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2001 Dodge Stratus Coupe

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2001 Dodge Stratus R/T

Source: The Car Connection

The front-drive equivalent of a Woodward cruiser.

by Eric Peters

When people think "pony cars" - sporty two-plus-two coupes with traditional American macho car styling - they tend to think of either the Ford Mustang or the Chevy Camaro/Pontiac Firebird. But there is a third alternative: the 2001 Dodge Stratus R/T coupe.

This car combines most of the elements that make a pony car fun with the only major drawback, from an enthusiast's point-of-view, being its front-wheel-drive layout.

It's also a great way to slide into a Mitsubishi Eclipse GT for about $1000 less than you'd otherwise pay, because the $20,805 Stratus R/T shares many components with its $21,947 Asian cousin, including the Mitsubishi-sourced 3.0-liter, 200-hp V-6.

You also get a bigger car, because the Dodge R/T rides on a longer wheelbase (103.7 inches vs. 100.8 for the Eclipse). The R/T is significantly longer, too - 190.2 inches overall vs. 175.4 for the Eclipse.

In case you didn't know, Chrysler and Mitsubishi have been partnered for some time now, and share platforms, engines and other stuff like that. This is why you'll see a lot of equipment of some Chrysler-branded products that hails from the land of the rising sun.

Similarities abound

In addition to the underhood similarities, you may notice the Stratus R/T also shares a similar interior/dash layout with the Eclipse, including the interesting "remote" display for the audio and climate control system that is mounted in an LCD-type display on top of the dash, with the actual controls down near the console.

Still, the R/T is different enough to be its own thing.

The handling/chassis dynamics of the R/T seem better on the street in most conditions than those of the rear-drive Mustang - but not as good as the also rear-drive Camaro, which, despite its other flaws, is one of the best-handling coupes on the market today.

Imported front-drive coupes, such as the Acura Integra, Honda Prelude, Toyota Celica, etc., are quicker to react and feel more nimble than the R/T, but they are also targeted at a different type of audience. The Stratus R/T, its Mitsubishi running gear notwithstanding, has the look and feel of Woodward Avenue Friday-night cruises and NASCAR tailgate-partying - especially with the loud and proud "R/T" graphics and badges all over the place.

This is not to imply the car is rednecky, only that it's "American" or as close to that as one can get in today's homologated, multinational, free-trade-area world.

Obvious flaws

Now, the Stratus R/T is a little more expensive than its obvious competitors - the aforesaid Camaro/Firebird V-6 coupe and Mustang V-6 coupe ($17,305 and $16,995 respectively). But it's well equipped, and thanks to the excellent design that created a viable rear passenger area, much more realistic for people who need a car for more than just daily commuting or single-person styling and profiling.

No one but Roswell UFO-sized aliens (reported to be about four feet high for the tall ones) can sit comfortably in the back of either the Camaro or Mustang. The situation is even more laughable in most import "two-plus-two" coupes, such as the Honda Prelude, et al. Even the aliens would have to be folded in half - or stacked sideways, like so much cordwood - to occupy the for-show-only rear seats of those cars.

But the Stratus R/T (and the Eclipse it is derived from) have actual legroom for rear seat passengers; headroom, too! Accordingly, the car can be put into service as more than just a toy/single person's fun car. It is workable for a guy or a gal with a young family, or who just needs the extra room.

Included in the base price of the R/T are such amenities as air conditioning, seven-speaker Infiniti audio system with both CD and tape player, leather-trimmed steering wheel, 17x6.5-inch rims with performance tires, power windows and locks, cruise control, electric rear defroster and intermittent wipers. Many, indeed most of these things, are extra cost options on competitors' models - so base your comparison accordingly and not just on the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).

2001 Dodge Stratus R/T Coupe

Base price range: $20,805
Engine: 3.0 liter V-6, 200 hp
Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 103.7 in
Length: 190.2 in
Width: 70.3 in
Height: 53.7 in
Curb Weight: 3254 lb (V-6 w/manual)
EPA (city/hwy): 20/28 mpg (manual); 19/27 mpg (auto)
Safety equipment: Dual front airbags (traction control and ABS optional)
Major standard features: 200-hp V-6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, sport-tuned suspension with 17x6.5-inch wheels, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter, air conditioning, power windows and locks, cruise control, seven-speaker audio system with in-dash CD player
Warranty: Three years/36,000 miles

© 2001 The Car Connection

 

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 7 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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