1997 Dodge Stratus Overview


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4 Dr ES Sedan
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4 Dr STD Sedan
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Average User Score

3.85 stars

Based on 12 reviews

A Fun Car That Gets Great Gas Mileage. by coptrdoctr
 — I have the base Stratus with the 2.0 and 5 speed that has been a very good car (I am the second owner)142,000 miles. The previous owner was meticulous about maintenance and it shows...the car has had... Read More
Love It, Gonna Be Sad When I Get Rid Of It by James
 — got over 230,000 miles on it and it still runs like a dream. Take care of it and it will take care of you. 2.4 engine is torquey for a four banger, still gets over 30mpg highway. Been a great car f... Read More
Famtastic!!!!!!!!!!! by Mary Ann
 — my car handels great the breaks are awesome,very good on gas and its my fav thing right now..And hell ya it's fun to drive..it has quite a bit of km but its good enough for me got for a great price th... Read More

1997 Dodge Stratus Overview

Overall User Score

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1997 Dodge Stratus

The 1997 Dodge Stratus comes with a standard 132 hp, 2.0-liter engine.  An optional engine on both trims is the 150 hp 2.4-liter engine, and the ES has one step more, with an optional 168 hp, 2.4-liter engine.  Both trims come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, with a 4-speed automatic optional, giving you more convenience during your drive, but a loss of gas mileage.  The manual tranny get about 26/27 mpg, while the automatic only giets 20/29 mpg (city/highway).  Anti-lock brakes, passenger and river airbags, and power locks help to keep everyone in the car safe while you're making use of the engine and transmission that you chose.

The interior of the 1997 Dodge Stratus is a good size for a 5-person sedan.  Not only is there plenty of passenger room, but the trunk has 15.7 cubic feet of storage space, more than enough for groceries, sports equipment, or musical instruments.  Air conditioning, power windows, leather seats, and a CD player are all available in both trims of the 1997 Dodge Stratus, keeping you comfortable on all of your day-to-day driving excursions.

Owners label this as an OK car.  There are a number of consistent problems that people have had with the 1997 Dodge Stratus, including head gasket leaks, transmission failure, and all sorts of other engine problems, but for an around town car, they seem to agree that it is decent.  Most people were very happy with the gas mileage, and the lack of speed and acceleration make this an excellent car for a beginning driver.  While owners wouldn't define the 1997 Dodge Stratus as the best car on the road, it gets them from place to place, even if they do have to toss some money into the engine now and again.


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