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#587 of 3457 Considering Intrepid
Jan 21, 2001 (2:40 pm)
Hi folks, my first post here. I am considering purchasing a new Intrepid.(probably an R/T and I wish they made a coupe) I am attracted by the styling, interior room (I am a large guy..read fat) and price as there are usually incentives. I cannot afford to buy a new vehicle very often and this car would be replacing an almost 12 year old Chevy truck (89)which has served me quite well over the years. I now find that I do not nescesarily need a truck if I can find a car with enough room and would prefer to drive something more sporty anyway.
While I admire the styling and innovation on Chrysler,Plymouth,Dodge products I am quite concerned about quality control and long term reliability, especially regarding major failures such as transmissions. I've always been a bit of a GM guy (from back in teenage hotrod days) and believe that while GM products have their own quality control problems such as fit & finish, cheap plastic interiors and rattles their powertrains have been reliable. But now it's 2001 and GM just doesn't offer a car I like at a price point I can afford.
So what have your experiences been with the current body style of Intrepids? What problems are common? Would you buy another? I know no car is perfect but I'd like to hear honest opinions after owning the vehicle for a while.
Jan 22, 2001 (12:19 pm)
I have a base 2000 Intrepid that's pushing 39,000 miles, and so far only the power lock actuator in the driver's door has had to be replaced. I had the tranny serviced and new tires put on at 30,000 miles, and that's about it. The front brake pads are getting a little thin...I'm replacing them as soon as we get a warm day here in MD.
I deliver pizzas part time and have taken a few trips, so that's why my mileage is so high.
It's been a good car, but I do have a few complaints. The car has no legroom in the front. I don't care what the statistics say, I need more legroom. Edmunds lists front legroom at 42.2". For comparison, they list the Impala and Taurus at 42.2", even bigger cars like the Crown Vic at 42.5". All I know is that I'm more comfortable in a Crown Vic or Impala, although the Intrepid does beat the Taurus here.
Also, the floorpan is not flat...it slopes upward gently from the center of the car to the door, and this bugs my ankles. And the dead-pedal is useless...much too small for my size 13 foot, and it also bends my foot at an unnatural angle.
I have a base model with manual seats, though, which may make some difference. I sat in a Concorde with power seats, which helps out considerably in the legroom department. I'm also 6'3", and was raised on Galaxies, real Impalas, and Newports, so of course I'm going to feel cramped?
I also just drove back 1450 miles from Houston, so I really don't consider the interior of my car to be the most inviting place right now...I'll calm down later Oh yeah, my car's bucket seats are not very comfortable to sleep in, either
Seriously, though, I'd recommend the car. Just try to get one with power seats, though. And keep up on maintenance, especially the transmission.
#589 of 3457 Help - I'm New at This!
Jan 22, 2001 (5:13 pm)
I have a 1999 Intrepid that's been in for repair four times in the past month. The problem? The wipers. They have a mind of their own, and pretty much wipe when they feel like it. So far, they've replaced the wiper motor, CM (the computer thingee - he! I know it's not very descriptive... I'm new! remember?), hard wired past the wiring harness and they still do as they please. This time it's been with them for a week. Today when I called, they told me they left messages with Chrysler 5 Star, and their zone area technician. (Neither place called them back). They have admitted their stumped. Has anyone heard of this? I really don't know what to do. If this would be my only problem, I'd probably be okay. But it's not. This car has been in at least a dozen times since I got it. It has only 32,000 miles. Help!
#590 of 3457 ghost in the machine...Intermittent wipers?
Jan 23, 2001 (3:59 pm)
I've seen this before...not with an Intrepid but with a Ford Taurus. The wiper motor on/off relay was going bad, so I replaced it and volia, FIXED!
Did your dealer try this? On the Intrepid it could be this or the BCM(body control module), most likely it's the relay, your car has 2. The relays(hi/low&on/off) are located in the PDC(power distrib center) under the hood by the motor. Maybe this will help'em.
#592 of 3457 My wiper problems continue....maybe there is a ghost!
Jan 23, 2001 (5:53 pm)
Fuzzer34, Thanks for the information. They did replace the BCM (apparently I need to proof read better, as I let the "B" out of BCM in my message). I'll ask them about the PDC tomorrow, when I make my zillionith call. As of right now, they're still waiting for Five Star and their zone technician to return Monday's calls. Being this is my first Chrysler product, I must say it's been disappointing. Oh well, it could be worse!
#593 of 3457 Don't fret....
