You would think that if you liked this car and the upgrade to better rotors was $400. You would have kept the car and done the work instead of loosing more than double trading it in. P.S. I have had a lot of new cars. I get tired of the same old thing so I have a tendency of trading in a lot more than I should. My Ford Taurus both the `99 and `01 had rotor problems. My Nissan Pathfinder had rotor problems and so did my Ford F150 both `97 and `00 and my `00 Mustang had rotor problems. All not from driving habits just bad materials. You would be surprised how cheap and easy these are to take care of if you take the time to learn to do it yourself. Just a thought. My `98 Stratus had same issue, but I am still buying an `05 Stratus R/T sedan this monday. I hope it works out...
If you really liked the car why didn't you just upgrade the rotors? Just a thought.
My Plymouth Voyager (same as a Dodge Caravan) is doing just fine at 220,000 miles, thank you.
I have a 2004 baby blue Stratus SXT and I love it!! The only problem I have experienced was a fried battery... my car is so comfortable and sometimes you don't realize how fast you're actually going till you look at the speedometer... registered at 140 and it does it all the way!!!
Why would you want to do 140 in this car? I have a 2004 SXT, 65,000 miles with no mechanical problems. However I do have the same problem it seems everyone has with the dash. No brake problems other than I am used to 13 inch baer's (on my 2001 Mustang BULLITT) so they seem a little weak. Planning on upgrading to at least a 12" brake. Not too bad for a 2.4 liter on take off, however the passing can be interesting. They do make a stroker kit for it and also the motor is the same block as in the 1991-1999 turbo Eclipse/Talon, so adding a turbo is possible though costly to be sure. Overall I am pleased with the car.
My sisters got a 2004 Dodge Stratus SXT coupe duh... Burgundy, and nice and fast! Handles like a dream, although the car can get away from you, and does terribly in the snow and rain. My SRT-4 is faster and does better in bad weather.
We grew up in a Dodge family, and haven't had any major problems other than Bubby's truck's timing belt going out. Mama's Challenger is the fastest period out of our cars, but... I am not allowed to drive it... It's an original BTW... not these new ones.
I do agree that the brakes on this car leave something to be desired, my 05 Stratus had the same issue. I ended up buying slotted rotors and the better pads off of Ebay and you would not believe the difference it made. Have not had a problem since, I still love the car to this day. The upgrade only cost me about $120 because I did the work myself. You should try and stay away from dealer service if at all possible.
I bought my 2004 Dodge Stratus SXT in 2006 with only 30k miles on it. I fell in love with my car when I first laid eyes on it. I never had a problem with my car except for a dead battery. I'm getting ready to change my exhaust to a sport exhaust, and adding a cool air intake. That's my baby!!!
What is it with the resonators on the Stratus? They all seem to blow out around the outer ridges area. I even checked at my local Pick-A-Part, and they were all bad.
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