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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
Nov 28, 2000 (5:00 pm)
Still love my 99 Intrepid, too. My wife and I drove a Durango RT a few weeks back to cash in on a $50 test drive coupon good for Dodge accessories or service.
We drove a 2001 RT and an SLT, and decided the RT package wasn't really worth the extra $1,200 or so. Overall, we were very impressed- quiet, comfortable, lots of great features and big but not too big. From recent rental experience, I can attest to the fact that it does great on serious off road stuff as well.
In the end, we decided to hang on to our paid-for 94 Explorer, and used the $50 to buy a Mopar custom fit trunk tray/liner for the Intrepid!!
Nov 28, 2000 (8:08 pm)
Your five star dealer with the help of tsb 241197 should be able to cure the a/c odor problem.
#512 of 3457 Bad smell....yep
Nov 28, 2000 (9:35 pm)
Yep, I occasionally get that bad smell when going from A/C to heat and during my travels(12k-2000 R/T). It's some kind of bacteria buildup in the a/c baffles. I sprayed some Lysol in the intake and it killed it for the time being. My '96 ford truck has this problem too...the condensate pan doesn't fully drain and grows little colonies of the bad smelly stuff. You just have to make sure the a/c drains well in the summer time or it gets really bad....eck.
Nov 29, 2000 (5:05 am)
A Lysol can will stop that smell.
#514 of 3457 Fuzzer34
Nov 30, 2000 (12:38 am)
Do Not use a Can of Lysol to stop the mildew smell!! It simply doesn't work. here is what you need to do:
1)Start the car
2)Set the exterior vents to the "Recirc" mode
3)Set the temperature lever/knob to the highest setting for hot.
4)Set the vents to either Face or Bi-Level (Face/Floor)
5) Set the Fan (Blower) to the maximum speed setting.
6) Exit the car
7) Let the heater blow air thru the vents and into the cabin for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This will kill the mildew residing in the air circulation ducts.
8) After 20 minutes open the exterior vents by setting them to the "Fresh" position...this will get rid of the burnt mildew residue and flush it out of the system.
9) Repeat procedure as needed until bad smell goes away.
10) Again do not even think of using Lysol or other sprays...it will not work.
To prevent the bad smell from coming back:
Whenever you start the A/C:
1)To cool down the interior fast, set the exterior vents to "Recirc".
2) After the interior has cool down, immediately set the exterior vents to "Fresh" as this will prevent mildew from forming again inside the vent ducts.
3)If you live in a hot/muggy climate observe these steps religiously to avoid this pesky and embarrasing smell.
Hope this helps.
Nov 30, 2000 (4:24 am)
Intrepids are very good cars.I had a 1998 Intrepid base model, very nice car. It had 86,000 miles, and no problems. I sold it to my aunt who totaled it, oh well. I got a 2000 Toyota Celica GTS, totally different type of car, but it's okay. My mom is looking into buying a new Intrepid ES.
Nov 30, 2000 (4:53 am)
USE LYSOL IT HELPS!!
ALL CHRYSLER FORD GM NISSAN ETC. DEALERES USE THEM,BECAUSE IT WORKS!
IHAD THE PROBLEM,AND NO MORE AFTER LYSOL!
#517 of 3457 Tire Recommendations?
Nov 30, 2000 (3:20 pm)
Owner of '99 ES with almost 50k miles. Would like any suggestions on original tire replacements. The less road noise the better.
Nov 30, 2000 (5:18 pm)
i've heard that bf goodrichs are good, but i don't know the particular tire model name. if i find out i'll post back again...
#519 of 3457 Lysol...
Nov 30, 2000 (9:51 pm)
Sounds like a quick fix....I'll try that 1st before TEO's idea. Past 5000 mile mark and the Intrepid's doing fine. I'm itching to get a wing added and the back windows tinted.