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Nov 28, 2001 (5:24 pm)
Hey a question for you all. I noticed the manual calls for oil changes at 7500 mile intervals on my 2002 Intrepid. I have never waited that long for oil changes, usually sticking to the old 3000 mile rule on my Explorer and former car (Malibu). What are your experiences, thoughts.
PS...Anyone know of a good Dodge or Chrysler service department in Central NJ? There are a ton around, Dennis Adams Dodge is a stone's throw away.
Also, the people on the Malibu board ripped on our choice of car, saying it is Chrysler garbage, etc. All I tried to do was say goodbye to my fellow posters on that board.
#907 of 3457 Intrepids are Awesome Cars
Nov 28, 2001 (8:18 pm)
Ignorance is bliss, as they say. I had a Malibu rental once, it was okay for its role in life, but it ain't no Intrepid.
The 2nd generation LH are probably the best sedan for the money on the road.
I've always ran mine to the dealer for the oil changes, primarily because it is close, and the one time I didn't, the place I took it to used a filter with a bad backflow valve, which caused valve clatter on starting. The Mopar filters my dealer uses doesn't do that.
I've never changed my own oil, but the 300M board here has a ton of info.
Check out this website, though it can be kind of juvenile:
Nov 29, 2001 (6:28 am)
I do mine myself. I shoot for every 3000 miles, although I did stretch it to 4000 a couple times. I don't know if I'd stretch it to 7500 miles though, unless I did mostly highway driving. FWIW, I have an old 1971 Dodge Dart owner's manual, and even back then they had the 7500 mile interval listed.
I don't know how hard it was to change the oil on your Malibu, but I can change my oil without even jacking the car up, which is a good thing, because there aren't too many spots for the jack under there!
Also, don't worry about the Chevyheads giving you a hard time for buying a Chrysler product. That's been going on since cars had tailfins, and even before that, most likely!
#909 of 3457 Of Oil changes, Redesigns, Malibus (Malibi?),Tires and Gaskets!
Dec 07, 2001 (7:17 am)
As I understand from a relative who is a Dodge dealer; one of the few that KNOWS anything, and my own research--two possibilities are likely. First scenario involves the Intrepid, Concorde, and 300N being moved slightly "upmarket" and converted to RWD using judicious tire selections and traction/stability controls to avoid alienating those of us who drive in snow and foul weather. This vehicle supports the use of DaimlerBenz platform technology and parts. The redesigned Stratus/Sebring would be marketed as the "less expensive, front drive family sedan" choice. This scenario is supported by some pictures of rear wheel drive prototypes under 300M skins seen in car mags.
The other scenario, and one I hope for frankly, is that the Intrepid/Concorde will use a revised FWD platform, revised engines and transmissions--most like the evolution from the 1st to 2nd generation Intrepid. The RWD--if used at all--would be reserved for an "upmarket" 300N replacement.
Oil Changes--My driving, while not torturous, is in town and brief trips. I realize that I have to "work through" my brainwashing about 3000 mile oil changes, but can't quite embrace the whole 7500 mile thing. So..I generally change oil at about 5000 miles. Each time I've asked the guys how the oil looks, and looked myself, and they have said "OK".. Not tarry, overly dark or broken down.
Malibu??? Of course the Malibu contingent whines! My sister-in-law has one going on two years and I am rather underwhelmed. Styling aside--it has neither the room, handling or appeal of my Intrepid. Sure--it's cheaper and I'm sure it's a relatively solid car...but.... And ANYONE owning a GM vehicle that suggests a Chyrsler is junk should spend a bit more time with their therapist. But I guess when your engine technology and architecture has been around for 40 years---you should be doing something OK... Done with the snide comments...
Question...Those of you who have replaced your tires. Please tell me what you used and how you like them.. I'm still thinking Goodyear Aquatred 3's when I hit 30-35 K..
LAST ITEM.. You should all know that my 5 Star service manager told me to order 4 new weatherstrips for the doors and they'd be replaced free of charge. Mine are shrinking and while it's not a big problem--it's nice to know he's amenable to changing them. Sorry this was so long..
2000 Steel Blue ES with Leather and 26K...
Dec 07, 2001 (7:49 am)
From what we have been told there will only be RWD on all the cars. They are also looking into AWD for some. Yes with all the traction/stability controls that will be used they should drive with no problems in bad weather. Yes the LX cars will be moved upscale ,lets hope not to much upscale though. We have also been told we will be building something that is a cross between a car and station wagon .Looks like every manufacture is also going to this style also
Dec 10, 2001 (11:30 am)
i've also read that the next generation lh (to be called lx) cars are switching to rwd. in fact i just read that dc is already adding on a new tranny line at one of its current tranny building facilities. the new line will produce mercedes 5 speed automatics for the new rwd lx cars. from what i've read, that mercedes tranny is a very good unit. also, the lx cars will feature many suspension bits and assorted other items that are to be installed on the next generation e class mercedes. these can only be good things unless dc prices the new lx cars too high!
Dec 10, 2001 (2:53 pm)
If I could just get the 1993 Taurus that I inherited to last 3 more years, I would love for a Chrysler LX to be my next car. I love RWD sedans and had a 1989 Crown Victoria for many years. I would like a more modern, reasonably priced RWD sedan to be my next car.
Dec 10, 2001 (5:38 pm)
if DC wants to sell cars and I think they do, raising the prices would not be the smart thing to do. So I dont see the LX cars being that much more than what they replace.
Dec 10, 2001 (10:35 pm)
i guess we'll see, but it seems chrysler is mis-firing abit lately...
#915 of 3457 Five star service?
Dec 16, 2001 (3:42 pm)
It's been quiet in here so I'll throw this out there to you all. On my first ever Dodge product, the 2002 Intrepid, I'm getting ready to head in for the first oil change, also need to have either a bad speaker mount and/or blown drivers door speaker looked at. The dealer I bought the car from is 5 star, but they are nearly 20 miles away. There is another Dodge dealer who is 5 star, and they are not even a mile from the house. However, the guy who lives across the street from me has owned a bunch of Chrysler products, and he insists I don't take the car to the nearby dealership, rather he recommends a Chrysler dealership which is about 5 miles away. Now I know 5 star is Dodge's symbol of excellence, but is it legit, or just something they use to advertise. Also, is a Chrysler dealer a better place for service? I'm used to Ford Motor Company, and at least as far as the dealerships in Central NJ go, their service departments stink. I go to the nearby Lincoln-Mercury for my Explorer. Interestingly enough, a lot of local PDs take their Crown Vics their as well. Thanks!