1996 Dodge Stratus Consumer Review: Brakes Stop Short of Brillianc
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Brakes Stop Short of Brilliance
By andymac on

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1996 Dodge Stratus 4dr Sedan

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The brakes were replaced at 43000 miles, just prior to my purchase of the vehicle. They were replaced again 10 months and 20000 miles later. They were replaced again at 99000 miles in June 2002. The head gasket had a leak which went from bad to worse from 43000 miles until its replacement 60000 miles. Heat and A/C only work from windshield and floor, not from dash. Check Engine light appears every other month, sometimes disappearing on its own, other times requiring a trip to the garage. Great gas mileage, comfort- -even on long trips, appearance, room, and handling.

Best Features

great exterior styling, comfortable seats, intuitive and functional control layout (except for cupholder location... it's too far under the dash to hold much without spilling), and comfortable "bulk" or "heft" of the automatic's gear selector

Worst Features

bigger brakes, larger cupholders, bigger brakes, standard center armrest (though the one I bought from the dealer is great), thicker steering wheel, bigger brakes, non-leaking engine, more padded door armrest, and larger a/c and rear defrost buttons. Oh, and bigger brakes.
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