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Chrysler Concorde, Sedan
#584 of 1272 re Chrysler Products
Jun 04, 2001 (8:52 am)
Actually they have improved a lot.
You will notice that a lot of the 1999+ LH-platform owners (300M, Concorde, LHS, Intrepid) are very pleased with their cars. That is because they did better design work on these cars.
Same with the new model of Sebrings, much better cars than the previous ones. The new engines and transmissions are responsible for a lot of the customer satisfaction. DOHC designs vs. the old OHV engines.
I don't know about the vans if they are still on the same platform as before, but they appear to be better built also.
Jun 04, 2001 (8:55 am)
I had unevenly-wearing tires too at first.
This platform seems to be quite sensitive to how/where you drive also.
I had the dealer align all wheels and balance them, three times in 25,000 miles.But have them definitely inspected after going over some bad roads (like those in Manhattan or D.C.).
#586 of 1272 power window motor
Jun 04, 2001 (10:44 pm)
I think the power window problems in here must be contagious..lol..
About a month or so ago my driver side rear window stopped working for about 5 minutes and then just started working again and I didn't really give much thought to it until last week when I had a passenger in the back seat who was unable to open the back window...I tried from the main control on and off for about 15 minutes at which time it started working and has worked fine ever since.
Realizing that sooner or later in all probability the window would stop working at all so when I had my oil changed at the dealer today I told him about the window and to my surprise they changed the window motor...the repair was at no cost to me as I have the zero deductable extended warranty but I always ask the cost of the repair for curiosity and was told the replacement cost of the power window motor was...210.00 dollars plus tax.
It does seem that Chrysler has had a lot of problems with the power window motors but i'm sure other new car manufactures are having similar problems as well.
#587 of 1272 Agonizing over a '94 Concorde 3.3L w/ 99K miles
Jun 13, 2001 (12:33 am)
This car is smooth as silk....I keep thinking about buying it, but the reputation on these cars is horrible....I've tried, but I can't seem to find a reason not to buy it for $4000. Maybe I should buy a warranty too? Any opinions would be appreciated.
Jun 13, 2001 (5:12 pm)
Depending on the mileage, make sure the transmission has been replaced or rebuilt. You likely will not get more than 50,000 miles out of the original, even if it is babied and well maintained.
The fuel system is another source of trouble on these cars - leaks are common.
Other common failures: electrical system, air conditioning, and suspension parts.
Overall - have the car checked by a competent mechanic, and if available, buy an extended warranty. Chances are good you will need it. The 98+ models improved somewhat, but the first-generation LH cars were among the least reliable cars on the road.
Jun 15, 2001 (4:05 pm)
In response to your post I would like to give you my opionion on your contemplated purchase of 94 Concorde...based on my past expierence in the automobile business I feel that when considering the purchase of a 7 year old car with 99,000 miles that the past reputation of that brand car should not be a factor in your decision but what is important is the overall condition of just the one car you are looking to buy.
I would suggest that you take the car to a reputable shop and let them put it on a lift and check for past frame damage as well as checking the drive train with their diagnostic equiptment and test driving the car.
A complete evaluation like this may cost about a hundred dollars or so but it may prove to be a wise investment.
As for the warranty....without question if it were me buying the car I would purchase the warranty if that was an available option.
#590 of 1272 eneth
Jun 17, 2001 (8:51 am)
i don't know - we have 135k on my wifes 93 eagle vision - friend has a 93 interpid (94 also) with 150k / 115k - no tranny problems - i know lots of people - i mean lots (client used interpids for their sales force) and have had no trannies re-done (all 95-96 models) - all have over 100k - so while i hear these horror stories my experiences are quite different. in fact 3 of the companies i have consulted for have swithced the company cars/trucks to mopar and after several years have saved a ton of money - they did it because the costs reflected that they should - i.e. the mopars have been cheaper to run/maintain with less downtime than the gm/ford/honda/toyota vehicles they replaced. just my 2 cents
#591 of 1272 Older trannies
Jun 18, 2001 (12:29 pm)
Weren't they more reliable in the 3.3 than the 3.5? I'd heard that they tended to have problems with engines with more torque like the 3.5 (or the 3.8 in minivan applications).
I don't know too many people with older LH's. A friend of mine has a '94 Concorde with the 3.5, and he must have about 80-90K miles on it by now. I know he's had water pump, A/C, and brake rotor problems, and a few other annoyances. And there's a lady at work who has a '94 3.3 Concorde, that's pushing 100K. I think it's ok mechanically but is starting to rust on the lower edge of the doors.
When I delivered pizzas, 3 other drivers, at varying times, had first-gen LH's. One guy had a '96 3.3 Intrepid that he bought used, low mileage. I haven't talked to him in awhile, but have seen the car parked outside his house, so I guess it's still running. This other guy had a '96 or so 3.5, that was pushing 80K, and running fine.
Then finally, about the time I quit, this one kid had a '94 Intrepid that his mom gave him. I do know it was on its second tranny, but don't remember how many miles it had.
Well, I guess I know more people with older LH's than I thought!
#592 of 1272 Dash Lights 2000 LXI
Jun 18, 2001 (9:57 pm)
Has anyone experienced an intermittent brightening of the dash lights? This has happened to me twice both times the headlights were off. This is the only weird experience with this car bought it 11/99 now has 10,300 happy miles. Thanks Jim
#593 of 1272 1999 Concorde LX
Jun 25, 2001 (6:53 pm)
I too have had window motor problems. I've already had 3 of the 4 replaced. I was told they are being replaced with an upgraded motor. All were replaced under warranty. I asked that since 3 of 4 have failed if they would replace the last one with the upgraded motor and I got an quick, clear NO! I tried between the dealer and DC to get the last one replaced with no success. Anyone been sucessful with getting DC to fix a known problem before the part fails?