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2004 Dodge SRT-4

  • 2004 Dodge SRT-4 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      230/250
    • ENGINE
      2.4L I4
    • MSRP
      $20,450
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2004 Dodge SRT-4 Review

An adequate car that proves fun to drive, but your money would be best spent on one of the competitors if you want more refinement.

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Overview

The 2004 Dodge SRT-4 is a subcompact four-door sedan that provides a fun drive. It represents a turbocharged version of the Dodge Neon and uses a 2.4-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder engine. The original version of this car appeared in 2001 as a concept car and it featured a two-liter, four-cylinder engine with an Eaton supercharger that produced 208 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

The exterior and interior of the SRT-4 looks sporty, and in 2003, it marked the second fastest car in production for the Dodge family; the Viper being the fastest.

This car has been noted for its poor residual value. A car with a high residual value has lower lease payments and a high resale value. This car suffers from a low resale value, making it less attractive than its competitors. This 2004 car depreciates rapidly during ownership. It makes a good car for someone who wants sporty transportation to and from school or work.

The Range

Body Styles: subcompact sedan
Engines: 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Dodge SRT-4

What's New

After major upgrading in 2003, Dodge makes upgrades to the 2004 SRT-4’s powertrain. The car also gets larger fuel injectors, upgraded tires, and a few new paint colors.

Exterior

The 2004 Dodge SRT-4 comes equipped with alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, variable intermittent windshield wipers, a rear defogger, remote power door locks, and power mirrors. An optional power sunroof remains available.

This car looks sporty with a rear spoiler and high-set headlights. Other than its oval headlights and aerodynamic shape, the SRT-4 appears pretty average on the exterior. Dodge offers seven exterior paint colors: black, flame red, midnight blue pearl, bright silver metallic, graphite metallic, stone white, and Atlantic blue pearl.

Interior

The interior standard features of the 2004 Dodge SRT-4 include a six-speaker stereo system with an in-dash CD player, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, power steering, and a 12V front power outlet. You can also get optional leather upholstery, upgraded driver and passenger seats, and an upgraded stereo system. The cloth upholstery comes in either dark slate gray or taupe.

The layout of the controls looks good, but the gauges become a little hard to read when the backlights dim after you turn on the headlights. Dodge uses a lot of plastic on the dashboard and doors. The quality of materials remains average for this class. The seats feel comfortable and well-bolstered for support. Rear and side visibility gets limited by the thick roof pillars and high storage shelf. Legroom in the rear seats seems adequate, but headroom feels limited for taller passengers. The rear doors have an awkward shape, and they make entry and exit a little difficult, especially for taller passengers or those with disabilities.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Dodge SRT-4 draws power from a 2.4-liter, dual overhead cam, four-cylinder engine that produces 225 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. It uses front drive and a five-speed manual transmission. The automatic transmission remains optional. It has a front limited-slip differential and the suspension system consists of MacPherson strut front and modified MacPherson strut rear suspensions.

The acceleration moves swiftly, propelling the car from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The manual transmission feels lively, while the automatic transmission tends to slow the car down, but it still displays ample power. The stiff suspension makes driving over rough pavement a little bumpy. Ride quality on smooth pavement remains relatively comfortable. The handling feels sure, steering is responsive, and the brakes ensure smooth, even stops. While occupants notice wind noise, the engine noise remains even more noticeable.

Safety

The standard safety features on the 2004 Dodge SRT-4 include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an engine immobilizer, vented front disc and solid rear disc brakes, stability and traction controls, driver and passenger airbags, electronic brake force distribution, fog lights, and child seat anchors. Dodge also installs an emergency interior seatback release and a remote anti-theft alarm system. Side and curtain airbags for the driver and front passenger remain optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Dodge SRT-4 five-speed manual: 29/36 mpg city/highway
Dodge SRT-4 four-speed automatic: 25/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Strong brakes
  • Good sound system
  • Good handling and acceleration
  • Decent ride

You Won't Like

  • Poor residual value
  • Low-grade interior materials

Sum Up

An adequate car that proves fun to drive, but your money would be best spent on one of the competitors if you want more refinement.

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