I bought my Stratus in the summer of 2004. It was a fleet vehicle. Which meant to me that it was basically a rental and we all know what people do to rentals. Nevertheless, I got it for a great deal. Although the car is a base model with a few add-ons, it's quickly become one of my favorite places to hang out. I've heard people complain about bad trannies in these cars, and there is some truth to the statment in that Dodge in general has unrealiable trannies, not specific to the Stratus. Furthurmore, if you buy from the dealer, the car comes with a great powertrain warranty. In every car company there are lemons, but my Dodge is a peach.
Its roomy interior. I'm six feet tall and have 2 kids. It gives the space on the inside to be comfortable, but has sporty handling, so I don't feel like I'm driving a boat.
With its styling, I wish it came with a standard tranny and opitional 3.0 in the four doors.