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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#1120 of 3457 Skibble's Purchase ('99 Base)
Mar 12, 2002 (7:32 pm)
Boy...how do you reply to a message here?!?!
Well, I went for it! $14,000 CDN equates to about $9,300 US. The 68,000 kms equates to about 42,500 miles.
The payments are for 60 months at $326 CDN per month ($217 US). To better explain that price to you, $326 CND can buy you about 11 cases of 24 Canadian beers! You have to remember that our beer is much more expensive up here than yours is! Sorry, but I can't think of any other way of explaining the price comparison. Cost of living in Quebec isn't nearly as high as Toronto. You can rent a 3 1/2 for about $350.00 CDN or a 4 1/2 for $400.00. Toronto 3 1/2's go for about $800.00 for some strange reason...and it's usually in an ugly high-rise appartment! Better comparison?
One thing I learned from the dealer...Americans try to come up to Canada and pick up Chryslers for a better price. The price is usually better after you exchange your currency, but we do not offer the 7 year warranty on new vehicles like you do in the US. It's only 5 up here. That's why the cars are a little more expensive in the US! Interesting, isn't it?
Another thing to mention (in the event that some of you do not know)...In Canada, the Intrepid (and other Dodge vehicles) are not labelled as DODGES but rather CHRSLYERS. I guess there's some logic in there pertaining to some guru's marketing plan! Can anyone elaborate?
P.S. I have driven to car for 1 1/2 days and will never buy anything smaller than that...ever! IT IS THE NICEST THING I HAVE EVER DRIVEN. I have honestly only owned old pieces of crap in the past, but this thing rocks!
Footnote: My friend is currently paying for his return on a lease car...he is paying exactly what I am paying for his 1998 Altima. He picked it up exactly 1 year ago so he has 48 months of payments left. HOW CAN ANYONE COMPARE THE 2 VEHICLES??? The Maxima isn't even in the same class (or shouldn't be).
V6's are great. Even the 2.7! I can't imagine driving an R/T wit the Magnum! My brother's buddy has one and I have to try it out.
#1121 of 3457 Don't try the R/T
Mar 12, 2002 (8:00 pm)
You will want one.
Mar 13, 2002 (3:58 am)
skibble wrote: "In Canada, the Intrepid (and other Dodge vehicles) are not labelled as DODGES but rather CHRYSLERS."
I noticed that when I was watching this weeks "X-Files." Skully, drives an Intrepid ES, but the side marking on the door read "Chrysler."
I don't know why they don't use the "Dodge" brand on cars up in the Great White North. The Dodge Brothers would not take kindly to being "dissed."
#1123 of 3457 Dunlop SP Sport A2?
Mar 14, 2002 (3:19 am)
I just turned 40,000 miles on my '98 ES. Even though the Goodyears that came as standard equipment are in good shape, I want to buy myself an "Easter Gift" <wink-wink>
I have been doing some research and am thinking of going with the Dunlop SP Sport A2's. Does anyone have an opinion on these tires? (225 x 60 x 16)
Mar 14, 2002 (9:40 am)
I own a 95 Intrepid with 97,000 miles on the clock and it is a great car. City - 20-21 mpg; highway 26-27 mpg. Changed timing belt and water pump on recommendation of my mechanic. Oil changes 3000-4000 miles; transmission fluid- every 30,000 miles; coolant-every 2 yrs; brake fluid (ABS)-every 2 years. It is a great trip car and very nimble around town. Would buy another!
Mar 14, 2002 (5:19 pm)
Yes the Intrepid is a Chrysler in Canada ,but the Ram pickup , Durango ,Caravan ,Dakota and Viper are still sold as a Dodge . Why the Trep is Chrysler in Canada is a mystery. I like the way Dodge sounds much better than Chrysler Intrepid. But thats me
#1126 of 3457 2001 Intrepid Program Cars
Mar 15, 2002 (7:20 pm)
I am not certain about the rest of the country, but here in the Kansas City area, every Dodge/Chrysler dealer is advertising 2001 Intrepid SE program cars for prices from $11,998 to $13,998, with most priced at the lower figure. Mileage on these cars runs from high teens to mid 20's. Some have power seats, but most come with just the standard items. Balance of factory warranty intact. Based on the ads, there seems to be a large supply. One of the dealers I spoke with mentioned that these are former rental cars, with a large number coming from Enterprise. I realize that rental cars can be abused, but at least they do get regular maintenance. At these prices, it seems like an excellent deal, and an extended warranty can be purchased. I will be visiting a couple of dealerships tomorrow to look over the inventory. I drive 35,000 miles per year (mostly interstate), and the Intrepid seems to offer a combination of size/roominess, features, performance, and economy that are hard to beat for a class in this class. I am not crazy about taking the depreciation hit on a new vehicle, and the Intrepid seems like it might be a good option. I have read thru a couple of hundred posts here, so I have an idea of the most common complaints. Is there any other advice any of you might care to add? Please feel free to advise. I'm hoping the old adage "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is" isn't relevant in this case. Thanks.
Mar 16, 2002 (10:49 am)
I drove a 98 Intrepid ES, and it was a great car, but as mine was leased new, I knew how it was driven and maintained and it had low mileage when my lease was up, and now I have a 300M.I did buy my wife a lease back a number of years ago and it was a piece of junk, and it had been smoked in and absolutely stunk. I did not notice the smell until after the purchase, because they used some sort of a masking agent. If the dealer is willing to let you test drive the car for a few days, that might be the answer, but I am always leary of leasebacks and rentals. I can't comment on prices because they differ here in Canada. Good Luck!!!!!!
Mar 16, 2002 (12:53 pm)
You are correct, resale on Intrepids is weak, probably due to the fact so many are used as rental cars.
For that price range, not sure how you can go wrong. I agree that a former rental car is not the best source (people do mistreat them, no matter what Enterprise tells you), but for the mileage you will drive, I think it is a good deal.
Just look around, and try to find one now smoked in. See if they have the maintenance records as well.
#1129 of 3457 Pulse Wiper and Washer Interaction
Mar 19, 2002 (12:03 pm)
The owners manual says (paraphrasing) "to activate the pulse wiper, and get two swipes for a misty rain, push and release the wiper control. To wash the windshield, push firmly and release the wiper control" Even if I give the wiper control the lightest of pushes, it still activates the washer and does its two swipes. I can't believe that is what Chrysler intended when they designed it.
Anyone care to share their experiences on this?