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Dodge Intrepid

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  • 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: 21,847
    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: 3,666
    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: 21,847
    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!!
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Enjoy and stay warm..
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,847
    Hey gang,

    I made it back from Chicago in one piece. Ended up having to take the Intrepid after all. There was about a 2 hour wait at the rental car place, and I figured in that amount of time we could be out of Maryland.

    Anyway, the Intrepid performed beautifully, averaging about 28 mpg over the 1600+ mile round trip. This included a lot of mountains in Pennsylvania and western Maryland, and, at one point, a one-hour delay on I-70 in Western Ohio while we sat in a construction zone waiting for an accident to be cleared. Lots of construction in Indiana too, and once we got into the Chicago area, the highways looked like a battlezone.

    And for that whole 1600 mile trip at speeds easily up to 80-90+ (let's not talk about how much of a +) the car didn't burn a drop of oil. Oh yeah, I ended up not getting the motorhome. It just looked like it needed too much work, and I doubt it would have made the 800 mile trip back home without some complications. The temps had also gotten down to freezing, and the motorhome's heater didn't work, so that may have helped make my decision!!

    It's good to be back!
    -Andre
  • alvey1alvey1 Posts: 8
    Does anyone know the correct torque setting for the lug nuts on a 99 Intrepid with the alloys? Thanks much.
  • 2kesfc2kesfc Posts: 1
    I have not posted for sometime now , 2 weeks ago I was involved in an accident ( 2k ES 4000miles )with extensive damage to the front end of my ES.Fortunately no injuries,but the airbages did not deploy.Both front fenders where pealed back to the front doors , hood folded , bumper ripped off,transaxle cracked and front right suspension torn from it mounts.I was to the shop yesterday and the car at this time has been entirly dismantled forward of the firewall,the estimate is at 9700.00 so far.The insurance company is now questioning as to why the bags did not deploy. The repair shop tells me that the insurance company may have him check to make sure the bags where installed.
  • davidudavidu Posts: 40
    I've been using 90 ft lbs
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    hey guys,

    i have some good news and i have some bad news. i'm not sure if you all remember or not, but i'm a single guy who owns a y2k intrepid es and am also leasing a 99 4x4 ranger. well, the ranger lease is up on december 1st. and where i live almost "requires" that one own a 4x4 vehicle. i've been contemplating the need to scale back and go with one vehicle and that vehicle has to be 4 wheel drive, roomy and a box would be nice too. very few vehicles actually meet that criteria, except for the dakota quad cab and the f150 supercrew. i found the dakota to be a tad small for my liking, otherwise very nice. so, guess what? i'm trading the intrepid in on a supercrew. what is even stranger is that i'm not really a ford man! however the supercrew is a nice running, riding truck with a big backseat for hauling friends and the like. i'm trading the car in on thursday and will honestly miss it very much! whoever buys that car will definitely appreciate it! now, the ranger i won't miss one iota when it goes back off lease. it just doesn't measure up to the bigger trucks. anyway, i'll keep checking back in to see how everyone is doing from time to time. also need to keep tabs on the resident you know what...ciao and wish me luck!
  • roadwarroadwar Posts: 45
    The supercrew is a nice truck! Hope you enjoy it (Ithink you will). Keep in touch with with us.
    Kelly
  • According to the 2000 service manual, tighten lug nuts in a cross pattern to 100 ft lbs(135Nm).

    I know with allow wheels it pays to check regularly as they;re usually not tightened to well from the factory. Just my 2 cents.
  • Hi, I'm new to this forum, so please be patient. I just purchased a 2000 Base Intrepid with 25k miles. I've been very impressed with the styling, roominess and handling of the car. My one complaint, actually more of a concern, is that the engine makes a kind of whiny noise, similar to a loud power steering unit. Should I be concerned or is this normal? I heard/saw a later model Intrepid in the parking lot the other day, and it was making the same noise.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,847
    Sorry you're losing the Intrepid, but good luck with the Supercrew. I'm anything but a Ford man myself, coming from a mainly GM family. (I bailed on GM in 1989 when I bought a used '69 Dart GT in college). But I have to admit, I like the new Ford pickups, especially the Supercrew.

    I agree about the Dakota...I know they call it midsize, but to me it's still a little truck. We had a 1976 GMC Crew cab when I was a kid, though, so to me they're all little trucks!!

    Anyway, don't be a stranger, and keep checking in!
    -Andre
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