Dodge Stratus - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Dodge Stratus owners have reported a total of 2,475 problems for their cars built in the 12 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the 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 26 most common problems for Dodge Stratus cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (847 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (206 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Dodge Stratus

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
847
  Electrical System
206
  Steering
194
  Suspension
191
  Service Brakes
187
  Power Train
185
  Air Bag
183
  Structure
75
  Vehicle Speed Control
71
  Gasoline Fuel System
61
   
  Unknown Or Other
42
  Equipment
41
  Seat Belt
40
  Visibility
33
  Other Fuel System
23
  Seats
19
  Wheel
18
  Exterior Lighting
16
  Tire
13
  Air Brake
6
  Interior Lighting
6
  Child Seat
6
  Latches/locks/linkage
5
  Electronic Stability Control
5
  Traction Control System
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Dodge Stratus of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. 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 indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    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 results are 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 8180,04112    
0.08
  2005 8586,74413    
0.08
  2004 152116,24014    
0.09
  2003 9944,41515    
0.15
  2002 16986,56816    
0.12
  2001 23083,97017    
0.16
  2000 222119,08718    
0.10

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

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

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; 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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