1999 Dodge Stratus - lower control arm

Hi,
I own a 1999 Dodge Stratus. One problem that I have with my car is that every 5 or 6 months, I have to replace the lower control arm. Has anyone else had to get this replaced so often as I? What seems to
be the problem here I wonder? I trust the garage which I have it repaired.
Another problem that I currently have is that it appears that my engine has gotten a little louder. I'm not sure if it is from the engine itself or maybe its the exhaust coming back through. There seems to be more vibration on the dash now than there ever was. Its not too serious though its just irritating and that it was not there before. What could be the problem here?
One more thing, have anyone any good websites for common problems found on Dodge Stratus' or even Dodge vehicles in general? Let me know please!
Thanks, TP
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you need to either find better parts or find another shop that will make repairs that are ligit!! For what reason are they telling you your control arms are bad? what is your complaint??

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there seems to be a scraping noise when you make turns, the control arm is rubbing against the rim. Have u had this problem before?? or repaired any??
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your not getting bad parts you just have a bad car. my dad HAD a dodge stratus and had changed the tie rod ends 3 times and also the trouble your having with yours about 4 times. luckily the car was under warranty. plus he had to have the whole top half of the engine replaced along with a new catalitic converter changed and a new radiator to top it all off. he only had the car for 3 years and traded it in for a chevy monte carlo. my dad and i won't buy dodge products anymore. 97 through 99 were bad years for alot of dodge cars and trucks. your best thing to do is get rid of your stratus while it still drives. plus all the warranty work my dad had done on the car was done at the dodge dealer. so where your taking it to it's not the parts or the dealer it's the car.......just a bad design flaw on dodge's part. later. troy.
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EARNHARDT3 Last wrote:

I have a Dodge Stratus, now with over 138,000 miles. The only maintenance it has needed so far is a timing belt and water pump (besides oil, brakes, tires, battery, and a zillion wiper blades). During our last trip to Colorado in April (800 miles each way) it averaged over 31 MPG on the highway. It's the best car I have ever owned so far, and the list includes Ford, GM, and Honda.
I was once a GM mechanic. Considering all the high tech features in the 07 Sky's Ecotec 2.4L engine, like direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, the HP (170) and gas mileage (27 HWY) are very disappointing. What did they accomplish? And because the water pump is driven by an internal chain instead of a belt, replacing it is going to be very expensive. (sigh)
The Sky is my wife's car, the Eclipse is mine. I have a 32 mile commute, a mix of rural and highway, and the Eclipse gets me 33 MPG. It does not have direct fuel injection or variable valve timing. Just a simple 2.0L turbo with last decade technology. The Sky is much more refined, but the Eclipse is much more fun.
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