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Dodge Intrepid

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  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Reading the above posts, I guess I should start to worry about the battery replacement. It is in a `99 ES of which I took delivery in March, 1999. That means it is pushing 6 years and the starts associated with 92,000 miles.
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    I always seem to have better luck with the original batteries in my cars. I do not know why. Better quality?? I usually change car batteries every 4-5 years just to be sure. Intrepids pose a special problem...really no good way to inspect/tighten the battery terminals when changing the oil as I do with my other vehicles. Not so sure about the remote location for jump starting either. My(wifes) car only has about 50k miles. Hope to get another five years at least.

    For those with 100k miles...don't forget the timing belts.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    tk...I had my belts changed dutifully at 65K after an inspection revealed cracks and glazing. Better safe than sorry. She continues to run well--had a thorough service done at 100K with transmission, alignment, etc. Perhaps using synthetics really has made a difference..
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    with my Intrepid SE. Just passed the 15,000 mile mark. I am now running fully synthetic oil now, hopefully it will make the engine last longer. Probably going to store it in the garage for the winter and drive the Celica around. Plus the Celica is alot easier to keep clean since it is about one half the size of the Trep.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Happy Holidays group.. Had my Intrepid at the dealer yesterday for the passenger side rear door lock/actuator and a mid dash speaker buzz. The buzz couldn't be specifically traced and has stopped. The dealer removed the dash cover, checked the speaker, reapplied the felt padding and closed her back up! The door lock actuator was a bit pricey but I'd have paid to stop the annoying BUZZ when locking and unlocking. That's all--at 104,700 she's still running strong. Season's Greetings to all..
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    that I'm going to hit the 100,000 mile mark on Christmas Day. Last time I checked the car it was around 99,800 miles, a few days ago. I let one of my housemates borrow it, though, so I dunno what it's got on it now. He had been using my pickup, but then one morning it wouldn't start...alternator loosened up, let the belt turn inside out, and just wasn't spinning fast enough to put out enough juice to keep everything charged up.

     

    Anyway, hope everyone has a happy holiday, and may all your Intrepids live long and prosper!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    time to gloat and show off!!

     

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  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    Nice Pic.

    Next one a 199999?

    That is my goal!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    releasing my 2000 Intrepid back to its rightful owner, the leasing company...probably by January 15...it has 72K miles on a 75K lease, well maintained, someone should have a decent car when they buy it...I had to repair a $500 dent in the hood cuz someone backed into me in a parking lot and drove off, so I had no idea who did it, but somewhere some SOB will get his karma...a small chip in the windshield, had it repaired in a glass shop, hopefully it will be OK with leasing company...front and rear tires are different brands, but similarly only slightly worn, hope that it passes muster...it has been a good car, would average 28-30 mpg on highway (70-75 mph), one tank I really got 31 mpg...I have replaced it with a Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi Quad Cab (wife wanted a pickup truck), which doesn't QUITE get 28-30 mpg on highway...actually it doesn't QUITE get 20 mpg on the highway...maybe like 19 highway, 12 in the city...weekly fillups for the Trep were $8-10 weekly, now closer to $20-25 weekly...did I step up or step down???...who knows???
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    for something that size, I think 19 on the highway actually IS impressive! I have a 1985 Silverado that my Granddad bought new, and back when it was fairly new it would get maybe 20-22 on the highway. It was a dog, though. 305-4bbl with 165 hp, a 3-speed automatic, and tall gearing...2.56:1, I believe. It's been awhile since I've taken it on a long run, but in short, around-town trips, I'm only getting around 10-12 nowadays!

     

    My trep would normally get around 22 mpg in local driving. I think I did get just a hair over 30 once on a trip. I really had to baby it to do that, though. It was springtime, before it got hot, so no a/c. And I was driving close to the speed limit on those highways. The way I normally drive, highway is more like 27-28. And twice, I've gotten just a touch below 20 mpg on a tank. Both times were in the winter though. Cold weather, short trips, etc.

     

    I've been impressed overall though, since the worst mileage I've ever gotten on a tankful with the 'Trep is actually better than the best that I've gotten with a few of the cars I've had!
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    in the continental US, I just returned from vacation in Maui HI and I paid $$$2.699 for a gallon of REGULAR! And that was the cheapest I found. Hawaii has the HIGHEST gas prices in the USA. Last December I saw alot of Intrepid rental cars but this time there were almost no Treps to be found since the car was discontinued. I did see alot of Chrysler 300's as well as many Dodge Magnums.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Those are certainly some impressive gas prices.... My 2000 ES soldiers on, about to bump into the 106,000 mile mark. This weekend I'm having the oil changed, air filter replaced and the tires rotated. The door lock was replaced, so no more buzzing when the auto locking feature engaged. Doing well otherwise...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    I'm starting to hear a clunking noise in the suspension. Mainly I'll hear it at low speeds when going over uneven surfaces, like in my yard. I really don't have much of a driveway. It's some blue gravel scattered about unevenly here and there with some huge roots growing through it, and there's a dip where it meets the road. I'll usually hear it there, or on a similarly bad surface.

