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Dodge Intrepid



  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    Hey Tom, (hayneldan)

    You're right. Lately I've been doing a lot of short trips as it's summer and I'm not teaching. But by next month I'll be hitting the highway again every day. Should I still call my dealer and salesperson to have it brought in and get the timing checked? or tuned up? What do u think? I notice your info says u also have a '99 Intrepid. Have u noticed anything worth mentioning? I'm thinking of getting a performance exhaust installed like maybe Flowmaster etc.....!
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    Stick to the lowest grade gas. Tune up is not necessary because everything is controlled by computer. If something is wrong "check engine" light should come on from the computer sensors. Your nearby auto parts store may have an additive to "decarbonize" the engine. Be sure it is OK for Emission systems including the oxygen sensor. How many miles on your car? My mods on my Candy apple red ES with camel leather include: Exotic wood dash (rosewood) K&N stock filter replacement, Spoiler depot spoiler, and the rear resonator painted flat black with high temp paint. I'm still considering the Dual conversion but might wait till the muffler needs replacement. Bosch platinum plus 4 plugs will be next.
  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    Tom and all,

    One of my pals also recommended staying with regular or low octane gas as that is what it was designed for originally. Over the past few weeks I was adding premium and some mid-grade AND that was when I began to notice the engine run-on sounds. SO, I'm switching back to regular ASAP.

    I also have the K&N air filter. It makes a far better sound now and feels a bit more spirited. Has anyone used the K&N gold oil filter? I hadn't thought of the Bosch plugs - have they made a noticeable difference?

    I was wondering about the exhaust and mufflers on the Intrepids. Is it stainless steel? I don't even know. I'm thinking of getting the dual exhaust installed. My question is: when the dual conversion is made, does this make for more power, torque, and throatier sound etc? Or is just for looks? :)
  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    And Tom my mileage right now is 53000 miles.
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    I constantly check the 300M board and the opinion there is that the dual exhaust ala Hugo gives the best improvement. It can also be enhanced with a cone type $300 dollar(US) version of the K&N with a direct large tube directly to the throttle body. Some there have also enlarged the throttle body for more airflow. The combination of less incoming restriction and a free flowing exhaust has improved their performance with the added benefit(?) of a better sounding exhaust note. The plus 4 plugs show a slight performance gain. See the sites posted by sdmike and 300Michael. The mods all are not inexpensive. Good Luck.
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    It is not clear to me how the residual value is calculated in this survey. Are they using a percentage of MSRP, or some other amount? I'm assuming MSRP, else incentives would not have much impact if based upon the actual out the door price.

    We'll see if VW actually holds that much value in three years. Most banks and lenders have been getting slammed on residual values being overestimated at the time of purchase. To me, VW seems to be the kind of car people want new, but not necessarily as a used car.

    I do agree that the Intrepid's resale will be lower than average based upon MSRP.
  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    Hey has anyone noticed excessive acid (crust) build-up on the battery terminals? And what is the easiest way to go about cleaning the terminals? The battery is down very low on my '99 2.7 and beneath the air filter box area making it appear arduous to access.

    How does one access the battery easily? (for removal or maintenance etc.)
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    Use a long brush and a mixture of baking soda and water, about equal parts of each. Brush the mixture on the corrosion and let it set but do not let it dry. Rinse with plain water. If you don't have a long brush the air cleaner assembly will come out to access the battery. Good Luck.
  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    Hey has anyone had to top up their coolant/antifreeze? I just noticed mine is a bit below the MIN level. But in buying some of the orange colour coolant, I was told not to use DexCool and that it doesn't work with 98-99 LH D.C. cars. If that's the case, what do I buy?!!
  • I had a '93 Intrepid, A/C went out so I traded for a 2000 Intrepid E/S. Big mistake, after 2 years of talking to 2 dealers, a letter to Dodge, and a visit by a factory rep who all insisted my problems were normal. I had transmission probs(jerk), A/C came and went, other things had to be fixed, usually took 2 or more trips to dealer. I expected much higher quality. Their answer was to explain why things were working the way they did and had no concern for my problems. Overall very poor quality...I fixed the problem by trading it in on a 2002 Toyota Camry. The Camry is great!! the quality I expected.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380

    you can't mix different types of coolant. i'm not sure what dodge specifies for your year intrepid, but the owners manual should tell you...
  • njdevilsrnnjdevilsrn Posts: 185
    Anybody got one of these?

