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1997 Dodge Stratus Base 4dr Sedan

1997 Dodge Stratus
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door Sedan Base, Mid-size
26 mpg city / 37 mpg hwy
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October 20, 2012, 6:11 am

Tieisha P

Question: Do I need a new engine?

I bought a 2002 used dodge stratus 6 months ago. When I bought it the lady told me the water pump needed replaced. I sent it to a street mechanic. He had the car for 6 months fixing it & I never found the problem. He changed the water pump & timing chain but when he finally got it to start, it sounded like a tractor. He told me my engine was fried & he spent days scraping my engine. He had my car for 6 months. I just got it back & it still isn't fixed. I have no idea what is wrong with it. If my engine was fried, would I have to replace it?

October 29, 2012, 11:10 am

Elizabeth K

It sounds like the biggest problem you have is your mechanic. There is never a need for a real mechanic to have a car for 6 months. It doesn't matter where somebody works, in a shop or under a tree, keeping a car for that long is a sign that they do not know what they are doing or they are ripping you off.

If your engine was fried you would either need to replace the engine or have it repaired--you'll need to know exactly what the problem is to see which option is cheaper.

So go find a real mechanic: ask everyone you know, ask Twitter, but find one that has a great reputation and don't give them any money until the car is fixed.

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