     

    However, I have had the car jacked up and secured, and I've yanked on both front wheels as hard as I could, and nothing seems loose or wobbly. So maybe the clunking could just be the exhaust system, or something? Or just the natural creaks that come with older age?

     

    Other than that, the car seems fine. I'm sure I'm going to have to get it in soon to get the rear brake pads replaced. The first set lasted 52,000 miles, and while I did a lot of stop-and-go pizza delivery driving back then, I also replaced them with cheap pads, which probably aren't as good as the OEM stuff.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    at 10:30 am, I returned my 2000 Intrepid to the leasing company...I took good care of the car, and apparently they felt the same, as there were no penalties to pay...since I no longer have the Trep, I will be leaving this board...thanks to all of you who posted replies to my various and numerous questions, and I hope my replies to your questions may have helped you in some way...while I often hop around on numerous topics, since I now own a 2004 Crown Victoria and a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, I will be on those boards all the time...thanks to all...the car was good and so were the folks on this board...

     

    Bob
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    glad to hear that your Trep served you well. Don't feel that you have to leave this board though just because you've sold it! Eventually, that time is going to come for all of us, but in my case, I plan on sticking around to ask questions when the newbies show up who have just purchased, or are thinking about purchasing, a used or leftover Trep. Although I guess by now the leftover '04's are probably just about sold out!

     

    Plus, we might need help in putting out an occasional flame war here and there, when someone comes on crying about how all Intrepids are a/an (fill in the expletive here) ;-)
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    is being featured at the 2005 NA International Auto Show this week (yes, its the REAL thing no pics this time). This car was supposedly the Intrepids replacement. I think the Trep is a much better looking car so I wont be buying one anytime soon. Buts that's just my opinion.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    that the 'Trep is a better looking car. Or, at least the design is much more cohesive. A poster in another forum described the Charger, almost to a T, with "Checker Cab meets Mustang"!

     

    Still, there's something I like about the Charger. For lack of a better way of putting it, I'd call it "kinda ugly, but still cool", perhaps in the way that my old '69 Bonneville was!

     

    I'm going to at least check them out when they hit the showrooms, and see how I like 'em. And maybe the style will grow on me more. Sometimes, when a new style comes out, it takes awhile for it to grow on me. For example, I didn't really like the '02 Camry or '03 Accord when they came out, but I wouldn't be ashamed of either one today. While neither one excites me, neither one offends me, either!

     

    And even when the Trep was redesigned for '98, I didn't like them at first. To me, the '93-97 had a futuristic look to it, where the '98 was just trying too hard, and a bit overdone, with its oversized headlights and such, and styling that somehow made it look stubbier, even though it was the same size outside, and actually a bit bigger inside!
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    When the 1998 Intrepid first hit the roads, I could not believe how good looking a four door car could look. I mean, I was REALLY impressed. It just took me awhile before I could lay down the cash and buy one. As far as oversized headlamps are concerned, I'd rather have big ones that work rather than small ones that do not work!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    and I think under-sized headlights on the Intrepid, Concorde, and the first-gen Breeze/Stratus/Cirrus sedans were criticized for poor illumination. I really didn't notice how good the 'Treps lights are, until I drive one of my older cars at night, and then I see just how far we've come over the years!
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Bob, I must concur.....Poke your head in every so often and share your wealth of personal experience with others. Hey Andre'. If the noise persists--and I won't question your off road excursion through your yard--let me know. My experience might save you or your mechanic some time. Some of you may recall I had a clunking noise looked at in my front suspension that turned out to be the top portion of the strut. Originally I thought it was a steering rod or CV joint/axle. When they couldn't pin point it, the garage literally tore down and reconstructed the front right suspension. The bad news--it took a while. The good news--I received a new front strut, alignment, and other parts for free when they decided to "just leave them there".

