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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
Apr 30, 2002 (2:41 pm)
Hey, everyone, glad to see a discussion board about Intrepids. I've been a member of the C&D forums for several months now and enjoy them. Anyway, I'm here for some advice. I drive a 1995 Dodge Intrepid with the 3.3L 161 HP engine. It has 135,100 miles on it and has been a great car.
Recently, the A/C broke. It hasn't given me problems before. It was working fine one day, ice cold, then just died completely the next. I'm not sure if there is a leak, a broken switch, or even a problem with the compressor. Not only that, but ever since this has happened, the car has been making a loud buzzing noise. It happens sometimes (not every time) when I start the car, and sometimes it will randomly start making the noise when I am driving, and last for a minute or two, then go away. Otherwise it is quiet. Anyone have similar problems? Two different mechanics have told me it is difficult to give an estimate on A/Cs because there are many different components to it. One guy told me he could do a vacuum check on it for about $40.
One more thing. The two front windows are "broken". They are power windows and roll down just fine, no problem, not even slow. However, they do not roll up. The last time I rolled down the driver's side window it took a good twenty minutes before it came up. The passenger side window will stick and then roll up in an intermittent fashion. I think the motors in these windows may be broken, but if so, why do the windows roll down? This has been a problem for several months now.
Over all this has been a very reliable car, no problems with the transmission, engine, etc. If anyone has advice or has had similar problems, let me know, I'd appreciate it. Thanks a lot.
#1216 of 3457 First Generation Intrepids--Hey Gang!
May 03, 2002 (9:48 am)
Hey gang... Been out for awhile. Recently swapped my 2000 ES with my mother's 1994 ES for a few days. She secretly covets the leather seats, stronger headlights and Steel Blue paint on my ES. In actuality we swapped so she could have a local friend inspect and detail it.
Here's why I post--other than to say hello. I continue to be amazed at her 1994 ES. YES, YES--it has a mere 50,000 miles on it--gently used for a 1994 model year. That being said I always marvel at how solid, squeak free (relatively speaking) and trouble free her Intrepid has remained--after better than 8 years. Incidentally to the "theatrical" types and many heads of the hydra so aptly described. NO--no transmission problems, NO--no AC problems, NO--no engine problems--save the fuel rail recall germane to all 3.5 liters of that era. Nothing falling off or loose or rotting. Of course this is meaningless to the "oh well you "Mopar heads" will say anything".. But for those who appreciate and understand the comments--there you go.
#1217 of 3457 A co-worker of mine's Mom...
May 03, 2002 (11:11 am)
...used to have a '94 Intrepid, base model. She traded it for a silver '99 base model, mainly because she just wanted something new to impress the friends at the country club with. I think it only had about 30-40K miles on it. Dealer was going to give her something like $7-7400 for it. I was seriously considering buying it from her, for that price, but she moved too quick (or I moved too slowly!)
Anyway, I guess it was no great loss, since about 5 months later I bought my '00. Had I bought the '94, chances are a brand-new car would have been the furthest thing from my mind when that time came around.
There's a lady here at work who has a '94 Concorde with the base 3.3, and I know she's got to have over 100,000 miles on it by now. I don't think she had any major problems with it, except that it started rusting on the lower edges of the doors.
#1220 of 3457 Whatchu talking about JJ?
May 12, 2002 (7:39 am)
I read the article about the VW, and sure it's a nice car. Why in the world do you mean with "Intrepid is a fine car if you only require one to take up garage space".
I have a '98 ES that starts every time, runs great, is tons of fun to drive, and looks superb. That seems to fit the bill in all area that I am concerned with.
May 12, 2002 (7:28 pm)
38k for a veedub...!!! you got to be kidding me. and the intrepid ranks higher in quality surveys...! i guess some people are just blind to that european weed they've been smokin'.
May 12, 2002 (7:43 pm)
For $38 grand, you can buy two Intrepids, and really fill that garage.
Or buy one Intrepid, and take the other $19,000 and invest in real estate, something that will do more than just depreciate every year.
#1223 of 3457 Or if ya really wanna have some fun...
May 13, 2002 (3:39 am)
...buy one Intrepid for $19K, and use the other $19K to trick it out. Just imagine what kind of street terror you could build with $19K worth of mods!
May 13, 2002 (5:05 am)
Lee1 the garage reference was related to the post by J5 referring to an elder ladies 94 Intrepid with 50,000 miles, hardly a typical situation.
To the others in the peanut gallery, better go re-read the article or go back to your soaps. The article was not only about the passat with the W. Trusting it does not break any rules, as the article is at EDMUNDS I shall cut and paste to make it easier for your minds to comprehend.
"The Passat starts at $21,000, and that includes such premium features as tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, side-curtain airbags, height-adjustable headrests for all three rear positions and rear seat vents. SUMMARY: $21,000 and very useful options not available on the Intrepid.
"It's official, and, frankly, it's getting to be a little repetitive. Ever since the mid-1997 incarnation of the current generation, the Volkswagen Passat has time and time again proven to be our favorite midsize family sedan. Not only has it won the top prize in our 2000 Family Sedan Test and 2002 Premium Family Sedan Test, it's been our pick for the Editors' Most Wanted list, in which we vote for the cars that would grace our own garages, for three years running.
Apparently consumers agree with our assessment. Sales of Passats have bourgeoned more than six-fold since 1997. The car has appealed to those who seek something a little different from the mainstream, who are willing to pay a little more for style and European engineering over more ubiquitous domestic or Japanese sedans."
SUMMARY: Favourite since 1997-- the W was not available until 2002.
600% increase since 1997-- Note 1997 long before the W.
The Passat W is set to compete in a niche market, a place unfamiliar to the Intrepid, unless of course you consider the taxi cab business as a niche zone.