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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#2161 of 3457 buyer777 and jason
Jan 09, 2004 (11:39 am)
Well, I called the local 5 star service manager for an appointment the other day. Told him my whole story. The guy was completely unsympathetic to my cause. Asked for a loaner because I had just spent $75 for a rental when it was in the week before and was refused. I was told the vehicle needs to have a "documented" problem before DC would pay for one. I guess the 5th trip in for the same problem is not enough for them.
I did some research on it, the thumping from the engine would only happen when stopped in reverse or drive gears, not in park or neutral. Talked to a buddy of mine who used to be a mechanic, said it sounded like a computer issue and mechanical issue of the engine, fuel system, and drive train not playing nice.
Also, the night before I was scheduled to take it in (Tues night) the power steering pump started whining like my wife when she yells about how much hockey I watch.
That made up my mind. I traded the Intrepid in Wednesday morning for a 2004 Escape XLT. I have several friends who own and have had zero problems. I know CR and Edmunds are lukewarm about the Escape, but the Intrepid came as "recommended" by both and look where that got me.
Anyhow, they wanted to give me $7000 for my 2002 SE with only 19000 miles on it. Sales manager said that Dodge cars "just don't hold their value", and that he wouldn't even put it on his used lot because of DC horrible reputation for build quality. They said it was going out to auction. I eventually got $8000 for it from them.
So, adios Intrepid, I can't say it was nice knowing you. And I can say for sure, I will never purchase a DC vehicle ever again.
Jan 09, 2004 (12:12 pm)
sorry to hear about the problems with your Intrepid. Almost sounds to me though, like the dealer is the bulk of the problem. I think that's probably the main thing that shoots most nameplates in the foot when it comes to quality...bad dealer experience. If they'd fix the damn thing right the first time, and tried to make the ordeal as painless as possible, they'd probably hold onto a lot more customers.
I had a problem with my Intrepid a few months ago, where my oil pressure light would come on. Took 3 trips to the dealership before they finally fixed it right.
As for trade in values though, tell me about it! Back in September, my Dad and I were looking at cars, because he was in the market for one. We found an '02 Intrepid SE on the lot, in that nice steel blue, with about 38K miles on it, for about $8995. And I'm sure they would've come down, too! My Dad ended up getting an '03 Regal that only had 19K miles on it, for just under $11,000. I still preferred the 'Trep to the Regal, but I figured this one had half the miles, a good chunk of the original warranty, and GM's 3.8 V-6, which while antiquated, is still hard to beat for power and economy.
They did have an '02 Intrepid R/T on the lot, for $15,995, with about 35K miles on it. I was tempted, until I drove it. At the time, they offered me $3500 in trade for my '00 Intrepid base model (didn't start calling 'em "SE" until '01, I think). I had about 85,000 miles on it, though. They did offer to come up on the trade-in though, to what I owed on it at the time, about $4800. The negotiating didn't go beyond that though, because I decided to just hang onto my car. If I'm going to trade, it's going to either be because the car breaks down catastrophically, or I just have to have one of those new Magnums or 300C Hemi's!!
#2164 of 3457 njdevilsrn....
Jan 11, 2004 (5:22 pm)
My father bought a '02 Escape new in Dec. 2001. He is pretty happy with it...only a couple of minor problems. Its an XLT. The V-6 engine has lots of power (it could easily outrun my 'Trep), but is noisy. At the time, Escapes were hard to get so he paid close to list price with no incentives offered by the manufacturer. He has about 28,000 miles on it. I tried to talk him into an Explorer but was unsuccessful.
#2165 of 3457 Anyone seen the new Chargers.......
Jan 14, 2004 (4:09 pm)
on the street yet????????? They were reportedly due out in January.
#2166 of 3457 I haven't heard anything official...
Jan 15, 2004 (6:04 am)
about a Charger yet. No concept cars, other than that cool looking 4-door that looked like a coupe that made the rounds awhile back. Nothing mentioned on the Dodge webpage, at least that I could see.
I hope they do something though...because only offering the Magnum as a wagon, I don't think that's going to bring in enough sales to replace the Intrepid!
#2167 of 3457 lack of big sedan
Jan 15, 2004 (9:45 am)
I agree that the fact that Magnum will be available only as wagon (at least for now) leaves a pretty big hole in the lineup. For now the biggest sedan will be Stratus. Don't you think that that will send people looking for a domestic (okay, I know it is a German car built in Canada) big sedan to GM or Ford? Maybe they think that 300 will fill that niche for them, but it is not a Dodge.
#2168 of 3457 And the Stratus....
Jan 15, 2004 (10:06 am)
is pretty outdated by now, so that's not really leaving Dodge with much. About the only thing I think the Stratus has going for it is good looks (IMO, at least), a reasonable price, and a comfortable seating position (again, IMO, your mileage may vary!) They're actually supposed to be good-handling cars in the better trim level, and have good brakes. But there are just so many better cars out there.
Considering that the Intrepid was previously like the 3rd most popular full-sized car (behind the Impala and LeSabre) I think it's a risky move to make!
#2169 of 3457 Big sedans and wagons
Jan 16, 2004 (8:10 am)
Does the Magnum have a third row of seats, that is a rearward facing seat like the old wagons? My parents had a Fury station wagon with a seat that faced rearward and folded into the floor. Now folding into the floor rear seats is all the rage as though it is a new thing, but all the old big wagons had them. 40 years ago.
My idea is that a wagon without more seating is just a sedan with a higher rear. After all, I can fold the rear seat backs down in the Intrepid and the darn thing has cargo carrying capacity for a whole lot of stuff.
Just curious, not in the market actually.
Jan 16, 2004 (9:02 am)
first off, I don't think the Magnum would be big enough to offer 3rd row seating. Overall, it's actually shorter than an Aspen or Volare station wagon, and I don't think they had a 3rd row, but I could be wrong.
When it comes to small wagons (which, when you consider the way wagons used to be, the Magnum qualifies as small!), I don't think very many, if any, offered a 3rd row. I know the old Celebrity/6000/Ciera/Century did, but they were also FWD, so they had more room in back to play with.
I could be wrong, though. Just taking a wild guess here!