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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
#14 of 43 Well, like I said...
Feb 12, 2004 (8:40 pm)
the Intrepid was a hot seller for Chrysler until the last few years, when newer, more up-to-date cars came out. I think sales of the current-gen peaked in either 2000 or 2001. By the time '02 came around, there was a new Altima that grew up and was suddenly a worthy competitor in the family car market, and a new Camry. Chevy started piling the incentives on the Impala, much furhter than Chrysler could afford to do, and a new Accord came out for '03. Basically, the Intrepid was just starting to get old. 2002 really should have been its last year, but the LX cars kept getting delayed, so they had to keep building them in '03. And the '04 model year was severely truncated...I think the last one rolled off the assembly line back in September. So naturally sales are going to decline.
Also, like I said, a lot of people who bought new cars around 4-6 years ago aren't ready to trade yet. But they soon will be. But why would they trade in their current car for a new one that's basically the same damn thing? It would make sense if you were happy with your car but had high miles, and wanted to get a new one, but for the most part, the '98-01 fleet just isn't that old yet. Most people would probably just wait until the new models come out, so they can get something that's fresh.
Feb 12, 2004 (9:07 pm)
oh yeah, there'll be another dodge intrepid, but it might come out under a different name.
Feb 13, 2004 (2:15 am)
I'm betting on the Charger nameplate.
Feb 13, 2004 (2:36 am)
that would be nice.
#18 of 43 I know a cop...
Feb 13, 2004 (4:57 am)
who works in the next county over from me, and he said their department put in an order for 60 new Magnums with the Hemi. That's all he knew about them though. He didn't know if they were wagons, or if there was going to be a sedan model. His current cruiser, surprisingly enough, is a 2004 Intrepid! I was surprised, considering that county uses mainly Crown Vics. He said that he and his cop buddies have raced his Intrepid against the Impala and Crown Vic, and according to him the 'Trep blows the other two away. The biggest problem he's had with the car has been the brakes. I think he said he goes through front rotors like every 5,000 miles!
Feb 13, 2004 (5:03 am)
I just can't see there not being some type of Dodge sedan to replace the Intrepid. DCX can't afford to give up that segment! I'm so convinced something will be shown at the New York show.
#20 of 43 Perhaps...
Feb 13, 2004 (7:33 am)
we should remember that the Magnum is really just a sedan with a bigger trunk. If I were prone to "tilting at windmills", my own vote would have been to spend the money to make a new front drive platform for the Intrepid and carry it into the next generation. Updating the already fine 2.7 and 3.5 with variable valve timing and five speed automatics would have made for a formidible front drive car..
Feb 13, 2004 (8:23 am)
According to unsubstansiated information. There will be a Charger LX car coming a year from now. That is the Intrepid replacement.
As for a new FWD car platform, Chrysler will use the new Galant for new Statuses and Sebrings in spring 2006.
#22 of 43 I'd been hearing...
Feb 13, 2004 (9:09 am)
about the next Stratus/Sebring being Mitsubishi-based for awhile now, and in the past, that had me worried. While the Stratus/Sebring aren't the greatest cars in the world, I considered the Galant to be a big step down, at least comparing the base models of each that I've driven. The Galant looked nice at a quick glance, but in driving it just felt cheap, unrefined, and cramped. Again, not that the Stratus/Sebring are exactly winners here either (although I find them to be comfortable and roomy enough), but I still looked at the Galant as a step down.
It looks like Mitsubishi deserves some praise though, for the new '04 Galant. I don't care for the styling, but overall it seems to be a better, roomier, more substantial car. Maybe it won't be *too* bad, having the new Stratus/Sebring based on that platform. I just hope they still offer a convertible!
#23 of 43 Andre.......
Feb 13, 2004 (12:34 pm)
Oh, so that why you dont get any speeding tickets?! Well, I do not believe that an Intrepid with the 3.5 motor will blow away a Crown Vic or Grand Marquis with its interceptor engine. Plus they are rear wheel drive cars.