3 months and 500+ miles later...2002 intrepid SE
Ive had my 2002 Intrepid SE for 3 months now. Ive only had to replace a cv joint seal (cost me nothing), and a few vacuum hoses. No big deal. At first when I bought it I was skeptical...but after using it on various trips to boston (120miles or so) from my house, and various back road trips, I've grown to really like the car.
yes it has its quarks. I need to replace a few rivets and such to eliminate some road noise, but other then that, it rides very very smooth, and handles like a car half its age. It doesn't even complain when accelerating at 75-80mph. Half the reason for this post is I am actually very pleased with the car, and have had no issues that seem common to most 2.7L's. Cars oil is very clean, previous owner was the only other owner and changed the oil religiously every 3k miles. Cars maintenance had all been done up to date, including the H20 pump...I waited 4 months to buy a used car to hold out for one with a responsible owner.
I may end up actually keeping the car. I planned on just using it as a winter vehicle, and selling it in May and getting a lease. I may now keep the 'trep and use it as a summer vehicle for longer trips (as its super comfortable) and maybe buy a 2012 Dodge Dart Limited...
Anyway. Simply put, this 10 year old dodge really surprised me, and may have convinced me to stay with American Cars in the future (or at least American in name...since Chrysler is owned by Fiat)