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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan

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Looks good, decent mpg, cheap to keep and simple
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By nadylynn
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought the 03 Stratus with 56000 miles a corp lease well maintained records, 136000 now, only repairs were rear shocks and brakes, did timing belt service at 115000, it's been very cheap to keep. Not very fast but the iron block 4 cyl engine keeps going no leaks or oil usage between oil changes. Trans serviced every 35000 miles still shifts smoothly. So far so good our 03 Altima bought new only has 80000 and has had about 7 repairs so far 2 no starts, mostly engine elec.


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Low cost to own and fun to drive as 4 cyl. eco cars go
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By billman2
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

Style..no econo box look. drives strait down the road.


Worst Features

offer a 4 cyl turbo version or make the 6 cyl more reliable.


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this car is garbage worst investment ever
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By whitesoxman61
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


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nothing everything is a pain


Worst Features

good luck with improving this car there is no fixing these might as well use them for scrap metal that is about all their good for.


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206,000 miles a good solid car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By mopar350
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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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


Best Features

stereo system,reliability, 30mpg, easy to repair when needed.


Worst Features

larger opening for trunk to make loading and unloading easier. better front seat design.


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1st new car, worst car I ever owned
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By sharky65
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


Best Features

styling


Worst Features

Mopar really went cheap with this car. Maybe they should get out of the car making business.


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