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Dodge Intrepid



  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    "November 6 marked the 10 year anniversary of the day I bought my '00 Trep. 11/6/99. 150,000 miles and still running well. 10 more years, and I can get historic tags for it here in Maryland!"

    I am coming up on the 11th anniversary of my '99 ES. Also about 150,000 miles. The only serious repair in all that time has been AC system.

  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    congratulations. Coming up on 10 years as well I think it is sometime Jan or Feb next year for us. This really has been a great car for us, Just a few minor repairs....trans speed sensors, oil sender harness-not at all bad for almost 95000 miles. All we have really done is the tires and brakes a couple times. Car now needs front brakes done again, the drivers side power door lock module, and possibly struts. I am debating putting the money into it, the car is not really worth anything. Also somewhat concerned with my wife driving a 10 year old car......But there is not really anything we have seen that compares well or offers an attractive alternative. Buick Lucerne??Lacrosse?? a Sable or a Taurus? Certainly not a Malibu or Impala!! We keep hopping back in our old Dodge and remarking how comfortable and spacious it is. Still runs and rides well too.
    Too bad we cannot buy a new one again.
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    Did you get the flickering oil pressure light fixed? Sensor?
  • I feel the same way. I have a 1998 Concorde with 84000 miles. It is a great car.
    Last Spring the power steering lines were leaking. The leak was getting worse.
    I could not find a new car that I liked. I then found a 2002 Intrepid with 6300 miles
    which I bought. I also had the Concorde's power steering lines replaced and still
    enjoy it.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    Oh, yeah, I forgot all about that oil pressure issue. Yeah, it was just a switch or sending unit or something like that. Cost $176 to fix.

    The only truly major repair I had was early this year, when I blew up the a/c compressor. Totally my fault, as the system had a slow leak in it and I knew it. I was trying to nurse it through the winter, and was planning on fixing it once it got warm again. Unfortunately, one day in February when I was running the defroster, the compressor seized up, shredded, and did a good little number on the whole system. Cost $1300 to fix.

    There really isn't anything new out there that excites me, at least, not in my price range. I do like the Pontiac G8, but don't want to pay that kind of money for a new car. At this point, I'm probably going to drive the Trep until something catastrophic goes on it. I also like the Altima and the new Ford Fusion, but I'd view either one as a bit of a step down from the Intrepid. I wish Chrysler had followed up the Intrepid/Concorde with a good replacement. The 300 and Charger are great, if you want to go all-out and get a Hemi, but for more everyday-type cars, I'm just not that wow'ed. Plus, with the Intrepid, the 2.7 is actually decent, but with the 300/Charger, they almost require the 3.5 if you want the thing to get out of its own way.
  • Before buying the 2002 Intrepid last June I test drove a Chrysler 300 with a 2.7
    several times. It was not a bad car, just smaller. When traveling I like the interior
    room and additional trunk space of the Concorde/Intrepid. As you said The 300 and
    Charger are great, I did also test drive a 300 hemi. It was much quieter, faster, and
    had a nicer interior. A few years ago I drove a Charger with a 3.5. I thought that it
    was a nice car.
  • I bought a 98 intrepid 6cyl 2.7l, it had been sitting for a year because of a computer problem, i had the computer and battery replaced by a licenced mechanic, and they put a new inspection on it, i drove it for 10 minutes and instantly the signal lights stopped working, so we changed the fuse and they worked fine...then half an hour later the speedometer stopped working , and the PRNDL display wasnt working, we changed those fuses and it fixed that problem, then this evening the rear tail lights wouldnt work at all and we cant figure out what fuse it is...then to top it all off the battery light has come on, just like it was before i replaced the computer...Am I going to have to replace the computer again? Why do all these fuses keep malfunctioning?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    I found a 2000 Intrepid ES for sale locally, in Maryland. Figured I'd post it here, since I brought it up originally in a GM forum! The ad mentions a 2.7, but the under-hood pic is showing a 3.2.

