I bought a 2001 Dodge Stratus R/T brand new (first new car!) and absolutely LOVED it. Sadly, after 13 years, I had to retire the car. The car offered affordable luxuries (leather seats, sunroof, Infinity sound system), agile handling, and comfort. No major expenses, just the cost of routine maintenance.
Handling, pick-up (always fast off the mark!), comfortable, smooth ride, excellent sound system, all wheel disc brakes, multi-CD changer, leather interior, exterior styling (liked the 2001 better than any other models).
I can't think of any improvements ... Dodge should bring the Stratus R/T back!!!
I just purchased my stratus about a month ago.
I have had absolutely no problems with it.
it rides like a dream and has plenty of power all though the rpm band.
if you are looking at one i was skeptical if i would adjust to the smaller windshield and sportier feel, but i did very quickly.
I read many of these before finally buying a car.
For the money i don't think you will find a better car.
my only complaint although small is that if you like to drive with mirrors the blindspots can be tricky, but easily remedied by physically looking or blindspot mirrors.
If considering one, they are worth it.
Seats are great
the shifter linkage is a little stiff which i think is common
Overall has been a pretty solid car. Handles well and has good acceleration. Had to get rid of the Goodyear Eagles, replaced with Potenzas and hydroplaning and winter driving vastly improved. Had to replace EGR solenoid at 50,000, rt front wheel bearing at 100,000 and rear sway bar links but has been very reliable throughout my 6 yrs with it. Paint and body have held up very well. Took it to the Dodge dealership for the EGR light and they had no idea what to do w it. Drove over to the Mitsu dealer and they fixed it in 30 min.
Good acceleration and looks sharp. Only minor problems in 130,000+ miles.
Definitely get rid of the Goodyears, they are awful. Mechanics are baffled by it when it comes in because they think its a Dodge but its all Mitsubishi under the sheet metal. Suspension feels kinda cheap and interior has vast seas of hard black plastic.
Car is a looker, that is the only upside. Reading other consumer reviews it seems I may have the only crappy dodge stratus. Ok, here we go. Transmission jerks for some mysterious reason, ALOT of electrical issues (interior lights, blinking head lights, faint turning signals, horn loves to go out, fluctuating gas hand, radio and clock resets when I turn the car off then back on), bumper sits too low therefore it oftens hits while going over dips and speed bumps even when speed is low. 3.0 engine sounds good but doesn't accelerate all that well, and parts are expensive. I plan to sell car or salvage parts and get a NON AMERICAN CAR. Sorry USA.
No major repairs required since I've owned it. Purchased w/ about 43K miles. This car has served me an awesome time, again and again. The most problems I have had, had been with the front end (bearings, breaks, turn signals...), but maybe b/c mine is a rebuilt title? All fixed and drives so smooth! Cruises nice around 70mph. Manual trans. is the only way to go! Very fun, especially to watch people look at your car take off scratching their heads???
-Torque/pull! Passing and taking off is a breeze & fun. -Shifting. Shift at about 3K, and fairly quickly; it will fade without notice into the next gear. -Pwr/Leather seats. Comfy! -Performance/fun to drive! Very fun daily driver. -Exhaust. Awesome stock sound. -Sleeper (rip R/T badges off.. ?? :)
-Rotors warp easily, but are easy/cheap to get resurfaced. -Inside cabin noise annying at times. Just turn on the radio ;) -3 point turn. It's like trying to turn around a truck! -Engine tick on warm up. 3.0 engine is notorious for this! Although it hasn't effected perf. and has never gotten worse.