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Dodge Stratus, Sedan
#19 of 489 thinking about purchasing a stratus
Oct 08, 2000 (1:31 am)
Hello, Im in the market right now for a used car. Earlier today, I visited a dealer in my city to look at some of the cars which they had to offer. I was amazed with one car inpaticular, a used 2000 Dodge Stratus SE 2.4. I was wondering if anyone out there had any info that might be usefull to me about this type of car. Im a college student which needs it to tow around friends, and for my personal driving. So it will be driven quit a bit. It has 23000 miles on it, but i have the option of purchasing an extended warranty for 36000 more miles. So it would have a 100% warranty until almost 70000 miles. I would greatly appriciate it if someone could help me out with some usefull info, and maybe even personal experience. Thanks a bunch,
You could either post it or e mail me at LeoDaLion70hotmail.com. Again, thank you
#20 of 489 Pleased with 1997 ES
Oct 10, 2000 (3:49 am)
I have a 1997 Dodge Stratus ES with 55,000 miles and I can't complain about my experience. I haven't had any of the problems described by others (no oil leaks, head gasket problems, or anything like that). I did have to get my ABS computer replaced when my ABS light came on, but it appeared to be a random problem. Thank goodness I got the 7 yr/100,000 mi. extended warranty. (Warranty Gold, fyi)
I do have a bit of an odor with my A/C, so I think I'll have someone check that out. It's not horrible, but it's not how most ACs smell.
Anyway, I just wanted to let you prospective buyers that the 1997 ES (with 6 cyl autostick) is a pretty decent buy.
#21 of 489 1997 es 6 cyclinder
Oct 11, 2000 (3:02 pm)
Mine has 29k miles with no problems yet. It's a pleasure to drive.
Oct 14, 2000 (4:45 am)
I love mine,itīs a 97,LOVELY,GREAT CAR!
#23 of 489 I've driven my...
Oct 17, 2000 (4:39 am)
'95 2.5L over 71K miles with zero issues. Just replaced an o2 sensor and the A/C high-side switch this month. That's it.
Love this car.
Oct 17, 2000 (5:49 pm)
I just sold our 97 stratus,it was the best car we had,all of us fill bad. We will miss him a lot; we replace him for a new Neon.
Our stratus was full loaded,and had the 2.4 l engine,the only minor problem was weak brakes,it had 4 wheel disc brake,and we think it needs more power.
So far in more than three years it went back to the dealer to normal maintance,and to fix a noise coming from the rear brakes,and bad odor coming out from a/c three times.
What a wonderful car,we are not sure today if we made the right thing selling the Stratus!
#25 of 489 That questions and technical advice web site...
Oct 18, 2000 (12:20 am)
That questions and technical advice web site...
I have also looked for a good Dodge web site to ask questions and technical advice, opinions, etc. The best site I have found is www.moparchat.com This site is clearly the best in quality, with over 60,000 posts! Good luck either way Trevor!
#26 of 489 Stratus? Run away FAST!
Oct 27, 2000 (1:36 pm)
I have a '97 Stratus 4cyl. It now has 60,000 miles on it. I have been through three sets of brakes, replaced faulty sensors, experienced noises which no one could explain, a/c odor, and a radio which pops in and out of stereo. I have religiously maintained the car and now have a blown head gasket. The car has been nothing but trouble since the day I got it. I also have yet to find a Dodge dealer in the Chicago area that doesn't give me problems whenever I have to bring it in. Once I get the gasket fixed (which I'm definitely not paying for) this car is history (as well as the chances of ever buying a Chrysler product again)!
#27 of 489 Plymouth Breeze and spark plugs
Nov 21, 2000 (9:57 pm)
I have a 1998 Plymouth Breeze and has 45,000 miles. 2 weeks ago, as I was starting my car starting to make a horrible noise, I opened the hood and I saw a spark plug out of the head. I put it back in place and I had a friend start the car and the spark plug was shout out of the head. Took it to the mechanic, replace the spark plug, but the loud noise from the engine is still there and does not have enough power. Chrysler service shop suggests taking the head off to find out what the problem is. Another friend did some research on the internet and found out about Heli-Coils, being a long-term solution if the problems happens to be a stripped spark plug thread.
Does anyone have any knowledge of this procedure?
#28 of 489 Plymouth Breeze and spark plugs
Nov 23, 2000 (4:58 pm)
First, there is no possible way for the plug to just strip out itself. Odds are, the plug was not put in correctly. It must have been cross threaded and stripped from the last person to have them out. Even if the piston hit the plug, it would not blow a plug out. It would just smash the end of it.
Anyway, a Helicoil is a good method of thread repair. It is approved by Chrysler and other manufacturers. You need a Helicoil installation tool and tap and the right assortment of coils. You also need the correct drill to match the coil you need to install.
It is a fairly straightforward procedure where you find the coil that matches the thread size you need for the spark plug. You drill out the wasted threads with a drill that is matched to the coil. You then tap the threads with the appropriate tap size. Then you screw in the coil and set it in place by breaking off the tang on the end of the coil.
The coil then becomes the new threads and they are just as good, if not better then the original aluminum threads. If done correctly, you will never have a problem with this plug again.