2003 Dodge Stratus Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2003 Dodge Stratus

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2003 Dodge Stratus Problems

Recall to inspect front, lower ball joints
The was a recall on some models to inspect the front, lower ball joints and replace any that are damaged.
Water Leak Due to Plugged AC Drain

A plugged AC evaporator drain tube can cause a water leak inside the car; usually near the front passenger's feet.

Starting Issues and Trouble Code Due to Defective Cam/Crankshaft Sensor

When a no start condition is caused by a faulty camshaft or crankshaft sensor, related fault codes stored in the powertrain control module (PCM) should not be trusted. Our technicians tell us that under certain conditions a fault code can be stored for the "good" sensor. Care should be taken to properly diagnose this condition.

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2003 Dodge Stratus Recalls

Passenger Sun Visor May Detach In Collision

The passenger side sun visor may detach if an accident occurs with it in the down position, and the passenger front air bag is deployed, striking it. Dealers will install a tether strap to retain the visor free of charge to resolve the concern.

Fuel Return Line May Be Restricted

The fuel return line fitting on the fuel pump may be restricted, increasing the potential for a fuel leak due to excessive fuel pressure. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire. Dealers will inspect the fuel pump pressure and modify those showing higher than normal fuel pressures. The recall began December 15, 2003. The Chrysler recall number is C38.

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2003 Dodge Stratus Reviews

I bought this car at 20K mileage in 2004. I am now at 93.5K five years later. I have always had any required maintanence done and in a timely manner, including all the oil changes. According to the records from my dealer, who has done all of my repairs and maintenance since purchase, some sort of tranny work was done prior to my purchase. The tranny went again just prior to my extended warrant...

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