1999 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4 ECLIPSE GS! from North America


Pretty good car great bang for the buck


Terrific car, great power deliver, very spacious for cheap families. its got the ECLIPSE POWER PLANT!

Japenese reliability if maintained, I dumped the clutch at 4 grand and it's a bullet.

Oil pan gasket cracked at 140 000!!!

General Comments:

Handles like a dream goofs, dig in if you want a cheap family car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2006

1999 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4L DOHC from North America


Nice family sedan that's quite reliable


I've only had to replace the brakes once.

Rear left window won't go down from the driver's seat. Haven't repaired yet.

General Comments:

The Stratus has been a very reliable car for me. I've owned it since early 1999 and have not changed the battery once... and it started without trouble even in below zero temperatures last winter. I've never had to repair any engine components yet and everything seems to be working fine-no whining, noises, or anything.

The 2.4L DOHC engine with 132hp is actually a little more responsive than I thought. I mean, it's no race car like the younger generation seems to think, but it does have decent acceleration in low rpms. The transmission likes to shift hard, but it has always been that way since I've owned it.

I'm 6' 5" and need some space. Unfortunately, this car is a little bit too small for me. I still can make myself comfortable after moving around a bit, though. It's always a smooth ride once I get comfortable with no loud road noise or bumps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2006

1999 Dodge Stratus ES 2.4 from North America


Nice, comfortable, roomy ride with fewer problems than most cars


Almost since the day I purchased the car used at a dealership the "Check Engine" light has been on.

First time it came on I was on vacation at the beach. Took the car to a garage there and they ran it through some tests and got the light to go out.

Second time it came on was shortly after returning from the beach. Took it to a Dodge dealership that time. They said it was the gas cap, had to be replaced.

Third time took it to my regular mechanic, who said the computer had gone out of whack and he was able to reset the computer and get the light to go out.

Fourth time turned out to be a bad fuel pump, which had to be replaced ($600 that really was burning a hole in my checkbook and had to be spent on something quick).

Now is the fifth time, a week after the fuel pump was replaced and I haven't had it checked yet.

Had the rear brakes and rotors replaced at about 60K miles.

General Comments:

The car is extremely comfortable and roomy. It's a sweet ride, when the "Check Engine" light isn't on. It looks good too.

Rides like a champ. Handles nicely and has great pick-up.

I get pretty good gas mileage. I'd say about 25 miles to the gallon.

Other than various problems relating to the "Check Engine" light and the rear rotors being replaced, I have had no real problems with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2005

1999 Dodge Stratus SE from North America


Unreliable, pricey


It loses it's power just out of the blue, no warning whatsoever. This has just started happening. We thought it was after a 2hr. drive or so, but not true, today it stopped after just driving for 20 min. or so.

Sometimes it will sit for a few minutes and then go again and then lose power and sit then go again. It is the most frustrating experience ever.

General Comments:

I like the ride and look and general overall performance, but this power issue is a pain in the butt.

Technicians have no idea what's causing it. We just keep guessing and keep spending money in repairs.

I'm about ready to ditch it. Have only owned it for about 6 months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th March, 2005

27th Mar 2005, 21:11

The internet... The thing you are using to whine about your car on... It is ALSO very useful for finding solutions. If you took any time, you could find on the web several sites dedicated to Stratus's. Or Strati. LOL...

Anyways, www.stratusphere.net. There you can find answers to all your Stratus related difficulties. Everyday, people like you go and whine and complain about their cars because they no nothing about them. Then, smart people, who know about cars come along, and tell you what to tell your mechanic to fix. That's all there is to it. It doesn't cost any money, because these smart people are also very nice to others who share, if nothing else, the same taste in cars. So give it a shot. You might learn something.

7th Apr 2007, 23:47

Uh... the car had almost 150,000 miles on it when you bought it, and you brought it up to 166k miles. Stop complaining.