        I too, yearn for a return to cab forward styling. If DC has utilized the Daimler experience and technology at their disposal to design a few front drive, full size platform---imagine how good it might be. I've often wondered what a "3rd generation" Intrepid might have been with increased space efficiency, better engines, better crash results and a new platform.. Sigh...... I'd still consider a Magnum or Charger, though I suspect I'll end up choosing a Grand Caravan for pragmatic reasons.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    since I have owned my Trep almost two years and it has only 15,600 miles on the odometer, I may be the only one on the Intrepid board in 8 years from now?! And in 2027, if the engine and me lasts that long, maybe I will get QQ plates.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    The wife and I are considering a new car for us (1999 ES to be handed down to son--still a great car and we expect it to last many more years, if nothing unforeseen happens). The 300 doesn't have enough trunk space (15 cubic feet compared to the Intrepid's 20)--so much for abandoning cab forward. Does anybody know what size the trunk is in a Charger? The closest thing out there I can find now is a Ford Five Hundred. I drove one of those and found it pretty nice, certainly spacious.

     

    Accord trunks are 13, Camry 14.5.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,051
    just out of curiosity, where are you getting these trunk volume figures from?

     

    Just off the top of my head, here's what I can remember of trunk volumes:

     

    Intrepid: 18.4 cubic feet (the first-gen was only like 16.1)

    300: 15.9 cubic feet

    300M: 16.7 cubic feet

    Concorde/LHS: 18.8 cubic feet

    Accord: 14.1 cubic feet

    Camry: 16.8 cubic feet.

     

    I've seen a few 300 trunks, as several people at work bought them. It's definitely smaller than the Intrepid's trunk, but still looked decent to me. Seems like the actual opening might be bigger though, so that could be part of it. Plus, I think the 300 has a folding rear seat standard, where on the Intrepid you had to get an ES for that.

     

    Now the Ford 500 has a trunk of something like 22-23 cubic feet! You'd probably have to go back to around a 1973 Chrysler to get a trunk like that!

     

    But, if you find the 300's trunk too small for you, I'm afraid the Charger's will probably be the same. I'm not really a big Ford fan, but I kinda like the new 500. It really doesn't stand out, as it's kinda conservative, but it's certainly a handsome looking car, and seems pretty well-built.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    I got my trunk volume figures from each manufacturer's specification list. I looked at a 500, the trunk is huge.

     

    As much as I hate to say it, "Good Job Ford" or is that Volvo?
  • 500 is a little over 21 cubic feet. The Crown Vic is 20.6 cubic feet.

     

    500 is decent on paper, have not looked at one closely, other than to say I've seen one or two on the road - they are virtually invisible, and nothing remarkable.

     

    Crown Vic is a Crown Vic - what you see is what you get. Not trendy, not fancy, but built like a train locomotive.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    Well, thanks for the invite...as my eyes tear up, I would be glad to hang around and offer any of my ownership experiences...I can certainly tell you that, while the car may have had some problems (and find me one that doesn't), I was quite pleased with my Intrepid, and count me in as one of the "thumbs up" folks for Dodge Intrepid...

     

    Bob
  • I would like to pick your brain, as most of you are experienced Intrepid owners, I have owned mine for 4-years and recently it has developed a misfire on re-start after it has been shut-off for about a half an hour, after the misfire stops (in a few seconds) it runs fine, I drive this car mainly on the highway and until recently it has been a great car, I bought it used, but it was a fleet maintained vehicle owned by GE corp. Any help, short of taking it to the dealer, would be appreciated.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    Did your 99 ES have the 3.2L or the 2.7L engine. In 1999, the Trep came std with the 2.7 in the ES model and the 3.2L was optional (if I remember correctly). I would definitely by Ford over Dodge/Chrysler. I just think they have better quality control. And most definitely higher resale values.
  • It has the 3.2L engine, I really like the car, a little hard to get into, but this quirk and the steering wheel shimmy it has when braking moderately hard, might encourage me to seriously think about selling it, I can't get to interested in Ford's as the last one I owned was an Explorer, and I rebuilt it end-to-end, piece by piece to include a new engine.
  • mike372mike372 Posts: 354
    Well.........my father has an 02 Escape and he is pretty happy with it. I still have an 89 TBird with 149,000 miles, the original engine (including timing chain, head gasket, etc),the original trans, and the (almost) original driver, and guess what, it is still running. And there has to be some reason why the Explorer is the BEST selling SUV in the universe. I dont think Chrysler can even come close to some other car manufacturers. If I had to do it over again, I would have bought an Explorer instead of my Trep. It would have cost more but its much better resale value would have made up for the extra cost. If I had to sell my 02 Trep with 15,600 miles today, I would be lucky to see 10K.
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