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1998 Dodge Stratus

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Been a good car for us.
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By Udslash
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1998 Dodge Stratus 4dr Sedan


Review

We bought this car after we returned
home from overseas/ARMY. Paid 8K for
it used with 33k miles. It has been a
great reliable car! At about 50k miles
the main rear seal/head gasket had to
be replaced. It was under warranty
though..so no big deal. While living
in L.A. I replaced the brake pads 6
or 7 times from freeway driving plus I
had to have my rotors respun twice &
then replaced. HORRIBLE brakes
obviously. You definately need to buy
high performance/carbon metallic to
keep pads on this car for any length
of time. Car has been from Miami to
L.A. & back. + towed a U-haul trailer
from Dallas to Miami. 130,000 miles
to date...still going!!!


Best Features

Reliability, smooth engine, plenty of room for passengers & driver, comfortable.


Worst Features

Brakes, Brakes, Brakes!! And what's up with those cupholders?


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Why such a bad Head Gasket
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By Ziggy99
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1998 Dodge Stratus 4dr Sedan


Review

I have been happy with the car except
for the engine work required. Head
Gasket failure at 80K was rediculous
even with reqular maintenance. (Major
failure came after coolant and oil
change at the dealer.) Did they cover
it under a recall no because i had more
than 50k on the car. If it wasnt for
the big ticket repair bills i would be
very happy with the car. Nice
interior (best in its class if you ask
me)


Best Features

Interior and styling of the car.


Worst Features

Very poor engine design with headgasket problems.


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Nice Car, Bad Engines
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By Bob Nolan
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Vehicle

1998 Dodge Stratus 4dr Sedan


Review

This car is a great car for anyone who
would like to own one, put few miles
on it each year, and sell it prior to
60,000 miles. Chrysler should be shot
in the head for using the crappy
engines (2.0 and 2.4l engines) in
these cars. After 60,000 miles, trade
it, sell it, whatever, just get rid of
it. A head gasket leak will turn into
a $3,000 repair in no time. Other
than that, great response, great
handling, and an all around economical
car in a good package.


Best Features

Very nice stock sound with the premium package. Cab-forward design makes a tall fat guy like me comfortable in it. CAb-forward design makes folks in the back seart comfortable too.


Worst Features

Engines need to last more than 60,000 miles. ALso, the passenger seat is slightly uncomfroatble, as it does not cradle the occupant in any way. The trunk lid is more like a hatchback than a sedan.


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Wow!
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By greyfox
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1998 Dodge Stratus 4dr Sedan


Review

I bought it used, dealer certified,
2.4L, 4 cyl, at 54k. I put Mobil One
synthetic in it, had all four brakes
done, tune-up, and now have 66k on it.
I love it. Reliable, looks good,
incredible sound system, handles well.
To check hiway mileage, I did 150
miles, set the cruise for 62 mph, all
highway, and got an incredible 36 mpg!
I'm told it does use front brake pads,
but that's a small price to pay for an
all-around great car. I'd buy another
newer one if I could. Hauls butt too,
for a 4 cyl! Highly recommended.


Best Features

Sound system, reliability, looks, mileage.


Worst Features

Coffee cup holder is awkwardly placed.


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A solid Car
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By Dodge Driver
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1998 Dodge Stratus 4dr Sedan


Review

Good car - had to replace head gasket
at about 80k, but no major issues


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