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The engine is locked up due to a failed oil pump. This isn't due to negligence, it's something that just happens. I know because it happened to mine '96 Stratus. You can buy a replacement engine for around $750. Any engine manufactured past April 14th of '96 until the end of 2000 will work for a 2.4L DOHC. I would recommend getting a 2000 model engine! I already had a new transmission at approximately 80k mi. and a head gasket at approx. 98k mi. on my car installed before the oil pump issue occurred at approx. 102k mi. After you get it fixed, wash it, sell it, & buy one of the following used Acura, Lexus, Toyota, Mazda which have high reliability. If you go with Nissan only the Maxima or Altima are very dependable. Also, you could get a Subaru Legacy or WRX if you can afford one. lets not leap to conclusions. This question is so vague since it doesnt describe what "stops running means" If you didnt have oil, like the previous person said, your engine would seize, youd overheat, probably hear a terrible noise and youd have to be towed to a repair shop. In that case, yea your engine is probably toast. But your question doesnt tell us anything. Is it a hypothetical question? I could list a million hypothetical answers. Ask thoughtful questions and you will get thoughtful answers.

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Q: What might make a 1998 Dodge Stratus stop running no matter what speed?
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