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.
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.
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.
Reservior needs improvement along with placement of the battery. Fule filter needs work. Quality of spark plugs need work as well.
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.
Handling, top-end acceleration, Styling
Seats could get uncomfortable during long drives of more than 2 hours. I also would've liked to have seen more side bolstering in the bucket seats also.
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.
When I bought it, I was a single mom with a 5 year old.
It was the perfect size for us.
I'm a little on the short side, and I had a better view in this car than most.