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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
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.
Jan 29, 2001 (11:44 am)
I have a 2000 Intrepid (base, or now SE) that has been a wonderful car, after 14K miles. I have been very pleasantly surprised with the mileage, averaging 18-19 in city driving, 23 in mixed (mostly highway), and an astonishing (but true, I assure you) 30 mpg on trips east as well as west over the Rockies. The western trip was with two adults and light luggage. Power is sufficient with the 2.7l engine, the car is extremely comfortable, and the ride is better than anything else in it's class. On top of that, the handling is great. I took the Wyoming Scenic Byway east out of Yellowstone, with a lot of switchbacks, etc. The car was great, including the big discs hauling it down to a stop without any fade. It is a wonderful car.
Oh, by the way, in the first 14K miles, NOTHING has gone wrong, something I cannot say about my wife's 98 Malibu, or my earlier 95 VW.
In the midwest, the rebates are large, so the car is a real bargain.
#598 of 3457 No news is good news
Feb 01, 2001 (3:02 pm)
I've put 15,000 miles on my 2000 ES (3.2L) with no problems to report. See you next year!
Feb 01, 2001 (6:07 pm)
The rebates on Intrepid's are high and make it very attractive considering it's size and features. I read all of the reports about the Malibu, geez what a disaster GM put out. I am strongly considering a VW Passat wagon but it's high cost and short warranty (other than powertrain) cause me some anxiety.
I guess you take your chances with any vehicle these days in regards to whether you get a lemon or not.
One good thing about the Intrepid is that I can easily rent one to try it out for a week. It's amazing that we make such huge decisions on cars based on a short test drive.
I absolutly love the front end styling on the Chrysler Concord (but not the rear). I wish i could order an Intrepid R/T with the Concord's front end:)
#600 of 3457 answer for pricing
Feb 03, 2001 (4:59 pm)
When you purchase a Chrysler product through one of the "employee" or "friends" programs, you are actually paying under invoice. The price that you will pay is marked on every dealer invoice. Near the bottom of the invoice, you will see the letters I I with a price next to it. that is the purchase price before the rebate. 90% of the time, you can not get a better deal than that unless the car has been sitting around the dealers lot for a year or so.
Feb 03, 2001 (4:59 pm)
the letters near the bottom of the invoice are EP
#602 of 3457 Lowering.....?
Feb 04, 2001 (1:48 pm)
2 do, or not 2 do..... I am newer than the other guy. I just bought a 2k Intrepid ES. Nice car. Looks great. I want to make it look even sportier. I am seriously contemplating lowering this car 1 1/2 to 2". Any thoughts? I am fully aware that this is a BIG car, so going to low is a bad thing. We are not dealing with a Honda Civic's wheel base here. I just want to do it right.
#603 of 3457 96' 3.3 engine belt or chain?
Feb 05, 2001 (7:28 am)
Does anyone know if the 3.3 engine has a belt or a chain? I have had a mechanic tell me its a chain, but I've read other peoples posts that stated their belt broke............