Dodge Sports Cars Ratings

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    2004 Dodge Stratus - SXT Coupe

    Pros: Body Style

    Cons: The 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder not so fuel efficient motor.

    Advice: Bump up to the R/T model

    Not too bad, but you could tell it was the 2.4L 4 cylinder engine. I currently own a 2003 Stratus Sedan, the SE model with the same engine, and I was dissappointed with the fact the SXT had the same engine in it. The styliing, lines, and options are good, but it needs a better power plant in my opinion. If you are looking for a sporty, and decently agile coupe, spend a couple more thousand and get the R/T. Now that is a winner in my book!

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    2003 Dodge Stratus - R/T Sedan

    Pros: Styling

    Cons: Bumpy ride and poor instrument lighting

    Advice: Try other vehicles before deciding on this one...should have bought the Chrysler Sebring

    Have always driven sporty cars and the Stratus R/T had the looks I wanted. Got it in the 5 speed manual version which is fun to drive. Should have tried other cars before buying this one. The sport-tuned suspension gives a very stiff, bumpy ride. The lights on the instrument cluster are difficult to read at night, not very large and are not back-lit. Has a very large turning radius making it difficult to swing into my garage without backing up first. The interior gives you a feeling of being cramped. Seating for three in the back seat but only two can fit comfortably. Have owned the car 9 months and am planning to trade it in this summer on a car with softer road ride and more maneuverability. If you like stiff-riding cars and can take the bumps, by all means buy it.

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    2005 Dodge Magnum - RT RWD

    Pros: Hemi power with brakes to stop

    Cons: Options as packages, not individual

    Advice: Check it out, SXT is good, RT is outstanding

    Test drove both the RT and SXT versions. Both are nicely constructed with Benz like interior materials and fit. Ride was outstanding, with little body roll in the turns, confidence inspiring grip, and a not too harsh ride over RR tracks or expansion joints. Hemi grunts with gusto. The 3.5 V6 on the SXT is easily up to the task. Brakes on the RT are far superior to the SXT however. Pedal was firm and progressive where on the SXT it was soft until the brakes bite and bite hard. Options are a concern however. While most everything you could want is there, more often than not they are part of a package which has things you may not want. Example, the air filter on the climate control is only available with the side curtain airbags and, gasp, runflat tires. You want heated seats, you also get auto climate control, adjustable pedals, adn a power passenger seat. Shouldn't some of these things be available separately? Even so, this will be my next vehicle, as soon as they start arriving in numbers at the dealers.

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    2004 Dodge Stratus - SXT Sedan

    Pros: engine and body style

    Cons: no spoiler

    Advice: it is a great car for a great price

    Great test drive, good hanling and braking. No complaints!!

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    2004 Dodge SRT4 - Base

    Pros: Acceleration

    Cons: Down-shifting into 1st gear often takes some work to get the stick in the right position.

    Advice: Do your research and make sure the SRT-4 is right for you. If you eventually buy it, you will thank yourself for doing so.

    The car handles like an absolute dream. Acceleration is quick and powerful, handling is sharp and responsive, and the brakes can stop the car on a dime. Shifting is very smooth in this vehicle, and despite the car being manual it is solid enough for even drivers new to stick-shifting to learn. The car has an awesome 'off-the-line' start, and an awesome suspension keeps the handling tight yet smooth.

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    2004 Dodge Stratus - SXT Sedan

    Pros: V6 engine and stability

    Cons: Nothing yet

    Advice: Make sure you get the new Stratus SXT with the V6 engine.

    I recently had problems with a 2004 Stratus SXT purchased in May of 2003. This vehicle had the Mitsubishi 4cyl engine and transmission. I developed leaks in the transfer case seal and other issues. The dealer was very accomodating and treaded me into a redesigned 2004 SXT that was assembled in Feb. 2004. The new Stratus SXT has the 6cyl engine and transmission made in the U.S. Power seat, Sun Roof and sports suspension. What a tremendous difference in the performance of the vehicle. I am averaging 23mpg in the city and have not had a test with highway driving yet. The interior seems a little smaller, but the overall feel of the car is much better. We actually feel safer in this Stratus the previous ones. I woul not be afraid to recommend the new Stratus SXT.

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    2004 Dodge SRT4 - Base

    Pros: power/quickness

    Cons: the seats aren't all leather, but are two-toned w/leather and cloth, I prefer all leather, but the seats comfort is 10 out of 10, they're Viper Seats

    Advice: go get one now!

    Best car under $21,000.... easily!!!