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2004 Dodge Stratus - Consumer Reviews

2004 Dodge Stratus

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Great Starter Car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Haley
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2004 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought this car after my '98 Plymouth Neon was totaled. She had been through 2 or 3 owners, she has a salvage title, and she had lived in Upstate New York all her life. I paid $2,250, 72,000 miles on the odometer. The frame is still in good condition, unfortunately all the parts are just about rusted to nothing. I've put a decent amount of work into this car, replacing the entirety of the suspension and steering system which piece by piece has started failing, all after putting about 60,000 miles on her. The only parts I have not replaced yet are the control arms which are still holding up well. The engine runs extremely well and for being a four cylinder it has some decent get up and go, especially in comparison to my last car. The steering is smooth, the seating is comfortable, and overall I have found her to be a reliable car. I've driven her back and forth from Texas to New York 3 times now, and plan on driving her to Arizona from Texas next month. The dash is pushed up and not on properly, which I'm not sure if it is due to the heat or the previous damage she took. It's comfortable for me and easy to get into, although she sits low. Plenty of space in front and in back, friends have told me it's a spacious coupe that gives more leg room than their cars. Perfect engine and perfect transmission, it's a sporty looking little cruiser that makes a great first car.


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Excellent catch!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By rodris@mail.ru
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2004 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I bought my car with 90,000 miles on it and today it has 132,000 miles. The repairs are new battery, new engine serpentine belt, oxygen sensor, regular synthetic oil changes and ceramic brakes. The car runs like a champ!!! Excellent buy!


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Horrible first car
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Karlina Tavarez
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2004 Dodge Stratus SXT 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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In overall it was a waste of money. The car was bought for $3,000 and today I'm selling it for $1000 and still NO ONE wants to buy it. I have wasted so much money in relating this car. First it started by changing the batteries, then changing the spark plugs (now currently riding with 5 spark plugs out of 6, because one is messed up). Now the car needs a motor mount because it shakes crazily and the oil light comes on every time I break and the suspensions sound tremendously while going over the smallest little holes in the streets. Mechanics told me it now has low oil pressure and with all the problems that it STILL has, it's better off junking it and buying a new one. The car has 130k miles and only had it for a year. Yeah, American cars aren't worth it.


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Great commuter with a fun ride
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By EF
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2004 Dodge Stratus R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought this vehicle used in 2011 with 89k miles and still currently drive it at 130k. This car has been my favorite to drive out of what I've had. The 2.7 v6 does a great job and gives you plenty of acceleration. Handling is wonderful handles sharp on winding roads with minimal body lean. it handled exceptional over the Ohio roads in winter for a front wheel drive. The seats became a little uncomfortable on longer rides but not enough to be a major nuisance. No major mechanical work done other than regular maintenance. Had a brake line replaced a year or so ago.


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Think again before buying this nightmare
3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By estella2
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2004 Dodge Stratus SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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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.


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Reservior needs improvement along with placement of the battery. Fule filter needs work. Quality of spark plugs need work as well.


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