1996 Dodge Stratus Review, Aabutler
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| ||Model of the car:||Dodge Stratus |
| ||General comments:||I purchased my 1996 Dodge Stratus as a new vehicle. During the first six months, there was a problem with the front wheel that was repaired while the car was under warranty. I felt it drove beautifully and I was impressed with how well the car handled at 55mph and above. The other family cars (for our children) include a 1992 Ford Taurus sedan and a Toyota Camry sedan. The transmission on the Dodge had to be replaced around the 58th month of ownship ( Hard to forget with only two more payments remaining) The transmission replacment was well over $2,500 when you include towing expenses (I was 300 miles from , care rental expenses, and the labor and parts. Along the way the car developed a minor oil leak which turned into a major oil leak. All five mechnics said that they see this over and over again from Dodge Stratus vehicles as a result of design of the head gasket. (I understand that more recent models have been improved). My car is in the shop at the time of this writing getting the head gasket problem repaired to the tune of another (estimated) $1,800. My new Dodge Stratus has had more major mechanical problems than the combination of our children's Taurus and Camry--both of which were purchased used and are older models. It's a good purchase if EVERYTHING is under a comprehensive car warranty. It not a good purchase for someone who wants to keep a car for 7-10 yrs with few major mechanical problems.|
| ||What things have gone wrong with the car:||Too many to name. Head Gasket, oil leaks, transmission, plus the expense of car rental while all the repairs are being made, towing costs if the car breaks down while you're miles away from home, dealer repair shops fail to touch major mechanically problems without a recall. (I had a minor oil leak for years and it was never addressed by a dealership mechanic)|
| ||Previous car:||Taurus Sedan, Toyota Camry Sedan|