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1996 Dodge Stratus - Consumer Reviews

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dodge stratus es
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By Reazonz
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1996 Dodge Stratus ES 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought it in 1997 ive only had to replance the radiator, water pump and radiator hose everything else is still great I just hit 140,000 miles and im still goin strong I get the oil changed every 3,500 miles the a/c compresser just wen out this summer and its lookin at about $300 to fix I never really used it often so I wont get it fixed until I need to.


Worst Features

the car rattles goin over railroad tracks and bumps like its goin to fall apart


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El Junk Mobile
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By sam t
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1996 Dodge Stratus ES 4dr Sedan


Review

The Stratus was my dad's first car. At
about 3-,--- miles it needed a new
head gasket, needed another head
gasket at 66,000. nearly everything
started needing replacement at 60,000.
It is noisy. We had the 2.4l and it
only got 20city/29 high. that's pretty
bad. There is a lot of torque in the
engine and so so horsepower, 150 to be
exact. The catalytic converter went
bad at 66,000. steering column and
wheel bearings needed replacement at
around 64,000. iterior plastics were
hard and cheap. steering wheel
vibrated when idling.


Best Features

cabin space, and good engine power and good stereo


Worst Features

build quality, material quality, and reliability that can match Honda and Toyota?


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Decent family transportation
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Pete_S4
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1996 Dodge Stratus ES 4dr Sedan


Review

I had this car from 1996 to 2000 and
put about 65,000 miles on it in that
time. The motor and transmission were
trouble free for the entire time I
owned the car. The steering rack was
replaced under warranty along with the
tie rod ends. I also had to have the
interior control module replaced under
warranty due to a failed dome light.
This car was basically fun to drive,
but I do wish I had bought the VR6 GTI
I had also been looking at.


Best Features

Autostick (manual mode automatic), Large interior in a small car, decent ride and handling, large trunk


Worst Features

Brakes; the rotors/pads wear easily and the brake's stopping power is mediocre. ABS kicked in way too early. Motor was a little under powered for a V6, the 2.4L I4 offers similar performance.


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my junk car
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By lokie
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1996 Dodge Stratus ES 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought this car used with 112,000
miles on it, I had only driven it
3,000 miles when the trans went on it.
and then serious of other problems with
the engine, and service lights that
would come on and off followed. I was
really disappointed in this car for
being a dodge I expected more.


Worst Features

DEPENDABLE !!!


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$675 TO REPLACE ALTERNATOR & BATTERY?!?!
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By CATAJE
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1996 Dodge Stratus ES 4dr Sedan


Review

We bought this car w/ 44,000 miles on
it In 01/2000 I loved this little car,
summer of '01 had to replace A/C parts,
$635.00, have had replace about 4
relays switch, $50. Dec '02 car had
92,000 miles on it, waterpump went out,
$600.00 to fix, june '03 Alternator and
battery replaced, $675!!!! $300 tune
up!! This car is so expensive to work
on!! It is too expensive for me to
keep, all this $ into it, and it now
needs a Fuel pump, God only knows what
that will cost.... Sitting in driveway
waiting to get be gotten rid of!!!! I
am scared to death to drive it, it
seems to cost me about $600 everytime
I've touched it in the last couple of
years


Best Features

I loved the style, and power. Everything about the little car was great


Worst Features

a more reliable car would be nice, some chg to design, so I could work on it myself, w/out having to pay someone $70 in labor to just switch out my battery A little stupid that my car has to be put up on lift, the tire removed to replaced a stupid battery


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