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Dodge Intrepid



  • skibbleskibble Posts: 4 do you reply to a message here?!?!


    Well, I went for it! $14,000 CDN equates to about $9,300 US. The 68,000 kms equates to about 42,500 miles.

    The payments are for 60 months at $326 CDN per month ($217 US). To better explain that price to you, $326 CND can buy you about 11 cases of 24 Canadian beers! You have to remember that our beer is much more expensive up here than yours is! Sorry, but I can't think of any other way of explaining the price comparison. Cost of living in Quebec isn't nearly as high as Toronto. You can rent a 3 1/2 for about $350.00 CDN or a 4 1/2 for $400.00. Toronto 3 1/2's go for about $800.00 for some strange reason...and it's usually in an ugly high-rise appartment! Better comparison?

    One thing I learned from the dealer...Americans try to come up to Canada and pick up Chryslers for a better price. The price is usually better after you exchange your currency, but we do not offer the 7 year warranty on new vehicles like you do in the US. It's only 5 up here. That's why the cars are a little more expensive in the US! Interesting, isn't it?

    Another thing to mention (in the event that some of you do not know)...In Canada, the Intrepid (and other Dodge vehicles) are not labelled as DODGES but rather CHRSLYERS. I guess there's some logic in there pertaining to some guru's marketing plan! Can anyone elaborate?

    P.S. I have driven to car for 1 1/2 days and will never buy anything smaller than that...ever! IT IS THE NICEST THING I HAVE EVER DRIVEN. I have honestly only owned old pieces of crap in the past, but this thing rocks!

    Footnote: My friend is currently paying for his return on a lease car...he is paying exactly what I am paying for his 1998 Altima. He picked it up exactly 1 year ago so he has 48 months of payments left. HOW CAN ANYONE COMPARE THE 2 VEHICLES??? The Maxima isn't even in the same class (or shouldn't be).

    V6's are great. Even the 2.7! I can't imagine driving an R/T wit the Magnum! My brother's buddy has one and I have to try it out.
  • hengheng Posts: 411
    You will want one.
  • lee1nyclee1nyc Posts: 60
    skibble wrote: "In Canada, the Intrepid (and other Dodge vehicles) are not labelled as DODGES but rather CHRYSLERS."

    I noticed that when I was watching this weeks "X-Files." Skully, drives an Intrepid ES, but the side marking on the door read "Chrysler."

    I don't know why they don't use the "Dodge" brand on cars up in the Great White North. The Dodge Brothers would not take kindly to being "dissed."
  • lee1nyclee1nyc Posts: 60
    I just turned 40,000 miles on my '98 ES. Even though the Goodyears that came as standard equipment are in good shape, I want to buy myself an "Easter Gift"

    I have been doing some research and am thinking of going with the Dunlop SP Sport A2's. Does anyone have an opinion on these tires? (225 x 60 x 16)

  • duffer5duffer5 Posts: 10
    I own a 95 Intrepid with 97,000 miles on the clock and it is a great car. City - 20-21 mpg; highway 26-27 mpg. Changed timing belt and water pump on recommendation of my mechanic. Oil changes 3000-4000 miles; transmission fluid- every 30,000 miles; coolant-every 2 yrs; brake fluid (ABS)-every 2 years. It is a great trip car and very nimble around town. Would buy another!
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    Yes the Intrepid is a Chrysler in Canada ,but the Ram pickup , Durango ,Caravan ,Dakota and Viper are still sold as a Dodge . Why the Trep is Chrysler in Canada is a mystery. I like the way Dodge sounds much better than Chrysler Intrepid. But thats me
  • nvcolornvcolor Posts: 9
    I am not certain about the rest of the country, but here in the Kansas City area, every Dodge/Chrysler dealer is advertising 2001 Intrepid SE program cars for prices from $11,998 to $13,998, with most priced at the lower figure. Mileage on these cars runs from high teens to mid 20's. Some have power seats, but most come with just the standard items. Balance of factory warranty intact. Based on the ads, there seems to be a large supply. One of the dealers I spoke with mentioned that these are former rental cars, with a large number coming from Enterprise. I realize that rental cars can be abused, but at least they do get regular maintenance. At these prices, it seems like an excellent deal, and an extended warranty can be purchased. I will be visiting a couple of dealerships tomorrow to look over the inventory. I drive 35,000 miles per year (mostly interstate), and the Intrepid seems to offer a combination of size/roominess, features, performance, and economy that are hard to beat for a class in this class. I am not crazy about taking the depreciation hit on a new vehicle, and the Intrepid seems like it might be a good option. I have read thru a couple of hundred posts here, so I have an idea of the most common complaints. Is there any other advice any of you might care to add? Please feel free to advise. I'm hoping the old adage "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is" isn't relevant in this case. Thanks.
  • mikeyjohnmikeyjohn Posts: 365
    I drove a 98 Intrepid ES, and it was a great car, but as mine was leased new, I knew how it was driven and maintained and it had low mileage when my lease was up, and now I have a 300M.I did buy my wife a lease back a number of years ago and it was a piece of junk, and it had been smoked in and absolutely stunk. I did not notice the smell until after the purchase, because they used some sort of a masking agent. If the dealer is willing to let you test drive the car for a few days, that might be the answer, but I am always leary of leasebacks and rentals. I can't comment on prices because they differ here in Canada. Good Luck!!!!!!
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    You are correct, resale on Intrepids is weak, probably due to the fact so many are used as rental cars.

