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Dodge Intrepid

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  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    The 300M board is working on a group purchase of 9006XS and 9005XS HID conversion kits. Since the Intrepid's use the same bulbs I thought you might be interested. The kit consists of 2 HID bulbs, 2 ballasts, wireing harnesses, and instructions. The kits will go for $340 each if interested you can see the kits at www.midnightmoose.com for info. If interested in the purchase contact me at 300M@eboxmail.net to get on the list. Send no money to me or Midnightmoose (they will bill you) The regular price for the kit is $470. It is on the boards section at www300mclub.org too.
  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    Can anyone tell me if the 'stabilizer' and 'sway' bars mean the same thing? The dealer has told me my front stabilizer bars need replacing. They then tried to tell me that the GOLD Plan warranty I paid $1700 extra for doesn't cover this!? Does anyone have any ideas as I just bought the car ('99) 2 months ago and I can't believe I have to spend $600 on repairs already!! Shouldn't this be covered under the warranty? Has anyone had any similar experiences?
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    Yes the 'stabilizer' and 'sway' bars are the same thing. What I think the dealer wants to change are the sway bar links. The sway bar is just a metal rod, and its almost unheard of these breaking. Now the links attach the sway bar to the front suspension and each link has two pivot points. These wear and need replacing. If he is charging 600 for sway bar links he's crazy. You can change these yourself, each link is held on by two nuts. Hell I have changed a few and its only a 15-30 min job(at most). Find out what he's charging 600 for, if its for just links find another shop.
  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    ok ottowrkr thanks for the info. Should I replace these links myself? Where would I buy the links etc? How much do they cost to order? Canadian Tire? Do I need to jack the car up with something particular? All I have is the car jack.
  • costenjcostenj Posts: 14
    ottowrkr, I checked with the dealer and yes it is the sway bar 'links' that need replacing. And you're right, the cost is way more at the dealer than what my local garage quoted me. I'm still debating what I should do, either try and fix it myself or let the local mechanic do it. I think the mechanic said $200 for parts and labour (I may be wrong, it may be more because they haven't looked at it yet).
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    Yes you do need to lift the front of the car up to replace these parts. As for doing it yourself well you will have to make that call. Do you have friends who are good with tools? It is a very easy fix( yeah easy for me to say) but if you don't have the tools , it could be a problem. Call a few parts stores CTC, look in the phone book for auto parts stores in your area . Call them ask if they can get swaybar links for your Trep. Just don't let the dealer take 600 from you , that's way to much for this job. I hate to see dealers doing this to customers. Take care
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Friends.. A while ago I mentioned that my 2000 Intrepid ES was suffering from the sometimes common malady of "shrinking weather/trim strips". I think a number of us had noted that the weather seals around the doors seemed to be shrinking--typically you would notice around the upper right had corner of each door.
    Although my Intrepid will be three years old in November, the service manager at my 5 Star Dealer agreed to replace these for free. I simply pointed out the problem, mentioned that others on my listserv had expressed it, and asked what we might do. He said "order new ones and we'll put them in".. I've not experienced any leaks or increased noise due to these, but I will have them replaced if I don't trade on a new Quad Cab. Hope this helps...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,584
    My 'Trep will be 3 years old in November too, Jason! My door seals started shrinking a bit about a year ago. First, it was just one in the back, but now they've all done it a bit. I do hear a little more wind noise (that's what the volume knob on the stereo is for !), but no water leaks.

    I've got about 69,000 miles on mine though...way beyond the original warrany. And the extended warranty doesn't cover the weatherstripping. I wonder if I'd have any luck with getting the dealer to replace them for free?

    Or heck, I wonder how much the parts would cost? They don't look like they'd be that hard to install myself.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    I have no extended warranty and although my mileage is a "reasonable" 37000, it's still beyond the initial period of coverage. I think the service manager is either a good guy, aware of the difficulties with these seals (and a nice guy), or is aware of a TSB that I'm not! I won't argue with his wisdom!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    2000 Intrepid ES, but I have been away from this topic for some time, but I would like to ask for your collective diagnostic brains...a problem just cropped up, and I wonder if there is a simple answer that has affected numerous Intrepids and Concordes...while driving at night, with the dashboard lights set around medium brightness, the dash lights will intermittenly flash to maximum brightness, like a voltage surge, every 2 or 3 minutes...this goes on for about a half hour, and then stops for a week or two, and then returns...the light that flash are the radio, heat/AC controls, overhead console, speedometer, tach, odometer, trans selector (PRNDL 1234), and the white reading lights in the overhead console...the exterior headlamps are unaffected, always a constant beam...I have heard of people complaining of the lights going completely out and dark, but not the opposite...my lights are momentarily flashing at maximum brilliance, and is very distracting...any thoughts on what could cause this, and where to look for a repair???...thanks

