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Dodge Intrepid

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  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,970
    I think mine cost about $350 installed. I bought it at Circuit City back in August of 2000, so they might have gone up since then. At the time though, I didn't have the remote trunk release installed though (in one of my cheap moments), but 6 months later they did it for me for $20.

    The only real problem I had was that the installers didn't put everything back together quite right. The first time I put on the parking brake, it went to the floor and stayed there! They forgot to re-attach a cable or two. Luckilly I was only about a mile or two from the shop, and they sent someone out to fix me on the spot.

    Otherwise, I'm happy with it. If you look inside the left-most a/c duct, a red wire is visible, but it's really only obvious at certain times of the day, when the sun hits it just right.

    I know that it's not going to keep away anybody who really, *really* wants to get into my car, but if nothing else, it at least gives me some peace of mind, and it'll make a few of the less *professional* thieves think twice.

    One thing that came in really handy though, is the remote unlock for the doors. I used to deliver pizzas, and the remote figure made hopping in the car with 3 or 4 hot-bags a lot easier! And now it's gotten to the point that I'm so used to hitting a button instead of fumbling for the keys, it feels weird whenever I drive an older car. I've caught myself on a few occasions, trying to aim the fob at my '79 New Yorker!

    Would I do it again? Probably. The main reason I got the Viper in the first place was because someone tried to break into my car, and damaged the passenger-side door handle and sheetmetal in the process. When I bought my car, I had the dealership put in a 10-disk cd changer, which has the controls mounted on the dash, just to the right of the steering column. I think that's what they were probably trying to get to. If the CD system was integrated into the car better, like from the factory, maybe they wouldn't have tried to steal it.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    The main reason I am thinking of getting a security system is not so much to prevent thieves from stealing anything in the car, since it just has the base stereo system, but to prevent someone from stealing the car. But even base stereo systems can be stolen. So I may start shopping around. I have never bought an alarm system for any of my cars, and I have been fortunate enuf not to experience a break in. But you never know. And, for the most part, I have never had a job which was in a high crime area.
  • pkciccopkcicco Posts: 13
    Can anyone recommend a good replacement tire for an 02 Intrepid ES. OEM's are Goodyear GA's and I can't stand them. There traction is terrible and the road noise drives me crazy.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,970
    my second set of replacement tires. They're Yokohama Avid something-or-other. I got 'em online at www.tirerack.com, and had my mechanic put them on. I think the tires came to around $246, with shipping, and the mechanic only charged $44.44 to put 'em on.

    My OEM Eagle GA's lasted a grand total of 30K miles, and that was even pushing it...they were almost down to slicks by that point! I did a lot more driving back then, putting on that 30K in about 11 months, so when I bought my first set of replacement tires, I was looking mainly for low cost and long treadlife.

    Back then, I bought some cheap General Tire Continentals, or something like that, from www.tire.com. They were about $255 with shipping, and had a 520 treadwear rating. I got about 47K miles out of them, and they actually did have some life left in them. Only problem was, about 7K miles into these tires, I picked up two nails in one tire, and got it plugged. One of the plugs was close to the sidewall, so it was pushing it a little. About 5 months ago, it started getting a slow leak. Never would go totally flat, but it would go down to about 20 psi. For awhile, I could get by with putting air in it every 3 weeks or so, but in the end it got down to every couple of days.

    One of my tires was also worn unevenly, when the car went out of alignment. It wasn't *too* bad though.