    For that price range, not sure how you can go wrong. I agree that a former rental car is not the best source (people do mistreat them, no matter what Enterprise tells you), but for the mileage you will drive, I think it is a good deal.

    Just look around, and try to find one now smoked in. See if they have the maintenance records as well.
  • lee1nyclee1nyc Posts: 60
    The owners manual says (paraphrasing) "to activate the pulse wiper, and get two swipes for a misty rain, push and release the wiper control. To wash the windshield, push firmly and release the wiper control" Even if I give the wiper control the lightest of pushes, it still activates the washer and does its two swipes. I can't believe that is what Chrysler intended when they designed it.

    Anyone care to share their experiences on this?

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,846
    The Intrepid and I have returned home in one piece, from our trip from MD to Texas, with no problems to report. I hit the 60,000 mile mark in Vinton, Lousiana, about 8 miles from the TX border. I'm pushing 62K now.

    Fuel economy was running around 27-30 mpg, and a good deal of that was with the air conditioner running. For the most part we did the speed limit or just a little above. Last year when I made my trip to Texas, I got a speeding ticket in Louisiana, that came out to about $190.00! Kinda negated the savings of driving versus flying ;-)
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    Speeding tickets are a bummer. I was lucky yesterday, somebody in an Audi A-4 was clogging up the left lane, so I could not go my normal 15 mph over the speed limit in my R/T. There was a speed trap just ahead, I should thank the female yuppie type for avoiding that ticket.

    My girlfriends are constantly amazed I avoid speeding tickets. Luck and learning where the cops hide are the key, I guess.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,846 true! When I went through that same stretch of Louisiana, I (the town of Jennings, Jefferson Davis parrish), I made damn sure to stay right at the speed limit! Coming back home, I didn't have to worry because the road was down to one lane in each direction, and we were creeping along at about 5-10 mph for a good 30 minutes or more.

    It'll always be ingrained in the back of my mind though, when I make that trip home... When I see the old abandoned '56 DeSoto along the side of the highway, SLOW DOWN!! (It was there last year too, and might be the reason I got the ticket...might've been paying more attention to the DeSoto than my speedometer ;-)
  • skibbleskibble Posts: 4
    Helloe again everyone! Well, I have had my '99 base Intrepid for almost 3 weeks now and all seems copasetic (sp?). Hice ride! Good buy!

    The only problem I am experiencing seems to be coming from the vents. I do not seem to get any heat to blast out of the 4 main 'face' vents, even when I set the control to 'the little guy with the arrow pointing at him in the head'. Excuse the stupid question, but is this a problem? Do you think the hose came undone?

    A quick question pertaining to the stereo. The included CD player sound system isn't what I would call great. I want to put in my own from my Sentra, but is it a big job? It looks like a big job taking off all of that dash. Please let me know if any of you people have changed the radio in your Intrepids.

    On a last note, the mileage I am getting out of it is kinda scaring me. Mind you, I do a lot of city driving and had a Nissan Sentra before, so I am not used to a V6. Don't foget, to fill up my tank in Montreal, Canada, it costs about $ go figure! Highway driving is excellent with it, that's for sure.
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    glad you like your Intrepid. So you don't get any heat from the upper vents? do you get it from the lower ones ? or the front window defroster vents on top of the dash. If you do then what your car may need is too have the heater/ac unit doors recalibrated. The doors on the unit are not controlled by cables like years ago , they use electric motors to open and close them.
    Gas milage , dont forget your trep is a little bigger than the Sentra 4 cyl you used to drive .
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    i'd say the trep is "considerably" larger than a sentra...
  • lee1nyclee1nyc Posts: 60
    The Accutire MS4000 is on sale at Sears for $16.99. The regular retail for this model is $32.99. They also have the less expensive models on sale for $9.99.

    The 4000 has an illuminated readout that measures in 1/2 lb increments.
  • lee1nyclee1nyc Posts: 60
    I had a question that you might be able to help me with. I own a '98 ES and it has been a real pleasure to own. Last summer, I noticed a slight hiss coming from behind the center A/C vent. It was only heard when the air conditioning was on. If you ran just the vent, or heat, there was no hissing sound. You would hear the sound of hissing for 5 seconds or so, and then it would stop. It also seemed to be triggered (maybe I am imagining this) after you accelerated, and let up on the gas, although if you were just idling, it seemed to cycle into this hiss mode occasionally.

    The car is on an extended warranty program of 60 months/72,000 miles. When I brought it to Dodge, the heard what I was talking about, even though it was very low. They changed the throttle body, but this did not solve the problem. It is not that serious a situation, but I am certain it was not there from the beginning.

    I posted this situation, and got some "hit or miss" suggestions. Some said that the evaporator needs to be replaced, and the system recharged with refrigerant.


    If you are able to help me out with any suggestions, I would be appreciative. The service manager at Royal Dodge (NJ) will do anything to help me out. (Great position to be in)

    Thanks again

  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380

    i know exactly what you are talking about. both my '98 and '00 intrepids made that noise when the a/c compressor cycled. i don't know if there is anything you can do about it. but, have your local dealership check for a technical service bulletin. i believe there is one.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380

    i found the tsb, here it is (cut/paste from nhtsa site)

    Technical Service Bulletins Summary

    Make: DODGE
    Model: INTREPID
    Year: 1998
    Service Bulletin Number: 241298
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 222

    Summary Description:

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