1995 Dodge Stratus ES 2.5 liter V6 from North America


A chilly, but dependable little car.


The brake master cylinder blew when I slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting an elderly man that ran a red light. $80 to fix the damage.

I hit a deer and suffered minor cosmetic impact damage, but little to no mechanical damage. Tough car! $900 for headlight frame & paint, which insurance covered.

Cooling system is a little too efficient. Heater doesn't put out much heat.

Few electrical gremlins, typical for a 13yr old car with nearly 200k miles.

General Comments:

My Stratus handles like a sports car; quite predictable, with a very smooth ride. 100mph feels no different than 50mph. I am from NC and am dating a lady whom lives in central KY. I go to see her quite often, so I've accumulated quite a few miles in a short amount of time. If it continues, I should see 200k with little drama. If only the heater were a little warmer inside the cabin during the cold winter months, I'd call it near-perfect, without hesitation.

What else can I say? I love my car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th November, 2008

1995 Dodge Stratus ES 2.5L V6 from North America


The starter needed replaced. It just decided not to start one day. $350.

Sometimes in the rain going over 40mph the car would start to jump and would eventually stall.

Just replaced front brakes, $60 for parts and a friend did the labor.

Cruise control didn't work when I got the car.

Car was given to me. She bought it with insurance money for $900.00, had previously been wrecked and had salvage title due to air bags not being replaced after the wreck. I have also wrecked the car (both wrecks damaged the front of the car. I rear-ended someone in a pick up with a hitch...)

The car no longer looks good because of the wreaks, my dad was able to bend the hood back into place instead of replacing it entirely.

General Comments:

Decent gas mileage and great get-up-and-go!

This car has gone above and beyond my expectations! The transmission is a little jumpy sometimes when coming to a stop. All the windows and radio still work, although I blew out the speaker on the door and it rattles now. It has 186,000 miles on it and has been wrecked twice but still drives perfectly! It has little trouble speeding up and drives smooth. Steering is great as well. I have been very happy with this car but I think it is time for me to step up from the appearance and the fact that is has no AC, CD player, sunroof, and most of all, airbags!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th August, 2008

1995 Dodge Stratus ES 2.0 from North America


Would be a very good car without the electrical gremlins!


Cam position sensor replaced at 320000ks.

Alternator went at 340000 ks.

Rear ball joint at 370000 ks.

Passenger power window is VERY slow!

General Comments:

Liked the look of the car. Nice lines; kind of had a small integrated spoiler on the trunk, wider stance thanks to the wider/lower pro ES rims tires. Still got the odd "mom car/grandma car" comments from buddies!

Nice interior, all controls switches had a pretty good quality feel to them like an import. Fairly comfortable on long drives.

Bought it from original owner for only 2500$. Despite the high k's, he was religious with maintenance, and had a record logging everything down to the last oil change!

All ES options but the V6 engine. He ordered it with the 2L four. The car handled very well, very tight feeling, but obviously underpowered a little. That engine I think was the Neon engine for those years, and Neons are very peppy from what I've driven, but the weight difference was apparent.

I didn't buy it to leap off the line, I wanted gas mileage for highway travel, which is where I do 98% of my driving, and it did not disappoint!! Once on the open road, it was willing rev up quite happily, good for 4th gear passing, climbing BC mountain passes, Alberta foothill headwinds etc. Very stable around 160 km/h.

Consistently used 6L gas/100kms doing 120km/h, which I think is very good for a car that is not a little econo-box. I double checked this every road trip (not sure what the manufacturer's # are?).

The reason I gave it a low reliability rating, and the only thing that bothered me about the car, was that once in a while, I would lose power for a split second due to an electrical short of some kind (all lights, gauges etc would cut out for a "nanosecond"!). This started happening a month after I bought it, and became frequent to the point of almost stranding me! It was diagnosed as a cam sensor, fixed and never happened for a year. Came back again, but very random and infrequent (example; it would cut out 3 times in 20 km, and then not again for 3000 kms!!! Frustrating as hell). Not a good feeling when leaving on a 800k trip!! Mechanic said a lady with a 99 Neon had the same problem. I decided to sell.

Too bad. Dad swore by Dodges way back when, but I guess the same can be said for other domestics. That was in the days of slant sixes and no electronic gizmos. My old 71 340 Duster was bulletproof and was tight, but it didn't get 40 mpg either!

I had a couple 87 Sundances, that save for the tank like (yet rough/noisy) 2.2 engine and dirt cheap repairs, they were cheap crap. This Stratus was definitely light years ahead of them.

Maybe it was just one of those things. Maybe some tiny little thing my mechanic overlooked?

The new Dodges look so cool now. I wonder if the quality is even more improved.

From my experience, Chrysler is definitely catching up regarding quality, yet they always seem to have crappy rating in most reviews and consumer guides.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd May, 2008