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Dodge Intrepid



  • govergover Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 dodge intrepid, the driver side interior door handle broke, the end plastic tips broke that connect to the metal rod that open the door from within. Can the door handle be replaced or is it a one piece unit with the door panel? If it can be replace how do you take the handle off?
  • martmccmartmcc Posts: 1
    have 2000 intrep rt getting vibration when car is under load at hiway speed and when it dips the suspenction any clue
  • rlp50rlp50 Posts: 13
    Two things to check; It could be a bad tire or one that is either out of balance or has thrown a wheel weight. Secondly, check the inner tierods. They meet dead center of the firewall. Check to see if the bushing has worn on either or both of the ends. If worn badly you will be able to move it around on the mounting bolt. Usually when the inners go the outers need replacing too. Worn bushings will cause a wobble or vibration, especially when hitting a dip or bump in the road.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    I let a friend borrow my 2000 Intrepid 2.7 last week, and he said the oil pressure light started flickering. I didn't have time to mess with it, so I just parked it until I could get to it. Today, I drove it to work, to see how it did, and it seemed fine. But then I drove a bit around lunch time, and did start to notice a very slight, intermittent flickering. Could that just be the sending unit starting to go, or a sensor or something?

    I checked the oil and it's full. Also, the car sounds fine. About 5 1/2 years ago, it pulled a stunt where the pressure light would come on at idle, once fully warmed up, such as sitting at a traffic light, but that was fixed with a TSB. That time, the sending unit was fine, but there was some issue with the wiring just getting too hot and making the light come on. This time around, the light seems to come on at random, and it's very faint, and easy to miss during the daytime. It was dark when my friend saw the light come on, so it was probably more noticeable.

    So, any ideas? Sending unit, most likely?
  • james234james234 Posts: 7
    my 1998 did the same thing it was inner tie rod, passenger side
  • just wondering when replacing serpentine belts on intrepid 2002 2.7 do i need to take of top radiator brace to easily access belts or tough it out and work in cramped places?any advice will help thanks
  • lisalolisalo Posts: 1
    Can anyone tell me how I can determine if our 1996 Dodge Intrepid is "vmode" or not? It is a 3.5L 24 valve with an automatic transmission. We are looking at the gas mileage to see if it is "clunker" qualified and the vmode is 18 miles to the gallon - the other 3.5L model is 19 miles to the gallon - the difference between qualifying or not! Any help would be appreciated - we have all of the original owner's manuals but I can't find any indication. Thanks!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    I looked up "VMODE" on the EPA website, and got this description...

    "User-Selectable Continuously Variable Transmission"

    I think that might be a fancy term for the AutoStick, which was an automatic that was designed to be shifted like a manual if you so chose. It still had safety features in it to keep you from shifting into the wrong gear at too high of a speed, but it was more flexible than the regular automatic.

    I had always thought that all 3.5's used the autostick, but maybe not?
  • roger924roger924 Posts: 40
    Yes it comes off, its easy probably about 10 bolts and 10 minutes
  • bruce05mubruce05mu Posts: 1
    At the end of 2006 my 03 intrepid's engine lost all compression and died while on the freeway. A gasket blew due to overheating. The overheating was due to the water pump going out. Luckily, I was still under warranty. I took the car to the certified dodge dealership for repair. The supposibly were waiting for an engine to come in for my vehicle for a month! The excuse they gave me was " The 3.5 liter engines are in high demand" I took his word for it. I knew that the 3.5's they use in intrepids they also use in the 300c's, 300m's,and magnums.
    it didnt hurt me too much to not have my vehicle for that long cuz i had work durning that month out of state.
    I just felt i should share my long awaited engine experience.
  • hildy2hildy2 Posts: 2
    just aquired a 94 intrepid es (granny car) w/57,000 mi., problems is when cooling fans kick on they run for about 1 min. and then blow fuse. i replaced both fan relays just for good measure. when i got it the fuse was blown when i checked it over now gotta find out whats doing it,any ideas? HILDY
  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    there is a short circuit somewhere. Check the wires to the fans to see if there is insulation missing and shorting it out. Otherwise the short may be in one of the fan motors itself.
  • ebvbebvb Posts: 2
    We too have a 1996 Intrepid with the 3.5 engine (not the ES). We were hoping to use the cash for clunkers as well, but as the other post pointed out, the VMODE transmission (the one you can manually shift) is the one that qualifies and the regular automatic transmission does not. This was confirmed to us by a local VW dealer where we were looking at the new TDI's. I don't think he would give us wrong information as he is losing a sale...

