1st Generation (1995—2000) Stratus Problems

This generations ranks 31st out of 60 Dodge generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (27%), hvac (16%), and the electrical (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Runs/idles Rough 5 complaints at an average of 111,511 miles in the 1999 Dodge Stratus.
  2. Failed Head Gasket 3 complaints at an average of 67,667 miles in the 1998 Dodge Stratus.
  3. Various Electrical Issues 2 complaints at an average of 84,000 miles in the 1998 Dodge Stratus.

What Stratus Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Dodge model years.

Watch out for the 1998 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2000 56 9 39 10.14
1999 49 7 55 9.62
1998 41 7 67 12.15
1997 10 7 72 2.13
1996 21 11 72 3.55
1995 13 11 86 3.46

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