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Anything but this car
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By Jake
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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This car is an absolute mess. I bought this car my senior year in high school, and it has been nothing but a headache. I bought it used from a guy, and within two days the thing was overheating. I replaced the whole coolant system myself, only to find out that it was the head gasket, so I put in a new engine. Then it was the struts that I had to replace. Then it was the ball joints. Then it was the control arms. Then the battery which do I even dare to say that the dang thing is under the wheel well on the driver side, so you have to take the wheel off to get to it. After 6 months of tampering with everything, it was okay for a while until the electicity started to go out. Both windows on the passenger side don't go down, the driver side window went off track, and now the power steering is even acting up. The car only has at this point 160,000 miles. After all of the repairs, I paid 2300 for the car and then another 2000 to fix all the crap, and Ill only get about 600 for it. Interior design is nice. Very roomy. But in the end it is not worth it. Invest into a different vehicle. Please. For your own sake.


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Love this car
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By MB
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Ive had this car for about 2 years baught from a used car shop in very good shape out of the 2 years ive had it only have had to change the spark plugs and plug wires and oil so i think its been a damn good car and i love it


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Biggest POS I have owned
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By KRIS
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought a new Dodge Stratus from Chapman Autoplex in Scottsdale back in 2003. Traded a leased car in and ended up buying a new Dodge Stratus. This car was in and out of the shop the entire time I owned it. Factory warranty covered very few of the repairs and the extended warranty didnt cover anything. Airbag light went on and horn quit working at 20,000 mi. By 42,000 mi I already had to replace all of my brakes-drums, everything. My struts and shocks went bad at 60k, transmission was starting to give me trouble and car was not running well at 4 yrs old. Car got totaled by a drunk driver (thankfully) in '08 and airbag didnt go off and it should have. Will never buy another Dodge again. I currently have a Kia Soul...90k miles, hardly any trouble, just got brakes replaced and this car has been 20x better than the Dodge Stratus.


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Looks good, decent mpg, cheap to keep and simple
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By nadylynn
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought the 03 Stratus with 56000 miles a corp lease well maintained records, 136000 now, only repairs were rear shocks and brakes, did timing belt service at 115000, it's been very cheap to keep. Not very fast but the iron block 4 cyl engine keeps going no leaks or oil usage between oil changes. Trans serviced every 35000 miles still shifts smoothly. So far so good our 03 Altima bought new only has 80000 and has had about 7 repairs so far 2 no starts, mostly engine elec.


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Low cost to own and fun to drive as 4 cyl. eco cars go
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By billman2
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2003 Dodge Stratus Sedan SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Bought new in 03 4 cyl auto good value and to our surprize it's cost to operate has been lower than our japanese car our mother drives, not as well refined but still fun to drive and quieter ride. No issues yet with 140,000 miles except rear struts were replaced. 4 cyl engine not real fast but simple to service and reliable.


Best Features

Style..no econo box look. drives strait down the road.


Worst Features

offer a 4 cyl turbo version or make the 6 cyl more reliable.


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