    I'm actually kinda tempted by this car! It's not often, it seems, that a nicer Intrepid shows up on the used car lots anymore. Usually they're the base model like what I have. I guess it seems silly to replace a 10 year old Intrepid with another 10 year old Intrepid, but it does look like a nice one. Plus, it has about half the miles that mine does.
  • In March of 1995 I bought a 1998 Chrysler Concorde LXI with a 3.2 liter engine. I
    test drove it briefly and loved it. It had just under 39000 miles. I was afraid that if I
    waited someone else would but it. It now has 84000 miles. Last March When I
    brought the car to be inspected I found that It had a power steering leak. It needed new power steering lines. I was told
    it was a 6 hour repair plus parts. I decided to buy a different car. Could not find
    what I wanted. In June I bought a base 2002 Intrepid with 6300 miles with a 2.7 liter
    engine. When I picked up the Intrepid I left the Concorde to be repaired. While the
    Intrepid with the 2.7 is a nice car, The Concorde with the 3.2 is much nicer. It is
    not only much faster but must be sprung differently as it rides nicer.

    You might want to take the 2000 Intrepid with the 3.2 for a test drive
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    Well, I just got some extra incentive to take that green Intrepid ES for a test drive. Tonite, someone pulled a hit-and-run on my Trep in a restaurant parking lot. Driver's side fender and headlight are smashed...headlight's just sitting there, held on only by the wires to the lights in back. Bumper fascia's hanging loose. And I'm guessing something electronic got snagged as well, because the idiot lights for the battery and Service Engine Soon are both on. Passenger side headlight/turn signal doesn't work, either, although both taillights, brakelights, and rear signals work.

    It actually doesn't look THAT bad, but somehow I got a feeling the poor gal's totaled. It really sucks to have the car make it 10 years, only to suffer a fate like this. :mad:
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    Oh sure, that'll buff right out. :mad:

    I have a feeling this thing's going to be a total, simply because of the age and value of the car. I'm guessing book value is maybe $3,000 tops (retail, I doubt if trade-in would be half that). They tend to total out a car when the estimate exceeds 60% of the book retail value. And I'm sure the claims adjuster will be able to find $1800 worth of damage there.

    I could probably pull out the fender myself, and the headlight assembly's an easy replacement. And that fascia can probably be re-attached. So I could probably get the car semi-presentable again for not a whole lot of money. However, the electronic glitches that showed up (SES light and battery light coming on) scare me a bit. Even if there wasn't anything truly wrong with the car, I could only drive it like that until the next emissions test, which is less than a year away.
  • Anyone interested in purchaseing a 2000 LHS,300M, Concorde and Intrepid Service Manual?
  • I agree with you. You take good care of a car and through no fault of yours it gets
    hit. You are the one who gets inconvenienced and hurt financially.
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    What a nightmare. I always think about what I would do if something like this happened to me, or a $1500 or so mechanical repair.....Lets face it, the cars are worth $2000 tops trade, just about nothing with the damage. Looking at the damage it seems you could get away with a cheap do it yourself repair. Maaco would paint the whole car for cheap afterwards.....Lots of parts at junkyards. Silver was a popular color too so maybe no paint needed? Take the insurance money, buy back the car ,spend a weekend in the garage.....
    A quick check at a autozone would tell you why the warning lights are on. Hood open still?
    Or take the money and get the ES...onlything that would concern me would be the 3.2. Not sure, but think the 3.2 and 3.5 might have timing belts, not a chain like the 2.7. That would be a 10 year old essential rubber part. And at least a 1500 repair to get swapped. Did look like a nice one though. Getting rare to find in really nice shape.
    For the record-"hanging's too good....." no card or note or anything? Some people are too "nice" to have around.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    Nope, no note or anything. There were witnesses, but nobody got a tag #. It was a black pickup with toolboxes in the back, but that's the only description I got.

    Damn, a timing belt is $1500?! I hate to say it, but that's almost a deal beaker right there. IIRC, the owner's manual called for a timing belt change at 105,000 miles...but said nothing about age. And, like you said, that's a 10 year old rubber part! Is the 3.2/3.5 an interference engine?

    I guess even if it is totaled, buying it back from the insurance company could be an option. However, my insurance company said if I did that, they wouldn't let me have full coverage on the car anymore. But at 10 years and 150,000 miles, plus the fact it'll have a salvage title if I do that, maybe I don't need to worry about full coverage anymore. Even now, the full coverage insurance didn't do anything for me. Since it was hit and run, my car was covered under the Uninsured Motorist part of my insurance, something Maryland requires you to have (maybe other states, too?)

