Dodge Stratus Coupe 2003

Model Stratus Coupe made in 2003 by Dodge got 34 consumer complains as well as 6 service bulletins. Consumer complaints with reference, among others things, to air bags and electrical system. Technical service bulletines regarding equipment and power train.

Model 2003

Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
EQUIPMENT - ELECTRICAL
0801702A11/22/2002080170210000446Accessory socket replacement for smokers package. *tt02/27/2003
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
210030207/29/2002635723This bulletin provides information about atf+4 usage. *tt10/30/2002
POWER TRAIN - AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION - CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
080150503/02/200510013731Powertrain control module initialization. *sc04/26/2005
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
180200206/24/2002183298634272Flash programming failure recovery. *slc09/28/2002
220010203/11/20022200101634082Chrome wheel care. *slc09/27/2002
VISIBILITY - POWER WINDOW DEVICES AND CONTROLS
230200308/08/200310003525Door glass rub/screech/squeak sound. *tt10/22/2003

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
AIR BAGS
03/02/2009
 I own a 2003 dodge stratus coupe in which the dashboard is warping and coming a loose. i purchased this car used in 2008 in great condition, however after owning it for a few months the dashboard started pulling away from the speedometer, the air condition vents and other places on the board. just recently, i have noticed that the problem continues to spread and now the glove department has started unhinge itself. this has become very unsettling because i am afraid that the airbag which is only a few inches above the glove department will eventually deploy. i believe this is a serious matter that must be addressed. i have researched and found out that several owners of car are facing the same problem. not mention, i have also discovered that a white film appears on the interior of the window above the dash which causes a glare and a impairment when i drive. i have to constantly wipe and clean the inside window when i drive in order to see. this is very dangerous especially when condensation builds up on the inside. and the condensation builds up because the dashboard has flipped up towards the windshield. i should not have to constantly wipe the inside of the windshield as if i'm a human wiper blade.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
01/01/20041
 The dash in my car shortly after i bought it stated coming apart. it has completely separated from the defroster. in addition, all of the vent covers, ect. no longer are secure. the entire dash and components are in horrible condition.. i called the dealer and they said it was not covered in the warranty which was bumper to bumper. in`addition my defroster is horrible. when you have it in floor mode it blows on the windshield and it fogs up constantly. the electrical componets go crazy every once in a while, no power to the car ect. have to turn car on and off and few times and then it will be fine. one of my wipers came loose and i have to keep a wrench in my car at all time is case i need to tighten it in the middle of a rain storm. it will fall right off and the metal will be dragging across my window. *jb
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
08/20/200540000407/25/2003
 I have a 2003 dodge status coupe that has two coils on the top of the spark plugs. i have had them replaced 3 times with a 4th due soon. the problem starts with the engine misfireing some, then the service engine soon light comes on and i loose two cylendars. sometimes the service engine soon light turns off for several days but then returns.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
07/25/2003407/18/2003
 There is a loud popping noise coming from the driver's side wheel. the dealer has attampted to fix the problem atleast 4 times. the last time they tried they attempted to fix all four wheels, even though ii only stated a noise from the drivers side wheel, now the rear wheel pops really loud over pumps and in turns. i contacted the manufacture and so far they have not called me back. in addition to this, i have had to have the air conditioner fixed twice, a new radio put in, since the last time it was in there my emergency flashers dont work, when i first bought the car my head lights didnt work, and the valve cover gasket replaced because it was leaking oil. the valve cover gasket was fixed only for a few days before the same problem of a lack of horsepower returned. and last but not least everytime i drop my car off to the dealer, they keep it for 2-3 weeks at a time. one time they even put 200 miles on my car before they would return it.*ak
EQUIPMENT - ELECTRICAL - AIR CONDITIONER
07/25/2003407/18/2003
 There is a loud popping noise coming from the driver's side wheel. the dealer has attampted to fix the problem atleast 4 times. the last time they tried they attempted to fix all four wheels, even though ii only stated a noise from the drivers side wheel, now the rear wheel pops really loud over pumps and in turns. i contacted the manufacture and so far they have not called me back. in addition to this, i have had to have the air conditioner fixed twice, a new radio put in, since the last time it was in there my emergency flashers dont work, when i first bought the car my head lights didnt work, and the valve cover gasket replaced because it was leaking oil. the valve cover gasket was fixed only for a few days before the same problem of a lack of horsepower returned. and last but not least everytime i drop my car off to the dealer, they keep it for 2-3 weeks at a time. one time they even put 200 miles on my car before they would return it.*ak
