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Dodge Stratus



  • Its been a while since I've been on here. I own a 2004 Dodge stratus SE 2.7 V6 w/ 30K miles. Lately when I turn on the heat, theres this nasty musty odor that I can smell. Do I need to clear the vents out or are there any other suggestions?

    P.S. Yes my stratus also has the famous "creaking sound" when I turn my wheel espcially when slowing down to park and the oil pressure light also comes and my engine cuts off in stop and go traffic.
  • jim90jim90 Posts: 1
    I have purchased one of them and i hope your friend got 1. i got my sxt coupe for 18 flat from 24000. it rides nice the engine sounds sick def not ur average 4 cylinder and i find it surprisingly fast prob faster then my old 2.7 sebring sedan. plus all the compliments in the world get it there are no regrets.
  • i have a 2004 4-cyl. dodge stratus sxt. i notice a very annoying whinning sound when driving on the highway after driving bout 15-20 mins after going 50-60....anyone know anything ? im scheduled to bring it in to the dealership next week, but was just wondering if anyone else has had this problem? thank you, happy new year everyone ! :blush:
  • As far as I know, "Deck" just means your trunk is open. If it's not really open, then it's probably just a bad sensor somewhere.

  • I think my '04 Stratus does the same thing that you are describing in yours. Mine only does it at about 65-75 miles an hour, and that's the only time I ever hear it. It sounds cyclical - the pitch of the whine goes up and down just a little.

    I took my car into the dealership for some other problems and I mentioned the whining and how it only occurred at freeway speeds. When I picked it up, they said they didn't notice anything. I couldn't believe they didn't hear it, so I asked them if they took it on the freeway. "Nope. But we got it up to about 50 on the road right out here." Uh, hello?. I didn't have time to let them take it for another drive, but I doubt they would figure anything out anyway.

    So, I don't have a solution, but I think I share your problem. Anyone have any suggestions?

  • My wife's car's heater only blows hot air when driving at about 45mph or higher. At idle or around town-cold air only. If the engine is warm and she comes to a stoplight, it will revert back to blowing cold air. Any thoughts?
  • raven9raven9 Posts: 1
    Hey everyone...I am new to this site. I have a 1996 Stratus with 150,xxx miles on it. It's not a bad little car at all. Was just wondering if anyone had a hood that is cheap and in good shape (Rust doesn't really matter as long as it's not rotted out...just needs to be straight and not smashed up) When I bought the car the lady had hit a guard rail at 20 mph and bent the hood up and rip/torn the bumper cover alittle bit other than that the car is perfect. Any help would be great.

  • tc1977tc1977 Posts: 2
    Hello, I have a 2001 Dodge Stratus SE with 116,000 miles on it. The car has been fairly good but every now and then I am getting a noise in the front end when slowing town. It sounds like a ticking sounds that slows down as the car slows down. If any one has any information available, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • tc1977tc1977 Posts: 2
    I would have the thermostat checked on it. Sounds like it is stuck or bad. Otherwise, if the car is low on coolant, that could be affecting it as well.
  • at 116,000 that ticking noise could be your front end unversal joints. The ticking sound increases with speed and decreases as you slow down. Being the car is front wheel drive, I would recommend replacing both left and right universals if you can afford it. This would give your car a new life and stop you from worrying about the side you did not replace.

  • Hello Natan6. I have a 2000 Dodge Stratus. I was able to take out the box and filter assembly on my 2.4. It was simple really. With that done, I went to O'Riely's and bought a chrome cone filter for $24.95. The connection on the cone is rubber about 3inches in diameter. The connection to the airflow system is a 4 inch oval. Well, when you squeeze on the sides of the oval it becomes a 3 inch connection that will allow the cone filers rubber boot to slip nicely into it. Once done, just tighten the screw on the airflow systems connection to get it a little snug. The hood closes well too. The chrome cone filter has not shifted or moved since I installed it 3 months ago.
  • Hmm, gas mileage? What is your engine size? I have a 2.4 liter engine. The tank holds about 14 gallons. Work takes me 54 miles round trip daily. I put about 280 -300 miles a week. At about $2.30 a gallon with the tank topped off, I guess I get 21.4 miles to the gallon. at $32 dollars a tankful. This engine is a solid performing engine. If you want better gas mileage, try a Neon with the 2.0. My wife has one of those. Her mileage is better.
  • What is your definition of a bad sound? If you floor it, the engine will make a hell of a lot of ruckus. All Chrysler engines do that. That sweet sound of the engine attempting hyperspace is great. If you get a screeching sound, check the belt.....
  • Check your tires for balls. This is when the steel belts start to let go from the rubber. It could be caused be hitting a pothole, curb, etc. Try changing the front tires to the rear and vise versa. If the problem continues, It could be a wheel balancing problem or a wheel allignment problem.
  • i'm new to this site and i have a 96' stratus and when i read what was going on with your car i was excited, i thought i was the only person this was happening to. mine has just recently started doing it and we took it to a auto shop and they cleaned out the vacuum hose and they said if it continues to do it then bring it back for no charge well on my way home last night it went dead and it took a couple of tries but it finally did start back. i hope though it can be fixed because this is getting really old.
  • i had that same problem but dodge had a recall last year sometime and that's what was wrong with mine, i have a 96' so i'm not sure if it's the same thing, just thought i would share.
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 785
    If there are "balls" inside a tire, it means there was some foreign material (not air) rolling around, and it has nothing to do with the steel belts.
  • jesashjesash Posts: 1
    I have also had the stalling and hesitation at stop lights/signs and also the oposite where it will all of a sudden rev up and buck forward when moving from the brake to the gas petal... scared me :-| anyway dealership has given me run around for 2 years now... any ideas?? Also for whatever reason I only notice most of this on my way home from work in the evening... HELP please...
  • Whenever it's fairly cold outside and I drive over a little divet in the road, or make a sharp turn, I hear a loud crunching sound coming from the back end. It'll happen whenever the back end is compressed in some way. The dealership has replaced the swaybar bushings, both control arms (with the bushings), and both strut tower mounting plates, and they said that when they unhooked the shocks it still made the noise. Any ideas on what it could be? I'm desperate since the dealership has pretty much given up on me.
  • I'm new to this forum so any info would be appreciated....
    I recently Bought a 2001 Stratus Rt with all the bells and whistles. But the service engine light keeps coming on. I'm Going in for a tune up and oil change(The sparks look like they've never been changed, but the car still runs great, just a slight ticking noise sometimes). Would the sparks cause the light to some on? And If it were a misfire wouldn't I hear or feel it? It has 64k on it and I bought it for blue book any comments.....???
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