by dodgeboy11 on Jun 8, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)
I bought the car in October of 2002. Picked it up w/ the shrink wrap still on the car and 0 miles on the odometer. I like the car and the styling, but it has become a maintenance headache. 77k miles, and I've had to replace: rear struts, rear brakes, rear strut mounts, transmission solinoid, coolant overflow, front bearings, rust repair on door and on body, and trip computer on top of normal maintenance. The car from day one has also had a fantom ground issue in which on occasions it will: not lock the doors, sunroof stays open, dash lights go bright, cylinder 5 won't fire, speedometer acts up, etc. And most resently the torque converter has started acting up. I'd be cautious w/ the RT.
by moparornocar08 on Oct 25, 2007 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)
Bought the car on Labor Day weekend '06 and have never regretted it. It's a four-door with the R/T package, deep metallic red, looks great, runs great, roomy, comfortable, great gas mileage, has all the bells and whistles (leather, 6-disc cd changer, sunroof, etc.), just an all- around great car. The perfomance is definitely suprising. Ours has the automatic with Autostick and can pass pretty much anything you want to (it can do over 110 in third!). It can at least run with 3 Series Beemers with ease:). Definitely get the V6 if you are considering one, they're suprising powerful and get good gas mileage (we average at least 30-32). And we always get compliments on the styling. Great car.
by ILIKEDODGE on Dec 24, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)
I ordered a 95 dodge stratus ES
(loaded) with a 5 spd, which was a
blast to drive, great gas mileage
too... I always thought it needed a
v6. Not the wimpy 2.5 liter-150hp w/
automatic MTX only, which was an
option that 1st year.
The 2003 r/t with the 200hp magnum,
match up with the 5 spd, is exactly
what it needed. I have had no issues
with the vehicle at all. It is
powerful, handles extremely well and
most vehicles will have trouble
keeping up with it. (If that interests
I look forward to driving it every
day. The gas mileage is great. The
engine is very smooth and delivers its
by pdxr/t on Dec 7, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)
I traded in my 2001 Dodge Durango
because of the horrible fuel milage
(12/17mpg) I was getting. I am very
pleased with the 18.5/27.5 I am getting
now. It handles great with the 17"
tires. The 2.7 is pretty peppy for its
size. Anybody know where I can get
aftermarket permormance parts for 2.7?
The one thing I do miss is the heated
leather seats from the Durango. The R/T
is a sharp looking, good value for the
by Stratus R/T 03 on Jul 12, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M)
I purchased my 2003 Stratus RT in
December of 2002 after my 2002
Chrystler Sebring sedan was totalled
out. I was hit by someone(estimated to
be driving in excess of 65 mph)that ran
a stop sign. Almost everyone that saw
my Sebring said that I should have been
killed, but I walked away from the
accident with a few fractures, lots of
brusies and a fear of driving. About a
month after my accident I found my
Stratus R/T and purchased it. I feel
safer in it than I did in my Sebring.
My Stratus R/T has helped to restore my
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.