Dodge Stratus Reviews from Mexico

1996 Dodge Stratus SXT 2.4 DOHC 16-valve

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.4 DOHC 16-valve Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired181000 miles
Most recent distance183000 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

It's Stratus or nothing!

Faults:

Required new radiator, previous owner damaged it.

New A/C Expansion valve (US$50) + new charge of R-134a.

New tires, and US$80 of new brake pads.

I don't like the headlights, they lack power.

Gasoline tank inlet isn't compatible with most Mexican gas stations.

Changed ATF to Mopar ATF+3, with filter (required service for ALL vehicles with 41TE transmission).

Starter solenoid clicks sometimes... needs repair.

General Comments:

An excellent performer and daily driver, the Stratus is very comfortable, with an excellent handling, excellent interior space (I'm 6 feet 6 inches tall), great looks and very inexpensive parts and labor on it's scheduled maintenance and repairs. The engine is okay with OK acceleration, but fantastic cruise speed, the transmission does mind reading or something because it gets the exact gear every time.

Gas Mileage is about one peso per kilometer which compares to the 2005 Ford Kia (subcompact). Love this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2005

2000 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Great car for the money

Faults:

The fuel gauge got stuck at 1/4 of the tank capacity, I ran out of fuel twice because the fuel lecture was wrong.

General Comments:

This was a great car, I never had any mechanical problems, it runs nice, only the seats and suspension could be better, the interior clothing feels cheap and ugly, still we feel that we got a lot of car for the money, it was only $15,500 bucks. The brakes felt a bit weak, but they were enough to brake safely.

I sold it because I want to buy a new Stratus 2002, I like the new design over the old model, the fuel gauge failure was disappointing, but it was a great car overall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2002

9th May 2005, 10:19

I had just bought a dodge stratus se and so far in the past month I had to bring it back to the dealer 8 times in one month. THe ac didn't work needed a new wheel brakes and the air bag light kept comming on as well as the check engine light. also the car squeaks when I go over bumps? I like the car, but I wish it didn't have as many problems with it.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews