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Dodge Intrepid

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,050
    Hey gang,

    The cheap (300 treadwear rating) tires on my Intrepid are about to go, at only 26,500 miles. Anybody have any good suggestions for replacement tires? I'm not too crazy about having to replace a set of tires after only one year, so maybe a better brand will hold me awhile longer.

    Thanks!
    -Andre
  • replaced the badyears on my 99 at about 30000 miles. I bought a set of BF Goodrich Precept Touring tires. The Eagle GA's that come on the car are also touring tires. The BFG's have a better treadwear rating and should last 80,000 miles. I paid somewhere around 330 at Discount Tire Company. We all know not to buy Firestone! At least go with a brand name.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,050
    thanks for the info on the tires. I'll check into Discount Tire Company. I don't deal with Firestone at all anymore. I have a set of Firestone Firehawks on my '89 Gran Fury, which have gone at least 30K miles with good tread still on them. Still, Firestone did some work on my friend's Tracker, and messed it up pretty royally. I used to take my Gran Fury to them, too, for oil changes, because I hated greasing the suspension fittings on the car. Well, evidently, Firestone hated greasing them too, because they never did!! Found this out the last time I did an oil change/suspension lube myself...some of those fittings were dry as a bone! I also found out that they would dump 10W30 oil in anything, no matter what the owner's manual said. When I confronted them on this, they had the nerve to say that they didn't have time to memorize every car's oil requirement!
    -Andre
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    coach,

    did the goodrich tires cut down on any road noise??
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    here is an interesting link:

    http://biz.yahoo.com/cnw/000926/daimlerchr_2.html

    this would bring dc's north american products up to the warranty standards of toyota, etc.
  • The BFG tires are a lot better than the Eagle GA's. I think that they are l little smoother and perform better in wet weather. The Michelin are also fine tires. However, I bought the BFG's because I work in outside sales and do a lot of driving. Most of the sales reps in my office have BFG tires and the verdict is long treadwear and good performance. I will always go to Dicount Tire Company. They have the best service and prices in Texas. www.tires.com
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    The Eagle GA's on my mom's first gen Intrepid went almost 40,000 mi. She recently had them replaced, at the dealership, and they used GY Regatta tires. At least I think that's the name. The appear to be an all season tire about a notch or half-notch better than the GA's.
    At just over 13,000 miles I rotated the Eagle GA's on my 2000 Intrepid last week. Probably should have done it sooner, but you live you learn. I have no doubt that these tires ought to last the better part of 25-30K. Even the fairly high buck Michelins on my wife's car needed replacing at about 40K.
  • I'm looking to buy a 99 Intrepid STD. The owner said that when the ambient temperature is cold that the transmission acts like it is in neutral even thou it is in gear, after the engine warms up it appears to work OK. Is this a cold weather problem or is the transmission getting ready to go completely out? Thanks for any info on this subject.
  • I've never had that problem with my 99 Intrepid in any temperature. Although mine is normally garaged, its has spent several nights outside when the temperature has approached zero, and the only thing unsual I've noted in the cold is a slight clicking noise from the AC compressor for the first minute or so after starting.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    rm250,

    i remember something similar happening on my 96 intrepid on very rare occasions. for example, i'd pull out of the garage and into the street, then head for the end of the block (which is a short distance from my house). when i'd pull up to the first stop sign the car would act like it didn't want to downshift back into first gear (it had upshifted into second on the travels to the end of the block). but after giving it a little gas it would. this would only happen at the "first" stop after having sat all night in the cold. it didn't happen on subsequent stops after the first stop. and strangely enough it only happend when temperatures were in the teens and 20s. if it were warmer or colder than that, it didn't occur. anyway, i had the local dealership take a thorough look at it but they never found anything wrong. and it did that from the day it was new but i never noticed or had any other problems in 30k miles.
  • rm250rm250 Posts: 5
    Thanks davidu and emale for your response. I think I can buy this 99 Intrepid STD for $8,600. The mileage is coming up on 96k, the exterior and interior are immaculate. This vehicle was a company car driven by a lady sales rep that covered 4 lower mid western states (98% interstate-highway miles. I'm asking for your input on the gamble of the high miles. Would you gamble on buying this vehicle? Thanks again for your input.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    rm250,

    personally, i wouldn't buy ANY car that had 96k miles on it...
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    rm250-

    96,000 miles on a 99 Intrepid??? That's a lot of miles. I would never buy a car with 96k and expect it to be reliable, especially a Chrysler. I only have 30k on my 99 300M and I've had a ton of problems. Have the dealer run the VIN in their Chrysler computers to see how much warranty work has been done on the car. That should give you some idea of its quality.

    fastdriver

    PS- She wasn't a Chrysler rep- was she? ;-))
  • davidudavidu Posts: 40
    I'd have a really hard time buying a car with that many miles, especially in just a year or two!! From what I've seen advertised, you could pay well under $20,000 and get one with far less mileage.

