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Dodge Stratus

Summarization of Dodge Stratus:

Dodge Stratus have different modifications of doors quantity. 2 doors in modification SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M) (2002), and 4 doors in modification 4dr Sedan (1999)
Minimum width of this car is 70.3 mm. in SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M) (2002), and maximum is 71.7 in 4dr Sedan (1999)
Option 4dr Sedan (1996) have min height 51.9. Option SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A) (2002) have max height 54.9mm.
Length min of Dodge Stratus:186.0 in 4dr Sedan (1999). Max length: 191.2.
Years production:1995 - 2006
Price deppend on modification from 17755$ (SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A) (2002)) to 23755$ (R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A) (2006))
Minimum cylinders in Dodge Stratus: 4 and maximum: 6 equipped by ES 4dr Sedan (1999)
Min clearance: in option 4dr Sedan (1999) (4.7), max: in option SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M) (2002)(6.22)

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Dodge Stratus information:

 Introduction

Dodge Stratus luxury model was a family sedan manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge division and it was launched in the year 1995.  It is a 4-door mid-size sedan based on Chrysler’s JA platform Cab forward. In 1996 and 1997 the Stratus along with the Cirrus and Breeze appeared in the top ten lists of Car and Driver Magazine. The model was highly acclaimed by critics but falling sales figures forced the closure of the Stratus brand in the early part of 2006. In 2007 the Dodge Avenger replaced the Stratus which incidentally reached the production figure of 1,308,123 along with Sebrings.  After the stoppage of production the entire tools and assembly line was transferred to GAZ, the Russian concern, under sale.  The company produced 9,000 units of modified Stratus named as Volga Siber from 2007 to 2010.

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Models and Features

The Dodge Stratus from the second generation was the last to be manufactured in 2006 and they involved Sedans and Coupes. These vehicles lasted the entire 2001-2006 period and both the body styles differed vastly in mechanical details. The Stratus coupe known formerly as Avenger was modeled on the platform of Mitsubishi Eclipse and only the sheet metal separated it from the Japanese cousin. The sedan was clearly the Chrysler imprint though.  In 2001 Dodge replaced the Avenger with the Stratus couple and it was built at the Diamond Star Motor plant of Mitsubishi and the platform used was the ST-22. These models also shared little other than the nameplate and in 2003 the Stratus coupe was restyled. By 2005 the coupe was discontinued by Chrysler while the Sedan for another year.

Owing to the “Cab Forward” design of the Chrysler the Stratus sedan featured fairly roomy cabin space and equally large trunk space which proved to be its shining point. Another notable feature was the handling, which was more spirited and sportier than some of the midsize and middle range cost vehicles of its time. Another attraction of the Sedan was the price and anyone who wanted a V6 engine powered big and comfortable sedan opposed to the sportier, high strung small cabs of the Japanese.  The stratus was the mid size entry from Chrysler of its JA platform and the Breeze being the lower model and the Cirrus the high end model.  The front fascia, wheels, bumper and the taillights were only identifiable among them and the rest varied vastly. The larger volume Dodge Spirit was replaced in the United States by the Stratus.

The initial models of Dodge Stratus were known for their spacious interior, sharp styling and values. A redesigned model followed which featured more safety equipment and a high potential V6. Along with it a coupe model was also introduced. Overall the Stratus cannot be called as a roaring success but had a decent run in the market. Stratus could not match the top flying Japanese imports in terms of quality, refinement, reputation and reliability. This being the scene production of Stratus was halted after the second generation.  If someone is looking for a used model of coupe or sedan then the Stratus is a sensible choice because it has exterior styling and price to match the expectations.

Technical specifications

The first generation of Stratus manufactured from 1995 to 2000 used transverse front-engine and   front-wheel drive. They were classified as mid-size vehicles.  The second generation was produced from 2001 to 2006 and sedan and coupe versions were released. Body styles offered were 4-door sedan and 2-door coupe and were built on the Chrysler J platform for the sedans and ST-22 for the coupes. Powertrains used for these models included 2.4 L EDZ I4, 2.4 L 4G64 I4, 2.4 L EDV/EDT I4 (t/c gasoline), 2.7 L EER V6, and 3.0 L 6G72 V6   gasoline engines. The 2.4 L produced a power of 215hp and it came from the turbocharged Stratus R/T. The later 2.4 L engines manufactured by Chrysler were able to produce 225hp at 5200 rpm and 235 lb-ft torque at 4200 rpm. A turbo badge was slapped on these models to signify them.

