26th Jan 2006, 10:47
I am sorry to read about some people having problems with the Stratus... I think it is the sedan with the 2.7 six. I and many others have the coupe (R/T or SE) with the 2.4 four or the 3.0 six and we love our cars... no problems. I have 80,000 and the engine runs fine.
I do agree, however, that Chrysler needs to stand behind their warranty so a law suit would be in order.
4th Feb 2008, 20:33
I also have a 2001 Dodge Stratus 2.7L with only 87,000 miles and the engine just went. No warnings or idiot lights; it just ran rough and then stopped. I had it towed to the dealership and the engine is done!! $2 thousand plus for a new engine, and then I have to hope the transmission doesn't go a month after I get it back.
I bought it new at this dealership and had it maintained there, according to their schedule, and it still quit. They have all the records and forwarded them to Chrysler, so we'll see what happens, but I'm not holding my breath.
It's pretty sad that this car is paid off and it is sitting at the dealer with a blown engine!! It doesn't even have 100,000 miles or 10 years on it...that's sad!! No wonder they are having layoffs no-one wants to buy these pieces of junk.
23rd Mar 2009, 03:11
There are a few people here who are very loyal to the Dodge Stratus because they haven't had the major problems that you and I have, along with many others. Ignore them. Cars shouldn't have this number of angry complaints, and you will probably only find so many unhappy people who have bought American cars. At this point, I couldn't care less if American car companies fail and the industry has to start from scratch in the U.S. because they have been selling garbage like the Stratus for years.
I doubt you will get any sympathy from Dodge about your engine - especially with its age and mileage. That doesn't, however, excuse them for creating this junk.
5th Apr 2011, 14:19
I had the same thing happen to my 2001 Dodge Stratus SE coupe. I bought it used in 2004 with a little over 40,000 miles on it. I was driving it to work one day. My car had a little over 80,000 miles on it, and out of the blue it just started chugging and jerking, smoke started pouring out from under the hood, and the engine was toast. No warning of any kind. I had it towed to a mechanic, and they had to replace the engine. I still have the car. I LOVE THIS CAR!!! I haven't had any other problems with it, and it now has almost 170,000 miles on it.