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Dodge Stratus - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis



Dodge Stratus owners have reported 2,395 problems for their cars built in the 12 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported during all service years for each model year of Dodge Stratus. The 1996 Dodge Stratus cars have the most problems reported (553 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Dodge Stratus

  Common problems of Dodge Stratus

The following chart shows the 24 most common problems for Dodge Stratus cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (840 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (200 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Dodge Stratus

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
840
  Electrical System
200
  Service Brakes
185
  Steering
182
  Power Train
181
  Suspension
175
  Air Bag
171
  Structure
73
  Vehicle Speed Control
66
  Gasoline Fuel System
61
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  Unknown Or Other
42
  Seat Belt
40
  Equipment
39
  Visibility
32
  Other Fuel System
19
  Seats
19
  Wheel
17
  Exterior Lighting
16
  Tire
13
  Child Seat
6
  Air Brake
6
  Interior Lighting
6
  Latches/locks/linkage
5
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the older model year Dodge Stratus to a new one in terms of the problems reported since older vehicles have been in service longer and more problems should be reported. In order to compare the reliability across Stratus model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index implies a better reliability for the model year under study.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000

Where P = total problems reported during the life of a Dodge Stratus model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The result is shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Stratus Model Years

Stratus
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2006 6080,04110    
0.07
  2005 6586,74411    
0.07
  2004 136116,24012    
0.10
  2003 8844,41513    
0.15
  2002 16986,56814    
0.14
  2001 22883,97015    
0.18
  2000 218119,08716    
0.11

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of Dodge Stratus is to use the number of problems reported during the vehicles' first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicles' first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2006 Stratus
6
  2005 Stratus
2
  2004 Stratus
17
  2003 Stratus
15
  2002 Stratus
7
  2001 Stratus
18
  2000 Stratus
11
  1999 Stratus
13
  1998 Stratus
16
  1997 Stratus
15
  1996 Stratus
31



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