1999 Stratus

Consumer Reviews

1999 Dodge Stratus

$2,224 - $2,896  MSRP Range
1999 Dodge Stratus

Review Score

3.4 out of 5 stars

3.4

5 Reviews
Score Breakdown
3.8 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.6 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
2.8 out of 5 stars Interior Design
2.8 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.8 out of 5 stars Performance
3.4 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Great value. Cheap to own/operate.

by Cheapdude from Central PA. on Tue Oct 03 2006

This car has proven to be above average in terms of reliability and durability. I should know, I'm hard on vehicles. Parts and accessories are cheap, compared to other vehicles. It lacks performance but hey, it's only a little four cylinder. Good solid car. Highly recommended.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Trusty Stratus

by Gear Head from Salt Lake City, UT on Tue Sep 10 2013

My dad has had the manual 2.0L 4 cylinder version of this for 14 years. It has never our family much trouble other than basic maintenance. Pros: Decently styled exterior, above average stock stereo, mythical gas mileage (we still see 35mpg at 100k miles on it) Cons: 4 cylinder model is a gutless wonder. You don't buy this car for thrills. Boring interior styling Overall, as long as you realize this is a basic sedan you will be pleased with this choice. It's been cheap to run and for a car this size has incredible gas mileage.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

First Car

by LN2007 from Chicago on Wed Jul 04 2007

This is the first car I owned. I still currently own it because it is still running smoothly. The only problem i had with it was to change the pistons. The car also has good handling, a lot of leg room for the back seat, and has decent acceleration. The only thing i dont like about the car is that its pretty thirsty for gas for a 4 cylinder engine. This is a great car for unexperienced teen drivers short on cash.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Older Dodge Stratus V6, Still Chuggin

by Still Chuggin from Aurora, IL on Mon May 22 2006

My 1999 Stratus has 170,000 miles on it and has never had any major problems, but I think they may be coming soon. I can feel the transmission starting to go, and the suspension is just about shot. I've heard the 4-cylinder versions of these cars had problems and the V6s did not, and that's been the case in my experience. My cousin bought a 4-cyliner around the time I bought my V6. That car is long gone (it had a leaky head gasket I think) and mine's still going. My wife and I drove this car hard on the expressway for 5 years before retiring it to in-town duty when we bought our newer car. If you're looking at an older used Stratus, I'd just make sure it's the V6 version and the transmission still feels solid.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

lemon all the way

by ed from austin tx on Mon May 12 2008

My father was a dodge man and we had lot of them growing up. I thought it was a good idea to get a dodge. I purchased a 4 cylinder 99 Stratus. One thing after another. It ran like a lawn mower. Hills made the car scream. It would squeal from the wheels. Took it to dealer and the couldnt figure it out. Cruise control made transmission go nuts and shift like it was going to die. Thank god they made the stereo good and loud. Thats the only thing that kept the other noises from the car out. Everyone else outside would just look and laugh. I maintained the car well but could not get the noises to stop. The dealer couldnt figure out how to fix there own car. The car lasted 2 years and caught fire in park, in front of my daughters school on her first day. It was a powerstearing leak recall. I walk out with a smile and thought thank god for full coverage. I will never buy a dodge again.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1999 Dodge Stratus

The Dodge Stratus slots into the highly popular compact segment with attractive styling, a big interior and, for this year, crisper handling.

While the Stratus and Cirrus are slated to be replaced with new models in the 2001 model year, the current car continues to be honed. The double-wishbone suspension was retuned this year to enhance responsiveness, resulting in sharper responses that put it on solid footing relative to many of its competitors. Even though the changes are rather subtle, overall balance has been improved and the steering has a better "on-center" feel.

The front-wheel-drive Stratus is offered with a wide range of engines, beginning with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that... Read More