I bought the 4 dr 02 sedan Dodge Stratus just a little over a month ago. Now, the transmission has gone out. You all were right when posting about the transmission in this car. Glad I got to the two year warranty, Don't have to pay a dime. The car runs great, other than the transmission, everything is good.
I put a panasonic cd receiver, the factory speakers are great.
After 5 years and over 100,000 miles this has proven to be a surprisingly comfortable and reliable car in general, and it has even aged very well. I've replaced niggling stuff like the wiper arms and washer nozzle, but everything else has held up. It's very easy on brakes and tires (each replaced only once in 100,000 miles), and the engine has always been smooth and quiet and required no unscheduled maintenance at all. The scary part is the most expensive part of the car. The transmission has been the leakiest I've ever seen in my life! It has leaked from day one and after replacing $1000 worth of hydrolic hoses and modules it has a bad leak again!
Almost everything about the car is very nice, if not spectacular, for its price range.
The tranny leaks like a 1968 Chevy with rotted gaskets. I don't think it has ever stopped leaking since I've owned the car, even after spending a ton of money in leak repairs. Dash rattles. Low, prominent nose scrapes on everything larger than a pebble.
I had a 96 Stratus before so naturally
I went for the 2002 when it became time
for a new car. I love the pretty color
(sky blue) and the body style. I think
the interior is an improvement from the
older models. But I have to say I am
REALLY disappointed that my car is
leaking transmission fluid all over the
place for no reason...the older version
was (I have a feeling) way more
reliable than the 2002. Other than the
whole "transmission" problem (which is
like, probably pretty bad for the
outcome of my car over the years), the
car is lovely. Hopefully you all have
better luck...maybe I just got a bad
Color, Power seat (yes i love it too),
back seat space, (fit even your tallest
friends!) Heats up pretty quick on
those below zero days.
TRANSMISSION, and the console should
really hold my cds in place better
I've owned a 1969 Plymouth Valiant for
10 years. This is my first "new" car
and I'm loving every moment. I do
agree with everyone on here writing
good reviews. I'm surprised at the
great fuel economy for a v6 and love
the tight suspension. I just put 18
inch wheels with 225/40/18 tires on it
and man do they grab the curves of the
road. I have not seen many of these
cars around the Medford Oregon area.
I get a lot of compliments on my car
and everyone wants to know what it
is. All in all I can't complain. I
pray that I don't have the head gasket
problem that I've read about in the
late '90s models.
Large fender wells for large size
aftermarket wheels, rack and pinion
steering is awsome on this car. I
bought this car used with 23,308 miles
on it and it seems brand new.
The a/c needs to be more powerful on
hot days...I do agree on this one.