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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#2412 of 3457 Of summer cars, timing chains and Grand Marquis...
Jun 19, 2004 (5:00 am)
Smithed... Our engine doesn't have timing chains but belts. If memory serves I had the belts changed somewhere in the 70K range--they ought to last until well in the 100K mark according to the service manager. Clearly I could have gone with the original belts but the damage done when they go is not desirable. Still would like to know if anyone has changed their struts and when!
As to my choice of a "summer car", I'm most likely going with a Magnum or Grand Caravan SXT. I know, I know...a bit of a dichotomy. My daughter is a fan of the GC SXT! Incidentally, my mother has an immaculate and dependable 1994 Intrepid ES which she will likely keep as a winter car too--she's eyeing a Magnum. When those 73 year olds hit their "late-life crisis" there's not much to be done.. Listing the Intrepid as my "work" car and the other as a "leisure" car would help keeps the rates down too.
Unfortunately Mike, I can't support your atypical experience of the Intrepid and/or the 2.7. In addition to experiences with two Dodge service managers, several personal owners, and a senior manager for Enterprise Car Rental. The 2.7 and Intrepid do not display the quality lapses and "design problems" that you would have us believe you experienced. Sorry if it was your experience, personally I'm having trouble with it. And ultimately, Emale makes a deft, velvet hammer observation. Quite your "itchin-bay" and sell it, apply the readily available lemon laws or get a lawyer if you've been wronged or get comfortable with your decision to "suffer"..it will help your mental health in the long run.
Incidentally...Grand Marquis' ought to be dependable thought they aren't "remarkably reliable" according to the data--they rely on technology roughly as old as I...
Anyone go to Premiere night..?
Jun 19, 2004 (3:35 pm)
i went to premier night. unfortunately dealership had only one magnum, an SXT...and nobody could drive it. nice looking exterior but not really my style. interior a little blah for my tastes too...but materials/fit seemed pretty good. there were a number of people checking them out...i have a feeling they will sell pretty good. as for the 300, they haven't been able to keep the C models on the lot for more than a day...other models last a bit longer but are also selling very well! looks the the 300 is a bonified hit! me personally, i can't wait to see the charger next spring. unfortunately i'm stuck with my accord for 2 more years worth of lease...grrrrrr!
Jun 19, 2004 (4:18 pm)
If you are interested in dumping the Accord before the lease is over do a google search for "auto lease buyout
Jun 20, 2004 (5:08 am)
Two local 5 Star Chrysler dealers seem to have all of their 300's flying off the lot. Obviously the "C" seems most popular--but I've noticed that their Limited and Touring--as well as base models are moving smartly.
At a Dodge dealer I caught a shipment of Magnums for fleet sales to Enterprise Car Rental--they had a special fleet discounted option package which included the ESP, antilock and brake assist for several hundred dollars. I think I'll rent one from Enterprise for a trip I must take to see how it drives and spare some miles on my Trep.
Enjoying your accord?
Jun 20, 2004 (12:39 pm)
the accord has a great powertrain (engine especially) and the interior is nice...but other than that nothing special. and to all those that thought only chrysler had rattles...think again! my '03 coupe has some very annoying ones!
anyway, i'm sure i'll keep it until lease is up as i'm not about to pay a bunch of money to try and get out of it. i'm just hoping the charger doesn't look too good when it's released...
#2418 of 3457 of timing belts and Caravans and late life crises
Jun 22, 2004 (6:08 am)
The timing belt is supposed to be changed at 105,000 miles according to the manual. I have not changed any belt or hose as yet (5 years and 83,000 miles) The dealer does the service (gave me some great discount coupons when I bought the car), and they have never said anything about any belt or hose.
Regarding minivans, they are about the most useful vehicle one can find. I have a 1990 Aerostar (sorry for bringing up Ford here), with 148,000 miles that I use to tow a boat. It has been great, and if they still made them, I would buy another. Rear wheel drive is just generally better for towing. Only option now for that is an Astro, and Yuck!!!
I suspect the Magnum would make a decent tow vehicle. I don't know what the tow rating is.
Anyway, minivans are great people movers and (when the seats are removed or stowed), wonderful for carrying things. They have gotten a bad reputation as "mommy cars", and considered less "rugged" than SUVs. Still for a lot less money.....
Regarding your mother and a Magnum, she isn't from Pasadena by any chance?
#2419 of 3457 For some reason...
Jun 22, 2004 (10:23 am)
I want to say the Magnum's maximum tow capacity is about 3500 lb? That may sound kind of low, but it probably isn't too bad by today's standards. It may offer V-8 and RWD and be beefier than most of the FWD cars around today, but I don't think it's going to be as well-suited to trailer towing as the typical pre-downsizing '70's full-size or intermediate.
Smithed, I think the service interval for the accessory belts is 60,000 miles. I'm not sure about the radiator hoses though. I don't think the owner's manual states an interval for them. I had my accessory belts changed last August, around the 84,000 mile mark, and also had a coolant flush. The mechanic said I should probably do the coolant again at 150,000 miles, and have the hoses changed out at that time. However, he might have been basing that on the mileage I had been driving up to that point, which would've averaged out to 22-23,000 miles a year. Most of my miles were put on early in the car's life though, so I'm probably not even doing 10,000 miles a year now!
#2420 of 3457 Re: 2.7 fallacies.... [Jason5 #2407]
Jun 23, 2004 (9:00 pm)
Hey, I don't manufacture or fabricate my 2.7L problems! You can understand my frustration that my '99 Concorde 2.7L is now a $500 flower pot at 98K.
I'm a degreed Mechanical Engineer; I've been involved in industrial power transmission design and preventative maintenance; I work with a local shop owner/mechanic from my church to maintain my cars. (His 90K rebuild on my '96 Lumina that my son drives to college has now passed 130K.) We had just done a chain pensioner and water pump replacement on the Concorde. Oil was changed every 3-6K since I purchased it at 58K. The failure is in a crankshaft component.
I wish I did have the 3.2L engine and a problem with one piece of trim. If the 2.7L was sooo goood, why was it discontinued?
Jun 23, 2004 (9:27 pm)
I don't want anyone to think that I am bitter toward Daimler-Chrysler. I was considering the purchase of a Pacifica, as I need jobsite capabilities and haul room for my Geotube business.
Instead, my '96 Mazda MPV/SUV is in my mechanic's hands for a 92K service (timing belt, motor and tranny fluid change, front U-joint boot replacements, etc.)
Yea, the Mazda is a freakin' truck. But at least it's honest and runs.