I have had a n 02 and still have my 01 Stratus. One had a manual trans(02) other is an auto. No.troubles with the 2.7. Used mobil 1 and use it in the 01. Both had oil leak issues from the oil pan but at 175k miles, the 02 had no engine issues. I recommend checking for.sludge like was said. If you buy it, buy a new OEM PCV valve. I did the spark plugs at 100k miles on both of them and they needed it by then. The 01 with the auto trans ive change the trans fluid every 50k miles, no issues with trans ever. Now at 102k miles. Have had the 01 for ten years so i know that car well. The 02 at 150k miles the rear strut mounts went and they sure made a bang when they did on the highway. Easy thing to look for is if they are going theyll be a sand like substance in the trunk on the top of the mount. If so you know it is only time. I have had good luck with the JR bodies. They have their issues but overall ive been a happy customer. Good luck with you possible purchase.