10.0

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

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problem #159

Nov 152000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle has a head gasket leak with only 59000 miles on the car. There are numerous complaints for this problem and Chrysler has not made any recalls.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #158

Nov 092000

Stratus

  • miles
Head gasket leaks oil badly & is getting worse. Dealer is aware of problem, but has no remedy.

- Monmoutha, IL, USA

problem #157

Oct 122000

Stratus

  • miles
Have heard other reports of head gaskets failing on this model, apparantly is a big problem.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #156

Nov 051999

Stratus

  • miles
Rear engine oil leak, dealership found blown engine head gasket, cost $679 to repair, is there a recall on this that I'm unaware of"??"

- Parma Heights, OH, USA

problem #155

Feb 282000

Stratus

  • miles
Sudden massive oil leak detected at 3000 mi oil chg. Gasket replaced approx $800 at carlin Dodge, colo spgs co inv docs229243

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #154

Oct 022000

Stratus

  • miles
Leaking head gasket. The engine leaks oil profusely and has for at least a year. This week I found the dipstick dry. My service station says the problem is common with the Dodge Stratus.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #153

Jul 012000

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle was leaking oil from underneath vehicle. Leak was coming from oil plug. Consumer took vehicle to the dealership, and the dealership was waiting for the part.

- Walterbro, SC, USA

problem #152

Aug 272000

Stratus

  • miles
Complete head gasket failure- engine siezed- chryler denies any prob

- Visalia, CA, USA

problem #151

Oct 151998

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle experienced two head gasket failures; first occurred at 37,000 miles. Both replacements were done by two different dealers, and head gaskets still leaking. Please feel free to provide any further details.

- Wildwood, FL, USA

problem #150

May 011999

Stratus

  • miles
I bought a 1996 Dodge Stratus in February 1997. It had 16,000miles on it and is considered used. Due to numerous electrical problems I purchased an extended warranty through my credit union to protect myself from ongoing repairs. Since that warranty has taken effect, they have spent approximately $3,500 on repairing my vehicle. A majority of this repair was a continous oil leak. I have taken my car to kernersville Dodge at least 6 times since may, 1999 to have this oil leak repaired, with no luck. They have reportedly replaced the gaskets twice, the cylinder head once(which they told me was faulty from the beginning), and the seals twice to stop this leak. Unfortunately they were not successful. Although most of these repairs were paid for by my extended warranty, I still had expense of my own, not to mention the inconvenience of them keeping my car for a week at a time only to not repair my car. I feel they have not made adequate effort and have a begun a letter to the Chrysler company. However, I do not expect much success or cooperation from them. My car is now at a private shop who have told me the head gaskets will need to be replaced. I was told by the mechanic that they were patching the leak instead of repairing however I was being charged for the replacement of parts. Why does it cost $3500 to patch a leak? I hope that by writing to you, I will get some solution to this very frustrating and ongoing dilemna. I have all paperwork from repairs done on my car if copies are needed. Thank you for your time.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #149

Jul 012000

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down the driveway floor mat became entangled within the steering column where it went down to the floor because thier was no protective cover to prevent this from happening. Head gasket and timing belt failed also.

- Alma, AR, USA

problem #148

Jul 182000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Timing belt failed.

- Alma, AR, USA

problem #147

Jul 182000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Head gasket failed.

- Alma, AR, USA

problem #146

Jul 062000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Engine leaking oil. Defective head gasket suspected as problem.

- East Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #145

Jul 122000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Engine head gasket is leaking. Gasket has been leaking for about a year and a half. Problem has not been corrected.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #144

Jun 172000

Stratus

  • miles
4 months after I purchased this car, I started having major problems with it. I've had to pay $830 for a head gasket at 82,000 miles, $318 for suspension + alignment because my tierods busted off while I was driving at 92,000 miles. I still cannot get the fuel injection problem fixed, because I'm out of money. I had taken this car in twice for the stalling, engine dying, and shaking problem, and it has never been fixed (started 4 months after I purchased the car).

- Lake Geneva, WI, USA

problem #143

Jun 152000

Stratus

  • miles
This is the second time that my 1996 Dodge Stratus has experienced head gasket failure and a cam seal leak. The first time, my vehicle was still under warranty. For this to happen twice on a car that not even five years old and with less than 50,000 miles on it is odd. I wondered if other consumers had the same problem and therefore decide to contact you in case this is a widespread problem so that there may be a recall. I would hope that I am the only one. I have all my repair receits if that will aid in the investigation, if there is any. Thank you for your time.

- Redford, MI, USA

problem #142

Apr 272000

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle had started to leak oil onto the engine. Took to mechanic & informed vehicle needed to go to dealership for repairs. Mechanic at dealer's indicated the engine cylinder head was leaking oil from the galley plug. It caused a little smoke to appear. Vehicle not on recall.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #141

Jan 011998

Stratus

  • miles
Engine is leaking oil. Consumer has to put two to three quarts of oil inside of vehicle.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #140

Jul 011998

Stratus

  • miles
Engine head gasket leak, oil went into coolent system causes defects in system.

- Corona, CA, USA

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