For under 20K, I do not think you could ask for anything better. The only problem was that the sales rep that sold me the car did not know ANYTHING about the SRT-4. All in all, I am pleased with the performance of the car. Just keep your foot out of the gas.
The sole point of buying this car was to get the fastest stock vehicle for my money (limit $30,000). The looking started a couple of years ago, and covered the RSX, RSX Type-S, WRX, WRX STi, and the new Z. With 0-60 from 5.4 - 5.9, and 14 sec 1/4 mi @ 102, the SRT-4 blew everything else away in it's price range ($19,500), let alone $10000 above. Now I can have the dealership install the future stage 3 Mopar kit which will take it over 400hp and it will still be under the 7yr/70,000 warranty. Warning: this car cruises at 100mph like it was 60, and doesn't even strain at 140. Rock on Dodge!
I have 3000 miles on this vehicle. I have had a small oil leak & the shift linkage seems to be very notchy when downshifting, has a little more body roll than expected, other than that this car looks, performs & sounds like no other on the market. I get approx. 20mpg, but the more you kick in the 14psi of boost the mileage is noticeably less.Dodge is now offering stageI & stageII turbo kits that make this car close to 300HP!!!!!!! Car is well worth the $19,995 sticker price.
I remember in 2000 reading an article on Dodge bringing a supercharged Neon to the market. At the time I owned a first generation Neon, and was very satisfied,but I new I had to get it.I waited to hear more of this car but nothing, so I forgot about it. Finally in 2002 I read about Dodge unveilig of the turbocharged SRT-4. All I could do was hope that it was as good as they made it out to be. Dodge you have made me proud to own one.The design may not be all new, but it turns a lot of heads. I am constantly being complemented on my car, and respected by street racers.When I am driving my car all that comes to mind is sweeeet! The Dodge SRT-4 Rocks!!!!!
This car is designed for me, willow springs, street fun, rallies. Best car up to $35K!! I love the race seats - esp on high speed continuous turns. I love the brakes, stops absolutely straight. I love the power to weight (the "real" power to weight ratio). I love the looks, and the attention from everyone. I love the four door race car!!