1996 Dodge Stratus from North America


This car is the biggest and most expensive piece of junk that I have ever had the misfortune to own


The tape deck ate my tapes whenever I would rewind or fast forward.

At 36,100 miles the windshield washer motor got stuck and had to be repaired.

The brakes have been replaced every two years since owning the vehicle.

The rear brakes have to be aligned and cleaned every six months.

The brakes constantly squeak regardless of rain or shine.

Around 40,000 miles we had to unclog the throttle body because the engine kept dying in park or reverse.

Thermostat got stuck and we had to have all of the fluids flushed.

Not more than two days later it happened again so we took it to another dealership and the mechanic said that the thermostat came out in three pieces. He had never seen anything like it.

Around 50,000 I noticed an oil leak. The head gasket had to be replaced.

Around 60,000 the fuel pump went bad and had to be replaced.

Around 70,000 I had to replace the tie rod ends because they had rusted through and of course I had to replace the brakes once again.

General Comments:

Daimler should be covering these head gaskets under a recall because the local mechanic told me that he sees at least four of these repairs each week.

Each one of these repairs has cost on average three hundred to four hundred dollars and I want my money back.

I have never owned a car that goes through brakes as much as this piece of crap.

The front right passenger freezes to death while the driver burns up because the heater doesn't work right.

The only thing I like about this car is the color.

This was my first Dodge vehicle and it will be my last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th March, 2003

19th Sep 2006, 09:25

I had just about the same problems with my 1996 Dodge Stratus that you have. It's very frustrating, and I agree that replacing the head gasket should be a recall. My mechanic told me the same thing, and he even searched before he repaired it hoping there was a recall so I wouldn't have to pay for it. After research, I also wonder about the tie rod ends. I've never had to replace tie rod ends on any other vehicle, and have never known anyone else who has had this problem. I won't ever by a Dodge again!

1996 Dodge Stratus 2.4 from North America


Dodge should be ashamed of themselves


Head gasket at 60,000 miles.

Rack and pinion went at 60,000 miles.

Digital speedometer kept fading in and out had that replaced at 65,000 miles.

Transmission went at 78,000 miles.

Car has always made steering noises when cold, but as soon as the car warms up niose goes away.

General Comments:

I am very glad I paid extra for an extended warranty. I paid $1,280 for the warranty and all my repairs to date rack up to around $4,600.Needless to say my opinion is this car is a big pile of cow dung and I will never buy another dodge in a lifetime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th February, 2003

1996 Dodge Stratus 1.4 from North America


If you wanna go Broke for a car that's a Joke


My head gasket blew at 120,000 miles.

My head gasket blew again at 129,000 miles.

My fuel pump went out 122,000 and again at 126,000 miles.

I have had to replace my lower balls joints 3 times.

My rear brake cylinders keep going out causing serious brake problems.

Drivers seat worn out badly.

My windshield wiper motor went out at 128,000 miles.

Whenever I wash the car or if it's raining outside, water-rain leaks in the front windshield all the time and cannot be re-sealed properly!!!

General Comments:

Please do not be fooled by the luxurious styling of this car, it's all about looks not quality. I know I got this car with high mileage, but at least other cars breakdown rates aren't this high or consistant... please whatever you do do not buy a Dodge Stratus... I call it the Raged Strategy... lol...

This car is so roomy and the shape is alluring... but do not buy this car!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2002

21st Feb 2003, 22:55

Steve, I was wondering how you knew when it was appropriate time to replace your lower ball joints. I also have a dodge stratus, and I think they may be the problem, but cannot be absolutely positive. Thank you. Attn: Andre and other concerning Stratus owners.

29th Mar 2010, 12:44

Ever thought that the fuel pump replaced at 122,000 miles was faulty, and that's why it only lasted a few miles?

Some people are unrealistic on here. They complain about a bad fuel pump or whatever breaks on a 14 year old car...

I replaced 3 fuel pumps in my 1989 Eagle Premier a few years back because they were cheap aftermarket parts. You pay for what you get.