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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#2970 of 3457 Re: was looking through some older posts from 2004.. [autobeef]
Feb 27, 2006 (9:51 am)
the only reason for the sludge issue is smaller heads, as long as the oil is changed at 3k miles, no problems at all. I work for a Dodge deaerlship in sales and I have seen many 2.7's traded in with well over 150k on them, and these folks always want new Intrepids, and when I tell then they do not make them anymore, they are not happy, saying the Intrepid is the best car they have ever had!!! I have an 02 2.7, 63K miles, all I do is oil changes, and its perfect
Feb 27, 2006 (12:59 pm)
I dropped off a bunch of old clothes at the local GoodWill store to donate. The guy handling it asked me about my Intrepid, which I thought was kinda interesting, considering that it's not really a car that encourages total strangers to strike up a conversation!
Anyway, turns out this guy's a Mopar fan and once owned a 1994 Intrepid, and around the 200,000 mile mark bought a 2003 Neon and gave the Trep to his son. I dunno how many miles it has on it now though, or if he still has it. This guy also has a 4-cyl Dakota, around a 1995 or so, and it's over the 200K mile mark as well.
Feb 28, 2006 (10:18 pm)
I just bought a 1996/97 dodge Intrepid es (it was a 1197 model that came out in 1996). i bought it for 2,800 for a private seller and it had 100,050 miles on it. now it has 100,780 in just 2 months. i love this car as its fast and fun to drive. its an automatic but when i speed up sometimes i can feel it hesitate and also it smokes alot out of the back. also i was told i need a new timing belt soon. anyone know why these things are happening and where i can find a good quality timing belt for a cheap price? thanks Tony
#2973 of 3457 The timing belt itself...
Mar 01, 2006 (5:12 am)
is probably only going to be something like $30-50. If that. It's the labor to put it on that'll be the expensive part. I have no idea how much that would be nowadays. Also, it's usually best to change the water pump when you're in there.
If it's hesitating, it might just need a good tuneup. As for the smoke, it depends on what kind of smoke you're seeing. If it's blueish-black, then you're burning oil. If it's white, and has a sweet smell to it, then coolant is getting into the combustion chamber somehow. Usually that's a sign of a bad head gasket or warped head, but it could also be a bad intake manifold.
If the smoke is just kind of grayish, or you can really only see it at night in the headlights of the other cars behind you as you accelerate, that usually means you need a tuneup, and the gasoline isn't burning as completely as it should.
I forget what black smoke means, though. Running too lean, maybe?
#2974 of 3457 Re: running good and then just died [rebel6]
Mar 03, 2006 (12:54 pm)
I had that problem with my 97 Intrepid. The funny part was it was after I replaced my coil pack, the car just died on me on the expressway. My problem was fixed when I put the old one back in and changed the spark plugs & wires.
Still it may be something you are missing.
#2975 of 3457 Sludge....
Mar 03, 2006 (3:36 pm)
Thanks for all those who chimed in and commented on "autobeefs" assertions about my sludge comment from...uh...2004. You are correct in observing that the so called "sludge problem" is observed across all makes and models. To that end, like "unintended acceleration", it has been largely recognized as more to do with the driver (poor maintenance) and driving habits than design flaws.
On another note, my 2000 ES is doing well though the "repair bug" just bit me in earnest. At a rousing 133,500 I had to have my radiator replaced because it had cracked and couldn't be repaired. Other than that....going strong!
Mar 04, 2006 (6:41 pm)
My check engine light came back on on thursday second time since i bought car in january, it got 100,750 but its making me mad that it keeps having problems. i took it to auto zone and they sad i had 1 misfiring cylinder. it said 1 out of 4 but i have 6 cylinders so i think auto zone is wrong. if its like that then i have to have all my spark plugs changed and my wire changes. now i have to push the timing belt and if i run it to long it might die and then my engine will die. this is frsuturating. i hope this car was worth the 2,800 i paid for it
#2977 of 3457 Re: running good and then just died [rebel6]
Mar 06, 2006 (9:09 am)
Well I am at my wits ends over my 1996 3.5liter Intrepid . It has been nothing but a curse from a replacement engine in 2000, a new transmission in 2001, and other various parts since then.
But the straw that broke my back was in Nov.2005 when twice in two weeks all the gages were going haywire (at a standstill I was supposedly going 50kms, the RPM gage was saying it was revving at 5500rpms, etc.....)then *BOOM* temp gage went sky high then that lovely smell and outdoor cloudy mist of coolant. *AARRGGHH*
We limped home with the as I am now apt to call the beast, got a new thermostat (which was now stuck open), put in a new water pump, got a new battery and now the *BIG STRING OF EXPLETIVES DELETED* will not even turn over
I am one pissed off Canadian chick that use to love her big beast but I don't know what else to do to her and my money is long gone as I am a mother of two kids under the age of three so money is always tight!!!! *SIGH*
Mar 06, 2006 (4:38 pm)
Any of the old timers seeing a pattern here?