    Anyway, the Yokohamas make a world of difference. They ride smoother and the car handles better than those Continentals did. I honestly can't remember how they compare to those Eagle GAs though. I've only had them on the car about 2 weeks now, but we've had plenty of wet weather, and no traction/braking problems yet!
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    last very long. I looked at quite a few of used 02 Intrepids and could not believe how worn the tires were with only 8-10K miles. One Intrepids tires were so worn (the front tires) that I told the salesman that the miles on the car were incorrect. But after looking at several others I came to the conclusion that it was the tires... they were *garbage*. Granted, since they were all previous rentals and tires were probably not rotated. But, still, the tread life was dismal. It will be interesting to see how many miles I get out of my GA's, but I not keeping my fingers crossed.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    My original Goodyears lasted 33,000 miles, and that's with regular rotation. They were replaced with Cooper Lifeliners (Touring Edition) which now have 31,000 miles on them and still have half or greater of their tread left. The Coopers are also alot quieter than the Goodyears. The Coopers are usually sold by independent dealers. The warranty is good. Definitely stay away from the Goodyears.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    I will probably replace my GA's with Yokohamas when they wear out like you did, Andre. I almost bought them for my girlfriends Honda, but finally went with Pirelli's. Both received very good reviews from Consumer Reports but the Pirelli's edged out the Yokohama's in braking performance. And the Pirelli's were only a couple of dollars more per tire. But Yokohama's are supposed to be very good tires.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Just shy of 40,000 miles I went tire shopping for my 2000 ES. Ended up choosing the Goodyear Allegra (in this case from Sam's Club). I don't regret my choice--less road noise, slightly smoother, good rain and snow traction and a mileage rating that should almost double the life of the OEM GA's. Very good price too..
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    collectors insurance. I was talking to a guy who owned a Vette several years ago and he mentioned this type of insurance since he only drove the car a few thousand miles a year. I am thinking of getting this insurance for my Firebird because insurance with Prudential on two or three cars is too much $$. Where can I get this insurance??
  • njdevilsrnnjdevilsrn Posts: 185
    My wife's 2002 Intrepid SEs horn stopped working yesterday. I think it's strange for a car less than 18 months old. Not like we drive in city traffic beeping the thing all day. Anyone else have this problem?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,970
    I have three old cars insured through Hagerty Insurance. They're at www.hagerty.com. It's something like $167 a year for my '57 DeSoto, '67 Catalina convertible, and '68 Dart. My regular insurance company is Erie Insurance Group, and if I were to insure these cars through them, with just liability-only (they don't offer antique car ins), it'd be about $260 per year, per car!

    They'll insure just about anything from the '60's and earlier, provided it's not a total clunker. They have a minimum value, I think it's $3-4K. The car also has to be garaged though. With the '70's and '80's though, they tend to get much more selective. I'd think that something like a Firebird would stand a good shot at being insured though. It's one of the few cars from that era that would stand a chance of being a collectible.
  • pkciccopkcicco Posts: 13
    Thanks for the insight. I just hit 20K today (I'm all highway) and I'm sure all I'm gonna get is 30k out of the GA's. I just cant get over how bad they are. Have all of you stuck with a T rated tire? I was wondering if going to an H is worth it?
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    If you've disabled the speed limiter and are taking your Intrepid over 100MPH routinely--then by all means go with the H rating!!!! OK..I'm done being a smart aleck.. I actually searched--out of personal curiousity--for H-rated, compatible tires. What I found was greater cost, lower tire life (treadwear ratings), greatly reduced selection and a general consensus that ride would suffer a bit due to softer tread compounds. Certainly cornering and general handling would be better... Tell us what you decide!
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    Hagerty requires the car to be 1969 or older, (newer are accepted on a case by case basis), driven only for show, clubs, or pleasure, kept in a locked garage, and a picture submitted before coverage. It also cannot be a primary vehicle, and driven only sparingly.

    They also charge more if the car has been modified for performance, expensive paint, customization, etc.

    That being said, my 67 Galaxie 500 XL convertible was $192 a year at State Farm, Hagerty quoted me $82 a year.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,970
    ...are only S-rated. Or whatever speed corresponds to 112 mph. I can't remember the last time I've been over 100 mph, and I've heard that the base models are rev-limited to 106 (or is it 109) anyway.

    I do remember awhile back, on one of those wildest police chases videos seeing a first-gen 'Trep that was flying down the interstate and clipped another car, flipped gently onto its roof, and slid upside down for about a half-mile. They said he was doing 125 mph. I don't remember if it was a base or ES, though. Were the first-gen models faster than the current ones? Or maybe the rev limiter on this one was just disabled?
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    I remember seeing that show also and the Intrepid clipped a (I think) Lincoln Town Car. It went flying down the road. The Lincoln just kept on going as if it was never hit! Probably some 60 or 70 year old driver who could not believe what was happening. As far as insurance goes, I may have some difficulty as the Firebird is not worth 3 or 4K since it is not restored. And I don't think the ins. company will view it as a collector car since part of it is red and part in lacquer prime since I never got around to finishing it. But I will make some phone calls. It is, however, stored in a locked garage.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Regarding the limits discussed above, what does anybody know about where the limit is set on a 1999 ES 3.2? I have never been over 90 myself in it, because I hate being asked for my driver's license and registration.

    ES
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    I dont think it is unusual to have problems with almost new Chrysler products. My ABS controller decided to act up with only 500 miles on the car(Intrepid SE). Just wondering if you checked the fuse. And, by the way, do you live in the Garden State.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,970
    I checked the 'net to see if I could find anything, but the closest I could find was on autos.msn.com/ There are some car reviews on there, and one of them mentioned that the 2.7's top speed is 109 mph and the 234 hp 3.5 is 112 mph. It doesn't mention the 241 hp model, though (or is that up to 250 now?)

