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#3217 of 3457 ABS issues on 1996 Intrepid
Jan 03, 2008 (10:22 pm)
Recently my mother took her 1996 Dodge Intrepid to the dealer for a safety recall for the gear shifter. After the service was performed the brake pedal somes makes a loud thumping noise when depressed. It sounds and feels like someone hitting the floorboard from underneath. Being a mechanic myself i checked my mother's car after the service was performed and advised her to take the car back to the dealer when i noticed the brake pedal problem which started right after the car was serviced for the recall.When my mother took the car back to the dealer, all the technician did was see what was happening and told my mother what he "thought" the problem might be. At no time did he check anything on the car to find the problem! Later on after a lenghty conversation with the service manager they agreed to check out the car the next day at no charge. After checking out the car the technician determined that the problem is in the hydraulic control unit(HCU) for the ABS system. He left me a message to tell me about it and told me that if it was him, he wouldn't worry about fixing it that it would not affect the overall braking of the car.That very well may be true however, eventually the ABS light will come on and with Virginia's laws for state inspection,it wouldn't pass.I told my mother to go ahead and get it fixed. The problem now is that the part that is needed is a discontinued item and the only way to fix it is with a used part.It is going to cost over $600 to fix this problem.After learning that the part was discontinued, I called the parts department at a different dealership and was told the same thing, that the part was not available. The person i spoke to there told me that in this situation, it might be best to junk this car! I forgot to mention that this car has ONLY 35,000 miles on it and has had NO major problems until this happened so junking it is certainly not an option.
In my opinion I feel that both dealerships I spoke with have been very unprofessional and since this problem started after service was performed at the dealership, they should be the ones who should take care of it. Also, what happend to car manufacterers being required to make parts for cars for at least 10 years after production? I would appreciate any input on this matter.
Jan 05, 2008 (3:14 pm)
Hello all. We are looking for a 1st car for my daughter. Found a 2000 Intrepid RT with 100K miles. It appears clean and runs well. Have read there is a lot of problems with the 2.7 engine which this does not have. What other things should we look for or would you recommend just passing it by.
Thank you Ken
#3220 of 3457 Re: To buy or not [backhoeken]
Jan 05, 2008 (7:56 pm)
Mine has the 2.7 and 135,000 miles heres what I can remember
A/C evaporator replaced
Water leak from antenna mount
Cooling fan motors replaced
Replace both front windows
Replace hood and trunk struts
Replace brake booster
I still like my Intrepid and I plan on keep it, but if I was you I would not pay over 2,000 for the RT.
#3221 of 3457 Re: To buy or not [backhoeken]
Jan 05, 2008 (8:01 pm)
It appears clean and runs well. Have read there is a lot of problems with the 2.7 engine which this does not have. What other things should we look for or would you recommend just passing it by
My biggest concern would be the transmission. While the 3.5 is a more reliable engine than the 2.7, it's also more strenuous on the transmission, because of the added power. If the tranny seems to operate fine, and the seller has service records showing it's been maintained, it would probably be okay.
I came close to buying a used 2002 Intrepid R/T with 35,000 miles on it back in late 2003. In the end, I'm glad I didn't though. It wasn't a bad car...nicer than my 2000 base model, which had about 86,000 miles on it at the time. However, I just didn't want to start over with a car payment, and at the time, I only had about 15 months left on my 2000.
#3222 of 3457 Headlight replacement
Jan 14, 2008 (8:42 am)
I finally had one of the headlights go out on my 2000 Intrepid. Low beam on the passenger side. I bought the bulb from Autozone for about $15. Pretty annoying, considering those old fashioned sealed beam headlights are only around $5-8, but I guess these new ones do last longer. I've had the car 8 years and 2 months, and this is the first headlight bulb replacement.
Next, the real fun part was figuring out how to get it in. I'd seen these assemblies in the past where you reach in behind the assembly to get to them. Well, the air filter housing was in the way, so I started pulling it apart. Finally wrestled with it and got it out, only to see that there was no way in hell to get to the bulb from that way. Then, I noticed these two black bolts, about 13/32" I guess. I took them out, and voila...the whole cluster just lifted right out the front, and all the bulbs were easy to get to.
So, they actually make it pretty easy...as long as you do it the right way!
#3223 of 3457 EVAP Purge Flow Monitor (P0441)
Jan 14, 2008 (3:52 pm)
Hello to you Intrepid owners. I have a 2002 Intrepid, 2.7 L. I purchased the car in 2005 (54k), and drove it from Seattle to New Jersey. Great car, and she got me to my destination, no problems... I had only changed the oil at regular intervals and used synthetic; now part synthetic. Got the front brakes done ($383.08) at Brake Stop, which I could've done myself, but I got lazy and did not want to deal with it. Check engine light pops on and off every now and then prior to the brake work . Now, the light stays on . I turned my ignition key to the "on" position three consecutive times and low and behold there is the code that reads P0441 (Evap Purge Flow Monitor). The car has 118k miles now here in 2008 and I did not replace the O2 sensors (very costly, but needed). I am wondering if it is my O2 sensors needing to be replaced. I will replace them anyway; however, I need to check my Purge Control Seloniod if the O2 sensors replacement does not rectify the problem. Any advise???
#3224 of 3457 Re: Headlight replacement [andre1969]
Jan 14, 2008 (3:54 pm)
Ditto... The Haynes manual is good for basic stuff...
#3225 of 3457 Re: To buy or not [backhoeken]
Jan 15, 2008 (7:52 am)
That RT should have the 3.5 liter (or perhaps the 3.2, which is the same engine as the 3.5). I have had a 1999 ES with the 3.2 since new and the engine, transmission, body have been trouble free, now with 125,000 miles. My son takes it to his college 250 miles away, and I have no qualms about that.
You should be aware that spark plug and timing belt and water pump change is due at 105,000 miles. I would negotiate that $400-$500 with the seller, if it hasn't been done.
It rides great, has a a big back seat and trunk. The back seat folds down (that's where he carries his surf board). I did help him put in a subwoofer last weekend. (BOOM, BOOM, BOOM .
Problems: 1. Speed sensor at about 25,000 miles
2. radiator Cooling fans at about 100,000 miles
The 2.7 has caused some owners problems, with sludge, if the oil and filter changes were no often.
Jan 17, 2008 (11:45 am)
Greetings - My wiper fluid reservoir suddenly stopped holding fluid today. Obviously I have a leak somewhere, can somebody list the possible culprits and what each might cost to fix?
Also, my headlight lenses have been clouding over on the inside, causing my lights to dim so much that I can hardly tell they are on while I'm driving. Is there any way to clean them out or do I just have to buy new lenses?
Thanks in advance for any help.