1996 Dodge Stratus ES 2.5 from North America


Not the best


Well lets see transmission had to be rebuilt, fuel pump went out, needed new struts up front, new control arms and lower ball joints, which is all in one with this car. New power steering pump, new belts, new A/C compressor, and much more.

So yes this car has run me dry, but I love the way it drives, but very costly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th December, 2009

1996 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4L from North America




I have not had any issues with this car at all. It runs good and I love it.

General Comments:

I think that if everyone would take better care of their cars, then they would not have a problem with it.

If so many of you have blown head gaskets, chances are that you are not keeping the fluids up, getting oil changes every 3,000 miles or less, or tune ups every 6 months.

Keeping engine coolant filled and keeping a gallon of distilled water with you and doing the above, is going to keep your car running well, no matter if it's a Dodge or a Lexus.

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

Review Date: 31st August, 2007

1996 Dodge Stratus from North America


I would never buy a Dodge Stratus again


Before I purchased this vehicle at 116,000 miles, there were a ton of problems, but I will only list the ones I experienced.

- The first problems I noticed was an electrical problem, that caused the mileage and tachometer to turn on and off randomly.

- It also had a problem with one of the doors so it was always "open," causing the interior lights to sit on constantly, unless I shut them off altogether.

- Lastly, the horn didn't work at all.

- A few weeks after purchasing, the timing belt broke, taking out all my pistons, etc, so I had a rebuilt engine put in. Cost $700.00 from a friend mechanic.

This is when the trouble started:

- The car then ran for a couple more months, but would randomly die, losing all power, including power steering, making it almost impossible to pull over.

- We had the crank sensor replaced twice, to no avail. $300.00.

- We had the front brakes replaced because they were ground right down to the rotors. $200.00.

- We continued to have the dying problem, sometimes including a check engine light and the cruise control turning on and off by itself, and it would never pull any codes or even break down for our mechanic.

- We eventually brought it to the Dodge dealership, which they said we needed a new timing belt (again!) and a new battery. Cost: $750.00.

- They then decided it was the computer (our suggestion), so they replaced the computer and ALL the wiring in the car engine for free.

- It needed an inspection, but didn't pass, so they had to keep adjusting the computer until it would pass. They replaced the horn for $16.00.

- The problem still continued, so we had a co-pilot installed, as even the dealer had no trouble with the car - it only seemed to break down for us.

- When the car broke down, the co pilot recorded information on the engine, and it seemed to be a fuel problem. The dealership ran tons of tests, but could not find any trouble with the fuel, so they sent the results to Chrysler to get their opinion, but never heard back. They suggested we replace the fuel pump for $350.00, but instead we sold the car.

General Comments:

I purchased this car for $1,575.00 and sold it for 1,000.00. Not only did I not get back what I paid, but I put in more money than the car was even worth (a quote on Nada.com put it as 1,700.00).

The car was completely unreliable, and for every week that we drove it, it spend 2 weeks at a repair shop.

I owned the car for 14 months, and only got 3 solid months and 15,000 miles of reliable driving out of it.

The only good things about the car were:

Roomy and comfortable.

Sleek design.

Drove nicely, when it drove.

Good gas mileage, when it ran enough to put gas in it.

My last car was a 1989 Dodge Ram 50 that I got for like 900 bucks, and that was a blast to drive. However, it also had engine trouble, telling me that Chrysler-Dodge is not a reliable company to buy from.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th February, 2007

24th Feb 2007, 16:17

If your previous Dodge was unreliable, why did you buy another one... with over 100,000 miles at that? That's too many miles to be buying a dodge. They just don't last that long.

24th Feb 2007, 20:48

"My last car was a 1989 Dodge ram 50 that I got for like 900 bucks and that was a blast to drive. However it also had engine trouble, telling me that Chrysler-Dodge is not a reliable company to buy from."

Well, that certainly doesn't fit with my experience of Dodge. My 1985 Dodge 150 has over 250,000 miles on the original engine and transmission. I wouldn't hesitate to own another, except mine is still going so have no need to look for one.

24th Feb 2007, 20:54

I'd have to disagree strongly with that statement. In 20 years of driving, I've only needed to own two cars -- both Dodges. I've had one since 1987 and the other since 1996, and they're both still going. The one I bought in 1996 already had 163,000 miles on it when I bought it, and I've put another 90,000 miles on it since then.

25th Feb 2007, 02:39

Knowing the vehicle had 116K I believe most cars need timing belts replaced in mutilples of 60K so if you went past 120K you were probably past due for a belt replacement.

20th Jan 2008, 18:19

Really! Are you serious. Your review is not even a little helpful. Calculating the mileage and regular maintenance, you got what you paid for. When you sold the car and it said it was worth $1700, you only paid $1500. What in the world do you expect?

I personally do not care much for Dodge vehicles, but I know if and when I purchase them I check everything, if in my personal opinion the car is not worth what the asking price is. I make a take it or leave it offer, to what I feel it is worth.

It does not appear that the minor issues with this 10+ year old car, affected your drive-ability. Other than the neglected maintenance.