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Pros: The Hemi!
Cons: The Continental tires.
Advice: Don't bother with the V6 options, get the Hemi!I had seen the commercials and was intrigued. So when one appeared at the local Dodge dealership, I had to go look at it! The salesman came out and I stated I was just looking and I might be back in a month. He then said, 'Come on, take it for a test drive.' So we did. I wound up buying it after that. I love it! The power is unbelievable, the interior is perfect. In fact it is one of the only cars I have ever owned that was a comfortable fit as soon as sat in it. Usually you have to get used to where everything is and the space. This was a dream come true, it was almost like the car was built for me. I used to own a Pontiac Grand Am SE with a V6 that I thought was a quick little runner and a decent handling car. This is a race car compared to that: far superior power (Hemi 5.7 Liter V8), extremely better handling, and braking capacity that I had never experienced before. This is my dream car! The looks are superb as well! It is different from any other car out there, except maybe a slight resemblance to the new Bentley prototype wagon, which by the way is not out yet and I am guessing, costs far more than the Magnum. Excellent looking car. I love the thing. Hot-Rod looks with the power to back it up, not to mention practical with all that storage capacity. As I said before, my dream car!
Pros: Body Style
Cons: The 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder not so fuel efficient motor.
Advice: Bump up to the R/T modelNot 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!
Cons: Bumpy ride and poor instrument lighting
Advice: Try other vehicles before deciding on this one...should have bought the Chrysler SebringHave 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.
Pros: Hemi power with brakes to stop
Cons: Options as packages, not individual
Advice: Check it out, SXT is good, RT is outstandingTest 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.
Pros: engine and body style
Cons: no spoiler
Advice: it is a great car for a great priceGreat test drive, good hanling and braking. No complaints!!
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.
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.