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  • nelson33nelson33 Posts: 100
    I was always searching for automotive sales figures on the web but for some reason never succesful. I bookmarked it for future reference. Thanks!
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    hey jason,

    i've been out and about too. just got back from a long weekend out of town. trep made an incredible 27 mpg average, most of the time going 75 to 80 mph on the interstate! granted winds were light but i'm completely satisfied with the fuel mileage this big beast gets! everything on the car working a-okay. well, it's off to wyoming, hopefully northworst will be on time?!
  • davidudavidu Posts: 40
    Emale- If you're headed to the Northwest part of Wyoming, give a buzz and I'll fill you in on all the exciting things going in our corner of the Cowboy State.

    Dave
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    actually headed to - green river - of all places! flying into salt lake and grabbing a rental car. don't know if i'm gonna make it up to the northwest part of the state. anything real exciting that i shouldn't miss?
  • homer61388homer61388 Posts: 54
    I really don't see what the big fuss is about the RT. It's nice but it seems like a base intrepid with bigger wheels and a bigger engine. I mean no leather, traction control, 240 watt sound system come on! The ES seems to me like a better buy. If you spend 26 grand for a fully loaded ES than how come you spend nearly the same amount and don't the amenities of the ES? I went to a dodge lot and I wasn't excited neither was my dad. Even with the 3.5 and 17in wheels I doesn't do anything for me. The ES is my pick definitely.
  • fluidfluid Posts: 5
    HOMEMADE AIR INTAKE FOR INTREPID

    A standard modification for many current cars is a low restriction intake. Factory intake/filter assemblies are usually quite restrictive, this to quiet down induction noise. But the assembly restricts the volume of air the engine can ingest, limiting its performance. The current LH engines are high-rpm, high-output designs which need all the help they can get for low-end and mid-range power, and more top-end is nice too.

    The following intake was installed on my 00 ES 3.2 engine with excellent results. I noticed improved throttle response from 3000 rpm up, and top-end power seems improved too, although I have not taken any acceleration times to quantify performance. The intake noise is less than I had expected - under full throttle it's just a modest sound easily lost when the stereo is playing low. Noise at cruise is almost as quiet as stock. I am very pleased with the new intake. Total cost is around $60, and installation is surprisingly easy. It took less than an hour to do, and most of that was waiting for the glue to dry.

    1) Buy a K&N #RU-3130 conical filter element ( 7" long and 4" diameter with 3.5" attachment ). This can be from Summit, Jegs, or another mail order house, or a local parts store can order it. I got mine at Schucks for $42.

    2) Buy a 3" ABS 45 degree elbow with one male and one female end for around $4.00, one 3" size black rubber pipe connector ( comes with 2 stainless clamps - get the heavy type with 0.25" thick rubber ) for about $5.00, and a length of 3" black ABS pipe from the local plumbing supply store for $7.00. This last only comes in 10-foot lengths, and you will need only 5". A small can of ABS glue is all that's left to buy. [ Note: 3" ABS pipe actually measures 3.5" OD. ]

    3) Remove the factory intake assembly by loosening the clamp on the air intake hose and pulling it off the rear intake assembly ( which is attached to the throttle body ). The intake hose, air filter and resonator assemblies can now be pulled out of the engine compartment in one piece. They are held in the engine compartment by rubber plugs which can be pulled loose from the body.

    4) Assemble the new intake as follows: cut a 5" length off the pipe and de-burr the ends, then glue the elbow onto this piece of pipe. Let dry at least 30 minutes, then clamp the K%N filter element to the end of the pipe. Slip the heavy rubber connector onto the rear intake assembly - it's a tight fit - and tighten the rear screw clamp securely. Slide the male end of the 3" elbow into the connector and rotate the new intake assembly until the filter is pointed slightly down into the open area above the battery. Tighten the front hose clamp and you are almost ready to go. K&N recommends disconnecting the negative battery terminal for ten minutes to reset the computer; I did this at the negative "jumping" connection on the fender well before I installed the new intake.

