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Nov 17, 2005 (7:44 am)
do find out where these water leaks are coming from, please let me know! My 2000 Intrepid hasn't experienced this problem, but I'm really curious about it.
BTW, with you guys having the water leaks, do your cars have sunroofs by any chance? I've heard that sometimes the little drains for the sunroof can get clogged and leak into the car. I think most sunroof cars end up draining the water down the A-pillar.
Another possibility, but remote...do you guys park in places where you get a lot of leaves and other junk from the trees falling on your cars? This isn't a common problem anymore as fresh air intakes are usually protected better and placed better, but back in the day, the drains from those fresh air intakes would get clogged, and water would run into the passenger compartment. Just ask any Dodge Dart owner...they'd be intimate with this problem!
#2913 of 3457 Re: If you guys... [andre1969]
Nov 17, 2005 (2:43 pm)
No sunroof here. Also, i checked my air intakes and no cloggage visable. I just had to soak water up from the driver side floorboard yet again. Very troubling. Anyone out there find out where thier leaks are coming from?? I was out in the rain last night with flashlight trying to find out where it is coming in from ... no luck.
#2915 of 3457 Howdy gang....been awhile....
Nov 19, 2005 (5:53 am)
since I touched base in here. My 2000 ES is still doing well. The only "new" repair was a tie rod that needed replacing. This week my Intrepid officially turned "6". I'm just shy of 127,000 miles and will probably add another 1500 miles before the holiday season is over. When the tie rod work was done, the dealer recommended changing the struts within the next year. They aren't leaking and will pass inspection, but he suggested that by 130K miles, they've done their duty. I tend to agree. Perhaps the biggest hit my car has taken is appearance. The ubiquitous chips and scuffs on the front end and hood from winters and serious highway mileage.
Every other week I consider getting a new vehicle but end up enjoying the lack of a payment and decreased insurance costs. Even if I did get a new car, I'd likely keep her because her value as a second/winter car exceeds her trade in value. Hope all is well and happy holidays...
Nov 19, 2005 (6:47 am)
good to hear from you again, and to hear that your Trep is doing well. I go through the mental motions occasionally of getting a new car, as well, but then stop and think of how nice it is to not have a car payment. This month marks my 12th month of no car payment, and it feels nice!
Since I paid off the car, I've sunk the following into it...
$207: new rear brake pads, turn rotors, adjust parking brake, inspect front brakes/rotors which I replaced myself a couple months before.
$73: new battery. The old one was fine, but I was going on a trip soon, and didn't want to take any chances with it being over 5 years old
$121: fix oil pan after I stripped it. D'oh! Damn aluminum pans!
$22: new windshield wipers...had to go back to the dealer because they're hard to find otherwise.
So basically, I've had to sink around $423 into it over the course of a year, plus a few oil changes, for what amounts to mainly either maitenance-type stuff (brakes/battery) or damage that I inflicted myself (the oil pan)
When it does come time for a new car, right now the only contenders I see that interest me are a V-6 Charger or V-6 Fusion. I might trade in the Trep, depending on how much they'd give me, but as long as it's running well, it might be more worthwhile to just hang onto it.
#2917 of 3457 Re: Jason... [andre1969]
Nov 20, 2005 (3:48 pm)
I have 1999 ES (3.2L, autostick) purchased new in Sept. 1999 with just over 65,000 miles on it. Under warranty the winshield washer reservoir and the drivers window control modules were replaced. Shortly after the warranty expired (36K) I had a transmission sensor and a front wheel bearing fail and be replaced for about $450 at a Chrysler (not Dodge) dealer. I also had the trans fluid changed with the sensor. About a year ago it began to run rough and give a mis-fire cylinder 1 error. I exchanged the #1 coil with the #6 coil with no effect and then replaced the spark plugs again with no effect. I then took it to the same Chrysler dealer to figure out what was causing the problem. They looked at it and only charged me $40 to tell me that they also had no idea what the problem was. They did suggest using one or two gas treatments (fuel injector cleaner). I did this and have not had the problem again. However, I am sure that changing the plugs did not hurt. This year I replaced the sepentine belt (a horrible job) and replaced the front and rear pads and the front brake rotors (an easy job). The pads did not really need replacing with about 60,000 miles on them, but the front rotors were warped. I feel that this is an incredibly small amount of maintenance for a 6 year old vehicle. It is still very quiet, smooth and powerful and looks really good. I average 22 mpg in town and 28-30 on the highway. I did buy a new vehicle (2006 Odyssey EX-L) because the Intrepid is small for my family on trips. However, I drive the Intrepid as much as I can because it is a pleasure to drive, gets great mileage, and costs much less in depreciation and insurance.