    I was bummed when I saw how much more you got in this trim level compared to what I paid for the 2002 SE with some options (the group with keyless entry, blah, blah, blah). While I am not a fan of the spoiler and silly looking wheels on the SXT, it comes with the 3.5 engine and similar options, all at the same (or less) than what I paid for my SE with the 2.7.

    But, I guess the one we got looks more the role it fills anyhow, transport of the wife 10 miles to work and back every day.
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the spoiler or chrome wheels myself. One thing I like about the 2000-2001 R/T's was no chromed wheels or spoiler - just a matter of personal preference.

    I think if I was buying a 2002, I might go for the ES version. You give up only 10 horsepower to the SXT, but you gain a smoother ride, more subdued exterior, and more option choices. I would miss the autostick I have in my 2000 R/T, but you cannot get that in the SXT anyways.

    It seems the ES and SXT are pretty closely priced, are they not?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,847
    Here's how they price out...

    SE: $20,810
    ES: $22,970
    SXT: $23,660
    R/T: $27,705

    Add $650 for destination charge

    I remember the sticker on my '00 base was $20,950, and $560 of that was destination. Guess they haven't gone up too much, in general, although the destination charge, as a percentatage, seems like it's been jacked up disproportionately (about 16%)
  • the rt/sxt all have the same horsepower as the 300m/special (although, the 300 special benefits from a better exhaust.. some more ponies). The real only difference is that the cars are all rated on different gas (regular-midgrade-high test.).The sxt lost all the good stuff (drive train components) that the r/t had.
  • well there is nothing like driving a dull, boring, breadbox that your grandparents would drive. And this talking about the exterior only ( i'm not even going to begin to talk about the interior). I guess if you like dull, boring, no lines type of cars then this is the car for you. Although, I would probably walk or ride my bike first.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,847
    ...a few months ago, when my Mom & stepdad were looking at cars. The only thing I'd say it really has over the Intrepid is the fit and finish. The body panels line up better, and the gaps are more even. That's it though. The sheetmetal might as well have "Shotz Brewery" stamped on'd swear it was put out by Laverne & Shirley!! The decklid was so flimsy I could probably bend it out of shape with my bare hands.

    Interior-wise, it had the same seating position of my '89 Gran Fury. So basically, it'd make a fine taxi or police car, if the durability was there for it to put up with that kind of abuse. The Camry is definitely under-tired. The interior quality...I'd put it at okay, but no better than the Intrepid. The Camry looks like it went through some cost cutting with the current style. More hard plastic, thin cloth, etc, than in years gone by.

    Maybe once upon a time, you could say that, oh, an '83 Camry had a nicer interior than an '83 Reliant (in their defense, those old Camries had really nice interiors for the time), but today, I really see no clear-cut advantage to one over the other. Some people will prefer the Camry interior, some the Intrepid.

    The simple fact is there's really not that much difference. For every Dodge horror story out there, there's a Toyota horror story, a Honda horror story, a couple of Nissan horror stories, and 7 or 8 VW horror stories (with assorted sequels) :-P
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    Saw a list of 2003 Dodge prices, it only listed two models - SE and SXT.

    I know the R/T is dead, but the ES is coming back, isn't it?
  • The int ES is still alive and kicking. This public service announcement is brought to you by somebody who knows these cars inside out. Anyway, happy motoring.
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    The site for my M is at for pictures, the Homestead site has been discontinued.
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