by billman2 on Feb 13, 2014 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
Bought new in 03 4 cyl auto good value and to our surprize it's cost to operate has been lower than our japanese car our mother drives, not as well refined but still fun to drive and quieter ride. No issues yet with 140,000 miles except rear struts were replaced. 4 cyl engine not real fast but simple to service and reliable.
by whitesoxman61 on Jun 8, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
this car has been nothing but a nightmare to own i am a person that likes to do maintenance on my own but that's pretty much impossible. the water pump is on the inside of the engine and costed me $800 to get replaced, the thermostat is on the bottom of the engine and requires you to remove the alternator, battery is located inside the wheel well and you have to remove the tire and splash guard to get to it, just about anything you work on with this car will take 2 times longer than a normal car it was built A$$ backwards i would not tell anyone to buy this car unless they have a LOT of time and money on their hands to fix it.
by mopar350 on Oct 25, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car with 50,000 miles on it six years ago. so far I have only done some normal maintance. changed timing belt twice and front brake pads once. now at 206,000 mile mark i have had to change one front wheel bearing. and the transmission is slipping. would have lasted longer if i had changed the fluid and filter like i should have. i have beat this car into the ground and it is still going. i put 36,000 to 40,000 miles a year on this car for the last three years. so i will be putting a transmission in it and keep on driveing it. and i plan on driveing it till the body rusts away. i live in south carolina and there is no rust on it yet so i will be driveing this car for a long time
by sharky65 on Jun 16, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
This car was built cheaply. Here is all the things that have gone wrong with it in the 8 years and 89,000 miles.
year 2 new brakes and rotors
year 3 drivers side window came off the track $300
year 4 new brakes and rotors, gas gauge stopped working causing $300 bill to replace gas pump, heater fan will only work on high
year 5 engine blew up, I had oil change every 3 months, it was under warranty
year 6 new brakes and rotors, all windows rattle inside doors
year 7 transmission had to be rebuilt
year 8 rear strut mounts totally disintergrated because they were made out of cheap aluminum, new brakes and rotors
I can finally get rid of it this year. My wife and I alternate buying cars.
by abby258 on Feb 1, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
I purchased my 2003 stratus brand new.. I loved it, the only reason I no longer own it is because I traded it for an SUV, becuse 3rd baby was not going to fit in the stratus.. I NEVER had any problems with the vehicle, beside normal wear and tear, and regular maintenance. I HATE the BUICK RENDEZVOUS I ended upo trading in for... My review for that is up too! I am thinking about purchasing another stratus, 2006 model. I loved the stratus!!!
by Cody on Nov 13, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car used because it was such a great deal compared to other cars. It has been very dependable, and is overall a wonderful car to own. This is the 2.4 liter SXT model. I would really recommend this car to anyone on a budget. Just remember to buy from a private party.
The 2003 Stratus coupe gains revisions to its front and rear styling and an updated instrument panel and center console. The SE coupe is dropped in a sense; it will only be available to fleet buyers, such as rental car agencies. Sedans continue as before except the SE Plus is subtracted and the V6 engine (with the automatic transmission) is now flexible fuel-rated, meaning it can run on ethanol as well as gasoline.