1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual Consumer Reviews
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1 of the best cars I've had in 30+ years
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By Ron
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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Just had to retire the car today, cracked the transmission case on a pot hole, repair more than the car is worth. It will be missed, it was a very comfortable car that handled well and gave me 24mpg city and just under 32mpg at 70 on highway. Rode like a much bigger car and handled quite well. Had just under 180k on it but didn't drive like it. Good in snow. Had to buy a car today, if not would have looked for another one, maybe a few years newer.


Favorite Features

Favorite features? Nothing in particular, but what was there worked well.


Suggested Improvements

Cup holders in front of gear shift was cumbersome. No ashtray. They should have made a station-wagon version.


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Great ride, for little money.
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By TuxMan
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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Bought mine used for $2,000 with 60,000 miles on the motor, 110,000 on the transmission, passed emmissions. Spent less than $1,000 for new tires, brakes, and shocks. Serviced the transmission at 115,000 for less than $150 for new fluid and filter. Starter went out a year later, less than $300 to replace. Overall I've spent less than $3,500 for the car and all repairs.


Favorite Features

Great AC and heat. I like the body style, the seats, the dash layout, and the power from the 150hp 2.4L motor. Very little wind and road noise. Huge trunk. Rear seats fold down.


Suggested Improvements

I want power locks, and windows. I want a key chain remote to unlock the doors. I guess I should have bought the ES.


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Should've been named the Lemon
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By Lane
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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Extensive repairs, followed by more broken parts have been the story of my experience with this car. Bought it at 132k miles and had problems immediately. Poor insulation has led to leaks inside the passenger compartment during rain storms. The AC has numerous leaks in the line and has never worked. Still having engine and transmission problems. Do not buy this vehicle unless you can pay 4x it's value in repairs!


Favorite Features

This vehicle gets great gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Everything about this vehicle needs improvement. I can see why Chrysler discontinued production of the Stratus.


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A Dangerous Vehicle
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By shel
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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I can not believe this car is legal to sell. The first week I got it, there was a pin in the transmission that was coming out and caused the car to only go in reverse and it cost me 1,000 dollars to have it welded back in. 3 weeks after that my brakes fell off! I have two kids that I transport in this car. My brakes literally fell off the car. The whole brake system had to be redone. So far I have put 4,800 dollars into this car. By the time I am done repairing it, it will be brand new. Oh, wait , no it won't because I am junking it. Did I mention how the steering just went out. I will never buy a car even resembling a Stratus.


Favorite Features

It looks cute but a horrible, unreliable and dangerous vehicle with no safety.


Suggested Improvements

Everything


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Broken
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By broke
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car in 2001 at 69,000 miles. I should have left it on the lot! I needed brakes every three months. I thought maybe I was just hard on the brakes but I asked around it seemed to be a common occurrence. I had 5 recalls on my car with in the first year of my ownership of the car. And between the hoses, air conditioner, gaskets, and brakes. I was broke


Favorite Features

when it did work it drove smoothly


Suggested Improvements

it 's too old to give suggestions on


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My Wonderful Green Machine
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By Dave Perry
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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I purchased the car new with about 12,000 miles on it. I believe a salesperson from the dealership used it, however, the car drive and looked like brand new when I purchased it. My wife fell in love with it. She worked about 75 miles from our home and drive it 5 days a week which equated to about 150 miles per day and more than 36,000 mile a year. She now has another car (for the sake of a new one) and I now drive it. It has close to 220,000 miles on it and is still running strong. The biggest cost was the head gasket replacement once it passed 55,000 miles at my expense ($1250.00). Other than that, repairs were only routine as with any reliable car. I love this car!! Its part of me.


Favorite Features

It rides and drives great. I have a 2.4 engine. The pick up and go is fantastic. The trans and timing belt is holding up great as well. Will have timing belt changed soon although it is not showing signs of trouble. Only believe it time. Everything works as it did new with of course some wear.


Suggested Improvements

I suggest improvement on the hood latch. As a former auto mechanic, I made minor adjustment to the factory set up that fixed my latching problem. One would have to take it to the dealership for the repair if not mechanical incline. I found later this and the head gasket was a factory defect.


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Nice American Option
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By greenroom1988
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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The Stratus is a nice car and is the family beater until my sister gets her license. We got it for a cheap 1,500 and it has 160,000 miles on it yet it pulls almost as hard as my Integra did. All the features work and they car held up to abuse from the previous owner.


Favorite Features

I would have to say the 2.4 dohc is by car my favorite. It pulls hard and it has a nice grumble to it.


Suggested Improvements

The interior did not hold up over the years, maybe more durrable seats and side panels. Even the slidy thing the shifter runs on is broken.


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Got my money's worth
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By Steve Pavkov
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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For the low price of just over $13k, I feel the car performed well over the years. There were numerous "little" problems with it, such as electronic issues. I also had a fuel injection problem with it costing me $1K. When the car reached seven years, interior stuff like seats and plastics started to fall apart.


Favorite Features

Good gas mileage. Style.


Suggested Improvements

Fit and finish wasn't there.


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Disappointed
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By Thomas Palmer
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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A/C drive shaft broke at 60,000 miles. $758 repair. Timing gears, bellt and tensioner broke at 79,321. Head gasket blown at 79,321 miles. Transmission kaput at 79,321 miles. Cranshaft oil seals leaaking at 60,000 miles. Est $4200 to repair. Will junk this car because Blue Book is only $1200. Very, very disappointed with the drivetrain of this lemon.


Suggested Improvements

More durable drive train!


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Great car for singles and couples
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By Ady
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1997 Dodge Stratus Sedan 4dr Sedan


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My experience with my beautiful white dodge stratus has been great!


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A/c


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