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#758 of 3457 Coming attractions
Jun 08, 2001 (9:54 am)
I just got this snippet from my Mopar mailing list...
"For those interested: Dodge will be back in the squad business for 2002. For 2002 and 2003 the Intrepid police package will be FWD and have the 3.5L-V6.
For 2004 the new Intrepid will see police service as a RWD police package with the 353 V8.
Mopar is doing this for 2002 and 2003 to prepare for the real squad launch in 2004. They are also doing this, because 2001 is the last year for the Cherokee squad, and they don't want to leave the squad market for two years in between for prestige/reputation reasons."
Hopefully, there's some truth to it I think it would be kinda cool do have an Intrepid with an engine putting out the same displacement at a '57 Saratoga! (well, almost...the '57 would've been a 354)
#759 of 3457 police package
Jun 08, 2001 (5:44 pm)
You got some good info Andre. Yes we are going to be building police Intrepids. They even come with vinyl floor instead of carpet. I cant wait till 2004 , RWD and a V8 option . That should be fun.
#760 of 3457 My 1994 3.5L ES Problem List
Jun 09, 2001 (3:23 am)
1. Warranty replacement of electric driver's seat. One of the motors wouldn't work.
2. At ~50k miles, replaced sway bar links. Dealer said this is typical.
3. Warranty replacement of A/C condenser.
4. Recharge A/C system 4 different years.
5. Transmission went out last year with ~120k miles. I didn't realize the transaxle gets gear lube oil and is not part of the transmission. Simply filling the gear lube with 80W-90 weight oil every year would have saved my transmission.
6. Water pump went out and chewed up my timing belt. Replacing them myself. Timing Belt and water pump cost ~$115.
7. Intake Manifold upper and lower gaskets replaced with ~122k miles. Dealer said this is typical for these to go out.
8. Had an engine 'miss' recently. I checked everything, cylinder compression, replaced plugs and wires, vacuum checks, etc. Dealer found that the spark plug gap is now 0.035" rather than 0.050" based on a Technical Bulletin. Car ran great until the water pump went out a few days later.
9. If it were not for me doing most of the work myself, I would have sold this car a long time ago due to the repairs.
When the car is running, its great with lots of head and leg room for me (I'm 6'3" ~250#), lots of trunk space, handles great, engine and transmission are smooth.
#761 of 3457 Sorry to hear
Jun 09, 2001 (6:05 am)
Bvander- sorry to hear about your problems with your ES. Unfortuantly the first couple of years of the LH were prone to many problems. A/C has been the biggest by far. Yes when the car works it is a great car . Hope this has not scared you off of the Intrepid as a future replacement for this car. The 2001 have gotten 1000 times better than the first generation .
#762 of 3457 Intrepid Police Package
Jun 09, 2001 (7:32 am)
Is there any upgrades to the tranny or suspension on the police package? Since the 300M is coming out with an increased horsepower special edition, any chance a possible tranny upgrade would make it on the R/T for 2002? Just wondering, as I am sure any horsepower upgrades could be retrofitted to an older R/T, and don't want the tranny turning to rice chex.
Our local police dept. has a few 98-99 Intrepids in police service. Of course, they still have a few Caprice, but I think for 2001 they bought Crown Vics.
#763 of 3457 Lug Pattern???/
Jun 11, 2001 (5:54 pm)
yO, I GOT A 95 INTREPID WITH A 3.5 L ENGINE AND I WANT SOME NEW RIMS CUZ THE ONES I GOT SUCK, BUT I NEED TO KNOW THE LUG PATTERN FIRST, NEone KNOW THAT?
WHAT IS IT?
Jun 11, 2001 (6:52 pm)
You might want to double check, but I think the Intrepid, and all LHS bodies, use the 4.5" 5-bolt pattern.
#765 of 3457 to tbachman re gas mileage
Jun 15, 2001 (1:21 pm)
I'm probably too late with this and you've already bought or not bought the 97 Intrepid. You don't say what motor, 3.3 or 3.5. I have a 96 with the 3.3 and your husband's drive sounds a lot like mine, which is about 30 miles each way to work, 80% of that freeway. Under those conditions I regularly get 26-27 mpg and manage to keep up with traffic while doing it. That doesn't mean you'd get the same, as many drivers can easily consume a lot more gas due to driving habits, but it shows the car is pretty economical if you use it right.
Jun 16, 2001 (5:49 pm)
My '96 Intrepid ES had a major problem today: While sitting in the McDonald's drive through, I noticed our engine temperature gauge drifting above the halfway point which seemed a little unusual. That normally only happens when I'm towing our popup trailer up steep hills for a long time in hot weather. But I was just sitting in the drive-thru. Granted, it was over 100 degrees today but it still seemed odd. Then, the needle kept drifting and drifting and drifting very quickly until it almost reached the redline. I decided to turn off the engine and smoke started coming out of the right side of my engine compartment. I thought, "this doesn't look good." So I'm stuck in the drive-thru in between the cashier and the food provider and I thought, "am I going to be able to get out of here." Well, my wife looked under the car and sure enough I had a pool of green coolant beneath the car. I was able to drive the car to a parking lot and call a tow truck who towed it to my local mechanic. Can anybody diagnose this? Does it sound like a radiator hose leak or is this symptomatic of the water pump failure I've heard about? Couldn't ask my mechanic because they are closed on the weekends.
The reason this post is addressed to you Andre, is because we took the bus to the airport to rent a car for this weekend. We have to drive to my parents house for fathers day and can't take my wife's company car. We had the choice of renting an Escort (no way) or for $6.00 more we could rent a 6-cylinder Mustang (whoopee! I passed)$8.00 more a day to rent a Taurus (same as my wife's company car and I said no way to that too)or a 2001 Intrepid. We decided on the Intrepid. The one we rented was a Gold Intrepid SE with, I think, the 2.7 liter V6. I've only had it for less than half a day but I must say I'm pretty impressed with it if it's the base model. Nothing fancy, just power locks and windows, AC, etc., but thought I would give my input. Power is more than adequate, though torque is a little on the lean side at low speed. But it was much better than I expected. Leg room up front was typical Intrepid (as we had discussed earlier) but the engine was real smooth and quiet. In fact, this base model is much quieter on the highway than my '96 ES. Now, if there was more legroom up front, and the bottom seat cushion tilted back, I would seriously consider this car. I thought it did a little better in fuel mileage than what I'm reading (20/28). One final question: It doesn't appear the back seats fold down. Do they in yours and are they an option in higher-level Intrepids? Are you experiencing the fuel economy for which it is rated?
#767 of 3457 abbanat
Jun 17, 2001 (7:47 am)
the back seat folds on the es model - not the base
model. i have a 98 purchased new - have had no problems - 2.7 v6 gives me 29 on the highway and about 24-25 combined (depending how i drive) - i never got less than 23 on a tank