Dodge Stratus
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Dodge
Model: Stratus
Dodge Stratus

The Dodge Stratus has been the center of some pretty good jokes. Granted, the jokes didn't reflect well on the vehicle. In a hilarious sketch on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell's 'Dad' character famously screamed, "I drive a Dodge Stratus!" He intended it to mean that he was due some respect from his dysfunctional family, but the phrase itself became a minor pop culture phenomenon reflecting a disdain for lower and middle class "luxury" items. Nevertheless, and on a more serious note, the Dodge Stratus was a mid-size 4-door sedan introduced in 1995 and was based on the Chrysler JA platform. The Dodge Stratus, Breeze, and Cirrus were all on Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list for 1996 and 1997 and it did receive some other positive recognition at the time of its release. But, over time, ratings fell. Production was formally ended at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in early 2006. Over the run though, the mechanics had built 1,308,123 Stratus and Sebrings since 2000. By 2007, the Dodge Avenger had replaced the Dodge Stratus nameplate. One of the many oddities about the Stratus was the location of the battery. It was placed in an unusual location, that being forward of the inside left fender. It is easier to replace the battery if you remove the left front tire which is certainly not the preferred method when all one is trying to do is replace a battery, not fix a flat. At its released, the Dodge Stratus directly replaced the high-volume Dodge Spirit and it was praised for its superior cornering. It was often compared to other small mid-sizes such as the Chevrolet Malibu, and described as roomier than the Ford Contour. Not to mention, the Dodge Stratus did make few brief appearances in the film Mission: Impossible III, which is pretty neat, although not enough to keep a model in production.

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