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#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?
Mar 21, 2002 (9:04 am)
The Intrepid and I have returned home in one piece, from our trip from MD to Texas, with no problems to report. I hit the 60,000 mile mark in Vinton, Lousiana, about 8 miles from the TX border. I'm pushing 62K now.
Fuel economy was running around 27-30 mpg, and a good deal of that was with the air conditioner running. For the most part we did the speed limit or just a little above. Last year when I made my trip to Texas, I got a speeding ticket in Louisiana, that came out to about $190.00! Kinda negated the savings of driving versus flying
Mar 21, 2002 (9:41 am)
Speeding tickets are a bummer. I was lucky yesterday, somebody in an Audi A-4 was clogging up the left lane, so I could not go my normal 15 mph over the speed limit in my R/T. There was a speed trap just ahead, I should thank the female yuppie type for avoiding that ticket.
My girlfriends are constantly amazed I avoid speeding tickets. Luck and learning where the cops hide are the key, I guess.
Mar 21, 2002 (2:06 pm)
...how true! When I went through that same stretch of Louisiana, I (the town of Jennings, Jefferson Davis parrish), I made damn sure to stay right at the speed limit! Coming back home, I didn't have to worry because the road was down to one lane in each direction, and we were creeping along at about 5-10 mph for a good 30 minutes or more.
It'll always be ingrained in the back of my mind though, when I make that trip home... When I see the old abandoned '56 DeSoto along the side of the highway, SLOW DOWN!! (It was there last year too, and might be the reason I got the ticket...might've been paying more attention to the DeSoto than my speedometer
#1133 of 3457 Heating Vents (1998 Base Intrepid)
Mar 24, 2002 (4:06 am)
Helloe again everyone! Well, I have had my '99 base Intrepid for almost 3 weeks now and all seems copasetic (sp?). Hice ride! Good buy!
The only problem I am experiencing seems to be coming from the vents. I do not seem to get any heat to blast out of the 4 main 'face' vents, even when I set the control to 'the little guy with the arrow pointing at him in the head'. Excuse the stupid question, but is this a problem? Do you think the hose came undone?
A quick question pertaining to the stereo. The included CD player sound system isn't what I would call great. I want to put in my own from my Sentra, but is it a big job? It looks like a big job taking off all of that dash. Please let me know if any of you people have changed the radio in your Intrepids.
On a last note, the mileage I am getting out of it is kinda scaring me. Mind you, I do a lot of city driving and had a Nissan Sentra before, so I am not used to a V6. Don't foget, to fill up my tank in Montreal, Canada, it costs about $48.00...so go figure! Highway driving is excellent with it, that's for sure.
Mar 24, 2002 (6:23 am)
glad you like your Intrepid. So you don't get any heat from the upper vents? do you get it from the lower ones ? or the front window defroster vents on top of the dash. If you do then what your car may need is too have the heater/ac unit doors recalibrated. The doors on the unit are not controlled by cables like years ago , they use electric motors to open and close them.
Gas milage , dont forget your trep is a little bigger than the Sentra 4 cyl you used to drive .
Mar 24, 2002 (9:04 am)
i'd say the trep is "considerably" larger than a sentra...