Dodge Stratus 2005 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for Dodge Stratus for the year 2005.
ADD KEY (Must have two working Sentry Keys):
1. Put one of the two current keys into the ignition and turn to the ON position.
2. After the key has been in the ON position for at least three seconds — but no more than 15 seconds — turn the key back to the OFF position.
3. Take the key out and put in the second current key, turning it to the ON position, all within 15 seconds. The second key cannot be the same as the first key.
4. After ten seconds, a theft alarm light will illuminate and a single chime will sound. This confirms entry into “Customer Programming Mode”.
5. Within 60 seconds, turn key OFF and remove the current key.
6. Put a new key into the ignition and turn to the ON position.
7. After ten seconds, a single chime will sound. The theft alarm light will turn off. Wait three seconds and turn key OFF.
8. Repeat these steps for additional keys.
About Dodge Stratus
The Stratus was the last of the surviving Cloud Cars in 2000, when the Cirrus was renamed the Sebring and the Breeze was retired (along with the Plymouth brand). Although 1999 was the last year for Dodge Stratus sales in Canada, this model of the Dodge Stratus was not sold there. The “DODGE” insignia were removed from the doors for 2002 models.
For the second generation, the Stratus and Sebring sedans utilised the JR platform, which was a refined version of the Chrysler JA platform. The coupé variants with the similar names were really built on the Mitsubishi Eclipse and were completely distinct automobiles.
During this period, sales plummeted as customer and auto magazine ratings slipped below average for mid-size automobiles, while the sedan market switched, resulting in record sales for the larger Intrepid and later Charger. The year 2004 featured several styling changes, but they didn’t change the trend. In May 2006, the Stratus was phased out (the Sebring name was continued).
The Stratus R/T turbocharged version was available in Mexico. In 2001, the Stratus R/turbocharged T’s 2.4 L engine received some upgrades, with power rising to 215 horsepower (160 kW). Stratus R/T engines made from March 2004 and later produced 225 horsepower (168 kW) at 5200 rpm and 235 lbft (319 Nm) of torque at 4200 rpm, and were eventually used in the Dodge SRT-4 and PT Cruiser GT in the United States. A rear emblem reading “Turbo” identified Stratus R/T cars with the turbocharged engine.
Dodge released the Stratus coupé in 2001 to replace the Avenger, which was retired. Mitsubishi used the ST-22 chassis to build this model, as well as the Chrysler Sebring coupé, at the former Diamond Star Motors plant. The coupé vehicles, like their Chrysler counterparts, shared virtually little with sedan and convertible models other than the name and a few external aesthetic cues. For the 2003 model year, the Stratus coupé was restyled. The coupé was retired one year before the sedan, in 2005. The Avenger, the following midsize Dodge that replaced the Stratus, did not have a coupé version.
In the IIHS frontal crash test, the first generation Dodge Stratus achieved a “Poor” rating. The test vehicle was a Chrysler Cirrus, but the findings apply to the Stratus and the Plymouth Breeze as well. Due to a possible injury to the right leg, the second generation Stratus and its twin, the Chrysler Sebring, obtained an overall “Acceptable” grade in the IIHS frontal test. Due to a major neck injury, a weak side structure, likely rib fractures, and high forces on the shoulder and pelvis, the Stratus obtains a “Poor” grade in the side test without optional side airbags. The IIHS gives it an overall “Acceptable” rating for its seats and head restraints.