recall but this vehicle was not affected due to VIN.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #218

Apr 202002

Stratus

  • miles
Manufacturer claims to not have a silent recall on the 2.4 L engine head gaskets.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #217

Apr 242002

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was leaking oil profusely out of the pressure galley hole where oil is delivered to the cylinder head, the oil continued to drip onto the transaxle and exhaust causing a burning smell. Consumer was advised that the gasket has a design flaw, but was redesigned due to so many failures to the gasket.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #216

Apr 242002

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle was leaking oil profusely out of the pressure galley hole where oil is delivered to the cylinder head, the oil continued to drip onto the transaxle and exhaust causing a burning smell. Consumer was advised that the gasket has a design flaw, but was redesigned due to so many failures to the gasket.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #215

Mar 012002

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket blewout between two cylinders. Oil was leaking from between the head and engine block. Dealer contacted..

- Illiopolis, IL, USA

problem #214

Aug 041999

Stratus

  • miles
Oil leakages while driving, vehicle taken to dealer and informed of a blown head gasket. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #213

Mar 012002

Stratus

  • miles
Consumer noticed oil leaking from vehicle. Consumer checked engine, and noticed the leak was coming from head gasket above exhaust manifold. Dodge has been contacted.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #212

Oct 271998

Stratus

  • miles
Headgasket replaced @57000. Need another replacement @ 120000.

- Hudson, MI, USA

problem #211

Mar 012002

Stratus

  • miles
This vehicle was purchased in February of 1996. Since the date of purchase the headgasket on the vehicle has been replaced twice and is currently undergoing a third replacement. The first headgasket replacement was at the cost of the customer, the second at the cost of the dealer under a service bulletin agreement. The third replacement cost was turned down by daimler Chrysler but the local dealer offered a discount on labor to the customer for customers repeated business reasons. The head gasket should have never failed a third time after production and installation of the newly designed headgasket for the Chrysler vehicles. Customer requests full compensation for first headgasket replacement and third replacement per faulty design by daimler chysler.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #210

Jan 012002

Stratus

  • miles
Temperature gauge was registering hot. Vehicle was leaking oil. Dealership was aware of problem.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #209

Feb 112002

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
While driving head gasket leaks and the oil runs into radiator.

- Nacogdoches, TX, USA

problem #208

Nov 232000

Stratus

  • miles
There was an oil leak. Took vehicle to dealer, and they stated that engine cylinder head needed to be replaced. Recall 96 V 006 000 on engine did not include this vehicle due to VIN although it dealt with same problem.

- Marrero, LA, USA

problem #207

Aug 152001

Stratus

  • miles
Defective head gasket.

- Melrose, MA, USA

problem #206

Oct 172001

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle was parked in driveway noticed a large puddle of oil on ground. Had vehicle towed to dealer. Informed by mechanic that engine cylinder head was leaking. Galley plug failed to seal properly. Had engine head galley plug repaired.

- Belleville, IL, USA

problem #205

Jan 012001

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle was leaking oil. Had taken vehicle to the dealer, and the dealer stated that head gasket was defective. But they were unwilling to do anything about it.

- Franklin, GA, USA

problem #204

Nov 272000

Stratus

  • miles
While driving, my car stopped in the middle of a busy road. The timing belt had broken N.it took the dealer 3 weeks to fix it. With the head gasket, I brought the car to a service station 3 separate times to find out why it was running hot, before the problem was discovered. This happened only when the car leaked out all of the antifreeze. I have also replaced the front brakes 4 times and the rear brakes 3 times in this vehicle. I have never had to do this with any other car that I have owned.

- Millis, MA, USA

problem #203

Nov 272000

Stratus

  • miles
While driving, my car stopped in the middle of a busy road. The timing belt had broken N.it took the dealer 3 weeks to fix it. With the head gasket, I brought the car to a service station 3 separate times to find out why it was running hot, before the problem was discovered. This happened only when the car leaked out all of the antifreeze. I have also replaced the front brakes 4 times and the rear brakes 3 times in this vehicle. I have never had to do this with any other car that I have owned.

- Millis, MA, USA

problem #202

Dec 012000

Stratus

  • miles
Head gasket failure which causes oil leak that is reported as a possible fire hazard.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

problem #201

Jul 092001

Stratus

  • miles
A loss of oil while driving. Dealer was notified, and informed of a head gasket failure. Feel free to provide any further information on this matter.

- Smith Creek, MI, USA

problem #200

May 152001

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Oil leak caused engine to overheat. There is recall 96V006000, but this vehicle is not affected by recall due to VIN.

- Springfield, MO, USA

Read the next 20 complaints »