2005 Dodge Stratus Review | Edmunds.com

2005 Dodge Stratus

Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Dodge Stratus Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.4 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 147 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/29 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2005 Dodge Stratus

  • A mediocre midsize sedan and coupe lost in a crowd of better-qualified vehicles. Still fair game for bargain hunters, but most shoppers should look elsewhere.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low pricing, solid ride and handling characteristics, large trunk.

  • Cons

    Unrefined drivetrains, uncomfortable backseats, subpar build and materials quality, looks positively dull next to the Magnum.

  • What's New for 2005

    The Stratus sedan now offers a Sport Appearance Package on the SXT that mimics the look of the R/T by offering sport instruments, chrome wheels and a spoiler.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 29
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



A great purchase

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Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

This is my 5th car in 3 years; needless to say, I have terrible luck with cars. However, this puppy was the best decision I've ever made with cars. The engine has good get up and go, the clutch is pleasantly shallow and the performance overall is great for a 4-cyl. The interior is great- the special edition with 2-tone leather is a great touch. The exterior design is the best Dodge/Chrysler had done in a long time, and I dont think any of their newer vehicles even look as good. If they still made these, I would buy one again and again.




An excellent american car!

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Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have driven this car since I drove it off the lot in Oct. 2005. A former rental car, it had a couple stains in the back seat and around 27k miles on it. Since then I have driven it around 80k miles with no problems at all whatsoever except regular maintenance. One bit of advice - be careful of curbs and potholes because I have ruined some tires/control arms doing this. It is quite low to the ground. Having been told "don't buy American" I was hesitant to buy it, but I am so pleased with this car! I will drive it until it dies.



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Beware buying dodge

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Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I've been recently looking up the paint that Dodge/Chrysler uses to paint their vehicles and it seems that there is a pretty good shot that you will have paint bubbling and/or fading. My black car got so bad with the Gray spots that I finally took a can of black spray paint and filled in the spots. It looks bad now but not as terrible as it was. When I asked my dealership to fix the problem they said it was my problem, that the vehicle had to be buffed out. What a joke, it seems like this error in paint happens all the time with this company. They are aware of their faulty paint and continually use it; the most recent vehicle I read about with this problem was a 2008. Please beware when buying Dodge




Dodge stratus coupe

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Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have the 2.4L SXT version, and I purchased it with 32,000 on the clock in June 06. Not once have I ever had maintenance issues with the car. I've only ever done basic stuff (brake pads, tires, oil changes). The car handles with ease, yet at the same time, feels like a bus in terms of length. You can't see completely over the hood, which attributes to the seat designing. The car can get up and go, but don't expect this to be a high end BMW in camouflage. Its more in a competitors range of Mitsubishi Eclipses, Galants, etc. Solid car, nothing overwhelming.




Great car overall.

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Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

I have only had it a few days. I seems to drive well. It has great handling and a smooth ride. I have always owned Mitsubishi cars I was shoping for an Eclipse and I changed my mind because the 2 door coupe Stratus has the same Mitsubishi built drive train as the Eclipse. I like the body better than the Eclipe because it has more room in the back seat. I really am enjoying my car.




Nice change

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Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)

Bought on a whim!, Styling and price caught our eye. Have had for 1 year and 12,000 miles and still extremely happy with all aspects.



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Full 2005 Dodge Stratus Review

What's New for 2005

The Stratus sedan now offers a Sport Appearance Package on the SXT that mimics the look of the R/T by offering sport instruments, chrome wheels and a spoiler.

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Talk About The 2005 Stratus

2005 Dodge Stratus Discussions See all Started By

beach15
beach15
12-28-2002
About the Stratus, yes, it has been "lightly" re-designed, along with the Sebring. As you may have noticed, DC re-did the front, rear, and interior on the Mitsubishi-built coupe models alre...


tmhewitt
tmhewitt
12-05-2005
I purchased a 2005 Dodge Stratus SXT in September 2005. I am not happy with the car. It drives good looks good and runs good. The only problem I am having is the gas milegage. It uses anywhere from $4...


grbeck
grbeck
01-16-2005
Please also note that the Sebring and Stratus coupes will be phased out within two years because they never sold that well....



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