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#19 of 3457 2000trep / smithed
Jul 21, 2000 (10:08 am)
Problems regarding the 2000 Intrepid, approx 9 months old.
The day I picked the car up from the garage there was a vibration from the front at speeds 50-60. As usual the dealer blamed the tires, but to keep this short between the dealer and the tire shop eventually they found the fault to be in a faulty wheel, replaced on warranty.
Next problem windshield motor decided to retire at a very awkward time.
Rattle appeared in steering column area, on rough service roads there is a constant noise and slight vibration. Garage has worked on this three times, no improvement and now I have a broken /scratched dash panel from repair attempts.
Next problem trunk release failed, could not be opened, complete assy replaced.
Next, it was there in the beginning but not noticed, the rear seat material has a flaw in the stitching it comes apart with very little pressure. New cover was installed and of course the color doesn't match. Dealer states it is impossible to match exactly as there is a slight color difference in each batch run. I'm not sure if I will live with that or ask for the front and rear seat back be done also so all will match.
Next fuel leak, gas fumes inside car, problem repaired quickly apparently its something the garage was very familiar with.
Next , for the last three weeks the trans is going into the limp mode, no faults are appearing when checked by the dealer. From the first the trans is slow to shift into fwd after being in reverse. I have become accustomed to this now and give it time to catch up before giving it gas. At first I had a few jerky starts, sure gets attention in a parking lot.
Next brake pads / shoes , rotors, and rear drums replaced at a very early age. This was an attempt to eliminate break squealing, vibration. The squealing is alot better but it still very evident especially in reverse.
In general the fit and finish is substandard. Body panels gaps are too large and uneven ie the gap on right side of hood is much larger than that on the right. Plastic body parts don't match the color of the metal ones. Maybe I am too fussy but Dodge has had plenty of time with this model to iron out the bugs. From my point of view they have done nothing except for a few cosmetic changes. The body style is getting outdated and the car just does not meet the quality of others in its price range. I am disappointed with the car, the dealer has given excellent service, but the car should have been put together better at the factory, its too late for that type of thing after the sale is made.
#20 of 3457 x1262
Jul 23, 2000 (2:32 pm)
Sorry to hear about the problems with your Intrepid, the problems you mention are all too typical. You are very lucky to have a good dealer my experience with the Dodge boys indicate they are programmed only to sell.
The only good thing about the overall picture is the sales of the infamous Decrepits are decreasing at an alarming rate, the sales figures for june are -16% less than May they were merely able to break the 10,00o mark even with the major rebate/ low interest rate program.
Jul 23, 2000 (3:44 pm)
I'm new at this so be patient. My 1999 Intrepid
left interior push light bulb has blown. Does
anyone know if this is a big deal to replace?
Will Dodge try to rip me off to replace the bulb?
#22 of 3457 Emale, Andre, etc....
Jul 24, 2000 (5:44 pm)
Emale... Been out for a few days. The dealer ordered a replacement 4 disc CD player for me. None were available in inventory at the moment. And that, as they say, is that. It still works but will occasionally skip severely on two of my favorite CD's.. Perhaps it's a music critic in disguise? I have to chuckle about this because I had the CD player (single disc) in my 96' Montero replaced twice for the same problem. Care to wager who sources Chrysler's stereo's? Yup...Mitsubishi... Looks like our "friend" is back, in several guises.
Andre. Sorry to hear about the attempted theft of your Intrepid. Good work with the digital camera and police fingerprinting. I'm forced to wonder what they thought they were doing? Especially with the Sentry Key option!
#23 of 3457 RE:Welcome 2022
Jul 24, 2000 (6:53 pm)
If you don't mind me asking, what is your source for the production numbers? I've been looking all over and can't seem to find them.
#24 of 3457 20K Impressions
Jul 24, 2000 (9:30 pm)
Seems awfully quiet in here!! Man, take a few days away from lurking at the 300M board and almost 200 posts to read!!
Just got back from a 1,400 mile road trip during which my 99 Intrepid ES turned 20,000 miles, so I figured some impressions are in order. Having now owned a new vehicle from each of the "big three" within the last three years (97 Explorer XLT, 98 Grand Prix GTP Coupe)I can say in my experience this is one of the best cars I've ever owned, possibly with the exception (believe it or not), of a 1990 Dodge Shadow ES Turbo.
Although I certainly wish it had the power of that GTP Coupe, my Intrepid is comfortable, roomy and perfect for the long road trips I purchased it for. On this last trip, I managed 85 mph for about three hours through central and eastern Montana, and still ended up making 26 mpg. The car is confidence-inspiring, rock solid and completely vibration free at that speed- whoever balanced my tires at the factory should be given a HUGE bonus. To date, absolutely no problems at all, with the exception of a no-charge installation of a redesigned differential vent tube. On top of all that, the car still gets compliments on its looks despite the base model's apparent availability at every car rental location in the country!
It was interesting to note how much more powerful it felt at a lower altitude. This past trip was the first time this car's been driven much below 5,000 feet in elevation, and the power increase at 800 feet elevation is remarkable.
Anyway, for those of you considering this vehicle, I'd recommend it without hesitation!!
#25 of 3457 Improvement/performance questions
Jul 24, 2000 (10:21 pm)
It's really great to see the gang is still up & running! Since my 98 ES 3.2 has reached the "ditant age" of 32K miles (and unlike some postings, NO PROBLEMS AT ALL!!!) It's time to change both tires & air filter. I read in the past some suggestions/recommendation in this forum, but don't seem to find it now. Please help??
#26 of 3457 ADF-Tires
Jul 24, 2000 (11:03 pm)
I don't know how or where you drive your Intrepid, but if you're looking for a higher performance all season tire than the Eagle GA's that come with the ES, I'd suggest you look at the new Michelin Pilot XGT V4 or Z4.
My parents have a 99 non-PHP 300M, that originally came with Eagle LS's, and they had the same vibration problem talked about so much in the 300M forum. Four months ago, the OEM tires were replaced with the Michelins Z4 - what a differenceđ
#27 of 3457 oops...
Jul 25, 2000 (4:20 am)
Lost my ISP just after I hit "post" on number 29.
Anyway, ADF, I've driven my parents' 300M several hundred miles before and after they made the switch to the 17" Michelin Pilot Z4's. I felt they were much quieter with better handling compared the Eagles. They've got a pretty stiff sidewall (which looks awesome), so they tend to be somewhat harsh over expansion joints and the like, and they are kind of expensive, but it really made the car handle better. I can't wait for my Eagle GA's to wear out so I can get a set.
From personal experience, I've had several sets of BF Goodrich Comp TA VR4's I've been happy with. The tread and sidewall design is somewhat dated, but they are relatively inexpensive, fairly quiet, and offer a great compromise between snow, wet and dry traction.
Good luck with your search...
#28 of 3457 K&N Conical Filter
Jul 25, 2000 (4:50 am)
adf1 - I replaced my stock air cleaner/front resonator with a K&N conical filter 1000 miles ago, and am glad I did. It was a simple job requiring only hand tools, costs around $60, and the result is more throttle response above 3000 rpm with virtually no additional noise. It has a 'custom' performance look but not a 'boy racer' one. I can post the method again if desired.
Most dyno tests of the drop-in K&N filter for the stock air box show no significant hp gains. Some drivers report 'feeling' a gain, others do not. The surface area is really too small for the cfm of the engine; a conical element has much more surface area and thus is much less restrictive.
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