This was the first year for the
Chrysler made 2.4L engine and the head
gaskets had to be replaced every 20 -
30K miles. Don't check the oil and you
lose the engine. Head gaskets were
scarce in '99 and my engine burned out
at 90K miles and had to be replaced
with a used one which was almost
impossible to find. It took over a
month to find a good replacement
engine. It just had it's second head
gasket replaced approx. 50K mi. The
dealer didn't even question the
request; in and out in 8 hrs. and $800;
thank you very much!
Like the cab forward design.
Better engine head gasket seal design.
If this was corrected later I don't
know about it.
I bought the car the 1st year it came
out . It was attrative and cheap.
problem is that the designers designed
it so fast they did not pay attention
to the engine. $800 head gasket
replacement. Would I buy another
Stratus, maybe ..A couple of drinks
would help with the decision.
Design, peppy engine
Engine, engine, interior fabrics and
I've had nothing but problems since
purchase. Luckily I got an extended
warranty, which Chrysler has lost A LOT
of money on. The powertrain control
module was replaced twice, and took six
trips to the dealership to be completed
properly. Keyless entry unit has not
worked since just after purchase.
Apparently the computer will not
respond. The body control module was
just replaced last month (NOT under
warranty) and transmission soleniod
replaced this week. I would enjoy the
car if not for the almost monthly trips
to the mechanic(milage is 80k-not
100's) Wish could recommend a Stratus
to other buyers, but would be VERY wary
at this point.
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