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Dodge Intrepid

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  • What was the cause of that problem? It happened to me once last week. It did not jerk into gear, it just kind of gently engaged. I just got the car, so I have been giving the electronic control of the transmission to adjust to my driving style before I complain, if necessary.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    The dealer never did find the cause of the problem because it never did act up for them. Mine would normally act up only in reverse, like when I'm backing out of a parking space. I would put the lever in reverse, but it would just sit there like it was in neutral. I would have to shift through the gears once or twice, until it finally caught.

    I think I discovered the cause of my transmission's refusal to engage, though. I have a bad habit of trying to take off too fast (probably comes from delivering pizzas) Anyway, I tend to drop the shifter into reverse the instant the ignition unlocks it. I didn't realize I was doing this, but I've noticed that if I wait a few seconds and then put it into reverse, it engages just fine.

    Maybe I was just trying to shift too fast after starting and the transmission wasn't "ready" or something??

    -Andre
  • cats8cats8 Posts: 22
    do the Intrepid burn oil whet is the top sped of the Intrepid if you now email me at mkitty@inreach.com
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    ummm, the intrepid burns gas and goes plenty fast!!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    I have about 32,000 miles on my Intrepid now, and it hasn't started burning or leaking oil yet. I change the oil about every 3000-3500 miles, and judging from the amount that comes out when I drain it, it's not burning any.

    I read somewhere (Car & Driver, I think) that the ES with the 3.2 will do 118 mph, but mine is just a base model with the 2.7. I know from experience it'll break 100 mph with little strain but have no idea of its top speed.
    -Andre
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    andre,

    as you probably already know, i've owned three new intrepids since late 95. none of these cars used any oil whatsoever.
  • I own a 2.7 and the top spped is 120 mph,I tested it already a couple of times,when you reach that speed the electeonic governor goes on.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I noticed on several occasions that when I would start my Intrepid, first thing, and immediately drop it into reverse; there was a delay before the transmission would engage. It would almost "ooze" into reverse...if you follow my meaning. No abrupt engagement, rather it would slowly engage and then work just fine.
    Told the service manager who was baffled but mentioned that they would make it part of the permanent record... No problems to report as I approach my one year anniversary. 14,500 miles, no problems beyond having the 4 disc CD changer replaced for "skipping".. In addition the service manager DID replace the seat rails when I noticed a very slight backward tilting on my seat. Apparently others have dealt with this as well. My average "city" mileage has been in the 17.6-18.5 range (I only drive 4 miles to work and stop once at daycare); average highway mileage on trips is 26.5. Good wishes all..
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    hey jason,

    if i remember right, there is a tsb dealing with delayed transaxle engagement...otherwise good to hear the trep is doing fine. i do miss mine. i sometimes wish i knew who had bought my traded in cars. on the other hand, i know how alot of people take care of their cars and therefore it is probably best that i not know!!
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Andre--Perhaps you could share your road rage incident with us--or just point me to the topic by name. I've spent the better part of my life in "college towns", so I'm familiar with some of the...umm..."joys" of pizza delivery. Worst story I ever heard was a student who was robbed at gunpoint while delivering pizza's--then forced to strip. His clothes were taken--guess they didn't want him to try and follow. Perhaps those new heated delivery bags would have come in handy for him??? Re: the transmission...you just gotta love the "ooze"!
    Emale--Any idea where that tsb is located? We're starting the process, in earnest, of buying a car for my wife. At least she's consistent--gift buying for her is always a challenge, car buying seems much the same. For instance.."boy I really like the PT Cruiser, but let's look at a new C Class too!" "I just HATE the 300M, but I kind of like the I30..." Let me know about the tsb buddy..
    Best wishes to all....
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    Hi Jason,

    The road rage incident I posted is topic #1001 "Tales of the Outrageous - Your Best (or Worst) Road Rage Incidents". If you type in Road Rage in the topic search, this is one of the three Road Rage forums it will pull up. My post is #154.

    I have to admit, though, that I've been pretty lucky. I've delivered pizzas for about 5 years now, and have probably logged around 80,000 miles doing it. This is the worst incident that's ever happened to me. Well, I had a drunk stand in front of my Gran Fury (ex police car) once and block the street because he was mad at me. He thought I should put a sign on my car so people wouldn't mistake me for the police (evidently he did). But that's about it. I guess my number had to come up, eventually.

    As far as the oozing tranny goes, I'm trying to make a conscious effort to not shift into reverse as soon as I start the car. It's a hard habit to break though...I guess I got used to my older RWD cars that would lunge into gear immediately.
    -Andre
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    You're right, that sometimes it's best that you don't know what happens to your cars after they move on to the next owner. My mother and stepfather still cringe whenever we bring up the '86 Monte Carlo they gave me. It had 179,000 miles on it, and was running perfectly. I used it to deliver pizzas, because it got better mileage than the other battlecruisers I was driving at the time (and it had a tape player). One night I got T-boned in the parking lot at high speed by a teenager who ran a stop sign. Dead at 192,000 miles.