    Man, that kind of mileage is usually associated with over the road trucks. Maybe it's one of the limited production "Intrepid Kenworth Edition" models!!!
  • rm250rm250 Posts: 5
    Thank you for your opinions and good humor. No she wasn't a Chrysler rep and yes she is an LTL Freight Company rep. Maybe that is a "Intrepid Kenworth Edition" model. I too am having a hard time deciding to buy this Intrepid. I guess the good body style and the great over all appearance had blinded my good judgement. Thanks again for all the input.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    rm250-

    Whew! That was a close call! Glad you saw the light! LOL....

    fastdriver

    PS What is an Intrepid STD? Not sure I ever heard of this model.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    It's an Intrepid that has no morals, and now has one of "those" diseases :)
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    marsha7-

    LOL.. I don't see you here for ages and now I come across two of your messages in the two placemarks I've viewed. Are you following me now?

    STD- so it's THAT kind of car! Kind of like my Christine! She has no morals at all. She'll go with anyone. She's already had some close relationships with THREE "5-STAR" dealers.

    fastdriver
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    I just responded to you in Talk to the Hosts, I come here, and here you are. Obviously I must be following you, since you have faster DSL and I am on 56K modem. You have been here, left, gone to dinner and gone to bed for two hours, and I am still downloading my "start" page :)

    Your point is well taken; my Intrepid has been diagnosed by two 5-star dealers. Like going to MD's...Sorry, we can't find anything wrong with you, it must all be in your head!!! Maybe the dealers who can actually find something wrong are the few 6-Star dealers in the country... :)
  • rm250rm250 Posts: 5
    Edmonds lists two models for 99, a 4 Dr ES and a 4 Dr STD. Since this is a company car they didn't splurge on the extras. After weighing all the input that I have received from this Intrepid chat format and info from other sources I am going to pass up the "Intrepid Kenworth Edition" that I still think looks sharp to me. If you don't hear form me it's because I'm going to feel like an outsider being a non Intrepid owner, but I will check in from time to time to see how everyone is getting along with their Intrepids. Thanks Again:
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    bob,

    have the dealers you've been to tried to fix your climate control by applying the two or three different tsbs that seem to specifically relate to your problem? I'm sure the fix is one of those. by the way, haven't seen you complain about it recently so what's up?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    rm250-

    Thanks. I never heard of an Intrepid STD. I guess they mean "standard" model as opposed to the ES. Anyway, don't be worried about posting here. I don't own an Intrepid either. I have a 99 300M- same thing, just a little fancier. Certainly no quieter.

    Read this and maybe you won't even buy a Chrysler-
    http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Flats/7501/

    Good luck.

    fastdriver
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,050
    I think you made a good decision to stay away from that '99 Intrepid with 96K miles. That's incredible to think that someone would put that many miles on a car that fast. I've had my 2000 for almost ll months now, and it has almost 27000 miles, and most people I know think it's incredible that I've racked 'em up so fast! I also deliver pizzas p/t, and about 250-300 miles a week is just because of that.

    96K highway miles may not be as bad as you think, though, considering that the car would have been driven long distances at relatively constant speeds. With the wear-and-tear that delivery driving puts on my car, I would guess mine would be more the equivalent of a 40-45K mile car. On an average night, say 25 deliveries, just think of how many times I've slammed the door, jumped in and out of the car seat, turned the car on and off, pulled jackrabbit starts and stops, etc etc.

    Other than things that wear out normally (I need new front brakes and tires) and circumstances beyond the car's control (rear-ending another car, someone breaking into my car at 6-Flags America, a flat tire, and a cat that tore loose the black stone shield when it ran in front of me...don't worry, animal lovers, the cat survived, and judging by the way it took off, was unhurt.) the car has been very reliable. Still, I don't know if I'll trust it when it gets to around 100K miles. We'll see when it gets there!
    -Andre
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    when I left it at the selling dealer for two days, they told me they checked TSBs and there were none that described any problems with air conditioning. It has cooled in the last few weeks, so air seems to work better when the temp is only 75-78. But on those one or two days in the low to mid 80s, it is present, but getting it to the dealer on that one warm day, when I really do have a life.....and yes, the driver's seat still moves (only when I drive :),

    I originally liked the car, and I feel that these two problems can be easily fixed, if someone will only fix them. As soon as I can afford it, it is back to the imports for me. You know all the usual reasons, so I won't bore you with them.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    marsha7,

    here are a couple tsbs i found at the nhtsa site. do any of these describe your problem? if so print them out and take to your dealer and demand they fix your car...