    Now that I think about it, one of my friends has a code reader. So I guess we could just plug it into the car's OBD port and see what it says. He bought the thing a few years ago when he had a 1998 Tracker that was always triggering idiot lights. Since I've had the Intrepid, I only had the check engine light come on once, in late 2007. And it went away after a few weeks.
  • The 3.2 liter does have a timing belt
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    Just looked at Fitzmall, car is still there. I wonder how much they would move on the price. Probably have $2500 tops in the car. Made an offer?
    We are going to take a look at another car on Friday. 2008 Taurus with 18000 miles. Salesman called me to say they are cutting all the prices for the "big sale". We shall see.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    Just looked at Fitzmall, car is still there. I wonder how much they would move on the price. Probably have $2500 tops in the car. Made an offer?

    Nah, I haven't done much of anything yet. I think I'm just going to hang tight until I have the insurance money in my hand and my current Trep is towed away and out of my hair.

    Yesterday though, before heading off for the family thanksgiving festivities, I stopped off at a local used car lot that had a 1991 Caprice for sale. It's listed on their website for $3995, but no pics. Well, it didn't look too bad in the rain, except for the fact that it had four Oldsmobile hubcaps on it, that looked like they might've come off of a low-level early 80's Delta 88. Dealer was closed but the car was unlocked. I sat in it, and was really disappointed. I like big cars, but this one just seemed big in all the wrong places. My Trep probably has more legroom, both front and rear, and my head brushed the ceiling in back. Still, I could get comfortable in it, but I just thought it would be bigger inside! However, the interior was also a bit trashy. And I had forgotten how bad GM was starting to make their interiors around that time, with all the cheap hard plastic, knobs and buttons that look like they were made by Playskool, etc. If I could get it for $1500 I'd be tempted, as it's inspected, at least.

    I really don't NEED another car anytime soon, as I do have my old '79 5th Ave and '85 Silverado to fall back on. And while that 2000 ES is a tempting car, I'm starting to think that maybe it's just time to experience something different. I'm going to miss mine once it's finally gone, though. Maybe I'll pry the emblem off the fascia, just to have a memento.
  • What I am trying to sell is the factory service manual not a Chiltons manual. $30 ships it in the USA. No torn or greased pages.
  • Ok, My 95 intrepid has some electrical issue and I'm wondering if anyone out there is having the same problems.
    Trun ignition key on and the engine starts, but the instrument guages are inop. The transmision goes into "limp mode" that the gauges start working and everything is fine.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    tow truck came and towed away my wrecked 2000 Intrepid. So the reality is hitting's gone. Oh well...maybe it'll get parted out and help to keep other 2nd-gen Intrepids on the road. Or maybe someone bold/naiive enough will buy it and try to put it on the road again.

    I'm gonna miss that car, though. Only car I've ever bought new. And when I bought it, it was sort of a symbol of a turning point in my life. I had gone through a bad divorce in '96 that left me pretty bad in debt. But I was able to turn that around, got it paid off in 2 1/2 years, was able to refinance my home to a much lower rate in summer of '99, and by November '99, my credit was good enough that I qualified for Chrysler's 0.9 financing. Final reading on the odometer was 150,351, and I had it for 10 years, 1 month, and two days.

