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