    Bob
  • ottowrkrottowrkr Posts: 778
    Many on the 300M board have also had the same problem . I think some have had problems with the headlamp switch itself. Others have had the body controller replaced or re-flashed with new software. Hope this helps.
  • I own a 2000 Intrepid ES with 40,000 miles. I bought the car new. One of my friends has owned 2 Intrepids and has had serious trans problems with both beginning at around 60,000 miles. His last Intrepid was a 1998.

    Are there "known" problems with Intrepid transmissions? If so, I might bail before I put to many miles on the car.

    Thanks
    -Jeff
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    marsha7 and ottowrkr,

    interestingly enough, all three of my intrepids (96, 98 and 00) displayed the dashlight "quirk" that marsha mentioned. and i really don't know if there is a definitive way to fix that problem unless the lights go completely out. i hate to say such things but i think it's just the nature of the beast...!
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    jeff,

    proper care and feeding of your tranny will likely net you many miles of trouble free driving. most of the low mileage problems that occur with the 42le tranny (lh car tranny) are due to electronic glitches vs outright total failure. but, i'm sure nothing i could every say would definitively persuade you one way or the other so do whatever you think you need to do...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,584
    ...the earlier LH trannies (all early Mopar 4-speed automatics, for that matter) were pretty troublesome, but they've made improvement after improvement over the years. I think it was around '96-97 that the biggest strides were made, but they've been making running changes ever since.

    I'd say just make sure you have your fluid changed every 30,000 miles, and make sure they put in the correct fluid, and you should be fine. My '00 2.7 has about 69,000 miles on it, and no tranny problems yet! I have a co-worker who has a '94 Eagle Vision with about 147,000 miles, and her transmission is just now starting to go. At that point though, it really doesn't owe her anything!
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Marsha. Have exactly the same problem with my 2000 ES though not to the extent you describe. Every so often, the displays you mention will brighten and dim intermittently. This usually occurs for just a few seconds then stops. Other than the feeling that I'm reliving a scene from "The Exorcist", I experience no problems associated with this. I WILL, however, run it by my aforementioned (read: competent and helpful) % star service manager.
    Klepfisz--Discussing "transmission issues" in any Chrysler site can be akin to dropping a plump cat in the midst of a starving kennel of dogs. My advice (after years of trouble free service on many Chrysler transmissions) is to do two things. First--it never hurts to "overdue" preventive maintenance. E.G...if you're not living at or below the poverty, change your transmission filter and fluid every 20-40K. Second, be sure your service folk (if not the dealer) is using the correct version of the fluid mandated for your car. For instance, I have NEVER found the ATF+4 fluid our cars use available at an auto parts store. Be mindful...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,584
    I don't know if this is the same issue as the rest of you guys, but my Intrepid's lights will flicker momentarily. I think it happens as the electric fan motor cycles on and off.

    It used to bother me, too, but then one night, while delivering pizzas, and waiting for a particularly slow customer to come to the door, I heard a click come from the car, which was parked behind me in the driveway. The lights dimmed momentarily at the same time, and I could hear the fan start up. Then, after about a minute, there was another click and the car got quiet again.

    I don't know if what you all are experiencing is the same thing, but in my case, I'm pretty sure it's normal. This is the first car I've owned with an electric fan, so it was my first experience with seeing something like this. It's almost like with older cars, when the a/c compressor cycles on and off.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,661
    from your description, it sound like you are referring to the outside lights, which may momentarily flicker due to the amperage drop the moment that the fan or the A/C comes on...this problem is the interior dash lights, which do not flicker normally...or did I misunderstand you???
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,584
    ...in my case, everything would dim momentarily...outside lights and inside lights. I ended up getting so used to it though that I don't even notice it anymore. I'll try to keep an eye out for it the next time I'm driving the car. I'm letting my best friend borrow it right now because his car (a non-Mopar, I must add ;-) is in the shop. I'll look for it though when I get the car back, which I hope is soon, because the gas mileage on my NYer is killing me!
  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    99% of the transmission is due to a falty Input or output sensor. The part costs around $20 and is is something you can do yourself (well most people can do). You will be driving and suddenly the trans will go into second gear and stay there. Or what they call limp mode.
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