    5) Take the car for a short test drive to verify that everything clears and is tight enough. Now enjoy your new intake! [ Note that nothing on the engine is modified irreversibly, so if you need the factory intake for IM tests, etc. it can be re-installed in just a few minutes. ]
  • The metal brackets that hold the seatback on my 94 Intrepid ES have broken. The car has grey leather, power seats. Can the frame be welded? How much would a new seat cost? How could I find a used one?
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Andre--Oopps..my bad. I thought you had an ES. A base model wouldn't have the Sentry key feature (a "computerchip" logged in the ignition key which "signals" the computer that it's OK to start). Glad to hear that the damage wasn't too bad.
    ADF1/Davidu--I think I'd be inclined to try out the 16" version of the tires being used on the R/T. Believe that they are Michelin Pilot MXM's. If not, several good alternative come to mind that have been mentioned including the GY Eagle LS, Pirelli Grand Touring and others. Check www.tirerack.com and others..
    Emale---Sounds about right. Glad your trip went well. My mileage is matching up with yours on longer trips...drops to about 25 when I go to warp (i.e steady 80 with occasional foolishness). No CD changer yet.. keep you posted.
  • davidudavidu Posts: 40
    Green River- bleechh. Nothing to miss down there except for Flaming Gorge reservoir, which is pretty cool. It's a little known fact that Wyoming is the least populous state simply beacuse the interstates go through the butt-ugliest parts of the state. Lots of people drive through but never want to stay!! Guess that's good for the rest of us who live in the beautiful parts!!
  • Took my seat to an automotive upholstery shop. They said seat backs break with some regularity - not just on Intrepids but many cars. They said they can weld most of them except for the newest, lightest frames. Repair will be about $100 and take one day. I was not looking forward to getting a new leather seat for a '84. Car has 108,000 miles, has had water pump and trans cooling lines replaced recently, plus new O2 sensors, spark plug wires, and fuel filter.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    I would assume that a search of salvage yards may yield a new seat. Now it is time to dream the impossible: we want a seat in an Intrepid that has low miles, under 50K, driven by a little old lady to church, and her vehicle was struck in the rear at an angle, totalling out the rear, but leaving the front in immaculate condition, so you can buy the perfect seat(s). Don't forget, the car was impacted while it was parked and she was shopping at Walmart, so she did not suffer any injuries :)
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,496
    I haven't been to our local junkyard since late 1998, but before that I was a regular there. This one in particular specialized in Mopars. The whole time I frequented it, I think I only saw 2 LH cars in there, and both were battered beyond recognition. Anybody remember the ending to "Duel", where the tanker truck and Dennis Weaver's Valiant go over the cliff? Well, these looked worse! Maybe this is some testament to the LH cars' reliability, though, that the only 2 in there were wrecks. They had literally an ocean of K-cars and their many derivatives with undamaged bodies, which I would presume means some kind of mechanical failure put them in there.
    -Andre
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    And where is Lee Iacocca when we REALLY need him?
  • coachditkacoachditka Posts: 11
    Replaced the GY with BFG Precept Touring. Total cost 330.00 from Discount Tire Company. Michelins are too $$$$$$! I can't pay 600 for a set of tires! Pretty good tires, good rain performance and smooth on the interstate. Front speed sensor went out for the 2nd time. Output sensor replaced one, imput sensor twice. I think the service guy is putting me on his Christmas card list. Since we got the car in 2/99 the car has been in the shop at least 12 times for various things from speakers to transmission.
  • homerkchomerkc Posts: 113
    I just completed a trip with my 2000 Intrepid (base 2.7) and got a consistant 30 mpg. on the highway (running 70-75 mph). I only had 2300 miles on the car when I left - hardly broken in! It was smooth and comfortable AND efficient (compared to my '95 VW golf GL, which gets 35 mpg hauling a lot less car and with a 5spd). A great car for the money.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    jeffie (dc13),

    thanks for the link. but, be sure to also post the good news once the new minivans and cloud cars hit the streets this fall. and don't forget the knockout success of the pt cruiser!

    davidu,

    flaming gorge is beautiful! just got back from there today. you are right...not much else to see around green river but a few deer and sage brush. but, visiting family and friends and the beer sure tastes good!