EXTERIOR LIGHTING - HEADLIGHTS
07/25/2003407/18/2003
 There is a loud popping noise coming from the driver's side wheel. the dealer has attampted to fix the problem atleast 4 times. the last time they tried they attempted to fix all four wheels, even though ii only stated a noise from the drivers side wheel, now the rear wheel pops really loud over pumps and in turns. i contacted the manufacture and so far they have not called me back. in addition to this, i have had to have the air conditioner fixed twice, a new radio put in, since the last time it was in there my emergency flashers dont work, when i first bought the car my head lights didnt work, and the valve cover gasket replaced because it was leaking oil. the valve cover gasket was fixed only for a few days before the same problem of a lack of horsepower returned. and last but not least everytime i drop my car off to the dealer, they keep it for 2-3 weeks at a time. one time they even put 200 miles on my car before they would return it.*ak
OTHER
01/01/20041
 The dash in my car shortly after i bought it stated coming apart. it has completely separated from the defroster. in addition, all of the vent covers, ect. no longer are secure. the entire dash and components are in horrible condition.. i called the dealer and they said it was not covered in the warranty which was bumper to bumper. in`addition my defroster is horrible. when you have it in floor mode it blows on the windshield and it fogs up constantly. the electrical componets go crazy every once in a while, no power to the car ect. have to turn car on and off and few times and then it will be fine. one of my wipers came loose and i have to keep a wrench in my car at all time is case i need to tighten it in the middle of a rain storm. it will fall right off and the metal will be dragging across my window. *jb
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC - POWER ASSIST
04/09/2003202/01/2003
 When the brakes were applied, there was a hissing noise and the pedal became intermittently hard to press or went all the way to the floor. the dealer diagnosed and repaired a leaking brake booster, however a few days later the problem recurred. *jb
STRUCTURE
12/06/200801
 Dash vinyl is separating or peeling off at the defrost vent from the dash. no known way to fix it. will need replaced with a better design. *tr
07/15/2008750001
 The dashboard material is unstable. near the windshield defrost vents it has started to bend upwards along the vents edges. the passenger vent, next to the airbag, has also popped out a little due to stress from the dashboards. *tr
02/01/2008710001
 The dash board has warped and pieces are falling inside the dash. *tr
04/02/200541500107/23/2003
 I purchased a 2003 stratus new. shortly after purchase the paint started flaking off the top. the dealership repainted the top without complaint. the shop manager said they had alot of them with the same problem. 500 miles after the warranty expired the entire car started to loose the paint. i returned to the dealership with the car and after being put off for five weeks was told the district manager said to bad they were not going to fix the car. i took the car to two different body shops, and both advised the primer was bad and they had seen alot of the 2003 dodges with the same problem. *tr
06/23/200634000106/09/2006
 I bought my 2003 dodge stratus r/t on june 9, 2006. after having it about two weeks the dash pad started to come undone from the dash. *tr
SUSPENSION
07/25/2003407/18/2003
 There is a loud popping noise coming from the driver's side wheel. the dealer has attampted to fix the problem atleast 4 times. the last time they tried they attempted to fix all four wheels, even though ii only stated a noise from the drivers side wheel, now the rear wheel pops really loud over pumps and in turns. i contacted the manufacture and so far they have not called me back. in addition to this, i have had to have the air conditioner fixed twice, a new radio put in, since the last time it was in there my emergency flashers dont work, when i first bought the car my head lights didnt work, and the valve cover gasket replaced because it was leaking oil. the valve cover gasket was fixed only for a few days before the same problem of a lack of horsepower returned. and last but not least everytime i drop my car off to the dealer, they keep it for 2-3 weeks at a time. one time they even put 200 miles on my car before they would return it.*ak
UNKNOWN OR OTHER
03/02/2009
