This car was bought new in 9/97 but
needed to be serviced often. Major
engine trouble early on. Dodge did
pick up some of the cost of the
repairs after the warranty expired but
only after I complained. Even with
following the suggested routine
maintenace the car should have lasted
more than 77k. This car was traded in
after the dealer recommended replacing
full spare, air conditioning when it
Dodge needs to create a reliable
engine that does not leak oil or
I purchased my 1998 Dodge Stratus new.
Had 2.0 eng and 5 spd. Car had head
gasket changed once. At 94,000 had to
changed clutch cable. Washer on end
toward engine broke. Only part I had
to changed that wasn't a wear and tear
item. At 123,000 changed wheel
bearings (front) and lower control arm
drivers side at 168,000. Car now has a
small oil leak at oil sensor.
Dealership price is only 13.60 for new
one. Will get changed soon. Did not
change spark plugs and wires until car
began to miss at just under 150,000.
Purchased replacements from
dealership! Car only got below 30 mpg
just before changing plugs & wires.
Usually gets between 32 to 37 MPG!
Chrysler has failed with this engine
and mechanical elements. The head
gasket WILL begin to leak around 50K,
in addition to many other repairs that
go beyond ware and tear. Do not buy
this model after 50K or you will end up
spending well over $3,000 in repairs.
Don't let the looks and extra features
fool you. Chrysler should be ashamed
of themsevles. I can't wait to get rid
of this vehicle.
Fog Lamps, speakers, alloy wheels
ENGINE, ENGINE, ENGINE. It's gotta
last more than 50K. Other mechanical
parts ware out after 50K.
I bought my '98 ES at the end of 2000
when it had 61,000 miles on it and I
have over 113,000 miles on it now.
It's been a great car, solid, fun to
drive, decent gas mileage, good power
when you need it. Other than routine
maintenance and new tires, I haven't
had to do anything to it except that
the A/C has just lost its charge so
I'll be needing to get new hoses and
refridgerant. Hope to get many more
miles from it.
We bought this car after we returned
home from overseas/ARMY. Paid 8K for
it used with 33k miles. It has been a
great reliable car! At about 50k miles
the main rear seal/head gasket had to
be replaced. It was under warranty
though..so no big deal. While living
in L.A. I replaced the brake pads 6
or 7 times from freeway driving plus I
had to have my rotors respun twice &
then replaced. HORRIBLE brakes
obviously. You definately need to buy
high performance/carbon metallic to
keep pads on this car for any length
of time. Car has been from Miami to
L.A. & back. + towed a U-haul trailer
from Dallas to Miami. 130,000 miles
to date...still going!!!
Reliability, smooth engine, plenty of
room for passengers & driver,
Brakes, Brakes, Brakes!!
And what's up with those cupholders?