really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,356 miles

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problem #5

Oct 252005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving forward at about 25-30 mph, the steering locked to the right, right side fell down and pulled car severely to the right. There was no steering, no control. Air bags deployed, pulled car up a curb into a fire hydrant then another 25 feet into a pole. Car is a total loss. The front end parts are all in tact, only the lower control arm is cracked which caused the wheel to turn completely to the right. Everything was inspected on vehicle and there is not any other explanation or evidence prior to the curb than the lower control arm. The car lost control causing further damage.

- Parma, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 052005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,778 miles
The consumer complained about front lower control arm failure on 1996 Dodge Stratus. The front wheels locked up. The consumer took the car to the mechanic and the mechanic referred the consumer to the dealership. The dealership said that the car was repaired. The consumer stated that the car made noises when the brake were applied, and in reverse it popped. The consumer was taking the car back to mechanic for diagnosis. The consumer has not been in contact with Chrysler as of now.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

problem #3

May 152000


  • miles
Recall 97V201000/ lower control arm repairs were done by a mechanic. Dealer inspected recall work parts that were not replaced. Problem reoccurred one year later, resulting in a near accident while driving 4-5 mph, lost control of vehicle..

- Elk River, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 171998


  • miles
Consumer complaint concerned recall notice # 97 V 201/ 6nov.97, lower control arm, which the dealer shop has honored, but will not repair affected part. Dealer will not repair without cost to the consumer.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 281998


  • miles
Received recall notice (#97V20100) in the mail. Called dealer to make appointment. Service manager said no parts available & does not know when or if they would be available.

- Mobile, AL, USA