    Bad news for both of us :( .
  • jackiemcqjackiemcq Posts: 1
    Hi Lisalo, I think your dealer made a mistake. If you go to the government website:

    it's the VMODE, the manually selectable tranny that does NOT qualify;

    Fuel Type Regular
    Engine Size 3.5 L
    Cylinders 6
    Transmission Automatic 4-spd
    Drive Front-Wheel Drive
    Options (FFS), VMODE CLKUP
    Vehicle Category Passenger Car
    Combined MPG 19

    The regular computer controlled transmission does:

    Fuel Type Regular
    Engine Size 3.5 L
    Cylinders 6
    Transmission Automatic 4-spd
    Drive Front-Wheel Drive
    Options (FFS), CLKUP
    Vehicle Category Passenger Car
    Combined MPG 18
    Qualifies for CARS? Yes. You may qualify for the CARS program.

    Hope that helps! Hope I'm right! :blush:
  • rnittanyrnittany Posts: 11
    I still have the original sticker from our Intrepid and something of interest is that the AutoStick is listed as Optional Equipment, not as a part of the base model.

    As such - I'm not certain that the fact that the car has AutoStick shows up in the VIN number (does anyone out there know for sure??). I'd just go the the dealer and give them the title and ask them if it will qualify for Cash for Clunkers. They should be able to pull up the 18 MPG car from the site.

    If they ask if you have something called VMODE - just claim ignorance! If they can't tell by the VIN, then no one up the line will be able to tell either - and since the car gets crushed ....

    Also - I believe that the VMODE model was changed from 18 to 19 MPG over the weekend - last week I either didn't see it listed or it was listed as 18 MPG when I did the initial research (or I just plain missed it). Apparently several hundred cars had their EPA mileage changed between the 24th and the 27th to disqualify them from the program.
  • rnittanyrnittany Posts: 11
    Found this on another site so can't vouch for it's accuracy

    The discussion here is what MPG is your car rated- here.


    After calling multiple organizations, I determined there are three areas for the automatic shifter. The one ON THE steering column in 19mpg. The one in the center console is 19 MPG ONLY IF IT GOES UP AND DOWN. If you can go UP DOWN AND LEFT RIGHT (at the bottom) it IS the 18mpg version.

    No way to fake it thru guys, that's called fraud and you'll get called on it later.

    Also - I don't know if the AutoStick feature shows up in the VIN number as it is listed on the window sticker as Optional Equipment, so don't know if there is any way to be certain that you car does not qualify
  • Didn't know this site existed; delighted to be here. Own a 2000 Intrepid, 148,000 miles...great vehicle! Purchased it 2 years ago with 116,000 miles....very little problems.....heard about engine sludge problems with other Intrepids, and noticed my oil at change time was black after 3000 I went to a Fram "High Mileage" oil filter, made for vehicles with over 75,000 engine miles.... Made for helping to clean dirty engines by time releasing a gel into the oil when flowing thru the filter. After using consistently during my first year, the oil became a lot cleaner at change intervals, and then I bumped my changes up to 4500 miles, and still "clean" oil.....good stuff! Just thought I'd share that.
    People have had problems with Intrepids. They require religious maintenance. But if you do, as did the previous owner of my car, they will not only last, but continue to perform as well. I get 30 mpg hiway, 23 city. :)
  • hildy2hildy2 Posts: 2
    I recently aquired a 57,000 mi intrepid (granny car) and the engine runs great,i changed the oil right away because the car had been sitting for about a year so i switched to PENNZOIL PLATINUM synthetic 10-30 which is not to badly priced. its a full synthetic and you can get it at wal-mart in a 5qt. container for 20.00! but if you have a 3.5 you need 6qt. so you gotta get a single too,still 25.00 for full synthetic is a good price and sometimes they have it on sale. also i noticed the engine runs a little cooler with this oil.

