At first I thought this might be a good
car for the price but, then problems.
As they say there is never a good deal,
you get what you pay for. I have a
stalling and acceleration problem that
Bartow Dodge and Fort Myers Dodge can't
seem to fix. I even have the full
warranty extended to 72/72,000
but what good is it if they cant fix the car huh! This is my second
Stratus and one Intrepid and I'm done
Loose some of the computer wiring. it
seems to cause more problems than
So far so good. I bought my Stratus in
March 2004 and I love it. It is fun to
drive and has great handling. The V6
engine has a lot of get up and go. It
is also pretty good on gas. The
interior is spacious and the rear can
hold my three kids (2 that are in
booster seats) comfortably. The only
thing that I would change is the
console design and storage. Everything
else I love!
Exterior design, interior space, 16
inch alloy wheels, V6 engine
new console design, standard side
curtain air-bags, more storage
Started out looking for a 2003 or 2004
Ford Taurus (to replace 99 Taurus as
family car). Had not had good
experience with Ford dealerships in my
area (lousy service, ever wonder where
the term "stealership" came from?).
Had Impala for company car - only
drive it because its free.
Test drove the Stratus - quieter then
the Taurus, more back seat room for
the 2 & 5 year old but just a little
narrower. Good power for passing on
the two lane roads in my area
(especially compared to the Vulcan
engine the Taurus).
The interior of SE seemed a little
plain but good enough to haul (and
clean up after) the curtain climbers.
Otherwise well equipped with keyless
entry, CD and power seat.
PRICE!!!! Purchased a 2004 with only
11K for $10,500, couldn't get an 04
Taurus that low. The 2.7L has
excellant power for this size of car.
Just learned of the 2.7L "sludge"
problem, am using synthetic oil which
seems to correct the problem. Also
having it changed at the dealer to
Did they really need to mount the
light switch on the blicker arm too?
I owned this vehicle for less than 6
months before trading it in on an
Accord. The only reason I bought it
was the cheap price. But like the last
Chrysler product I owned this car
suffered from underpowered air
conditioning (sounds loud, hardly cools
the car), a jerky automatic
transmission with weird gear ratios,
and a ride like the shocks were made of
oak. NEVER AGAIN!!!
Pros: the attractive looks, the power,
and the value. I went from a 4 cyl
2001 Accord with lthr seats to this,
and it was no step down. These cloth
seats are the most comfortable I've
ever sat on in a car. This car is a
great value with a heck of a lot of
giddyup. The downside is the headroom
is atrocious & with the curvature of
the door/window I smack my head all
the time when trying to check my blind
spot. Next, the transmission is
rough..stalls under hard braking
occasionally and shifts very rough,
especially down. Last, the gas
mileage is terrible. I'm lucky to get
20 mpg on my short daily drives.
Overall, though, a great car to drive
to its death since resale value stinks.
Sexy looks, great acceleration, good
Transmission should be smoother,
increase the headroom slightly without
losing sleek looks, ABS should be
standard in this day and age on a car
in this class
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