Chrysler Stratus Reviews from Finland

1998 Chrysler Stratus LE 2.0 SOHC

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.0 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 460

Summary:

2.0 economic, suspension sporty

Faults:

Head valve gasket blew at 65000kms, got new for guaranty.

Radio is complicated to use.

Remote control key went broken after 4 years of use.

Gas cap is badly designed, difficult to open with very small key.

General Comments:

Head lights are lousy.

Ride is quite rough because of the European style sporty suspension. handles well.

2.0 liter engine is economic, but not very powerful. I have reached low 8 liters/100km, and the pickup is done at approximately 11 seconds 0 to 100km/h.

Seats are good, but driver leg room is quite small for over 185 cm or 6" tall person.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

1996 Chrysler Stratus LE 2.5L V6

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired91000 kilometres
Most recent distance136000 kilometres
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Stylish, well-equipped 4-door sedan with a lot of pickup!

Faults:

Bent brake rotors, has been cured twice.

This has occurred twice: After long trip at steady speeds, the engine idles roughly or even dies. The problem cures itself in few minutes when driving in a city at lower speeds. Service couldn't replicate or fix the problem.

Noise level is quite high. Especially tire noise which tends to penetrate into the cabin.

Headlights are lousy. I have to use fog-lights quite often when driving in night/rain.

General Comments:

The car is quite fast and the automatic transmission works like a dream. Stratus have a lot of pickup when passing.

Steering is sensitive, yet the car can be easily maneuvered in tight parking spaces.

Suspension is more European-like than American-like. It's a nice car for both the city and highway.

Stratus offers a lot of car with all its equipment (air conditioning, automatic transmission, ABS, double airbags to mention few) for an affordable price.

Exterior of the car is very nice. Especially the front facia, is very different from other brands and overall design of the body lines is wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th May, 2001

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 2 reviews