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  • I just wanted to let you folks know about a good experience I had with a five star Dodge dealer in Topeka Kansas (Gary Hardy Dodge).
    I have a 99 ES (loaded) and since when new have experienced vibration above 55 mph (similar to out-of-balance tires). Dealer rotated and balanced tires several times. Service manager took an interest since it was being brought in so frequently for same problem. I suspected out-of-round tires. Service manager took car to local company owned Goodyear store - and they replaced two of the tires (out-of-round). Next rotation - vibration back as before. Service manager took car back to Goodyear store - the store said there were two bad rims. Service manager replaced two rims. Problem persisted. I suggested to the service manager that we start with switching tires with another vehicle and work our way upstream if that didn't cure the problem. Manager took car back to the Goodyear store who said tires were within specs. Service manager contacted Goodyear district office and secured four new tires. All is perfect now. LOVE the car!
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    alvey1-

    That's EXACTLY what MY "5-STAR" dealers SHOULD have done, but didn't! After 10 1/2 months of my 99 300M going LEFT, I dealt with Goodyear DIRECTLY! I got 4 new tires at 11,000 miles- NO CHARGE!

    Glad that SOMEONE takes that "5-STAR" designation seriously! Have NO clue how some of them hold on to that rating year after year!

    fastdriver
  • Well, in 1976 I was caught between my Chrysler dealer and the Goodyear folks on a very similar problem. Neith would adjust. Finally, one of the front tires blew on the highway at 70 mph - that got the Goodyear guys' attention.
    I mentioned this to the service manager, and he assured me that he would do everything in his power to see that I was not caught between the two this time. 'Course it is a little remarkable that he went to all the effort when you consider that the tires are warranteed by the tire manufacturer and not by the car maker.
    I didn't mention that this same Dodge service manager was recruited from a Mercedes dealership - guess that says something too.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    This board has been pretty dead lately...what happened? Did everybody trade in their Intrepids or something?

    -Andre
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    I think we are still getting used to the new system...if you will notice, most topics will show less than 10 "new" posts, some of the same topics that formerly added 15-20 new posts every few days. I do not believe we will lose too many of us.

    Also, we just had some ice here in Atlanta, and some SOB hit my parked Intrepid and dented the hood. Since my collision deductible is 500, the repair will probably come in around 485 :)
  • The reason its slow is that with the new format its almost impossible to post anywhere unless you keep your message very brief and type at the speed of light.I do neither and half the time my messages wont post anywhere.I had post #540 in here and we ended up getting the wife a 2000 Regal LS with 18,000 miles but a 98-00 Intrepid would have been our second choice with an extended warranty of course.Maybe next time.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    ...glad to see some of y'all are still around. I found out that my great-aunt just bought a new Intrepid. She's in her upper 70's. Funny, I never thought of the Intrepid as an "old lady" car! My apologies to any senior citizens I might have offended.

    Her daughter also has a 2000 Intrepid. She bought it a couple weeks after I bought mine, and only has about 8,000 miles on it. She was recently involved in an accident with an SUV and a small car. I don't know all the details, but they had to cut the roof off of the small car, and in the process, dropped it on the Intrepid's otherwise undamaged hood. Her Intrepid is the only one I've ever seen with a bench seat...and that center position looks pretty useless.

    Regalluvr, good luck with your new Regal. I've never tried the newer generation Regals, but have been in the similar Olds Intrigue...nice car, but it just seemed cramped to me. I love those old T-types from the 80's...they were fairly new around the time I got my license, and back then a Grand National was my dream car.

    Happy holidays, everyone!
    -Andre
  • This isnt Intrepid related but I have a 1985 T-Type Regal with the GN turboed engine and also have a 1986 T-Type Regal with the GN turboed and intercooled engine.They are the same car as a GN,just arent black and dont have the GN interior.They are real sleepers on the street.The 86 is way the hottest car as it was rated 235hp at the factory but actually put out 280hp.By spending less than $1,000 I could have 400hp and run in the 12's at nearly 110 mph at the drags.I cant leave a stop light without turning the tires!Go to turbobuick.com to see whats going on.It sounds like your family is deffinitely an Intrepid family.Intrepids are selling real good in this area and our local dealer is lousy!
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Well, I alternately (when they let me) drive my wife's 1999 ES and my daughter's Acura Legend LS. I try to compare them, although they were built 7 years apart. I think that Chrysler must have taken a Legend apart to see how the Japanese did it when they designed the LH cars. The similarities are striking. Similar engine position (north-south, not east-west as in so many FWD cars), 3.2 liter engines, lots of space inside. A big engine filling the compartment, lots of interior space.

    When I compare them the Dodge is smoother, quiter (albeit 7 years younger), but less "sporty". however the fully loaded Legend LS (which has no cupholders,by the way) cost $28,000 in 1991, and the ES cost $26,000 in 1999.

