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#1653 of 3457 Dealership visit
May 08, 2003 (7:05 am)
Took a little trip to the Dodge dealer after work yesterday. I had ordered a new rubber seal for the rear door opening, which had shrunk up and was starting to fall off.
They only had one Intrepid on their lot! I wonder if the factory has finished their run of Intrepids, and is now currently switching over for LX production?
This particular model was a purple SE, and stickered for about $22600, which I thought was kinda high. It was almost identical to mine, which in '00 stickered for $20950. I notice that cruise control is now listed as a $235 option (it was standard in 2000). It also had a CD player, which I think added $125, and a remote entry (forget how much that added).
And this is just a minor nit-pick, but I don't like the way they replaced the cloth on the door panels with vinyl. And the new-style wheel covers, I'm not too crazy about, either. I mean, I've seen worse, but I just like the old "twisted star" pattern better.
May 08, 2003 (10:58 am)
LX production doesn't begin until around nov/dec of this year. i've noticed that my local dealership really never has very many intrepids on his lot either...
#1655 of 3457 Even back when I bought my '00...
May 08, 2003 (11:12 am)
in November 1999, there were only two on the lot. Both of them silver. Guess which color I got? I've seen as many as 10-12 on this dealer's lot at a time, though.
#1656 of 3457 GA Tires
May 08, 2003 (12:38 pm)
I have been away for a while. I imagine some of you are a little harder on tires than I am. My 01 ES has 44,000 on it and it is still on the OE tires (Eagle GAs with a treadwear rating of 300). They are noisy for my tastes, but they are still smooth and grip well. I rotate them every 9,000 miles. Based on the amount of tread, they should reach 55,000 before I have to take them off. And that will be well before the treadwear bars start to show.
May 08, 2003 (1:34 pm)
I just noticed this new color, "Butane Blue" listed on the Dodge website, and available on the '04 Intrepid (and Concorde). Has anyone seen it yet? It's kinda hard to tell in a computer rendering what it would look like in real life, but it makes me think of that "Sterling Satin Glow Blue", or whatever it's called...that pale blue that's common on Sebring sedans and convertibles.
Looks like a nice color.
May 08, 2003 (4:56 pm)
i kinda like the butane blue. i've seen it on recent minivans. reminds me of a steel blue, if you will...
#1659 of 3457 Come to think of it...
May 09, 2003 (5:23 am)
I noticed that the steel blue (if I had it all to do over again 3 1/2 years ago I think that's the color 'Trep I would've got) wasn't listed in the color charts any more. Maybe the butane blue replaced it?
#1660 of 3457 Colors etc..
May 09, 2003 (5:52 am)
Morning... I too, have seen the Butane Blue on several minivans and, I believe, a Stratus. It's a nice color and very reminiscent of the Sterling Blue Andre referenced. It's very light..
My 2000 ES is Steel Blue and one of the reasons I waited for the 2000 model year. For my tastes, I believe the manufacturers rather "overthink" the color issue. Anyone noticed that with the exception of the standard "gold" and "silver", most of Honda's colors seem extremely dark for 2003? Getting the same impression of some of Chrysler's colors.. Ah well... Sure sign I'm nearing 40..
#1661 of 3457 I've noticed the color thing, too
May 09, 2003 (9:13 am)
It seems like the previous-generation Intrepid and Concorde were offered in a wider variety of colors. Maybe it's just one of those things that, like styling, comes and goes in cycles? Kinda like how cars are going back to a boxy, angular look?
I put on my new weatherstripping last night, for the rear door. This is the piece that is famous for shrinking up and popping loose in the corners. One thing I never realized is that the piece isn't molded to the shape of the door...it's just one long, straight, flexible piece that you kind of force-fit into place. You just put it in so that both ends are underneath the plastic sill panel.
I discovered though, that an easy, free, fix to this is to just pop the sill loose and re-fit the existing molding back into place. Since it shrunk, it'll leave a gap at the bottom, but the sill will hide most of that. I did that with my driver's door seal.
It's amazing how much quieter the car is, now! Since the seals shrunk up gradually, I guess I didn't really notice how much the noise level had increased. Big difference now though, with the seals fixed!
#1662 of 3457 Noisy Intake Manifold
May 09, 2003 (7:14 pm)
Maybe its me...but has anyone with the 3.5 engine (232hp version) noticed how noisy the intake manifold is when cruising at 60mph or better. At first I thought I had a loose valve stem or needed a valve adjustment. The dealer says its the active intake manifold and they all sound that way. I'm not sure whether to believe him or not. I find it hard to believe an 02 with Chrysler's better engine should sound that way.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.