1998 Dodge Stratus Reviews - Page 5 of 12

1998 Dodge Stratus 2.2 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

This car is OK until 150,000 Miles

Faults:

Head gasket went at 90,000 miles - fixed by warranty.

Front brakes went bad at 105,000.

Power break Master Cylinder went at 110,000.

Timing belt broke at 155,000.

Rear drum brake rubber seals went bad and cylinder ruptured at about 156,000.

Both front bearings went bad at around 157,000.

Fuel Pump failed at 160,000.

Maybe I forgot one or two more things after 150,000.

Last Year this car cost me 1700$ to fix between 150,000 and 160,000 miles. And I did the brakes myself. So that is bad.

General Comments:

It is spacious, the engine goes up to 120 mph max speed, not too many problems until the 150's. It went 15000 miles without an oil change back at 90,000 miles and the engine seems fine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th February, 2007

29th Jul 2008, 14:53

If you take care of your car, then you won't have all those problems. I have the same car and I just hit 250,000 miles with no high maintenance, just oil change and brake change.

1998 Dodge Stratus 2.4L 6 cylinder from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4L 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired94000 miles
Most recent distance200600 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

If you buy this car, you will be on a first-name basis with your mechanic!

Faults:

Absolutely everything. I've practically replaced every part in the car. The only thing I can say is that I have done nothing to the transmission.

General Comments:

Pretty good driving car. Been up and down the east coast in it. Mass., NY, NJ, PA, DE, MA, DC, VA, FL. You name it, I probably drove there. Gas mileage is bad, low 25mpg was the best I've ever gotten. I will never buy a Dodge again. Cost an arm and a leg to fix. This car was in the shop every month for the first year of owning it. It got better and gave me a year of hassle-free driving. Then the problems started again. Traded it in for a Toyota Yaris. (Which I love)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th January, 2007

1998 Dodge Stratus 2.4 inline four from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 inline four Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance134000 miles

Summary:

Great value for the price

Faults:

Tie rod almost let go.

Blew head gasket around 20,000. Covered by warranty and never had a problem since.

Heat/A/C fan and fan motor resistor died around 110,000 and was replaced.

General Comments:

Good reliable car.

Engine is powerful for a four cylinder, feels like a small six cylinder.

Smooth ride.

Interior trim still has not faded.

Handles well in snow and rain.

Turns sharply and handles really well, great value for price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2007

1998 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4 16-valve DOHC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 16-valve DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102440 miles
Most recent distance115120 miles

Summary:

Awesome!

Faults:

A/C compressor failed at 110,000 miles.

Broken steering hose.

Blower motor resistor failure.

General Comments:

Well, I got this car used and it has been very reliable. It has a lot of space in the trunk, seats are comfortable, engine has good power, the overall design of the car is sporty. Good handling as if it is on rails, extremely quiet ride, A/C works really good everything is beautiful in this car! Too bad they don't make it anymore : ( because I would recommend people to buy this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2007

1998 Dodge Stratus ES from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired66000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles

Summary:

Smooth ride, great sound system, looks great

Faults:

Car eats breaks like crazy. I have had to get my front and back breaks re-done. There was also a leak with my break fluid. Needed a new tie rod at 72000. Wheel barrings needed to be replaced. Engine is loud when car isn't warmed.

*Car makes some kind of clicking noise coming from the Speedometer when you turn the car on, and the first 2-5 minutes of driving it. With clicking noise, it sounds like the blinker is on, just a little bit softer. It happens at random, and does not change performance, so I just let it go.

Cup-holders are way too large. Every time I turn a corner, if I have a bottle of water in the cup-holder, it just falls right out.

General Comments:

Nice smooth ride.

Looks great from the front, and side, but rear view, however... well I'll pass on that one.

Cabin is large, and provides plenty of room.

Great stereo quality. Speakers last for a long time. However, the actual CD player quit working around 67000. Needed to be re-placed.

Speedometer is bright, easy to read.

Accelerates great.

Large backseat!

Doesn't drain oil.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th January, 2006

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 44 reviews