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Dodge Intrepid



  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    You are four months shy of being a member for 6 years and you've made almost 2000 posts. And, indeed, you are one of our most helpful members. :D
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    :) You may be right about Impalas & Tauruses, but I'm kinda surprised the GM and Ford shows don't attract Mustangs, Tbirds, Cougars, Corvettes, Camaros, Trans Ams & GTOs. Certainly Mopar neve cornered the market on perfromance cars.

    My own Trep just went over 150,000 miles - it's being used less often since I bought the 1997 Town & Country on 5/18. The Trep now has it's own car cover and sits protected from the sun and the elements 6 days a week. Ironically I've put so much money into it that the car looks and runs like new...It would be hard to persuade the wife I need a new car!

    Bob - I agree with Pat. This board would not be the same without you!!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    the GM show DOES attract a bunch of Camaros and Firebirds...heck, that's probably the majority fo the show right there! And the Corvette crowd is big enough that Carlisle devotes a whole show just to them; I think it takes place in August. I was mainly trying to point out how popular the Intrepid seems to be compared to its peers at these shows. Sure doesn't reflect "real world" sales, where the Taurus outsold the Trep by a wide margin, as did the Impala in later years.

    I think in general the Mopar show is bigger than the Ford show at Carlisle, and the GM show is smaller than either one. Again, just the opposite of real-world sales!

    My Trep will be 6 years old in November, and considering that it sits out all the time, I'm impressed at how good it still looks. They really have come a long way with paint durability over the years. Once upon a time, I don't think a silver car would last more than a few years before fading, but except for a few nicks and scratches and dings here and there, mine is still nice and shiny...when it's cleaned up, at least! One problem with silver is that it doesn't show off dirt like other colors, so I tend to let it go too long without washing.

    Hey Pat, I'm just curious...could you tell me how long I've been a member? I can't remember when I first signed up, but I think I started posting regularly around the time I bought my Trep, November of '99. Oh yeah, how many posts have I made? Just wonderin' :D
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Your profile says you joined in April of 2000 and you've made ... do you really want to know?? :P ... a shade over 17,000 posts. :D
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    Holy Chrysler!! 17 THOUSAND?? Does that make me a computer geek or a loser with no social life?! :surprise: :P
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    Aw shucks, folks...just trying to help... :blush: :blush: :blush:

    Andre: I've been meaning to talk to you about your lack of ANY life whatsoever... and, you may be offered a starring role in Revenge of the Nerds 9... :shades: :D

    Bob, aka marsha7...
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    :surprise: I am truly humbled...I won't even do anything I LIKE 17,000 times :surprise: ....Call me Carmine The Slacker from now on...
  • cfazzaricfazzari Posts: 77
    One more thing I need to ask Andre - You're flying a flag of Norfolk Island - That's in the South Pacific. No matter HOW good your Trep is I doubt your trip to Florida started in Norfolk Island...Just that where you're from?
  • gowestgowest Posts: 1
    Hey, Y'all.

    OK, I wanted to get a tune-up on my 2000 Intrepid. It has 84,500 miles on it and I figured with gas prices they way they are and plus I'm nearing the 100K mark, I should at least replace the plugs.

    I went to a Tune-Up Clinic and the guy told me $69.99 but since the manufacturer "requires" double-platinum plugs on my car, which were $8.50 each, the price jumped to almost $130. :surprise: Of course, they wouldn't warranty the job for the $4.50 single platinums.

    Do Intrepids really require DPP or was he trying to get over on a "dumb girl"?
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    I just checked NAPA auto parts ( and they have several different spark plug choices listed. One of them is a Champion Spark Plug, and the description reads "Platinum Power, OEM style, Single Platinum". It's part # CHA3032 and they retail for $2.29 apiece.

    They do have a double platinum plug listed for $4.79, part # CHA7032.

    "OEM" stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer" so it looks like the car originally came with just the single platinums. FWIW, my mechanic told me that mine needed to be changed when he inspected them, around the 51,000 mile mark. I can't remember what kind of plugs he put in, though.

    And don't feel bad, I don't think they were trying to get one over on a "dumb girl"...they'd probably do it to anybody! I'm a guy, and I didn't know what kind of plugs the car needed until I just looked it up! :blush: Looking back, I think I had my hair dyed blonde back then, so maybe my mechanic was taking advantage of a "dumb blonde" :P
  • rich14rich14 Posts: 15
    1995 intrepid with 234k highway miles,, fuel pump wont run unless you ground it to the frame or motor then i have fuel pressure... but it wont start....fuel pump wont run at all when you turn key unless you ground it out to the frame or motor first,,, now could it be the fuel cut off switch and if so where iis it located on this car? i have checked the relays and they are all good.... any help will be greatly appreaciated. thanks Rich
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    out there in Intrepid-land? Been kinda quiet in here lately. Rich14, did you ever figure out what was wrong with your '95? Hope you got it figured out....that kind of stuff is above and beyond my level of comprehension, so if it happened to me I'd end up having to get it towed to the mechanic!

