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Dodge Intrepid, Engine
#34 of 63 too early to tell on the new ones
Jan 14, 2003 (7:54 pm)
ran into a guy with a months-old liberty at the car wash who just gushed over it, excellent surprise, best vehicle he's had in years.
could be another case of even-serials are good and odd-serials suck, just the luck of the draw on which axle truck your parts came off of. those problems can be fixed if a maker decides they are going to be fixed... and occasionally, they can be fixed darn near overnight by melting down the phone line to the appropriate executive at a supplier..
#35 of 63 All 6 were 2002 models, yes.
Jan 14, 2003 (8:12 pm)
I haven't seen a 2003 anything yet.
Jan 15, 2003 (6:18 am)
J.L. Where have you been, as an automotive expert you must know many of the 2003 models have been out since last autumn.
Jan 15, 2003 (6:27 am)
What he means, is that he hasn't seen any 2003 lemon law cases yet.
#38 of 63 andre's right -
Jan 15, 2003 (7:43 am)
it takes 6-12 months for problems to crop up and warrant filing a complaint.
Jan 15, 2003 (8:16 am)
...have you ever heard of a common problem of the thermostat housing leaking on the 2.7? Mine developed a small leak in it, and my mechanic replaced it around 51,000 miles, when I also had new back brakes and spark plugs put on. My mechanic said it was a pretty common problem, and that they'd done it a few times before.
My 'Trep is the highest-mileage 2nd-gen LH car that my mechanic sees regularly, so I think they view mine as a benchmark to gauge what the others might do.
The thermostat housing was a $209 repair by the mechanic..something like $75 for the part and the rest labor. A far cry from back in the day when I got one for my Dart for $5 out of the junkyard and put it on myself!
#40 of 63 I've seen several intake manifold
Jan 15, 2003 (8:29 am)
leaks on the 2.7s, but not the t-stat specifically. There are usually more than one leak in the manifold so they replace it instead of just the gasket.
T-stats aren't as easy to get to as they used to be, that's for sure.
I replaced mine in my Mustang (an '86!!) and it took well over an hour.
Jan 15, 2003 (9:34 am)
A year ago I replaced my thermostat in my 1999 Ford Ranger 4.0L V6 (German pushrod) with a new (Thompson made?) NAPA thermostat. I think the cost was $6.00, and I spent a morning working on it, along with other tinkering. This replacement requires a bunch of stuff to be moved out of the way to get down to the housing. I had a similar "early failure" of the thermostat in my 1993 Explorer, same engine. I traded the Explorer in on the Ranger, and had the privilege of replacing that same German thermostat in both vehicles!
#42 of 63 I didn't realize...
Jan 15, 2003 (9:59 am)
...the 4.0 was German! It's not based on that old 2.8 that was in the Capri back in the '70's, is it?
#43 of 63 Danau: The old mill stream >:o]
Jan 15, 2003 (10:06 am)
This engine is based on a brilliant Teutonic dream. It is a great mill. More recent iterations of it are now overhead cam, and that "changes everything." I like the pushrod version.