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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#1738 of 3457 mdey and others re: transmission service...
Jun 03, 2003 (7:09 am)
I shared this story last fall and thought I'd do it again--just to bring the matter to your attention. First--the second gen Intrepid has ALWAYS required ATF+4. Not the first gen (93-97)... In the fall I had my local auto store (in this case Strauss Auto) do some work on my 2000 ES. They have always done so competently in the past. I spoke to two separate people about the ATF+4 issue--because I wanted my tranny drained, filter changed and fluid replaced. Yes..yes..yes... As with MOST auto supply store they do not carry +4. Long story short they put in +3--which I saw on the sheet when I picked it up. MADE them call the Dodge manager who promptly said.."drain it immediately, flush it with some +4, then refill with +4, DON'T drive it.."
In short--remind, remind, remind.. Though I don't believe--and the data hasn't supported-- the "transmission hysteria" some of our neurotic detractors report--this would certainly explain some difficulties..
Jun 06, 2003 (6:08 pm)
Just hit the big 80,000 mile mark tonite! Nothing else to report, just thought I'd share
#1740 of 3457 Andre1969....
Jun 08, 2003 (12:16 am)
Well thats quite a few miles for a 2000 model year car! I have just over 3000 on mine.I received some extended warranty stuff in the mail from Chrysler yesterday but I think I am going to pass on these warranties. They are pretty expensive. I just negotiated the price of a new Camry yesterday for my mom to replace the GTS. She can drive you crazy when it comes to buying a car. I really wanted her to buy a Honda Accord but the only color she would accept was Silver and the only interior color available was black. So she said no to the interior and the Accord. The 2003 Camry LE with the four cylinder engine and ABS cost $17,388 plus doc. fee and tax. Not a bad deal but its a rather boring car. Nothing too exciting about it, alot different than the 91 GTS. I am now going to break up the GTS for parts and see if I can sell anything.
#1741 of 3457 Andre, 80,000
Jun 10, 2003 (7:11 am)
Andre, well that's a milestone.
How long do you think we can run these things? I am shooting for 10 years and 180,000 miles but will probably not have that many in that short a time. Just over 4 years now and only 65,000 on the '99 ES 3.2.
Currently also have:
1991 Acura Legend with 147,000 (Head gasket only major repair so far)--Daughter's college car
1990 Aerostar van 4.0 Liter 144,000 (Transmission at 133,000)
1990 Spirit 2.5 117,000+ (Odometer broke at that level 3 or 4 years ago). NO REPAIRS!!! What a car that Spirit is. Unbelievably reliable. AC still works, I have converted to 135 Freon.
#1742 of 3457 Main thing I'm shooting for...
Jun 10, 2003 (8:59 am)
...is to hit 100,000 miles by the time it's paid off. That's when the extended warranty expires, and I'd rather not have to make payment on something that has no warranty!
My driving has decreased a bit, though. I bought the car in early November, 1999, and hit 40,000 miles, oh I'd guess in late January/early Feb of 2001. I delivered pizzas back then though, and also had a round trip from Md to Texas in that timeframe. But then it's taken me almost twice as long to put the next 40K on, and there was still another trip to Texas in there!
Soon, the amount of driving I do may go down again. I'm in the process of trying to buy a house that's only about 3 1/2 miles from work (I'm about 14 right now). If that ends up being the case, I have a feeling my car will die of old age, before wearing out! I'm probably going to drive it until it drops, though. Every once in awhile, I get the urge for a new car, but I think buying the house is going to put a stop to that, at least for a few years!
#1743 of 3457 smithed.......
Jun 10, 2003 (4:20 pm)
What is 135 freon. Did you mean 134a, I think thats what they call it nowadays.
I talked to someone today with a 99 base model intrepid. He put an outstanding sound system in the car. I did not know that the custom stereo shops sell a replacement panel shaped like the OEM one which can house a rectangular shaped Kenwood unit. I told him that I did not care for the FM reception and he told me the problem was the antenna and wiring to the antenna. SO I may think about buying a new antenna and changing the wiring. He said he spent many years professionally installing car radios and alarm systems. The amp in the trunk was awesome- it cost $500 alone. And he put 19 inch chrome rims on the car and racing tires! Only problem was when he hit potholes... he showed me places where the rim was damaged.
Jun 11, 2003 (4:20 am)
Mike, you are correct. I thought of the wrong number It is 134a.
#1745 of 3457 andre and miles
Jun 11, 2003 (4:25 am)
The house is important and a much better investment than any car. A lot of our miles get put on on the two or three times a year I drive from South Carolina to Pennsylvania. Only 2 miles to work. I usually take the old Aerostar for that and only put on 3000 to 4000 miles per year. The 'Trep is the road car.
Jun 11, 2003 (6:30 am)
10 years , should not be a problem . My trep will be 10 years come this March . Other than a leaky AC ,shes been a great car. Still looks good today .
#1747 of 3457 Jason and Mike re: Shall I buy a 2002 Dodge Intrepid ES????
Jun 12, 2003 (1:58 pm)
Thank you, Jason and Mike, for your answers regarding my concerns about buying an Intrepid. Well.....we bought a 2002 ES, a light gold/champagne color (I am still not sure what color they really call it)....we (my husband and I) also bought the extended warranty that covers everything (the $1500.00 level) especially after being told that having to replace one little computer in the car would cost MORE than the warranty cost itself! So, we jumped for it. We now have the car covered 100% for 8years/80,000 miles (except for regular maintenance and wear and tear, of course)....we figured that if we are going to enjoy this beautiful car then we are going to have to drive it with a great peace of mind!
Just to let you know, after I posted my previous message, we called a Lemonbuster guy locally. He told us that he has all of his family in Camry's, so, for two days we shopped around for Camry's as well as Avalons (nice! but, small) and Nissan, as well as some of the SUV's out there. We even looked at a Taurus or two (ugh! and the seats are sooo uncomfy!)...the ONLY other vehicle we liked was the Toyota 4Runner...so, at the end of two days we decided that a full size car would fit our needs better right now, and, my husband kept saying, "Nothing we see even compares to the Intrepid!"...meaning that comfy-wise, design-wise, beauty-wise and get-up-and go-wise, none of the other vehicles even came close.
We are happy! What a gorgeous car! Easy to drive...sooo much room, inside and in the trunk!
Thanks again for your responses!