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Year: 2003
Make: Dodge
Model: Stratus
Trim: RT
Body Style: Coupe
Engine: 3.0
Trans: Auto
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9 Jul 2017
I got my hands on a decent 2003 Stratus RT, which, after driving family cars for 20 years, is a whole lot of fun. It was suspiciously cheap ($900), so I figured there had to be something terribly wrong with it, and it seems the torque converter is the issue; it shakes in the lower part of 2nd & 3rd. So, I'm trying to decide whether to drop a couple of grand on it or just get a different car, as I prefer manual transmissions in sports cars.

Question: can I swap a manual tranny into this, or is there a way to get the torque converter from slipping?
13 Jun 2017
So I bought a decent 2003 Stratus RT Coupe for $900, which is blue book for "Fair" condition, which is about right. Expected serious issues, but all seemed well. Had the tranny fluid changed, took it on a road trip, and the transmission started shuddering after about 300 miles. Either it's got a shit tranny or the shop that flushed it used the wrong fluid.

In the morning, 'm going to get a bunch of ATF+4 fluid and some Lucas and drain/fill it again.

Is this stupid?

Thanks for any help!

I really like this car, hoping I don't have a major issue on my hands, as I have to drive about 400 milds tomorrow to get home. Yes, it's stupid to take a new-to-me $900 car on a road trip, but the 40 - 100 miles trips I've taken didn't show any issues.
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