    Still no idea on what I'm going to replace it with. The 2000 Intrepid ES I had found for sale online has sold. I was attracted to it, but after 10 years figured maybe it's time to try something a bit different. Today I found a 2000 Bonneville SE with leather, sunroof, alloys, etc, white, 65000 miles, for $4734. I might go check it out on Thursday. In a twisted sort of way, maybe that would be appropriate, as I thought of the Bonneville as the Intrepid's closest competitor.
  • Had the same problem with my 99. It was using alot of oil. Most likely the valve stem seals have gotten brittle. The heads run very hot and ruin the rubber for the seals. I replaced the valve stem seals at 150k and now have 220k on the engine with no oil loss what so ever. You can change the valve stem seals without removing the heads. I took the heads of to change them. Had a speed shop tank and re-lap the valves. There was a lot of carbon in the combustion chamber and that could cause the knocking since it changes the compression ratio. After repairing, change the oil every 3k and only use 10W30. Anything higher in weight will sludge the engine. I have used nothing but Penzoil in this car and there was no sludge what so ever in the motor. Hope this helps.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    Today I deposited the insurance payoff for my poor, totaled Intrepid. Came out to $1,988.73. And I also picked up its replacement...a 2000 Buick Park Ave Ultra that's just about fully-loaded. It's a nicer car in many ways than my Intrepid, but when you consider it was almost twice the original MSRP, it better be. Still, as nice of a car as it is, I know I'm going to miss that Intrepid.
  • My 2001 Dodge Intrepid ES leaks fuel whenever I start the car. When I turn the car off, there's no leakage at all. My husband kind've looked under the hood and noticed some type of glass case which he thinks may be the fuel pump or something and thinks it may be cracked.
    Has anyone else heard of this or have any suggestions?
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    Nice car. I always liked the Buicks. IIRC the Ultra is the supercharged version of the 3.8 liter. It must fly!
    Well, this must make me about the last survivor from the days when this forum was full of people talking about their new Intrepids. I think one of the first posts I read here was about your car being broken into at some amusement park. Seems like just yesterday when my wife and came home with our new car. Hard to believe it was the low financing that actually had me test driving a Dodge. Dealer kicked in a couple hundred bucks and called it "0"% financing or something like that.
    95000 miles on the old girl-drove home from work today doing 75-80 on the highway-and 0 regrets about the purchase so far.
    Hey, I hope the buick works out for you as well as the Intrepid did.
  • tkfitztkfitz Posts: 95
    The fuel pump is probably right in the tank-that is the usual spot in most modern cars. That being said, gas does catch on fire rather easily. If not sure what you are looking at I would get the car towed to a competant mechanic. Fuel pumps are usually on anytime the ignition is on, gas sprayed on the exhaust system or anything hot can be deadly. To the car at the very least. Why take a chance?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,033
    Thanks, it seems to be a pretty good car so far. I still miss my Intrepid, though! It's pretty quick with the supecharged 3.8, although for some reason I thought it would be faster. Maybe because it's a bigger, heavier car than the Intrepid? Also, it doesn't rev nearly as high as the Intrepid did, and I'm sure it has more insulation and stuff, so perhaps all that just conspires to make it feel slower than it is?

    I think my Intrepid handled better. This Park Ave bounces around a lot more than the Trep did, although it never feels unstable. And while it pretty much silences most of the smaller bumps in the road, it doesn't seem to handle the big ones any better than the Trep did. And when you consider the price points of the cars, I think the Intrepid's interior was a more valiant effort. Just little things, like the pop-out cupholder in the Trep versus this flimsy thing that folds out of the center armrest on the Park Ave. Or the Trep's bigger glovebox and deeper door pockets. Or even the trunk struts on the Trep, versus the mammoth, luggage-crunching gooseneck hinges on the Park Ave. Oh, and when you pop the Park Ave's trunk open, better make sure nobody's standing over it, because it'll knock them out as it flies open to a 90 degree angle. And you can't keep it down either, unless you totally close it. Great for rainy weather. :sick:

    But, I'm nitpicking for the most part. It's still a nice car, and I'm happy with it so far. I just still miss my Intrepid! :cry:
  • I need to swap my 2.7 out for a 3.2. I would like to know what kind of mileage these 3.2s are lasting for. Three of the five 3.2 engines in Washington state have 135k on them. Are these 200 or 250k engines, or am I going to end up replacing the engine again in a few thousand miles. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
  • bobe4bobe4 Posts: 12
    I have a 1999 Intrepid which I bought new in June 2000. Now has 162K miles and I'm driving it from Denver to LA next week. I wish they still made them. I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
  • grant74grant74 Posts: 2
    I have a 1996 Intrepid with a 3.5L. After driving for about 20-30 minutes the low oil pres. light will come on when I apply the brakes to stop, it goes out upon acceleration. (oil level is good, oil changed every 3000 miles) Any ideas?
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