    True, it wasn't my fault, but they still give me a hard time about it on occasion. Such as... "why were you delivering pizzas in THAT car??" as opposed to "thank God you weren't hurt!" ;-)

    -Andre
  • dkrhardydkrhardy Posts: 134
    Try backing into your garage at night, then you won't have to worry about the reverse issue 1st thing in the morning. ;-) Maybe that is why I don't have any problems with the DC trans shifting into reverse. It only happens 1st start of the day, right?
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    gee, look who just couldn't stay away!

    jason,

    that tsb can be found right from the edmunds web page. i'll find it and post here. later.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    jason,

    here is the tsb i mentioned. however, it says it relates only to the 98 model year. but, you can check with your local service tech to see whether or not it also applies to the y2k models. also, there are a couple tsbs about tranny range sensors. just a thought...

    Service Bulletin Number: 210798
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 772
    Date of Bulletin: 9804
    NHTSA Item Number: SB600751
    Make: DODGE
    Model: INTREPID
    Year: 1998
    Component: POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
    Summary: SUBJECT ON DELAYED TRANSAXLE ENGAGEMENT. *AK
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Thanks for the information and referral! Nice cold November weather here in Pennsylvania today!
    Thanks to all.. Emale--SURE you can't make Detroit in January?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    I almost always back my car into its parking spot anyway (I don't put it in the garage, because I keep my '67 Catalina conv in there)

    Anyway, my tranny problem happens any time of the day, but I've noticed it's always when I shift into reverse too quickly after starting the car, as the tach momentarily spikes up to around 1500 rpm before settling back to around 6-700. First start of the day (when the car isn't backed in) is always fine. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
    -Andre
  • Do you suppose that the tranny is supposed to not engage until the revs drop? The car might be programmed to do this to protect the tranny. (I know that some of the mid-90s small Chrysler products went into gear very hard.)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,026
    Alvey1, that could be. I don't have any experience with the mid-90's Mopars, so I don't know how they are. I went right from a 1989 Gran Fury to a 2000 Intrepid, so I missed the 90's completely! And mechanically, the Gran Fury is little more than a bulked up 1968 Dart with transverse torsion bars, so it's not even a good representative of the typical 80's Mopar!

    I also used to drift sometimes in those older Mopars...put it in neutral on a downhill grade and just let gravity do its thing,then shift back into drive once it started losing too much momentum. Considering that they used to tell you it was bad on the tranny back then, though, I can only presume it's even worse on the newer ones, so I've never tried it with the Trep.

    -Andre
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    jason,

    i already have plans in place to visit friends in oregon in january and phx/las vegas in february. the vacation leave book, is, uhhh...booked up if you will. however, thanks for the invite. it is also quite chilly here in south dakota. plus, we've already head about a foot of snow! now you know why i can't live without 4 wheel drive!
  • dkrhardydkrhardy Posts: 134
    You know, I never even gave that built in delay a thought, but it does seem to be a possibility. Does the trans also delay going into gear if you select drive at the initial start-up instead? I always start the car and out of habit wait for maybe 20-30 seconds before putting it into gear. I don't know if I want to try it any sooner, may be that I also would have the delay and then I'd be worried about it.
  • My startup period is only about 10 seconds - while the garage door opens or about the same amount of time to buckle up after starting it anywhere. Never had the problem with reverse. However, one day in the parking garage I parked facing the exit. As soon as I started the engine I went to drive to get out of there in a hurry. A brief slippage, and then about 50 foot from the stall it slipped for maybe one second while still in the parking garage. I noticed it, but didn't worry because of the posts I've seen here.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    No problem buddy.... Just checking
  • Dealer nailed the diagnosis right away, a bad throttle body valve, believe it is something that regulates the pressure in the tranny when shifting. It will show up when/if the transmission is cold. It never failed to shift out of park, reverse, of between gears. There is also a post in the 300M section about a similar problem.

    Dealer had to drop the tranny, which is kind of a worry, but obviously a defect from the factory, and probably the most common transmission problem in this line of transmissions.
  • I have owned my Intrepid since it was brand new, and have taken very good care of it over the past 4 years. It has the base 3.3L V6 with the standard 4 speed auto O/D. However, due to Chrysler's lack of quality, I have experienced more problems than a well maintained 4 year old car should have. It has only 65000km (or 39000 miles) on it after almost 4 and a half years, and I've already replaced the a/c condenser and evaporator, the water pump, rocker cover gaskets, front bushings (three times), brake light switch, headlight control (twice), power window controls, some interior trim, cruise control (four times), and various other mechanical and computer related items. Even after all this work, the bushings in the front still knock and make noise, my car has developed structural integrity damage to the rear driver side frame area, there is a hissing noice coming from the air intake area, the front driver seat keeps coming apart underneath, the a/c compressor rumbles still, and oil keeps oozing out through the rocker cover seals.

    I do like the car since it is nice to drive and very spacious (not to mention good-looking), but I don't appreciate visiting the dealer every so often to get my warranty work done (extended). Has anyone else had any of these problems before (keep in mind that my car hasn't caused any NEW problems in more than 7-8 months now, just the old ones remain).
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    anyone else thinking what i'm thinking??
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    and just what ARE you thinking?
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    marsha7-

    He's probably thinking it's another unbelievable story that was made up by a disgruntled Chrysler owner or a former Chrysler owner who now has a new identity!

    fastdriver
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    or made up by someone who has never owned a chrysler, let alone an intrepid, but lurks around like a troll...
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    emale-

    WHY do you find these stories so incredible? If you owned my Christine, you would indeed find it very believable.

    You could be 100% correct. WHY would someone waste their time making this crap up unless they have no life OR just got fired by the headhunters coming from Germany! ;-))

    fastdriver
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