 I own a 2003 dodge stratus coupe in which the dashboard is warping and coming a loose. i purchased this car used in 2008 in great condition, however after owning it for a few months the dashboard started pulling away from the speedometer, the air condition vents and other places on the board. just recently, i have noticed that the problem continues to spread and now the glove department has started unhinge itself. this has become very unsettling because i am afraid that the airbag which is only a few inches above the glove department will eventually deploy. i believe this is a serious matter that must be addressed. i have researched and found out that several owners of car are facing the same problem. not mention, i have also discovered that a white film appears on the interior of the window above the dash which causes a glare and a impairment when i drive. i have to constantly wipe and clean the inside window when i drive in order to see. this is very dangerous especially when condensation builds up on the inside. and the condensation builds up because the dashboard has flipped up towards the windshield. i should not have to constantly wipe the inside of the windshield as if i'm a human wiper blade.
03/11/200965000
 I own a 2003 dodge stratus coupe(engineered by mitsubishi) and my clear coat has started to fade leaving white spots on the top of my car right behind the sunroof. it has also started to fade on the trunk of my vehicle as well. this issue only seems to ba happening to the cars manufactured with black paint. other cars i have seen with this problem also manufactured by mitsubishi are 1995-2000 chrysler sebring coupe, dodge avenger coupe, mitsubishi eclipse, mitsubishi galant. also, 2001-2005 dodge stratus coupe, chrysler sebring coupe, mitsubishi eclipse and galant. the condition worsens over time and eventually start to go down the a,b and c pillar and hood of the car. again this is only with the black paint. this a very common problem with the black paint on these cars and as the owner of one i would like something done about it.
VISIBILITY
03/02/2009
 I own a 2003 dodge stratus coupe in which the dashboard is warping and coming a loose. i purchased this car used in 2008 in great condition, however after owning it for a few months the dashboard started pulling away from the speedometer, the air condition vents and other places on the board. just recently, i have noticed that the problem continues to spread and now the glove department has started unhinge itself. this has become very unsettling because i am afraid that the airbag which is only a few inches above the glove department will eventually deploy. i believe this is a serious matter that must be addressed. i have researched and found out that several owners of car are facing the same problem. not mention, i have also discovered that a white film appears on the interior of the window above the dash which causes a glare and a impairment when i drive. i have to constantly wipe and clean the inside window when i drive in order to see. this is very dangerous especially when condensation builds up on the inside. and the condensation builds up because the dashboard has flipped up towards the windshield. i should not have to constantly wipe the inside of the windshield as if i'm a human wiper blade.
VISIBILITY - DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM
01/01/20041
 The dash in my car shortly after i bought it stated coming apart. it has completely separated from the defroster. in addition, all of the vent covers, ect. no longer are secure. the entire dash and components are in horrible condition.. i called the dealer and they said it was not covered in the warranty which was bumper to bumper. in`addition my defroster is horrible. when you have it in floor mode it blows on the windshield and it fogs up constantly. the electrical componets go crazy every once in a while, no power to the car ect. have to turn car on and off and few times and then it will be fine. one of my wipers came loose and i have to keep a wrench in my car at all time is case i need to tighten it in the middle of a rain storm. it will fall right off and the metal will be dragging across my window. *jb
VISIBILITY - GLASS, SIDE/REAR
04/21/2003504/21/2003
 I purchased a 2003 dodge stratus coupe. from date of purchase, the passenger window did not seal properly. i have taken the car in to be repaired 3 times by the dealer i purchased it from. however, after 3 times, they were unable to solve the problem. i had to take it to another dodge dealer, which required 2 more attempts to solve the problem, requiring a complete replacement of the window glass. since then, i have had to take it back to get the window stops tightened or replaced.*ak
VISIBILITY - WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER
01/01/20041
 The dash in my car shortly after i bought it stated coming apart. it has completely separated from the defroster. in addition, all of the vent covers, ect. no longer are secure. the entire dash and components are in horrible condition.. i called the dealer and they said it was not covered in the warranty which was bumper to bumper. in`addition my defroster is horrible. when you have it in floor mode it blows on the windshield and it fogs up constantly. the electrical componets go crazy every once in a while, no power to the car ect. have to turn car on and off and few times and then it will be fine. one of my wipers came loose and i have to keep a wrench in my car at all time is case i need to tighten it in the middle of a rain storm. it will fall right off and the metal will be dragging across my window. *jb

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