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Dodge Intrepid

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  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    rferd: while I do not know why it did that, I can assure you it was NOT my gas cap, as I was taught back in 2000 to always turn the cap 3 clicks to make sure it is properly seated...I NEVER failed to do that...

    andre: welcome back...for all the problems you had, assuming you bought a 5 year battery, you won't have to touch it for another 4 years, and your trp will have 150K-200K, and probably ready to become a boat anchor... :shades: :shades:
  • froggersjcfroggersjc Posts: 49
    You probably already heard, but you should feed the thing nothing but synthetic oil. I change Mobile 1 every 5000 miles with a new filter every 2500. This might be slight overkill but its better than having a $10,000 yard ornament. I've also heard to change the tranny fluid more often than not.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    The 100K mile service was done yesterday--timing belt, water pump, spark plugs, new serpentine and AC belts, and oil and filter. The dealer charged me $734 for that. I had checked a few independent shops and they were about the same price or more than the dealer. The battery is next I suspect. I will probably do that myself and use the "from above" method stated by Jason above. Thanks,
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    but I've NEVER run synthetic oil in my 2.7, and now, at around 107,000 miles, it's still running fine. Initially I tried to change my oil every 3,000 miles, but I've been more inconsistent than I would have preferred. My oil changes have fallen between the 3-5,000 mile range.

    I keep thinking about changing to synthetic, but at this point in time, would it be worth it? If the dino juice hasn't done its job well, would the damage already be done at that point? Now one thing I HAVE done regularly is have the transaxle serviced. Every 30,000 miles. IIRC the owner's manual calls for 100,000 on the "regular" schedule and 50,000 miles on the "severe service" schedule.

    Smithed, if you do change your battery from above, let us know how it goes! Also, watch your back if you do it that way, especially if you're tall. Most likely you're going to have to do a lot of bending over and twisting and pulling, so don't pull a muscle or slip a disk or something!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    andre: I would not switch to syn oil at this juncture...probably no benefit...stick with what ya got...as long as you have a moderate amount of highway running, going 5K between oil changes is OK...if you are 75% or more city, I would try and go only 3-4K between...

    smithed: $734 does not sound bad if all that major work was done...esp timing belt and pump, and serpentine, plus the once-in-a-lifetime tuneup...if you actually do go to 200K, another $750 will be chump change...

    froggersjc: I would think overkill with no benefit whatsoever...if the oil will go 5K (some feel syn oil goes 7500-10K, but I change it every 5K) then the filter will go 5K...if you truly believe that the oil is filthy enough to change the filter at 2500, then be consistent and change the oil at 2500, because you will damage the engine with your "filthy oil"...or keep the filter to 5K, which is the correct thing to do...and if you really are pulling out that much filth at 2500, you do not need regular oil/filter changes, you need an engine flush to roto-rooter the engine and then put in fresh oil/filter every 5K, but not, IMHO, the way you are doing it now...however, YMMV...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    I'm going to try to be more faithful to 3K mile oil changes. My commute to work is only 3 1/2 miles, and most of my driving is local. My recent Florida trip was a rare occurence. Since Christmas Eve, when I hit 100,000 miles, I've put on another 7400, but at least 2000 of that was dedicated to my Florida trip. There have been months where I've only gone like 600 miles.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Yes, the $734 was for all of that. I had anticipated the entire bill to be more than that, so I was satisfied. :shades:
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    or 150 miles weekly, I would consider changing your dino oil/filter every 3000 miles, every 4-5 months...while the engine is doing well, going to 5K on dino means you might change oil twice yearly...risky for an older engine, maybe???

    Bob
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Bob, I have an old beater of a van--Aerostar that has 151,000 miles on it. I put maybe 2500 miles a year on it, and have been changing the oil yearly. I've been doing that for the last 5 years or so. I'm not saying that I shouldn't change it more often, that's just what I've been doing. The Intrepid is much better taken care of.

    Ed
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    Ah, there you go again...I really get annoyed when folks like you bring out some realworld facts that dispute my holier-than-thou theories...how can I pontificate on what you people need to do, how can I run your lives, how can I be the all-knowing automotive guru, when you continue to use something as silly as facts to dispute me???...how will my ego, and, most of all, how will my fans accept this???...:):):):):):):) [I think our smiley emoticons have flown the coop].

    Bob
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Okay, Okay, I'll get right out there and change my oil and start doing it every 3 months, so I'll be doing the oil change every 800 miles now. I promise. ;) ;) ;) ;)
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    to see this good natured, on-going, free-flowing conversation on our "little ol' message board"....
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    I think I'm going to keep my mouth shut as to when's the last time I changed the oil in my '79 NYer! :blush: Let's just say it hasn't been 3,000 miles yet, and leave it at that! :P
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    change it tomorrow, or you can't go out with the guys tomorrow night!!!

    Bob
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    We must bow to the wishes of the mas'ser. Oil changes for the house!!!
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    I saw the battery being changed on my Intrepid by my mechanic. Like I said in earlier posts, we've all got better things to do than to screw around for two hours replacing a battery. Now I've got Andre on my side too :D

    Last month I satisfied my lust for "new" wheels by picking up a 1997 Chrysler Town & Country V6 AWD. the thing is fantastic - it outshines my newer 1999 3.2L V6 Intrepid both in peformance and ride. The Trep is much better on gas.

    Next year, my sons get the Intrepid, and Dad gets whatever the hell he wants!! (Grand Prix GXP, '05 Bonneville GXP, Charger, Mustang, Impala SS, and 300 AWD are all on the short list).
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    I don't see Yugo, Pinto or Vega on your short list...

    Bob
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    Sheesh...I hated all three of those cars 30 years ago when I was 15 years old...I still get the creeps seeing their names in print.

    Oh yeah....what's with the "Marsha7" screen name when your name is Bob :)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,594
    in here lately. How are things out there in Intrepid-land? I'll be taking my Trep to the Mopar Nationals in Carlisle PA on July 8-10. The main reason I put it in is because I'm in a Mopar club and if they get enough cars on the fun field, the club wins some prize money. One thing that's interesting is that there's always a good turnout of Intrepids and other LH cars at the Mopar show, but at the GM and Ford shows, I guess people just don't get excited enough about their Impalas and Tauruses to put them on the fun field! :shades:
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    I posted the answer to your query that same night, but it never appeared...then, we lost internet service for a few days, so I am just on now...and the modem may not keep going...

    When I started with Edmunds a number of years ago, naturally I had to pick a user name...I wanted to name it after my wife, so I picked marsha1...they said it was taken...I picked marsha2...it was taken...I picked marsha3...it was taken...do you detect a pattern here???...marsha7 was approved...my name, however, is Bob...

    I have wondered just how long I have been a member of Edmunds...I have tried to offer valid answers to posters' questions, and I hope I have been helpful to the folks here, not counting the occasional humorous answer because some folks leave themselves wide open when they post...

    But, in the topics I post, not counting when I ask my usual comparo questions, I really do hope I have been helpful to the Edmunds folks, as they have been very helpful to me...

    Bob :D ;) :) :blush:
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