1996 Dodge Stratus Base 2.0 4-cylinder from North America
Great to look at, reasonably fun to drive... but I won't buy another one
The head gasket blew at approximately 90K miles, but has been fine since.
The air conditioning switch does not work.
The back-lighting of the air conditioning panel is burned out.
The radio display is burned out.
The brakes squeal constantly, and the front end groans when making left turns.
The 5-speed manual is sloppy-shifting... and I don't know if that's normal or not. As I have not driven any other Stratus, I have no basis for comparison.
The headlamp units have broken aiming mechanisms.
The styling is great. It's fluid and sleek, unlike some other US mid-sizes.
The interior is stylish and uncommonly roomy given the compact exterior dimensions.
Gigantic trunk for the size of the car.
I've averaged 35-MPG since I've owned the Stratus, which is better than my '95 Escort!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 25th November, 2001