8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$900
Average Mileage:
47,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace rack and pinion (1 reports)
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problem #1

Dec 242007

Stratus SE 2.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

About 3 or 4 months ago, I noticed the steering was getting a little loose. At first I thought the problem might be the brakes since I could feel the vibrations from the brake pedal. I had the brakes checked. No problem noticed. Then I took the car in, also to Firestone, for power steering check. I was told the alignment was out. Upon driving home I noticed that turning to the right was stiff or rigid. I took the car back at next opportunity. This time, I was told the rack and pinion is out along with the now bad right tie rod. Total cost including labor is $900. The extended warranty expired July 07. This was not a great way to kick off Christmas. I take the train to work most days for the past two years, so mileage is low. Who could fathom that a major part would be inoperative after only 47,000 miles?

- Michael B., Concord, CA, USA