1997 Dodge Stratus 2.4 liter from North America
Buy cheap, get high maintenance costs
Hood latch replacement.
Tie rod ends were rusted.
Check engine light kept coming on due to a problem with the gas tank/cap.
Shifter almost engaged in reverse on its own.
Head gasket replaced twice!
Finally, locked up the motor after the final head gasket replacement due to an oil leak around the oil flues (passage ways).
The car drives nice and is good on gas.
Handles pretty good for tight corners.
A bit noisy at interstate speeds.
Just got tired of adding oil for a car with only 40,000 miles...
Anyone who claims their Stratus is reliable either works for Chrysler or hasn't had theirs long enough.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st February, 2001
27th May 2001, 14:08
I had a 1996 stratus just traded it off at 98,200 miles. The only thing I did was replaced a gasket on the pan for an oil leak... waste of a 100,000 mile warranty.
2nd Nov 2001, 11:05
I own a 97 Stratus, and I have only had it for one year. I've already had to replace the head gasket, which seems to be a running theme among owners, and now it's in the shop for suspension arm replacement and tie rod replacement. The tie rod broke this morning... at 82000 miles. People I've talked to say this shouldn't be happening yet.