by estella2 on Feb 19, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Stratus SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)
Dodge Stratus SE V6 2.7L. Bought this car in 2004 and within two years it needed a new transmission and battery.
The battery is difficult to change yourself because it's placed behind the driverside tire underneath the panel.
The "recommended spark plugs" not so good, causes to many misfires. The anti-freeze reservior is
of poor quality and needed replacing because it started to melt with the recommended antifreeze. The fule filter needed replacing twice. Very poor performance driving this car uphill not a lot of power uphill. With all the problems I had with this car I will never buy another dodge vehicle again.
by bgoodrich on May 4, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Stratus R/T 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I owned this car for 7 years and put 165,000 miles on it. I never had a mechanical problem with it ever. It was fast enough, but what I liked the most was the handling. I never thought there was a curve I couldn't take without minimal braking. This car alo had exceptional top-end passing ability. If you ever neede to go from 70-80 mph quickly, you could depend on the Stratus R/T to do it. I got a lot of compliments on the car's appearance and it was nice to be the only person I know to have one. I can't believe they didn't sell more of these. I really can't put into words how much I enjoyed this car. I will miss her greatly.
by texan65 on Aug 2, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Stratus SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)
I just traded in my 2004 Stratus after 7 years and 130,000 miles.
I never had any major mechanical failure, just regular maintenance.
It was a very reliable car.
It was hands-down the best car I've ever had.
I only traded it in because my family just needed something a little bigger.
Chrysler and Dodge have restyled most vehicles this year to bring out similarities and cohesiveness among the Chrysler group cars. To that end, the Stratus sedan receives a new front fascia, and R/T sedans get a monochromatic grille. Sedan interior changes include the addition of steering wheel-mounted audio controls and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, along with new door panels, new seat fabric and three new interior choices. Two new 16-inch wheel options, plus two new exterior colors have been added as well. Also this year, Stratus sedans without optional antilock brakes receive a downgraded braking system with rear drums in place of discs. On the plus side, traction control is now available when combined with antilock brakes. A manual transmission is no longer available. Changes to the coupe are minimal. The interior features a new "Satin Silver" finish on the center stack bezels, and door accents.