  • rdr3rdr3 Posts: 2
    I too have wasted untold hours on finding out what this VMODE crap is. If it is indeed also called the "AutoStick," according to my 1997 Intrepid manual (pg. 109-110 for anyone who still has theirs) the VMODE can be found on both the center console AND on the column. However, this does not necessarily mean (again, according to the manual) that if your car as the shift on the column that it is the 19 mpg Intrepid. The shift on the column is considered having an auto stick when it looks like this:

    P R N D 1 2 3 4

    (Sorry but I'm no graphic artist!) My column shift does NOT have the above (Just has P R N D 3) so according to the manual I do not have the VMODE, and thus have the 18 mpg car, which contradicts your info (not ragging on you, just letting you know what I've found).

    As far as the center console goes, the manual states:
    The autostick position is just below the Overdrive Position and is identified by the A/S symbol.
    Imagine the 'graphic' below as the template that sits next to your gear shift in the center console:






    - Autostick +

    So I would assume this is the console with the VMODE. Thus, it goes left to right and is the 19 mpg. car.

    I hope this didn't muddle things further...(the funniest thing is that I don't think this car EVER got 18mpg, even on a Kansas highway).

    If you would like me to scan a pic of this page & attach it as an email I would be glad to. Reply to this message w/your address and I'll try to get to it ASAP.
  • ebvbebvb Posts: 2
    The VMODE is the one that qualifies...

    Go to or
  • rdr3rdr3 Posts: 2
    Sorry, it DOES NOT QUALIFY: (Info accessed at 1:22 PM, August 4, 2009)
    Info from web site copied DIRECTLY below:

    Select Your Trade-in Vehicle

    Model Year: 1997

    Make: Dodge

    Model: Intrepid

    Automatic 4-spd, 6 cyl, 3.5 L, Regular Gasoline, (FFS) , VMODE CLKUP

    Engine Size 3.5 L
    Cylinders 6
    Transmission Automatic 4-spd
    Drive Front-Wheel Drive
    Options (FFS), VMODE CLKUP
    Vehicle Category Passenger Car
    Combined MPG 19
    Qualifies for CARS? No. Your trade-in must have a Combined MPG rating of 18 MPG or less to qualify.
  • rcbtvlrcbtvl Posts: 1
    So VMODE makes it qualify for 1996 but makes it not qualify for 1997? Can anyone make sense of this?
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
    We have a discussion devoted to questions like this. You might try posting there.

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  • smithedsmithed Posts: 444
    Rice: Do you have a 2.7L or 3.2L? I have a 1999 3.2. I bought it new. Now with 142,000 miles. 3000 miles (religiously) oil changes and about every 25000 transmission fluid and filter changes (make sure they use ATF4!). I've been using Purolator Pure One filters only.

    Highway mileage is great on these cars.
  • just bought another used intrepid with a 2.7...why i dont know but anyway after adding or changing oil, the 2.7's are touchy on the oil level...half quart over or under will trigger the light at idle and a tiny touch of gas will turn it off...check oil, ill bet you have to add a quart or drain one
  • 1st was a 98 2.7 burned oil and after 10k got an intermediate knock at idle, (garage didnt know what was cause a knock to come and go) now i have a 2001 and is starting to burn oil, i know there is top end trouble and sludge with these motors but im wondering if anybody knew exactly what is going on cuz im willing to bet that in 10k i will get that knock in this motor too... just incase i picked up a 98 for parts (good motor) but wondering if a 98 will fit a 2001, i think there is a bit of screwing around with the EGR but not sure...ANY COMMENTS PLEASE!!!!
  • you probably got the car painted by now but just thought id add... i used a TPO adhesion promoter then as soon as it was tacky sprayed on the match color paint (made by napa and peridot sales where im to) then 2 clear coats and i cant tell the difference in the rest of the car
  • Good Morning Everyone!!!!!!!
    I have a 2002 Intrepid 2.7 with 113000 miles and the car runs fairly well. I am now starting to encounter some of the problems that i have been reading here. I am experiencing the engine oil light that is flickering when I am idol. I checked the oil stick and the oil level was normal but my check engine light came on.
    I looked up the codes on my check engine light and I got the following: P0440&P0441 now I replaced the purge solenoid but someone told me I have a leak somewhere in the evap system.... I guess when it rains it pours need help!!!!!!!!!!Now would the TSB cover the oil light flickering problem?
    Help Anyone!!!!!!
  • Lots of people complain about oil sludge build up and timing chain tensioner failure. If it was me I would drain the oil replace it with transmission fluid start the car and let it idle for awhile. then drian the transmission fluid change the filter and fill with oil. Oil sludge can clog passage ways and reduce oil pressure.

    As for the other issues I am not sure.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    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!
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