2004 Dodge Stratus Sedan SE 2.4L from North America
Fun to drive, but maintenance intensive
Driver's side power window regulator was making a thunking sound and needed to be replaced. The other three are now making the same sound.
Windshield seal leaks water in a high pressure car wash.
Brake switch (cruise control) needed to be replaced.
Transmission was shifting from 4-3 VERY roughly, needed to be reprogrammed. Was told that the fix was a patch to the old trans programming; why should I pay $170 to fix their faulty programming?
Blower motor resistor needed to be replaced. I would not recommend getting the Mopar part for this - it's a known issue. Just get an aftermarket and install it yourself. You might have to do a little cutting into the duct to make it fit, but you'll be better off.
Despite all of the problems in just 20,000 miles, this is a very fun car to drive. It's no roadster, but as far as getting from point A to point B, it's one of the most fun cars I've ever driven for that purpose. I do enjoy getting into this car and driving it where I need to go.
Fuel economy is not bad for a mid-size. I average 25 MPG and can easily get over 30 MPG on the highway with a little careful driving.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th August, 2009
2nd May 2010, 03:09
OP here. Shortly after typing this review, I took it to another dealer. They found that the transmission needed to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, after rebuilding, they then found it shifted worse than before, so they replaced it with a NEW unit. While doing this work, they also found a head gasket leaking oil, and a water pump seeping coolant.
Good thing this bucket o' bolts was covered by my Chrysler Certified Used Warranty, or I would have been out about $5k.
I am now driving a 2010 Ford Fusion, a car with many of the Stratus' favorable handling characteristics, but without the headaches.
2nd May 2010, 10:36
Watch out for transmission failures in the '10 Ford Fusion as well. Reviews and comments from this site indicate most automatic transmission failures in the 2010 Ford Fusion to happen around 12,000 miles.