really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 30
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,154 miles

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problem #7

Dec 012005


  • miles
2000 Dodge Stratus caught fire due to fluid leakage on the high pressure power steering hose. ***** the vehicle was declared a total loss.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Jan 252006


  • 82,347 miles
2000 Stratus power steering problems. The power steering pressure hose developed a leak.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 082006

(reported on)

Stratus 4-cyl

  • miles
2000 Dodge Stratus recall repairs were made by independent mechanic, dealer refused to reimburse for repairs. The manufacturer told the consumer they would only reimburse for the cost of the part.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 042005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles
I was driving down highway 2 headed East and I needed to pull over and get some gas. I noticed that my steering was making the sound that it makes when you might be low on fluid. I pulled into an armor station that was self serve pay at the pump only. The first one did not work so I started my car again and pulled up to the second pump. I noticed smoke was coming out from under my hood. I got out and it started to shoot out flames. I panicked as I was trying to get my 2 year old son out of the car. The doors auto lock when you take off and hit 10 mph. Two gentlemen came whipping in the station and helped me. His son called 911 and he got in my car to move it away from the pumps. He could only move it 5 feet because it was so hot in the car from the flames. The sheriff showed up and slammed into the back end of my car and moved it away from the pumps maybe 20 feet now. By the time the fire department showed up at least 5 minutes have past and my car is in major flames in the front end. The fire department put the flames out but my car could not be saved. The whole front end is damaged beyond repair. Electrical system and everything. Because of this fire my son and I were stranded in floodwood, mn about 1.5 hours from home. Luckily my brother- in- law lived in that town and we stayed there until someone could come and get us. It was a very traumatic day, trying to get my son out of the car and then watching as my car burned up and I could not save it. I believe that the power steering may have been the cause of the fire.

- Walker, MN, USA

problem #3

Jan 222005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2000 Dodge Stratus and have that has a high pressure hose on the power steeering that is leaking. It is dripping onto the engine and causing smoke to come out from the engine compartment. I have contacted Dodge but even though other 2000 Dodge Stratus with a 2.4 engine have been recalled, but mine was not included per Dodge. I feel Dodge needs to reevaluate this recall before someone else is harmed from there neglect. This car is smoking and could catch on fire.

- Elkton, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 132003

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
03/13/03 then 04/05 my vehicle caught fire while I was driving, both times the vehicle was repaired. The incident was investigated by Chrysler.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 272005

Stratus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,999 miles
I had a 2000 Dodge Stratus until today. Today, March 27th, 2005, my Stratus had a hydraulic line for the power steering rupture and caused my entire engine compartment to catch fire. Prior to the fire, I had observed power steering fluid on the line fitting and the leak fluid dropped onto the exhaust pipe below. I bought the replacement hose. However, the car caught fire before I got a chance to replace leaky power steering hose. I was wondering if this was something that had a recall, or what I might do to research this more and find out if somehow this is a defect, because I know someone that had the same issue, but caught it in time and had it repaired. Thank you for your time and reading this E-mail.

- Jupiter, FL, USA