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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#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!
Dec 16, 2001 (6:49 pm)
Yes 5 star is an award given to dealers with good service, but that does not mean that they are perfect. If your someone recommends a dealer give them a try. njdevilsrn I see in your profile you say the car you are shopping for is a Chev , but you just got the Dodge. Does that mean you bought the Dodge instead of the Chev? if yes all I can say is GREAT and THANKS ...Take care
#917 of 3457 Hey Ottowrkr...
Dec 16, 2001 (8:19 pm)
how long have you been building Chrysler products? What did you guys used to build up there before the Intrepid came out?
#918 of 3457 Forgot about the profile section
Dec 16, 2001 (9:09 pm)
I just updated my profile, but for a long story made short, the wife's 2000 Malibu needed its engine rebuilt at 9000 miles for what GM called "excessive piston bore"...never got an explanation out of them as to whether that meant the piston was slamming into something and making the clapping sound, or if the shaft was too big and the piston was slapping around inside. Anyhow, we were making payments at 7% interest, and had no desire to keep it off of warranty. I went and took a peek at the Impala and also the Grand Prix due to some GM credits we have. Wife didn't like the round tail-lights on the Impala, and the Grand Prix has the same exact engine as the Malibu unless you go for an upper model, $25000 was a bit much. So, we bought the Dodge.