    Service Bulletin Number: 083199REVA
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 121
    Date of Bulletin: 9910
    NHTSA Item Number: SB612139
    Make: DODGE
    Model: INTREPID
    Year: 2000
    Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
    Summary: SUBJECT ON INTERMITTENT VTA, OVERHEAD TEMP. SLOW TO UPDATE, A/C POOR PERFORMANCE AFTER START-UP. *MJS

    Service Bulletin Number: 857
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 106
    Date of Bulletin: 0001
    NHTSA Item Number: SB610644
    Make: DODGE
    Model: INTREPID
    Year: 2000
    Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION:ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT
    Summary: ON SOME VEHICLES, THE POWERTRAIN CONTROL MODULE MAY INTERMITTENTLY CAUSE THE VEHICLE THEFT ALARM NOT TO FUNCTION AFTER THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN TURNED OFF AND THE DOORS ARE LOCKED; THE AUTOMATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL SYSTEM MAY EXHIBIT POOR A/C PERFORMANCE; OR THE TEMPERATURE DISPLAY ON THE OVERHEAD TRAVEL INFORMATION SYSTEM MAY BE SLOW TO UPDATE AFTER THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN STARTED. *TT

    Service Bulletin Number: 240200
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 106
    Date of Bulletin: 0003
    NHTSA Item Number: SB610638
    Make: DODGE
    Model: INTREPID
    Year: 2000
    Component: HEATER:DEFROSTER:DEFOGGER AND VENTILATION
    Summary: SOME VEHICLES MAY EXHIBIT ERRATIC OPERATION OF THE A/C AND HEATER SYSTEMS INCLUDING: LACK OF COLD AIR, LACK OF HOT AIR, UNREQUESTED MODE CHANGE (ATC ONLY), NO CONTROL OF MODE OR TEMPERATURE CONTROL OR DITHERING / TAPPING BLEND DOOR NOISE. *TT
  • alvey1alvey1 Posts: 8
    My 99 had AC probs, and dealer didn't have any TSBs on the AC!!! So, I just printed out all of them that I found at the NHTSA site and provided them to them. They even showed me their TSB book, and they weren't in there. The sevice manager got a hold of someone to resend them TSBs. Good grief - you'd think a 5 star would be a little better than that.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,050
    Hey gang,

    I'm driving from Maryland to Chicago tonite to look at a used Travco motorhome, but I'm getting a rental car so the Intrepid can have a rest. I've had the car 11 months today, and it has just over 27,000 miles on it. This trip would add about another 1600 or so to it, and my brakes and tires are already getting close to replacement time, so I'd rather rack up those miles on something else.

    Plus, I don't wanna have to tow a 4 ton motorhome with my Intrepid when it breaks down ;-) The Ford Contour rental car should be able to do that just fine ;-)

    -Andre
  • I wouldn´t trust the Contour,It is smart from you to leave home your beauty,but can´t you rent a better car,if not watch those Firestone tires!.

    Take care,and have a safe trip.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Emale.. Was at the dealer scheduling a time to replace my CD player and picked up a 2001 Intrepid brochure. Much to my surprise--were you aware that the "active intake manifold/valve" has appeared across the line now? Even on our beloved 3.2.. Curiously the hp/torque numbers listed show no decrease in revs at max numbers but I can only assume that the torque and hp peaks (which are now at 222) is more "accessible" across the rev range. Ironically they list the 3.5 in the R/T as having this feature as well. Think it's time to put in a request to Buzz over at Car-Truck.com--see if he can get the skinny on all this. Unless, of course, someone here has more insider info.
    One more thing.. I"ll let you know how the 5 Star "body shop" works.. Did a damned fool thing and backed into a pole on Saturday. Puckered my bumper cover--which popped right out--but not before crunching my tail light.. Frost this morning in the NE.. How's by you?
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    jason,

    i hadn't heard about the active intake thing. i doubt it would be noticeable on the 3.2l. anyway, gotta roll, i'm on vacation in boulder!!
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