    I drove a Charger last weekend at a test drive event Chrysler was sponsoring at the Mopar Nationals in Carlisle, PA. It's not a bad car, but I don't know if its enough to make me want to ditch my Intrepid for it! For one thing, I don't like the interior as much...too plasticky compared to my '00 Intrepid, but to be fair they did start cost cutting on the Intrepid's interior around 2002. I also hit my head on the rear window in the back seat, and in some dimensions, the car is definitely smaller inside. For instance, I wouldn't want to try getting 3 passengers in the back seat, and the trunk is smaller too.

    They only let us drive around on a short test course that we had to share with pedestrians and other show traffic, so I'll have to actually take one on a REAL test drive and see how I like it. But I have a feeling I'll be hanging on to my Trep for a bit longer.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    You will also hang onto your Trep a little longer because I say you will keep it a little longer... ;) :P :shades:
  • rich14rich14 Posts: 15
    havent fixed the problem yet,,,,
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    On my 00 Intrepid, and on my brother's 99 Neon, both of us have lost our hood ornament. All they are is a piece of rubbery plastic glued on, and it must be the temperature changes that worked them loose. Also, both of us have the letters on the outside of the car peeling.

    One the bright side, the tranny is still working well at 66,000 miles.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Doing good, I'm glad you got to go to Carlisle. I want to go there myself someday. My 99 Trep is now at 102,000 miles and has become a second car now. We plan on having our son use it and take it to college when he goes in two years. Still runs great.

    We drove a Charger, too, but didn't buy it.

    We do have a new 300C in the garage, however.

    Trunk in the C is smaller than the Trep, and back seat is about the same--a little bigger than the Charger, I thought.

    The reason we went with the 300 was it seemed most like the 99 ES. We shopped for 8 months.

  • erin68erin68 Posts: 3
    Hi, I am new to this but so glad I looked. I just had the same problem, gas gauge going down to empty, fuel light coming on and the bell ringing. Happened about 30 times in 13 miles-would do it a few times and then stop for a while; no rhyme or reason. It is extremely hot and humid here today-over 90 and the humidity is about 75%. Has anyone experienced this to be a constant problem or is this a once in a while thing? Thanks for your help!! P.S. my Intrepid is a 2000 as well, has over 126,000 miles on it and overall has been a great car...
  • Jason5Jason5 Posts: 440
    Take heart Erin.....Although my Intrepid does the same thing (needle swings followed by the low fuel warning chime) it does so very rarely. Every few months. Occasionally the display lights in my climate control will flicker--then return to normal. I attribute it all to a software glitch or a minor electrical system gremlin that causes no actual harm.
    My 2000 ES just turned 120,000 miles and is doing well. Thought it might take until summer's end but it turned early. I anticipate hitting 125,000 by fall with trips and other committments. We just sent my mother's "antique" 1994 Intrepid ES (with 47,000 miles) off to college with my niece. Looks brand new and should continue to provide safe, economical transportation for 4 years (finger's crossed). Other than that, her replacement red 2006 Charger SXT continues to work well. I've certainly enjoyed the occasional drives I've had in it.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    here are a bunch of pics I took at the Mopar Nationals in Carlisle a few weeks ago...

    It's mainly older stuff, but I took a couple overview shots to highlight how good the Intrepid turnout was. Oh, and if anybody's interested, has a club get together there and a tent, and they'll feed ya, too. I had registered under another club, but I'm thinking about joining with them next year. So if any Intrepid owners are up for it next year, think about registering for the fun field at the Carlisle Mopar Nationals next year!
  • jsylvesterjsylvester Posts: 572
    My transmission finally started acting funny - started downshifting a little harshly, and then the next day started making a funny noise. Finally the check engine light came on. I did the three ignition turn trick, came back with the code P0700 - which means the transmission computer told the main computer there is a problem.

    Long story short, the noise has disappeared, but the shifting is still harsh. I believe it is the speed sensors, and for $14 for each sensor, I ordered them from Rock If that doesn't fix it, then it is off to my mechanic, but speed sensors are the most common issue that is often misdiagnosed.

    Luckily still have Old Blue, my 94 Grand Marquis around, as I can take the time on fixing the Dodge.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444

    Thanks for the great pictures. I am enjoying them. When I die, I want heaven to be just like that Mopar Nationals meet.

