The head gasket started leaking at around 50,000 miles, but I waited until 70,000 miles to get it fixed.
The drive axle oil seal failed at 80,000 miles.
Rear master brake cylinder seal leaked at about 38,000 miles. Note: there was a recall on this, but apparently my VIN# wasn't on the list.
Oxygen sensor needed to be replaced at 84,000 miles.
Plastic windshield wiper fluid bottle cracked & leaked.
Replaced tires once & brake pads once.
Overall, I would have to say that I have been satisfied with this car. There have been some expensive problems, but the car has always started up & never broken down on the side of the road.
Good interior design & fairly roomy. I would not recommend this car for a tall driver (6'+), as front headroom is limited & seat backs are low. Shorter people should find the interior rather comfortable.
Engine performance is merely average. In order to get acceptable acceleration, a manual transmission is a must with the 2.0L engine. WARNING: If purchasing a used 4-cylinder Stratus earlier than a 1999 model, be sure that the head gasket has already been replaced. This gasket has been redesigned, and it WILL leak and need to be replaced if it has not been already.
Handling is above average in this car. It is rather fun to drive due to the cab forward design which has the wheels pushed to the corners.