Dodge Stratus Sedan 2004-2006 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for Dodge Stratus Sedan for the year 2004, 2005 and 2006.
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 Sedan
The Dodge Stratus is a mid-size car that debuted in February 1995 and is based on the Chrysler JA 4-door sedan platform. Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1996 and 1997 included the Stratus, Plymouth Breeze, and Chrysler Cirrus. It was well-received when it first came out, but its popularity waned with time. For 2001, the Stratus received a facelift, with the Cirrus being renamed the Chrysler Sebring and a coupé model being added to the lineup. The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, which had constructed 1,308,123 Stratus and Sebrings since 2000, terminated manufacturing in early 2006. he Dodge Avenger replaced the Stratus moniker in early 2007 for the 2008 model year.
After the Stratus sedan was discontinued in 2006, the production plant and equipment were transferred to GAZ, a Russian company that produced 9,000 units of a significantly modified Stratus dubbed the Volga Siber from 2008 to 2010.
The Stratus was offered for its final year of sales in Canada in 2000, with the Chrysler Sebring replacing it as the company’s only lower mid-size sedan – Dodge did not sell a comparable model in Canada.
In Mexico, a turbocharged Stratus with a 2.4 L DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a 4-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick was available. At 5200 rpm, its engine developed 168 horsepower (125 kW; 170 PS) and 216 pound force-feet (293 Nm) of torque. The 2.4L turbo engines were exclusively available in Mexico.
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 cars, while the sedan market evolved, resulting in record sales for the bigger Intrepid and later Charger. The year 2004 featured several styling changes, but they didn’t change the trend. In May 2006, the Stratus was decommissioned (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.