    Anyway, they are comparable in quality, although the newere Intrepid has less wind noise. My fridnds tell me that the Legend will last 300,000 miles but that the Intrepid is good for 150,000 at best. I intend to find out, as neither one (in the abscence of a crash) will be replaced any time soon.
  • just an observation buddy, it seems like you're saying that a 1999 intrepid is comparable to a 1992 acura legend, more important how does it compare to a 1999 acura legend. comparing a relatively new car to one that's 7 years old doesn't exactly say volumes for chryslers quality vis-a-vis japanese luxury cars.

    have you experienced any transmission quirks in the new intrepid, just curious if chrysler has corrected a long standing problem.
  • WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THIS IS GREAT.
    REGARDING POST #564
    HELLO I TOO OWN A 99 TREPID WITH 43,000 ON IT NOW WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I ALSO HAVE THAT ANNOYING VIBRATION,DEALER HAS REPLACED WHEELS,SEVERAL BALANCING JOBS,SEVERAL ROTATIONS, STILL A VIBRATION.DEALER TOLD ME HE WOULD KEEP IT AND GO THRU IT WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB,HE CAME UP WITH WHAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS,AND PUT ON 2 NEW TIE ROD ENDS FREE OF CHARGE GUESS WHAT? STILL VIBRATED.AT 28,000 MILES WE PUT A NEW SET OF TIRES ON IT BECAUSE THE DEALER SAID THEY WERE JUNK WHICH I HAD TO PAY FOR,STILL NOT HAPPY OVER THAT.THE GOOD THING ABOUT THIS IS,WE HAD THE DEALER PUT ON THE SERVICE COMPUTER IF ANY PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD AND OUT OF WARRANTY HE WILL FIX IT FREE OF CHARGE,SO I HAVE BEEN ASKING EVERYBODY IF THEY KNOW THE FIX TO THIS.HOPE YOURS IS FIXED FOR GOOD,AND GOOD LUCK.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    I can state that my 1988 Legend was a much better constructed car than my 2000 Intrepid...it only had 165 HP, a lot for its day (the "big" 302 V8 in a Lincoln that year only put out 150 HP), so my Intrepid is faster, but the build quality does not even come close to my Acura.
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    During my Florida vacation that I just came back, I rented 2000 Intrepid at JAX. It had 15K miles on it. I am posting my observations about it.
    It has very strong kick if you floor the pedal. Acceleration from 0 could be better. Unfortunately the car had very bad odor coming from panel but it was going away like 10 minutes after you start driving. Very good on gas, more than 1750 miles I only bought 3.5 or 4 tanks. Very comfortable, no back pain or discomfort. Unlike some others stated, it was not noisy, very decent level of noise level, very nice view, large windshield like my Accord. I will be seriously considering to buy one next December if DC comes up with nice deal.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    A thought buddy...think I"m finally going to make it to the North American International Auto Show this year (every boy has a dream!). It's a reasonably quick flight to Detroit from PA, thought maybe I'd take two days.. Any other takers?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    hey gang,

    I think my Intrepid just had its first real problem. The power lock in the driver's door makes a nasty noise when it unlocks, and sometimes the outside door handle won't work.

    I took it to Circuit City, where I got the alarm installed, thinking it was something they messed up. But the guy there said that when they installed the alarm, they didn't even touch the door...they tapped into everything they needed to under the dashboard. So it looks like this lock is messing up all by itself without any help from Circuit City!

    I'm dropping it off at the dealer tomorrow, and just in time, too! The 36K mile warranty is up in about 800 miles. I have an extended warranty, but it has a $200 deductible.

    I'm driving out to Texas next week. I hope the dealer can fix the car by then!

    -Andre
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    Wanted to share my thoughts on an intrepid that i rented while my intrigue was in the shop(again).
    The intrepid rides better, yet handles about the same. The intrepid appears to corner a little flatter than the intrigue. I think that the intrepids' springs might be a little firmer than the intrigues' but the shocks are softer which gives a better ride over small bumps, that coupled with the intrepids' longer wheelbase contributes to this ride quality. The intrigue handles larger bumps better than the intrepid due to its softer springs.
    The car i drove had the 2.7L engine which was not even in the same league as the intrigues' 3.5L engine. The intrepid had this vibration at idle and a coarseness under accleleration that was not present in the intrigue. The intrepid would shimmy at stoplights which was sort of annoying.
    The intrigue has more front head and legroom, the
    intrepid had much more rear legroom.
    The intrepids black plastic dash was kind of cheap looking and the radio did not work.
    The intrepid actually seemed to be alittle quieter.
    Driving the intrepid it felt big and a little unwieldly at times, especially around turns.
    I have to say that for me the intrigue was the better choice, it just feels more refined, its powertrain is above reproach. Now if i can just get GM to fix the durn thing i will be happy, but i am not holding my breath.
  • rjaimerjaime Posts: 1
    I'm looking at a used '99 Intrepid, base model for 12,495. It has 35K miles on it and was a former rental car down in Florida (according to CarFax). I have it for the weekend and Monday will decide to either return it to the dealer (5 star Chrysler) or keep it. Anything I should be looking for other than the normal used-car stuff? I do a lot of highway driving and want something comfortable that can handle some bad weather (I'm in Maine). I love the size and the style and the price seems kind low for a car that was 20K two years ago. Dealer also has several '00s with 15K to 22K miles on them for 15,800. Whada think??
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    get the car if you like it, but just do not use the "5 star" criterion for choosing the dealership...it seems like an important designation, but lots of 5 stars are not any better than the ordinary dealer...kinda like Lake Wobegon...when EVERYBODY is a 5 star (everybody in Lake Wobegone was above average) then 5 star becomes average, but that does nOT make them any better.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,590
    Hey gang,

    just got a call from the dealer. It turns out the power lock actuator in my Intrepid has to be replaced. It's still under warranty though, so I guess it's no big deal. I guess that's not too bad, considering that's the first semi-major thing that's broken on the car in the 35K+ miles I've had it!

    -Andre
  • phardyphardy Posts: 12
    I think I have the same problem (The power lock in the driver's door makes a nasty noise when it unlocks.) I think I first discovered this around 15k miles. Sometimes, the door unlocks, and I hear "screeeeeeeeaaarrrrrreeeeee-ee-eee-eeee!" Sometimes, nothing at all. Any idea what this might be?
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