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#2638 of 3457 I will soon be
Jan 02, 2005 (7:00 pm)
releasing my 2000 Intrepid back to its rightful owner, the leasing company...probably by January 15...it has 72K miles on a 75K lease, well maintained, someone should have a decent car when they buy it...I had to repair a $500 dent in the hood cuz someone backed into me in a parking lot and drove off, so I had no idea who did it, but somewhere some SOB will get his karma...a small chip in the windshield, had it repaired in a glass shop, hopefully it will be OK with leasing company...front and rear tires are different brands, but similarly only slightly worn, hope that it passes muster...it has been a good car, would average 28-30 mpg on highway (70-75 mph), one tank I really got 31 mpg...I have replaced it with a Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi Quad Cab (wife wanted a pickup truck), which doesn't QUITE get 28-30 mpg on highway...actually it doesn't QUITE get 20 mpg on the highway...maybe like 19 highway, 12 in the city...weekly fillups for the Trep were $8-10 weekly, now closer to $20-25 weekly...did I step up or step down???...who knows???
Jan 05, 2005 (8:04 am)
for something that size, I think 19 on the highway actually IS impressive! I have a 1985 Silverado that my Granddad bought new, and back when it was fairly new it would get maybe 20-22 on the highway. It was a dog, though. 305-4bbl with 165 hp, a 3-speed automatic, and tall gearing...2.56:1, I believe. It's been awhile since I've taken it on a long run, but in short, around-town trips, I'm only getting around 10-12 nowadays!
My trep would normally get around 22 mpg in local driving. I think I did get just a hair over 30 once on a trip. I really had to baby it to do that, though. It was springtime, before it got hot, so no a/c. And I was driving close to the speed limit on those highways. The way I normally drive, highway is more like 27-28. And twice, I've gotten just a touch below 20 mpg on a tank. Both times were in the winter though. Cold weather, short trips, etc.
I've been impressed overall though, since the worst mileage I've ever gotten on a tankful with the 'Trep is actually better than the best that I've gotten with a few of the cars I've had!
#2641 of 3457 Well if you think gas in high......
Jan 05, 2005 (5:03 pm)
in the continental US, I just returned from vacation in Maui HI and I paid $$$2.699 for a gallon of REGULAR! And that was the cheapest I found. Hawaii has the HIGHEST gas prices in the USA. Last December I saw alot of Intrepid rental cars but this time there were almost no Treps to be found since the car was discontinued. I did see alot of Chrysler 300's as well as many Dodge Magnums.
Jan 06, 2005 (3:39 am)
Those are certainly some impressive gas prices.... My 2000 ES soldiers on, about to bump into the 106,000 mile mark. This weekend I'm having the oil changed, air filter replaced and the tires rotated. The door lock was replaced, so no more buzzing when the auto locking feature engaged. Doing well otherwise...
#2643 of 3457 Every once in awhile...
Jan 06, 2005 (7:20 am)
I'm starting to hear a clunking noise in the suspension. Mainly I'll hear it at low speeds when going over uneven surfaces, like in my yard. I really don't have much of a driveway. It's some blue gravel scattered about unevenly here and there with some huge roots growing through it, and there's a dip where it meets the road. I'll usually hear it there, or on a similarly bad surface.
However, I have had the car jacked up and secured, and I've yanked on both front wheels as hard as I could, and nothing seems loose or wobbly. So maybe the clunking could just be the exhaust system, or something? Or just the natural creaks that come with older age?
Other than that, the car seems fine. I'm sure I'm going to have to get it in soon to get the rear brake pads replaced. The first set lasted 52,000 miles, and while I did a lot of stop-and-go pizza delivery driving back then, I also replaced them with cheap pads, which probably aren't as good as the OEM stuff.
#2644 of 3457 Well, as of Friday, January 7,
Jan 09, 2005 (4:25 pm)
at 10:30 am, I returned my 2000 Intrepid to the leasing company...I took good care of the car, and apparently they felt the same, as there were no penalties to pay...since I no longer have the Trep, I will be leaving this board...thanks to all of you who posted replies to my various and numerous questions, and I hope my replies to your questions may have helped you in some way...while I often hop around on numerous topics, since I now own a 2004 Crown Victoria and a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500, I will be on those boards all the time...thanks to all...the car was good and so were the folks on this board...
Jan 10, 2005 (3:42 pm)
glad to hear that your Trep served you well. Don't feel that you have to leave this board though just because you've sold it! Eventually, that time is going to come for all of us, but in my case, I plan on sticking around to ask questions when the newbies show up who have just purchased, or are thinking about purchasing, a used or leftover Trep. Although I guess by now the leftover '04's are probably just about sold out!
Plus, we might need help in putting out an occasional flame war here and there, when someone comes on crying about how all Intrepids are a/an (fill in the expletive here)
#2646 of 3457 The long-awaited 2006 Dodge Charger....
Jan 12, 2005 (4:53 pm)
is being featured at the 2005 NA International Auto Show this week (yes, its the REAL thing no pics this time). This car was supposedly the Intrepids replacement. I think the Trep is a much better looking car so I wont be buying one anytime soon. Buts that's just my opinion.
Jan 13, 2005 (6:29 am)
that the 'Trep is a better looking car. Or, at least the design is much more cohesive. A poster in another forum described the Charger, almost to a T, with "Checker Cab meets Mustang"!
Still, there's something I like about the Charger. For lack of a better way of putting it, I'd call it "kinda ugly, but still cool", perhaps in the way that my old '69 Bonneville was!
I'm going to at least check them out when they hit the showrooms, and see how I like 'em. And maybe the style will grow on me more. Sometimes, when a new style comes out, it takes awhile for it to grow on me. For example, I didn't really like the '02 Camry or '03 Accord when they came out, but I wouldn't be ashamed of either one today. While neither one excites me, neither one offends me, either!
And even when the Trep was redesigned for '98, I didn't like them at first. To me, the '93-97 had a futuristic look to it, where the '98 was just trying too hard, and a bit overdone, with its oversized headlights and such, and styling that somehow made it look stubbier, even though it was the same size outside, and actually a bit bigger inside!