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.

General Comments:

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

1996 Dodge Stratus Stock 2.0 4 banger from North America


If you buy cheap crap, that is what you get, cheap crap!


The bag around the stick shift somehow became uncoupled from the shifter mechanism. That is it so far!

General Comments:

This car is a slug!!I have never driven a stick shift with such little pick up. It squeals really badly when you make any turns. It is really a cheap piece-of-garbage if you ask me and I haven't even had to repair it YET.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd October, 2001

1996 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4 from North America


Car is ok, minor problems


I had the transmission replaced at 107,000 miles.

The fuel gauge broke at about 107,000 miles.

Seat won't slide back/forth, it was my fault for sitting down too hard.

Spare tire cover in trunk, plywood cover by carpet, became warped (due to too much cargo or moisture)

Car came with NO Ashtray.

General Comments:

Overall, the car is OK. I bought the optional 2.4 liter engine with the car, instead of a standard 2.0 liter engine, and I feel it stills needs a little more horsepower. Besides the lack of horsepower, engine has never had a problem, always started on the first try. If you drive the car below about 55mph, the gas mileage turns out to be about 29-30 miles per gallon, but if you drive 70-80mph on the highway, as I often do, the mileage plummets to about 20miles per gallon. Comfort of the car is very good, never had a problem with leg room and the trunk is considerably large. I bought the car from a small car dealer in South Jersey, and the service has been very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2001

1996 Dodge Stratus from North America


Disgusted. Will never buy Chrysler again


Car has blown two head gaskets, the first at 43,000 miles and the most recent at 93,000.

General Comments:

Great looks and style, lousy engineering and quality. Designed to be "slammed together" at the factory, then "thrown away".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th May, 2001

1996 Dodge Stratus 2.5 V6 from North America


Not good at all


Well it is like I said, 40,000 miles on it and I have to get a whole transmission. The pin broke and threw the differential and cracked the case.

I remind you that it cost the car manufacturer 50 cent for that part and it costs us $2000 for a new tranny.

And as for the recalls I have never got one, and there has been one since I have had this car and it has something to do with the tranny and the key not being able to come out of the key hole.

I would not be so mad but when I have 3 kids and a job to do and really can't afford much, it really ticks me off. And plus I have called around for a tranny for my car and they all said they could have sold about 100 this month (that is not good).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th April, 2001

5th May 2001, 16:02

Listen I got a Cirrus, the Stratus's twin brother, same year and engine and everything. I had to change the tranny too, only mine lasted for 120,000. The reason it broke: too much "flooring" the gas and snapping into drive when its still in reverse. So don't blame the car - its your own fault for mistreating it - it even says not to do that in the manual. And you gave 1/10 for everything - have you seen the car in action? This car out handles my friends Celica and beats it 0-60 too. The tranny cost me 300 and I am very happy with the engine - it goes to 6700 w/o a prob. If you haven't learned the lesson from this guy here it is: some people don't know how to drive - they floor it when the block is cold and drive like maniacs, then when they malshift the tranny and the pin flies off they blame the company; so stop saying that about that car unless you learn how to drive. PEACE.