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Chrysler Concorde, Sedan
Jan 01, 2005 (12:48 pm)
if you bought the Taurus used, anyway, and got some use out of it, you're probably not going to lose too much money on it. And I can understand getting tired of a car, and wanting a change! And at this point, if you can still find them, you should be able to get a killer deal on an '04 Concorde.
One thing I should point out, though, is that while the Concorde and Intrepid do have disc brakes all around, IMO brakes are not a strong point on these cars. I don't have ABS on my Intrepid, and a Concorde LXi would most likely have them, so that might be part of my problem. But I don't really see much of an advantage with my Intrepid's brakes over my previous car, which was an '89 Plymouth Gran Fury. It had disc up front and drum in the back. However, it was also an ex-police car, so it had some incredibly beefy brakes. I could actually lock up the Intrepid's brakes easier than I could the Gran Fury's.
Overall though, the Intrepid and Concorde are good handling, comfortable, roomy cars. The transmissions used to have a bad reputation, and I think that still affects people's perceptions of the cars today. If it's any consolation though, my '00 Intrepid has 100,330 miles on it, and the tranny shifts the same now as it did when it was brand-new.
I've had a few problems here and there, but nothing too major. Probably the biggest things were the power lock actuator in the driver's door (fixed under warranty at 35K), the thermostat housing which leaked ($210 at my local mechanic), and the oil pressure light which came on at idle once warmed up, around the 87,000 mile mark (fixed by a TSB...it was a wiring/electrical problem and not a mechanical one).
The only reason I had to replace my rotors was because the pads wore unevenly, and the inner one on the driver's side wore down to the rivets and cut into the rotor. Unfortunately, the wear indicator was only on the outside pad!
My passenger side power mirror assist broke, but I just left it alone, since it was where I needed it to be. And I think that's about it, as far as problem areas.
BTW, I like the new 300, too! But considering that the 2.7 is only adequate in my Intrepid, I know it has to be awful in the 300! And while the 3.5 is supposed to be pretty decent, I figure that if I'm going to get a car like this, I might as well splurge for the Hemi! But I'm just not ready to plunk down that kind of money on a car just yet!
#6 of 11 Re: I think the service experience... [andre1969]
Jan 02, 2005 (9:47 am)
I have had no problem with sludge issues. However, do realize that we generally replace the vehicles at 3 years which is around 40-50k miles which may not give us enough time to have the problem. Also, since I am paying for the maintenance, our drivers get an oil change every 3-4k miles.
The two most recent issues with the Mopars has been a bad fuel line which meant that it took the driver about 10 minutes to fill his tank up with gas on an Intrepid. Also, a Pacifica had a pretty severe transmission fluid leak a few weeks ago.
I just think that it is a jinx to replace a reliable car. (The devil you know is better than the one you don't.) On the other hand, I don't mind $1000-1500 a year in repairs as much as I mind writing a check for $300 each month.
#7 of 11 Prices Paid...
Jan 03, 2005 (12:59 pm)
Reminder that this is to discuss Prices Paid & Buying Experiences. If you would like to discuss issues with the vehicle or comparisons, feel free to do so in the main vehicle discussion Chrysler Concorde
#9 of 11 Prices Paid
Mar 21, 2005 (10:50 am)
$5,055 Total (usd)
$5,000 + $55 title/registration fee
'99 Concorde LXi, 90k, 3.2 engine, one owner (non-smoker), immaculate inside, no dents of any kind in body at all.
Hold together baby...pleeeaaase!
#10 of 11 Re: Prices Paid [xpresser]
Apr 23, 2005 (7:53 am)
Have '99 Concorde LXi, 3.2 engine, $120,000 miles, fair condition (dent on passenger side), non-smoker. What should I get for it as a trade-in?
#11 of 11 Re: Prices Paid [ccrider]
Apr 24, 2005 (4:47 pm)
Have you asked your question in the Real-World Trade-In Values discussion? You should have better luck there as the discussion is actually focused on that topic.