Transmissions used for these range included five-speed manual, four-speed F4A51/ F4A42 and four-speed Ultradrive 41TE. For the sedan the wheelbase was measured at 108.0 inches and the couple a reduced 103.7 inches. Length of the sedan was 191.2 inch, width 70.6 inch and height 54.9 inches and for the coupe it was 190.9 inch, width 70.3 inch and height 53.9 inch. These specifications also varied with models years.

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Options and packages

The Dodge Stratus offered several options in trim levels and they included the base from the 1995 to 1999, the ES model from 1995 to 2004, R/T from 2002-2006, SE from 2000 to 2005 and the SXT from 2002 to 2006. The coupes were the Dodge’s option inn sporty R/T version, and base SXT versions. The sedans were available in mid-grade SXT, the luxury model ES and the R/T models. The coupe was powered by 2.4 L inline-4 and the R/T versions integrated a 3.0 L 200hp V6 engine. They can be either coupled with a 4-speed auto transmission or 5-speed manual. The first generation did not have a coupe in the lineup. Since there were not many changes implied between generations, customers don’t require paying attention to any model year. Overall the styling was sharp and space was more than expected. The Chrysler Sebring was manufactured in Russia under license by GAZ which also built the Volga Siber. The engine for the models was manufactured by Chrysler.

Safety

The 2006 Dodge Stratus had a safety ranking of “A” or acceptable in terms of crash safety by the Insurance Safety for Highway safety. This moderately priced midsize car according IIHS had acceptable moderate overlap front, acceptable head restraints and seats but poor or P sides against crashes. As far as technology is concerned there was no doubting of the Chrysler car building platform especially the J A platform cab forward technology. It is a good bargain if you are looking for a used car and the 2006 Sedan will do because it is moderately priced but has sturdy and sharp built and also large space to accommodate 4-5 passengers and a huge trunk space to boot with.

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Dodge Stratus modifications:

All Dodge Stratus years
modification price cylinder wheels doors width x length x height clearance

ES 4dr Sedan (1995 - 2000)

0$ 6 front wheel drive 4 71.7 x 186.0 x 54.4 4.8

4dr Sedan (1995 - 1999)

0$ 4 front wheel drive 4 71.7 x 186.0 x 54.2 4.7

ES 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A) (2001 - 2004)

21,975$ 6 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.9

SXT 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A) (2003 - 2006)

20,825$ 4 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.9 5.2

SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A) (2002 - 2004)

19,690$ 6 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.9

R/T 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 5M) (2001 - 2005)

22,980$ 6 front wheel drive 2 70.3 x 190.9 x 53.9 5.9

R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 5M) (2002 - 2004)

22,370$ 6 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.4 5.2

SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M) (2003 - 2005)

20,135$ 4 front wheel drive 2 70.3 x 190.9 x 53.9 6.2

R/T 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A) (2004 - 2006)

23,755$ 6 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.4 5.2

SE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A) (2001 - 2002)

17,755$ 4 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.9

SE 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M) (2001 - 2002)

18,050$ 4 front wheel drive 2 70.3 x 190.9 x 53.7 6.22

R/T 4dr Sedan w/leather (2.7L 6cyl 4A) (2005)

23,335$ 6 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.4 5.2

R/T 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl 4A) (2002 - 2004)

23,520$ 6 front wheel drive 2 70.3 x 190.9 x 53.9 5.9

SXT 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 4A) (2004)

20,675$ 4 front wheel drive 2 70.3 x 190.9 x 53.9 6.2

SXT 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A) (2004)

20,820$ 6 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.9 5.2

SE 4dr Sedan (2000)

0$ 4 front wheel drive 4 71.7 x 186.0 x 54.2 4.7

SE Plus 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 4A) (2002)

19,200$ 4 front wheel drive 4 70.6 x 191.2 x 54.9