    Ed :D
  • lbeasmanlbeasman Posts: 10
    I bought my 2000 'Trep certified pre-owned. it has same engine: 2.7 L 24v. A week after buying it, the problem identical to yours occurred. With my extended warranty in hand, I took it back to same dealer. After trying to tell me that I topped off at fill-up(which they advise against, and in fact I didn't) , the service department found that the fuel pump had an open circuit. They had to replace the fuel pump and the sensor in the fuel tank(probably why the service department balked is it is a hassle dropping the fuel tank). Actually the proper name was a fuel pump module kit. It has been 13 months now 12k miles later. The car is in top notch condition. No problems since then. :D :)
  • erin68erin68 Posts: 3
    Thanks! That problem must be along the same lines as when my interior lights just come on while I am driving-always fun. And then there are all the blown-out bulbs on the dash. Has anyone had these replaced? I am presuming this is a dealer job-is it expensive? For now, if I get pulled over, I just tell the officer that I couldn't see how fast I was going and giggle (just kidding!). Thanks again... :)
  • I have a 1997 intrepid - bought it in 99 with 34000 miles. It now has 154000 miles!
    This has been a GREAT car. An odd noise has developed in the last month, though. I can't here it from the driver's seat but I have had 2 passengers in the back seat tell me that on an uphill acceleration that it sounds like a flat tire! (no - there is not a flat or even a low tire). The car still seems to handle fine.
    Any ideas on what might be happening? I know that with this many miles, there are bound to be some problems come up.
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Could one of the belts in a tire be broken or deformed? This was the case recently on my '99. Feel around the rear tires for a deformity. That's how I found I had a broken belt in the tire on the left rear. A different tire fixed the problem. A sound like that is either a tire, brake, or wheel bearing. One other thought is an exhaust leak, since it occurs when the engine is working harder, accelerating while going uphill.

    Good luck.
  • davem2davem2 Posts: 1
    I have a 94 inrepid. Now when the car warms up to normal driving temp, the tranny slips a little and shifts hard between 1st and 2nd gears. Any experience with this problem?
  • tedw521tedw521 Posts: 5
    Our family has a great 1998 Intrepid SE 3.2 with 209K miles. Engine has been fantastic, and the transmission was rebuilt by a very good shop at 170K miles. Much of the car is still original, but now it is needing some significant work to remain driveable: tie rods and shocks with the second time replacement of the belts and water pump coming up soon. We've been putting up with the fact that the secondary A/C cooling fan, and climate display panel work only when they feel like it. Tires, brakes and battery are new, but it never had a muffler.

    The miles are almost all highway, and the leather interior is in good shape, but I know that eventually the secondary systems are bound to die as the car ages. Does anyone have any idea as to the cost of these things? How safe is it to drive with the tie rods being shot? If we do get rid of it, might it be better to part it out somehow? Edmonds says that the car is worth $820 based on the mileage and the "rough" condition.

    I know there's a lot of griping about reliability, but this car has never let us down, and it's fantastic for a kid to use to move stuff to college with it's huge trunk and folding seats. Wish they still made this car.
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    First things first...tie rods are usually critical in maintaining steering ability and alignment...poor tie rods should cause the car to be removed from the road IMMEDIATELY.

    Everything else is strictly up to you...with a value of $820, I would put up to $500-$1000 into it, if everything is that good, and drive it until the wheels fall off, hopefully at a speed no faster than 3 mph... ;)

    Boil it down to this...if steering, suspension and brakes are working well, the car is generally it until the floor drops out and Fred Flintstone rejects it as a trade-in... :shades: :shades:
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    do the tie rods. When they fail, you lose steering control completely, and the best thing you can do is just slam on the brakes and hope you stop before you hit anything. When a tie rod fails, I believe whichever wheel it fails on will immediately turn inward. Not a good thing, especially at high speed!

    I'm not sure about on something newer like an Intrepid, but I don't think a tie rod is a very expensive part to replace. As for belts, hoses, and the water pump, that stuff is just considered maintenance these days! But, once you start factoring in water pumps, that can be very expensive maintenance! I wonder how much the struts would cost to replace? I kinda miss the old days with shocks. Sure, you had to replace them every 30-40,000 miles or whatever, but you could usually do it yourself, and for under a hundred bucks!
  • My wife has the 2000 'trep and it just started tonight. Every 10-20 seconds its goes to Empty makes the warning sound, even the trip computer reads DTE 0. Thanks for the advice, if there's anything you'd like to add, please email me or post here.
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