    emale (in wyoming)
  • 2000trep2000trep Posts: 30
    30 mpg??? wow! i haven't been fortunate to see any results like that yet. i haven't been doing too much highway driving lately, though. i did make a trip to kansas city last week, but i only got 26 mpg (which equals the best i've done so far). i've got 2700 miles on mine. anyone know if i can expect to do better? i'll be making a trip to texas in a couple of weeks. that'll be a good time to check it again.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,496
    I got almost 30 MPG on a trip from Washington DC to Carlisle PA back in April, with 3 people in the car. I've got about 20,000 miles on my 2000 now. One thing I have noticed, though, is that mountainous driving cuts its power and economy a lot. Also back in April, we took a trip to the Shenandoah mountains, with 4 people in the car and a trunk full of luggage, and mileage was only in the lower 20's. Normally around town I get around 19-21. I deliver pizzas p/t, though, so that probably hurts the mileage somewhat. By comparison, the 1985 Buick LeSabre I drove over the weekend while my car is in the body shop only got about 14.5. I'm starting to get used to that Buick, though, so I know the Intrepid's gonna feel TINY when I get it back (hopefully) today!
    -Andre
  • homerkchomerkc Posts: 113
    My 30 mpg was on a trip from Kansas City to Carlisle, Pa - mostly level interstate. I get 18-19 around town (was hoping to see 20, but not yet). I will take the Intrepid on a trip west, over the Rockies, so I'll see what the difference is.
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Next time your in PA...say hello! I noticed that my gas mileage increased as I approached 10,000. Just turned a bit over 11K and it's leveled off. Managing just shy of 19 in city/short drives and roughly 26 on trips. Good for my driving style, load, etc. Although I had hoped for more given my use of synthetic oil and additives. Still quite pleased when all things are considered.
    I can't help but wonder how things will change when Chrysler turns it attention to their transmissions. Perhaps that new "5 speed Autostick" will be the transmission we should have had all along!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    25-26 mpg, mostly 65-80 mph, 75% Hwy, 25% city. Best sight I ever saw was entering the freeway right off the station, drive 25 miles to exit, 75-80 mph, no air, just vent (cool day) and in that stretch, the overhead computer registered 31.7 mpg. Oh, if only it would stay there!!!!!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    with the A/C on, I am averaging 22.5 to 24 mpg.
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    marsha7,

    did the dealer fix your a/c yet?
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    Thanks for asking. The baby goes to the dealer tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, to have the A/C checked (blend door???), the moving driver's seat checked (any bets it won't move when they drive it???), the overhead temp needs 8 minutes (by the clock) to change from 74 to outside setting of 85. Should be interesting. 5 Star dealer, also the dealer who sold me the car, 40 miles away. Wish me luck.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    marsha7-

    Just take two asprin and call them in the morning! LOL......

    fastdriver
  • emaleemale Posts: 1,380
    marsha7,

    i think the outside temp and auto ac have some sort of connection...maybe the blend door is adjusted according to outside temp? interesting...let us know what you find out.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    I forgot you two posted me in Intrepid instead of 300M (they are interchangeable topics, you know). I dropped the car off today, got a Jeep Cherokee as a loaner...not the most impressive vehicle, even for an SUV. They will need a few days to check out the Intrepid. Also, I wondered if the slow overhead temp (8 full minutes, by the clock, to change from 74 to 85 in 86 degree weather, in the sun). Stay tuned.
  • fastdriverfastdriver Posts: 2,273
    marsha7-

    We're on the edge of our seats waiting! LOL...... I hope it's something simple. Why do they need a few days to check this? It's either cold or it's not. Watch out with that Jeep. You might get stuck! LOL.....

    fastdriver(Bob) in case you forgot! ;-)
  • 2000trep2000trep Posts: 30
    made my appiontment... the trep is getting it's windows tinted thursday!!!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,496
    Got my Intrepid back from the body shop yesterday. Total bill for the attempted break-in on the pass. side door...$436. However, it turns out the door panel was bent a little, too, so they fixed that and repainted most of the door, from the window sill on down to and including the plastic molding strip on the lower door. They even replaced the D-O-D-G-E letters instead of just painting around them. I only had to pay the $250 deductible, so I'm not too upset, but I hope they catch the punks that did this. Still haven't heard anything back from the police...I heard they can take up to a month or more just to fill out a report.

    Now I'm thinking about getting an alarm for it, but the guy who runs the body shop said his Suburban was broken into twice out in the parking lot...and he has an alarm. So I don't know. Anybody know of any good alarms?

    Also thinking about getting the windows tinted to it's harder to look inside, but that may just make the car more enticing, more of a "pot luck" I guess. 2000trep, let me know how your tint job goes!
    -Andre
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