My first car was a 1998 Dodge Stratus that I received over two years ago from my grandfather when I was 15. It had 110K miles on it and now has about 140K miles. Annual maintenance was not done on the car so we had to buy new brakes, tires, and the points and plugs were are now all new. Now the mechanic wants over $400 for a new oil pan. The transmission runs like new and its a fun car to drive so we decided to keep it until it completely falls apart without putting any more money into it. Overall, the Stratus was a nice easy car to learn how to drive in, but there are more reliable options out there. If price is an issue, the Stratus is always a good option.
"Peppy" engine, smooth and reliable transmission, large backseat leg room, engine easy enough that I was able to make a few minor repairs
Windshield washer nozzles don't work, power windows are slow, lights are not very bright, brights are useless, lots of repairs, my back door panel is falling off