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Dodge Stratus, Sedan
#1 of 490 Hello and...
Sep 01, 2000 (2:35 pm)
Welcome to the continuation of the Dogde
Stratus/Plymouth Breeze Experiences topic. Those
of you joining us from that topic are welcome to
continue your discussion. I dropped the Breeze
from the title because, well... the Breeze is being
If you're new to this topic, you may want to
follow the above link for additional archived
#2 of 490 For Newcomers
Sep 03, 2000 (3:59 am)
For people entering a Stratus/Cirrus board for the first time, I'd like yot to know that there is a website www.stratusphere.org that has a more extensive discussion on these cars from performance to trouble shooting. Also there is a company, www.dreamspeed1.com that sells performance parts for Stratus and Cirrus models from 95-'01. Check out my website below.
#3 of 490 door discoloration
Sep 10, 2000 (2:52 am)
I put my brand new 2000 Stratus SE through my regular car wash a few months ago, and the metal strip under all four windows discolored, turning purple and green. My friend has a Plymouth Breeze and it's the same. Is there a cleaning product out there that will take out the funky colors?
#4 of 490 Head Gasket
Sep 10, 2000 (6:27 am)
I own a 96 Stratus, 2.4l auto 65k miles. We bought a 2000 Caravan and are currently marketing the stratus. One potential customer really like the car but wanted her mechanic to check it out. I gladly agreed because it has been a great car and I had nothing to hide. Much to my surprise, the mechanic pointed out an oil leak on the back of the head where in meets the block and a broken trans mount. The trans mount doesnt bother me near as much as the head gasket leak. Now I am hearing rumors of a history of head gasket problems. Can these rumors be confirmed? What does it take to correct the problem? Also, when should the timing belt be replaced and are there other recomended parts that need replaced with the timing belt?
Sep 10, 2000 (5:30 pm)
Chrysler does have a design flaw concerning the head gasket on their 2.0 liter and 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engines built between 95-98. The problem more centers on the 2.0, but there has been problems with the 2.4 as well. The only way to correct the problem is to have the head gasket replaced with their new design. Chrysler supposedly warranties the gasket on the 2.0 for 100,000 miles, which your car falls under, and will fix it for $100. I'm not completely sure whether this warranty is extended to the 2.4 as well. Just go to the dealer and inquire about it. If you don't get a satisfied answer, call Chrysler directly. Let them know you just bought another of their products and I am sure they will want to keep you a satisfied owner. The timing belt should be changed at 105K I believe. So you are fine in that area. Hope this helps you out some. Good luck.
#6 of 490 bad ac odor
Sep 13, 2000 (11:07 pm)
that has happened to me twice. both times the dealer replaced some sort of ac fitler that accumulates mold. don't remember exactly what it was.
#7 of 490 slocko: Never heard that...
Sep 13, 2000 (11:32 pm)
one! How long have you had the car, how humid is your locale and how often do you use the A/C?
If I may ask!
Sep 14, 2000 (4:43 pm)
There is no filter,itīs called "evaporator". The bad odor happens to many cars,it happens when the "evaporator" gets contaminated by smog and pollution.
#9 of 490 smelly ac
Sep 15, 2000 (4:17 am)
we have a 97 Grand Caravan that has a stinky ac, live out in the boonies with low humidity, smells like a musty basement, yeech.
#10 of 490 Selling my 98 Stratus ES
Sep 15, 2000 (5:05 am)
Car is in great shape. See my ad in the marketplace. 9200 miles. Only driven on weekends. Color: Deep slate, 6 cycl 2.5l, alarm system, ABS, dark gray (agate) leather seats, power driver's seat. $14,500.
I have to say I'm glad I bought the car despite some not so favorable reviews. The car hasn't given me one bit of trouble over the 2 years. So why am I selling? Well, I got that new job and I'm buying my bimmer.
If interested e-mail: jennievesaol.com