Dodge Stratus

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Dodge Stratus
2004-2006 Dodge Stratus -- 03-09-2011.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chrysler Corporation
DaimlerChrysler
Mitsubishi Motors (coupes only)
Also called Chrysler Stratus (Europe)
Production 1995–2006 (sedan)
2001–2005 (coupe)
1995–1999 (Canada)
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Chronology
Predecessor Dodge Spirit & Dodge Dynasty (sedan)
Dodge Avenger (coupé)
Successor Dodge Avenger (sedan)

The Dodge Stratus was a mid-size 4-door family sedan introduced in 1995. It was based on the Chrysler JA platform Cab forward (car). The Stratus, Breeze, and Cirrus were all on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1996 and 1997. It received critical acclaim at launch, but ratings fell over time. Production ended at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in early 2006 which had built 1,308,123 Stratus and Sebrings since 2000.[1] The Dodge Avenger replaced the Stratus nameplate in early 2007 for the 2008 model year.

After the discontinuation of the Stratus sedan in 2006, the assembly line and tooling were sold to the Russian concern, GAZ, which manufactured 9,000 examples of a very slightly modified Stratus from 2007 through 2010 called the Volga Siber.

First generation (1995–2000)[edit]

1996 Dodge Stratus ES.JPG
Main article: Chrysler Cirrus

The Dodge Stratus was the middle entry of the Chrysler JA platform (with the Cirrus being the higher-end model and the Breeze being the lower-end model). The three cars differed only in the front fascia, rear bumper, taillights, and wheels. The interiors also had little variation between the three models; being almost identical, save for the name on the steering wheel, and a few available options. The Stratus directly replaced the high-volume Spirit (United States only)

Second generation (2001–2006)[edit]

Second generation
01-03 Dodge Stratus sedan.jpg
2001-2003 Dodge Stratus sedan
Overview
Production 2001–2006 (Sedan)
2001–2005 (Coupé)
Assembly United States: Sterling Heights, Michigan (Sterling Heights Assembly) (sedan)
United States: Normal, Illinois (Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America) (Coupé)
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
2-door coupé
Platform Sedan:Chrysler JR platform
Coupé:Chrysler ST-22 platform
Related Sedan:
Chrysler Sebring sedan
Volga Siber
Coupé:
Chrysler Sebring coupé
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Powertrain
Engine 2.4 L EDZ I4 (gasoline)
2.4 L 4G64 I4 (gasoline)
2.4 L EDV/EDT I4 (t/c gasoline)
2.7 L EER V6 (gasoline)
3.0 L 6G72 V6 (gasoline)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed F4A42/F4A51 automatic
4-speed Ultradrive 41TE automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase Sedan: 108.0 in (2,743 mm)
Coupé: 103.7 in (2,634 mm)
Length Sedan: 191.2 in (4,856 mm)
Coupé: 190.9 in (4,849 mm)
Width 2003–06 Sedan: 70.6 in (1,793 mm)
2001–02 Sedan: 71.9 in (1,826 mm)
Coupé: 70.3 in (1,786 mm)
Height Sedan: 54.9 in (1,394 mm)
2003–06 R/T Sedan: 54.4 in (1,382 mm)
2003–05 Coupé: 53.9 in (1,369 mm)
2001–02 Coupé: 53.7 in (1,364 mm)

In 2001, the Stratus became the last of the surviving Cloud Cars, with the Cirrus renamed as the Sebring and the Breeze discontinued. This generation of the Dodge Stratus was not sold in Canada, although 1999 was the last year for Dodge Stratus sales in Canada. 2002 models dropped the "DODGE" badges from the doors.

2004–2006 Dodge Stratus sedan

The Stratus and Sebring sedans for the second generation used a revised version of the Chrysler JA platform named JR. The coupe models with the same names were entirely different cars; they were actually based on the Mitsubishi Eclipse.

During this time, sales declined as its ratings from consumer and auto magazines fell below average among mid-size cars,[2] while the sedan market had shifted and pushed the larger Intrepid and later Charger to record sales. 2004 brought styling revisions, which did not reverse this trend. The Stratus was discontinued in May 2006[1] (the Sebring name was continued).

In Mexico, the Stratus R/T came in a turbocharged version. The Stratus R/T's turbocharged 2.4 L engine went through some improvements in 2001, when power was increased to 215 hp (160 kW). This improved engine would later be used in the U.S. in the Dodge SRT-4 and PT Cruiser GT. Stratus R/T engines built from March 2004 and later generated 225 hp (168 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 lb·ft (319 N·m) of torque at 4200 rpm. Stratus R/T models with the turbocharged engine could be recognized by a rear badge saying "Turbo".

Engines[edit]

Trim levels[edit]

  • Base – 1995–1999
  • ES – 1995–2004
  • R/T – 2002–2010
  • SE – 2000–2005
  • SXT – 2002–2007
  SXT Special Edition 2003-2005

Stratus coupe[edit]

2001 Dodge Stratus SE coupe
2003–2005 Dodge Stratus R/T coupe

For 2001, Dodge introduced the Stratus coupe, replacing the discontinued Avenger. This model along with the Chrysler Sebring coupe were built at the former Diamond Star Motors plant by Mitsubishi, using the ST-22 platform. Like its Chrysler counterpart the coupe models shared very little other than the name and a few exterior styling cues with sedan and convertible models. The Stratus coupe was restyled for the 2003 model year. The coupe was discontinued after 2005, one year before the sedan. The next midsize Dodge, the Avenger, did not include a coupe version.

Engines[edit]

Trim levels[edit]

  • R/T – 2001–2005
  • SE – 2000–2002
  • SXT – 2002–2005

Licensed production in Russia[edit]

Main article: Volga Siber

The license and production facilities for the second generation Dodge Stratus and Chrysler Sebring sedans were sold in April 2006 to Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, owner the GAZ company in Nizhny Novgorod, which builds the Volga automobile. The models were built by GAZ in Russia from late 2007 through 2010 as the Volga Siber at a price of approximately US$151 million (€ 124 million). The production facilities are planned to build up to 65,000 cars of both models yearly. Four-cylinder engines were to be purchased from Chrysler and made in Mexico.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stratus and Sebring gone for good". Autoblog. May 21, 2006. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ Winfield, Barry (February 2003). "2003 Dodge Stratus vs. Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, and Six More Mid-Size Sedans - Comparison Tests". Car and Driver. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 

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