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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#572 of 3457 Livening up the Intrepid board?
Dec 30, 2000 (11:21 am)
Well, I alternately (when they let me) drive my wife's 1999 ES and my daughter's Acura Legend LS. I try to compare them, although they were built 7 years apart. I think that Chrysler must have taken a Legend apart to see how the Japanese did it when they designed the LH cars. The similarities are striking. Similar engine position (north-south, not east-west as in so many FWD cars), 3.2 liter engines, lots of space inside. A big engine filling the compartment, lots of interior space.
When I compare them the Dodge is smoother, quiter (albeit 7 years younger), but less "sporty". however the fully loaded Legend LS (which has no cupholders,by the way) cost $28,000 in 1991, and the ES cost $26,000 in 1999.
Anyway, they are comparable in quality, although the newere Intrepid has less wind noise. My fridnds tell me that the Legend will last 300,000 miles but that the Intrepid is good for 150,000 at best. I intend to find out, as neither one (in the abscence of a crash) will be replaced any time soon.
Dec 31, 2000 (7:01 am)
just an observation buddy, it seems like you're saying that a 1999 intrepid is comparable to a 1992 acura legend, more important how does it compare to a 1999 acura legend. comparing a relatively new car to one that's 7 years old doesn't exactly say volumes for chryslers quality vis-a-vis japanese luxury cars.
have you experienced any transmission quirks in the new intrepid, just curious if chrysler has corrected a long standing problem.
#574 of 3457 99 TREP VIBES
Dec 31, 2000 (1:48 pm)
WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THIS IS GREAT.
REGARDING POST #564
HELLO I TOO OWN A 99 TREPID WITH 43,000 ON IT NOW WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I ALSO HAVE THAT ANNOYING VIBRATION,DEALER HAS REPLACED WHEELS,SEVERAL BALANCING JOBS,SEVERAL ROTATIONS, STILL A VIBRATION.DEALER TOLD ME HE WOULD KEEP IT AND GO THRU IT WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB,HE CAME UP WITH WHAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS,AND PUT ON 2 NEW TIE ROD ENDS FREE OF CHARGE GUESS WHAT? STILL VIBRATED.AT 28,000 MILES WE PUT A NEW SET OF TIRES ON IT BECAUSE THE DEALER SAID THEY WERE JUNK WHICH I HAD TO PAY FOR,STILL NOT HAPPY OVER THAT.THE GOOD THING ABOUT THIS IS,WE HAD THE DEALER PUT ON THE SERVICE COMPUTER IF ANY PROBLEMS DOWN THE ROAD AND OUT OF WARRANTY HE WILL FIX IT FREE OF CHARGE,SO I HAVE BEEN ASKING EVERYBODY IF THEY KNOW THE FIX TO THIS.HOPE YOURS IS FIXED FOR GOOD,AND GOOD LUCK.
Dec 31, 2000 (2:37 pm)
I can state that my 1988 Legend was a much better constructed car than my 2000 Intrepid...it only had 165 HP, a lot for its day (the "big" 302 V8 in a Lincoln that year only put out 150 HP), so my Intrepid is faster, but the build quality does not even come close to my Acura.
#576 of 3457 nice animal
Dec 31, 2000 (5:15 pm)
During my Florida vacation that I just came back, I rented 2000 Intrepid at JAX. It had 15K miles on it. I am posting my observations about it.
It has very strong kick if you floor the pedal. Acceleration from 0 could be better. Unfortunately the car had very bad odor coming from panel but it was going away like 10 minutes after you start driving. Very good on gas, more than 1750 miles I only bought 3.5 or 4 tanks. Very comfortable, no back pain or discomfort. Unlike some others stated, it was not noisy, very decent level of noise level, very nice view, large windshield like my Accord. I will be seriously considering to buy one next December if DC comes up with nice deal.
#577 of 3457 First real problem
Jan 05, 2001 (10:45 am)
I think my Intrepid just had its first real problem. The power lock in the driver's door makes a nasty noise when it unlocks, and sometimes the outside door handle won't work.
I took it to Circuit City, where I got the alarm installed, thinking it was something they messed up. But the guy there said that when they installed the alarm, they didn't even touch the door...they tapped into everything they needed to under the dashboard. So it looks like this lock is messing up all by itself without any help from Circuit City!
I'm dropping it off at the dealer tomorrow, and just in time, too! The 36K mile warranty is up in about 800 miles. I have an extended warranty, but it has a $200 deductible.
I'm driving out to Texas next week. I hope the dealer can fix the car by then!
#578 of 3457 intrigue vs. intrepid
Jan 06, 2001 (10:25 am)
Wanted to share my thoughts on an intrepid that i rented while my intrigue was in the shop(again).
The intrepid rides better, yet handles about the same. The intrepid appears to corner a little flatter than the intrigue. I think that the intrepids' springs might be a little firmer than the intrigues' but the shocks are softer which gives a better ride over small bumps, that coupled with the intrepids' longer wheelbase contributes to this ride quality. The intrigue handles larger bumps better than the intrepid due to its softer springs.
The car i drove had the 2.7L engine which was not even in the same league as the intrigues' 3.5L engine. The intrepid had this vibration at idle and a coarseness under accleleration that was not present in the intrigue. The intrepid would shimmy at stoplights which was sort of annoying.
The intrigue has more front head and legroom, the
intrepid had much more rear legroom.
The intrepids black plastic dash was kind of cheap looking and the radio did not work.
The intrepid actually seemed to be alittle quieter.
Driving the intrepid it felt big and a little unwieldly at times, especially around turns.
I have to say that for me the intrigue was the better choice, it just feels more refined, its powertrain is above reproach. Now if i can just get GM to fix the durn thing i will be happy, but i am not holding my breath.
#579 of 3457 Used Intrepid
Jan 06, 2001 (4:23 pm)
I'm looking at a used '99 Intrepid, base model for 12,495. It has 35K miles on it and was a former rental car down in Florida (according to CarFax). I have it for the weekend and Monday will decide to either return it to the dealer (5 star Chrysler) or keep it. Anything I should be looking for other than the normal used-car stuff? I do a lot of highway driving and want something comfortable that can handle some bad weather (I'm in Maine). I love the size and the style and the price seems kind low for a car that was 20K two years ago. Dealer also has several '00s with 15K to 22K miles on them for 15,800. Whada think??
Jan 07, 2001 (1:35 pm)
get the car if you like it, but just do not use the "5 star" criterion for choosing the dealership...it seems like an important designation, but lots of 5 stars are not any better than the ordinary dealer...kinda like Lake Wobegon...when EVERYBODY is a 5 star (everybody in Lake Wobegone was above average) then 5 star becomes average, but that does nOT make them any better.
#581 of 3457 Intrepid update
Jan 08, 2001 (5:29 pm)
just got a call from the dealer. It turns out the power lock actuator in my Intrepid has to be replaced. It's still under warranty though, so I guess it's no big deal. I guess that's not too bad, considering that's the first semi-major thing that's broken on the car in the 35K+ miles I've had it!