This is a great little car. The dirty little secret is that the Stratus R/T coupe is built on the Eclipse GTS platform. So you get the American muscle body lines, with the Japanese reliability. I bought this car used at 100K miles, and it now has 210K miles with 0 problems. These are really built rock solid. Performance is also great and the suspension is a lot beefier than the eclipse.
Please note, that these cars are completely different from the sedans. Which were built by Dodge.
The only downside is that these cars are very rare. If you want a Stratus R/T coupe in manual....you are going to have a hard time finding one, since according to Dodge they built only 750 of these per year.
The rarity...noone knows what it is...I always get asked what kind of car it is.
Also the motor, the thing just pulls. And best of all you can still get more than 30mpg out of it.
Also the power seats.
Exhaust note could be a bit more aggressive...but that is easily rectified with an aftermarket one.