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 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.
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.