10.0

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

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problem #119

Dec 011999

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Timing belt tensioner and idler pulley failed.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #118

Feb 162000

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was traveling at 35mph and heard a knocking noise. Pulled over, checked oil, nothing showed on the dip stick, and it was only enough for the oil filter. Took it to the dealer who indicated that consumer was responsible for the charges. Consumer picked it up the next day. Dealer told her there was a knocking in the vehicle. Had to replace head gaskets, and put new motor in. Manufacturer agreed to go half & half on motor.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #117

Mar 072000

Stratus

  • miles
Recall 96V006, engine head gasket. While driving vehicle caught on fire in engine compartment due to an oil leak. There was a recall, and dealer did fix the problem at manssas Chrysler Jeep, 8100 centerville road, manssas, va 703-368-5300, but the problem has reoccurred.

- Manasses, VA, USA

problem #116

Mar 022000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Consumer noticed vehicle leaking oil while traveling. Has to replace 1-2 quarts of oil a week. Dealer has been notified.

- Wellsbro, PA, USA

problem #115

Dec 151999

Stratus

  • miles
After seeing oil under the vehicle, vehicle was brought to a mechanic. Mechanic stated that the leakage was due to the engine head gasketfailure. Engine head gasket has been replaced at owner's expense.

- Twin Falls, ID, USA

problem #114

Feb 222000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle leaking oil. Had to replace oil 1-2 times a week. Dealer has been contacted. Please provide fruther information.

- Wellsbro, PA, USA

problem #113

Feb 182000

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is an oil leak at the cylinder head and oil galley plug, causing a fire hazard. Also, there is recall 96V006000/manufacturer's recall 671. But this vehicle not included in the recall. Consumer has contacted dealer, parts has yet to be replaced.

- Port Saint Lucille, FL, USA

problem #112

Jan 202000

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Shifter cables stretched, advised it was a common problem, but no recall. Headgasket is also a common failure in this vehicle but still no recall/with a potential fire hazard

- Enid, OK, USA

problem #111

Jan 172000

Stratus

  • miles
Major oil leak on the driver side near the firewall. Dealer diagnosed a head gasket failure, allowing oil to pump out of the engine near the exhaust manifold. Recommended fixing to avoid fire, but would not offer any help. Reviewed up to customer rel. Mgr. At zone office, said due to mileage, no assistance would be offered. This seems too low a mileage for the engine to be self destructing when other brands run 200K and more miles with no trouble.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #110

Feb 012000

Stratus

  • miles
Engine head gasket blew at 40,000 miles, causing loss of oil.

- New City, NY, USA

problem #109

Feb 012000

Stratus

  • miles
Head gasket failure.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #108

Jan 282000

Stratus

  • miles
Premature failure without warning resulted in being stranded on capitol beltway. Replacement period is 100,000 miles. Actual failure at 45000. Failure cause reported mechanical with tensioner bearings.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #107

Aug 011999

Stratus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine head gasket was leaking oil from the sides. Consumer took vehicle to dealer for repairs.

- Farmington, MO, USA

problem #106

Jan 252000

Stratus

  • miles
Noticed a pool of oil in the driveway. Leaking 3 quarts of oil every two days coming from the back side of the motor. Mechanic said it was a faulty plug.

- Baxter Springs, KS, USA

problem #105

Jan 272000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Vehcle not included in recall 96V00600, the engine cylinder head oil galley plug does not seal properly, and the engine cylinder head oil is not adequately retained.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #104

Jan 202000

(reported on)

Stratus

  • miles
Major oil leak is coming from cylinder head gasket, causing safety hazard.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #103

Dec 151999

Stratus

  • miles
Oil leak from cylinder head gasket area and rear camshaft sensor seal was detected. I am lodging a complaint because upon searching complaints site of ntsa, I have found that there are more than just a few complaints. I originally took the vehicle to a repair shop other than a Dodge dealer and was told at that time that the problem with the head gasket is "common" among the Stratus. My search on the internet confirmed the statement. I just paid over $1000 in repair bills because of this problem. I noticed that there was a recall of 1996 stratuses due to a similar problem before my car was made. Was the problem really solved with the earlier manufactured dates? my fear is that this problem will come up again in an "unsafe situation" and the lives of my children and myself will be jeopardized. This complaint may be taken lightly by the manufacturer but the problem with the head gasket troubles me a lot because there have been quite a few complaints about this problem. I hope they are not waiting for another disaster similar to "Ford and the pinto" before they do something about the problem.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #102

Dec 151999

Stratus

  • miles
Oil leak from cylinder head gasket area and rear camshaft sensor seal was detected. I am lodging a complaint because upon searching complaints site of ntsa, I have found that there are more than just a few complaints. I originally took the vehicle to a repair shop other than a Dodge dealer and was told at that time that the problem with the head gasket is "common" among the Stratus. My search on the internet confirmed the statement. I just paid over $1000 in repair bills because of this problem. I noticed that there was a recall of 1996 stratuses due to a similar problem before my car was made. Was the problem really solved with the earlier manufactured dates? my fear is that this problem will come up again in an "unsafe situation" and the lives of my children and myself will be jeopardized. This complaint may be taken lightly by the manufacturer but the problem with the head gasket troubles me a lot because there have been quite a few complaints about this problem. I hope they are not waiting for another disaster similar to "Ford and the pinto" before they do something about the problem.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #101

Dec 081999

Stratus

  • miles
Vehicle parked. Left vehicle & few minutes. Later was informed vehicle was on fire. Contacted fire & police departments who refused to come out, indicating vehicle was on private property. Prior to fire, vehicle was inspected for leakage in "O" rings which was replaced. Vehicle's engine was cleaned. Oil proceeded to leak again. There was a recall #96V006000.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #100

Nov 241999

Stratus

  • miles
Engine head gasket problem, leaks oil.

- Beverly, MA, USA

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