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Dodge Stratus, Sedan
Feb 18, 2008 (6:06 pm)
I bought my college daughter a 2004 Dodge Stratus with the 2.7 engine. It now has 40,000 miles on it.
I didn't really do the research on this engine before I bought it and now all I hear what a bad engine it is from car experts.
I'm curious if there are any people who use this site that have put a least 100,000 miles on this engine without the sludge problem ruining the engine.
Also, I'd like to know what maintenance schedule was used for those who got longevity with this engine.
I currently have been changing the oil at 3,000 mile intervals with Mobile 1 synthetic. I hope this helps.
I live in a small town. Today I heard at the auto parts store that there are a least five 2.7 engines in town that are shucked and the owners changed the oil regularly at 3,000 mile intervals. Supposedly these blown engines had less than 70,000 miles.
#396 of 489 Re: 2.7 Engine [bernsax]
Feb 19, 2008 (6:57 am)
Mine has 175,900+ miles on it with no engine problems thus far besides a very small oil leak around the valve cover - (tightening the valve cover bolts has stopped or significantly slowed the leak, so no gasket change made yet), and a water pump failure a few days ago.
I change oil every 5M miles & filter every 10m miles. The most important thing I've found with mine is that it does NOT perform well at high RPM's. Avoid exceeding 3M rpms - even when starting from a cold start - and mine gives no trouble and even gets 31 - 33 mpg.
My only complaint with the engine and EVERYTHING else about this car is that you have to disassemble the entire vehicle to change or repair ANYTHING. The left front wheel & wheel well has to be removed to get to the battery!
#397 of 489 98 dodge stratus
Feb 22, 2008 (9:00 am)
I have a 98 dodge stratus 2.4 cylinder. I have never had a problem with it ever. Until. My car was running hot. I put in a new water pump. Mind you, you have to mess with the timing. So I fixed the timing after that. It is correct now. Ever since them My car has not been running right. I changed the distributor ignition coil. It is only running on 2 cylinders. First it ran, it just seemed like it wanted to stall when you were stopped at a light. then all of a sudden it wouldnt start. Now for some reason. We have to jump the battery to start it . But, Im not driving it on only 2 cylinders.I took it to a mechanic he told me he couldnt fix it. They think it has something to do with the wiring hernis. Do you think that is possible? It would be a great help.
I will be back on my computer tomorrow or sunday...
Thank you in advance.
#398 of 489 Loud Squealing
Mar 07, 2008 (4:18 pm)
Hi guys, I have a 95 dodge stratus and when I turn on the defrost it squeals really loud. This only happens in defrost. If I turn it off and then back on again it is ok for 5-10 mins and then it does it again. What could be causing this? Any info is appreciated.
#399 of 489 Re: 2005 Dodge Stratus 2.4L [audieho]
Mar 26, 2008 (9:30 pm)
My 99 is currently in an automotive electrical shop with similar problems. My mechanic said alternator, but the problem returned. The electrical guy thinks it's an electronic control module. I'll let ya know how it turns out.
#400 of 489 I can't figure it out
Apr 01, 2008 (12:13 pm)
I went to basic training and advanced individual training. When I came back my 01 dodge stratus wouldn't start. So jumped started it with my truck and it started fine except that the whole car was vibrating. After about 5 min the car was still vibrating but not as badly. When I put some gas in the car and drove it home. It wouldn't start anymore. I got the spark plugs changed and the battery checked which was still good. I'm getting a whirring sound so I'm almost certain it isn't the starter. Any ideas what it could be. I'm open for any ideas.
#401 of 489 Re: 2005 Dodge Stratus 2.4L [99strat]
Apr 02, 2008 (9:27 am)
Msg 399, cont'd...Auto electrician said "stopped looking after 1 hr. and $1,500 repairs...blah blah blah." Looked around, hated my options, went for second opinion. Pep Boys changed the battery and so far running great. CHECK ENGINE light is on so I looked under the hood to make sure it was still there. Yep...purring like a kitty. Ain't in a hurry to turn that light off...mileage jumped 10% ever since it came on. Will get back if battery turns out to be a bandage - not a solution.
#402 of 489 Re: I can't figure it out [astudivant]
Apr 14, 2008 (7:17 pm)
i'm havin da same problem how did u fix it?
#403 of 489 Re: I can't figure it out [astudivant]
Apr 14, 2008 (7:26 pm)
i'm havin the same problem how did u fix it
Apr 17, 2008 (7:54 pm)
I have a 2006 Stratus Sedan. Bought it used and dealer only had one key for it. Made spares. Several times car wouldn't turn over at all. Dealer had it twice to go through it and came up with nothing. Realized it must be the spare key. Each time it wouldn't start, we were using the spare key. Does this car require a special key for a spare? LIke the original fob? If so, what do they run in price? I hate having only one key. Thanks.