    Anyway, I'd imagine the 3.2 is somewhere similar, designed to top it out at around 110. I'd like to know how fast some of these cars really can go, though. I found some test results from the Michigan State Police, and their '03 test Intrepid topped out at 138 mph! And *that* was rev limited! For comparison, I think the fastest stock Mopar police cruiser was the '69 Dodge Polara, and I believe it topped out at around 145 mph.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    While you guys are talking about top speeds for the Intrepids, I was thinking about radar detectors. Does anyone know of any *good* detectors out there that can detect the types of radars small towns use. I am getting tired of the sleazy tactics used by my hometown police. The night I was driving my Intrepid home from CT I got stopped in my town for speeding coming down a steep hill (mountain). The sleazy cop did not give me a ticket for speeding (I told him I had just bought the car and was not used to the 455 Cubic Inch Engine under the hood). Well, not really, but he gave me a ticket for having no insurance card in my possession. I am definitely going to buy a radar detector but dont know which one.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    On several trips I've taken my Intrepid "up to speed".. According to my speedometer, I've seen between 110-115 with little problem. Seems as though there's some left--if I felt it appropriate given the traffic and road conditions. My Intrepid is a 2000 ES with 3.2 and Autostick.
         I have no complaints about my Valentine One. Still think most users and objective testing would say it's the "state of the art"...
  • njdevilsrnnjdevilsrn Posts: 185
    According to the dealer, both horns on the 2002 Intrepid were "shorted out" and needed to be replaced. I did not know the car had 2 horns. I thought the chirp with the remote was the original, just not as loud. Anyway, yes I do live in NJ.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    99 3.2 ES

    Sunday morning the check engine light flashed on and off for about 3 beats just as I was starting to move. It went off, has not come back on and it runs fine. Should I have it checked? Will the computer remember what happened?

    Thanks for the input,

    ES
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    My old Taurus' yellow warning light used to come on occasionally once the engine was fully warm and on the freeway. The Intrepid has done something similarly to yours only once or twice in 3 years. I'm thinking it is only emissions control problems, so I didn' worry about it.

    Top speed on the Intrepid - Car and Driver tested a 2000 R/T, topped it out at 139 mph. Obviously the R/T is not speed-limited.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    I would like to know where you purchased your Valentine 1 detector and how much $$. I may have to settle for a passport 8500, as it is less expensive. The only problem with all these detectors is that they seem to have trouble reliably detecting laser radar, which is the kind of radar my town, and probably others, is using.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Read "Car and Driver" or "Motor Trend?" You'll find at least one Valentine ad in each magazine. Or simply go to www.valentine1.com and take it from there. I purchased my Valentine about 10 years ago after the Escort was stolen from my car. Although not equipped with laser detection--Valentine's have been equipped to detect all bands of radar and lidar (laser) and are consistently the top performing detector. It is true that you pay for that performance--but it's money well spent in my book. Even without laser protection and logging many highway miles--I'm ticket free... And I've been extremely pleased with the customer service. I can send mine back, exchange it for the latest model and save about $120. If updates to the software come out, you can send your detector back and they'll add the upgrades..etc..
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Because it's 10 years old MY Valentine 1 does not have laser detection built in...Current models do--and have for a number of years..
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,970
    Anybody else get a recall notice for their '98-02 Trep lately? I just got one Friday nite. Nothing major though (well, not a major fix, but could cause a major problem).

    Turns out the seat bolts for the backrest of the driver's seat could break, causing the seat to fully recline while driving.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    Actually, the last copy of Motor Trend that I have dates back to June 1993. In that issue they test a Chrysler New Yorker LHS, which I guess is similar to the current 300M's, Intrepid's. Maybe I should renew my subscription?! Anyone need some back issues? I've got quite a few stacked away in my closet, maybe its about time I get rid of them. It looks like the only place you can get a Valentine 1 is from Valentine.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,970
    ...Car & Driver, etc, from the early '90s. I threw 'em out though. Now I kinda wish I hadn't, as sometimes I like to look through old magazines for the nostalgia and such.

    If that wasn't bad enough though, when I got married, the wife made me give up a collection of about 4 boxes of old Playboys! Now that I REALLY regret...I guess that'd be worth something nowadays! I'm divorced now...too bad I didn't just stash those boxes away somewhere, or store 'em at my grandmother's house >:-(
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