1996 Dodge Stratus Consumer Review: Brakes Stop Short of Brillianc

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Brakes Stop Short of Brilliance
By andymac on


1996 Dodge Stratus 4dr Sedan


The brakes were replaced at 43000
miles, just prior to my purchase of the
vehicle. They were replaced again 10
months and 20000 miles later. They
were replaced again at 99000 miles in
June 2002. The head gasket had a leak
which went from bad to worse from 43000
miles until its replacement 60000
miles. Heat and A/C only work from
windshield and floor, not from dash.
Check Engine light appears every other
month, sometimes disappearing on its
own, other times requiring a trip to
the garage. Great gas mileage, comfort-
-even on long trips, appearance, room,
and handling.

Best Features

great exterior styling, comfortable seats, intuitive and functional control layout (except for cupholder location... it's too far under the dash to hold much without spilling), and comfortable "bulk" or "heft" of the automatic's gear selector

Worst Features

bigger brakes, larger cupholders, bigger brakes, standard center armrest (though the one I bought from the dealer is great), thicker steering wheel, bigger brakes, non-leaking engine, more padded door armrest, and larger a/c and rear defrost buttons. Oh, and bigger brakes.
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