Jan 25, 2001 (9:52 am)
Sometimes you get a car that needs a little attention from the dealer sometimes you don't. My R/T is also my first Chrysler product. I bought on recommendation as my sister has had 4 different Chrysler minivans, all giving her good service. I had bought a new '84 ford ranger right off the lot and 50 miles later the fuel pump went. Back then the pumps were mechanical, and this problem crops up as a fuel pump seal goes if they sit to long on the lot. He wanted me to wait 2 weeks, I said "NO!, take a good pump off one of your lot vehicles." They towed it and I was on my way within an hour. But it was a little disheartening as the truck was 1 day old.
Might want to check out another dealer as some 5-stars shouldn't be...
Jan 27, 2001 (12:28 am)
Hi Spellbound. I also am a formed GM guy. My first Dodge was a Stratus 2.4 litre. I just sold it at 100,00km and found later that it needed a head gasket (apparantly common on stratus) and the water pump was starting to go. Being the nice guy that I am I helped the new owner with half the cost(860.00). Other than that I loved it. Long trips were easy but it ended up being a little small as my family grew. I agree with you about the new GM's though. They dont have anything that is remotely as good looking as the Intrepid (especially the RT which I now own) or as well featured and roomy. My Dad is such a huge Oldsmobile fan that its ridiculous. He has a 1996 loaded Olds that he paid more for 6 years ago then I paid for my RT last month.He is also very maintenance minded as I am. So far he has had a new transmission ($3000 Cdn.) and now some kind of leak from his cooling system which nearly contaminated his whole engine ($1000.00). Really nice thing for such a supposed reliable car like an Oldsmobile. All of this came off warranty, of course, and being that he is a Baptist Minister and doesn't make a lot of money it kind of upsets me. Well, I can tell you that I really enjoy my RT. It reminds me a lot of how I felt when I bought my 1985 IROC Z-28 but this car has twice the room, 4 times the reliability and I can carry my wife and 2 girls around with tons of room. I'm not a big "Consumers Report" fan but my very analytical neighbour lives by that darn magazine and even he has to admit that the Intrepid is getting better every year. It doesnt make the top ten in Motor Trend for about 4 years in a row for nothing. Hmmmmmmmmmmm I don't see any BonnieVille's in there?
If you want it for resale value look to a Honda but you'll pay 6 grand more in the first place. If you plan to keep it, buy an Intrepid. In Canada they now have a 100,000 km power train warranty. I sure wish my Dad had it.
#595 of 3457 Question about pricing
Jan 28, 2001 (11:31 am)
I am considering the purchase of a Dodge Intrepid SE (list 20,910 plus dest.) or ES (list 22,605 + dest). I will be purchasing through the "Chrsyler Friends Program," which is supposed to mean that I get 2% below factory invoice plus the current 1,000 rebate. This certificate was given to me by a Chrsyler retiree and expires in three days (1/31). I have a couple of questions about pricing:
1. Dealers' invoices seem to differ from those on Edmunds because they add 200-300 dollars for "advertising fees, etc." I've been told by dealers that this charge is imposed on them by Chrsyler and that it's non-negotiable. Is this a fair charge by the dealer or a way to pad the price?
2. What is a "fair" price for the Dodge Intrepid? Are people typically paying 300-400 above factory invoice or getting invoice deals (not counting the 1,000 rebate)?
3. Am I doing as good as I can do with my "Friends" certificate, or could I get just as good a price through hard bargaining?
Information will be greatly appreciated. Unless the rebate is extended, I think it expires tomorrow (1/29).
#596 of 3457 I test drove one yesterday
Jan 28, 2001 (4:12 pm)
Well I went out and actually test drove an Intrepid RT yesterday. It's very difficult to evaluate a car on a short test drive but here's my quick take.
I am a quite large person (read fat<g>) and found I can fit confortably. The interior room for this sized car is enourmous. The trunk as well.
The steering was nice and quick and the suspension was taught (sp?) and the car felt quite sporty for a sedan of this size. If felt solid and a bit stiff (a good thing in my mind).
Power seemed good although perhaps not quite as much as I expected.
Typical american plasticy interior. Guages looked cheap.
Engine noise was more than expected especially under acceleration and sounded tinny rather than throughty and powerful. To me anyway.
The biggest negative is perhaps in my mind. I am not one who can afford to buy a new car every few years and I don't like the idea of leasing so quality control and long term reliability is very important to me. Chrysler,Plymouth,Dodge doesn't have a good reputation in this regard and that worries me. Regardless of warranties, I don't want to have many problems and don't want to be a service dept. regular. Of course these cars may be better now and the one I drove seemed solid enough without any rattles or squeeks but it does nag at me.
Still, if I do decide on an american car, this one is right at the top. As much as I've been a GM person their sedans aren't that attractive to me and the Intrepid seems a good value.