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Dodge Intrepid, Sedan
Feb 01, 2004 (9:29 am)
The Magnum is going to replace the Intrepid? Wow! My friends are HUGE Dodge fans (93 Ram, 99 Intrepid, and 2002 Stratus) and they are thinking of getting a Magnum next. The Ram & the Stratus are their daily drivers and they use the Intrepid mainly for driving to long distance place (which they do A LOT). The Ram is failing and they are probably going to make the Interpid and Stratus the daily drivers and buy the Magnum for their trips.
But I have to agree with you when you say you prefer sedans vs. wagons.
Feb 07, 2004 (6:54 am)
There's a Magnum sedan coming. The only question is when. Meanwhile, there is the 300C to look at over at the Chrysler dealer's soon.
Feb 11, 2004 (9:39 am)
It sure is a big difference from the old days when the same model of a car came in sedan, coupe, and wagon versions. Now only one style per model is the norm. Another big difference is the very limited choice of interiors available. Basically the manufacturers limit you to gray or tan. No longer can you get green, red, blue or whatever interiors you might wish. All in the name of cutting $$$
Feb 11, 2004 (2:54 pm)
Well, Intrepids sell mostly to rentals at a loss, and have poor resale value. So, Chrysler isn't losing out anything.
A new Stratus with a bigger interior and new name would suffice for an Intrepid replacement.
#7 of 43 But then if they did that...
Feb 11, 2004 (4:17 pm)
...they'd have one model trying to fill the gap left by two. And besides, just about all domestic cars have poor resale value, so the Intrepid is neither better nor worse in that regard.
It might be a regional thing, but I don't see that many Intrepids used as rental cars. Around these parts, they'd usually use a Taurus or Century to fill the need for a rental car in that size range.
Feb 11, 2004 (4:31 pm)
One car to fill the gap left by two? May I introduce you to the Buick LaCrosse? Then again, I never saw much difference between Century and Regal to start with, other than the bucks.
#9 of 43 Well yeah...
Feb 11, 2004 (4:35 pm)
in that case it would work, since a Century has basically been an entry-level Regal since the two returned to the same body style for 1997. But there's a big difference between a Stratus and an Intrepid, in terms of size, room, performance, and price. They're completely different classes, and no one car could make an adequate substitute for the two.
Feb 11, 2004 (10:52 pm)
This really is a strange and risky business plan, to replace a sedan with a wagon. I suspect the Intrepid's true replacement will be something along the lines of that Charger concept presented a while back. I can't see DCX not having a full size sedan in the Dodge lineup, doesn't make sense. Look for the NY Autoshow for answers??
Feb 12, 2004 (8:03 am)
Well, Dodge mostly sells trucks anyway, so the Magnum can be sold as a "truck", and buyers will look at them more closely.
I think the only buyers really upset are rental agencies, since they can't get cheap Intrepids and charge customers "full size" rates.
#12 of 43 Another big car...
Feb 12, 2004 (8:27 am)
that's popular among rental agencies around these parts is the Mercury Grand Marquis GS. About 2 years ago, one of my buddies, who has a '95, wanted to go look at some new cars, partly because he got one of those keys in the mail that, if it opened a box at the dealership, he'd win a new car. Anyway, naturally it didn't open the box, but he still wanted to test drive a new Grand Marquis. Well, we went around on the back lot, to try and find a GS to test drive...he couldn't afford an LS. I swear, every SINGLE one on that back lot was already spoken for, bought up by some rental agency!
As for the Intrepid, not replacing it with another sedan could be a fatal move. Why? Well, the Intrepid was a hot seller up until the last 2-3 years, when newer, larger designs started coming onto the market. There are plenty of owners of later editions of the first generation, as well as people like me, who have earlier editions of the 2nd generation. That's an awful lot of people who are going to be in the market for a new car soon, and if Dodge doesn't have something worthy of replacing the Intrepid, they're going to lose a lot of repeat customers.
As for "full-sized" rates, well hell, some companies consider the MALIBU a full-sized car. Compared to that, the Intrepid is a battlecruiser!