Nov 20, 2005 (5:26 pm)
I kinda wish I'd splurged for the 3.2 back when I bought my Trep. It seems like out in the "real world", owners are actually getting BETTER economy with the 3.2 than with the 2.7! I'm guessing that it's got enough extra power so it doesn't have to work as hard, but at the same time it's not THAT much bigger, so it doesn't guzzle.
I have broken 30 mpg on a trip a few times, but usually it's more like 25-28. I used to really have to work hard to get under 20 mpg around town (like deliverig pizzas, in the winter, using oxygenated gas, and even then it would get like 19.7). Nowadays though, I'm often getting around 17 mpg. However, my short 3.5 mile commute to work might have something to do with that! The car spends most of its driving time warming up, and not much at normal operating temperature, and just doesn't get much of a chance to "stretch its legs"
#2919 of 3457 Andre/fljoslin...
Nov 20, 2005 (7:15 pm)
Good to hear from you both. My day to day gas mileage seems to hover right around 19-21. That includes fairly short trips (in town)and several highway jaunts. When I get on the highways I'm usually exceeding 65 so my mileage hits the mid-20's at best. All in all I'm content.
Unfortuately (or perhaps fortunately), my parents traded in my mother's 1994 Intrepid ES for a new Charger SXT. When my Intrepid was in the shop, I borrowed their Charger for a trip to the Carolinas. I wasn't bowled over until I took it on the extended trip. It amazes me how they got the engineering "right" on these models. I made slightly over 19mpg in city driving and better than 27 on the highway. I did NOT spare the whip. Despite weighing significantly more than the Intrepid, having poorer aerodynamics and a larger engine--the mileage was significantly better. I'm quite impressed with the Charger!
Nov 21, 2005 (5:59 am)
I did a little surfing on the net, and while the Charger certainly looks a lot blockier than the Intrepid, the aerodynamics aren't much worse. The Intrepid, IIRC, has a coefficient of 0.30, which not many family cars exceed. I think the Passat does, and the Prius and Insight, but for the most part I think that's territory left to fairly exotic cars. The Charger, I've seen quoted around 0.33-0.34.
I wonder if the good mileage of the Charger comes from the 5-speed automatic transmission. I've always heard that Chrysler's 4-speed automatic wasn't very efficient at transferring the power to the wheels.
From the Chargers I've been in, my complaints are pretty minor for the most part. The trunk is smaller than the Intrepid. When I sit in the back seat, I can hit the rear window with my head. And the interior seems a bit downgraded and more plasticky than my '00 Intrepid. However, the Intrepid did get its interior cheapened a bit in 2002, so it probably wouldn't be as much of a shock when compared to a newer Trep.
#2921 of 3457 Re: Andre/fljoslin... [Jason5]
Nov 21, 2005 (10:35 am)
This has the 3.5 L engine which is the big brother of the 3.2 L. About 25 more HP and ft/lbs of torque. I am sure that the 5 speed auto helps. Also, how does the Charger mileage compare to the old 300M and LHS which had this same engine?
My 3.2L ES get 22 mpg city and 28-30 mpg highway with probably similar acceleration the 4 speed auto. Are they really any ahead?