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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-05-2008, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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question other then the engine being a 3.5 what makes an rt an rt and not an sxt or es
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The R/T has performance suspension, steering and brakes... and some other things that I can't think of right now.
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use the search feature and u will find lots of posts on the topic...overall its because its an r/t!
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That little badge on the door gives it 10 extra Shetland ponies ;)
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RTs have special wheels, a high speed engine controller, engine oil cooler, performance transmission programming, high performance brakes (300M Special spec), tighter suspension, slapstick shifter, performance exhaust, tighter steering gear, and in 2002 (maybe in earlier years) speed rated tires and no speed limiter.

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What is the Base or SE model?

The base model and SE are really the same car. The SE name was started in 2000 and had SE badging on either the rear door (2000 & 2001) or trunk (2002-up). The easiest way to recognize this model is the front fascia that has no fog light openings. They feature a 2.7 liter DOHC 24 valve V6 engine. Base models 1998-1999 had 15” steel wheels with straight spoke hubcaps, later models upgraded to 16” steel wheels with a new bent spoke hubcap design used.

What is the ES model?

The ES model cars are designed to have all the comfort/luxury options available such as OTIS, leather, 60/40 split folding rear seats, Automatic climate control, traction control, leather wrapped steering wheel, leather wrapped shifter, polished exhaust tip and premium radios. All 98-2001 models feature either a 2.7 liter DOHC 24 valve engine or the more common 3.2 liter DOHC 24 valve engine with Autostick, 2002-up models feature a 3.5 motor with a slightly lower power output than the RT or SXT models. All ES models have 16” aluminum wheels, chrome wheels were optional starting in 2002.

What is the R/T model?

The R/T stands for Road and Track. It has the 3.5 liter 24 valve highest output engine. Typically R/Ts do not have all of the luxury items as the ES models, as they are intended for performance, not luxury. They were only made 2000-2002. All RT models have 17” wheels, silver in early years, chrome in 2002.

What is the SXT model?

The SXT was introduced in 2002 and featured the same 3.5 high output motor as the R/T. It was designed to be a lower cost alternative to the R/T in 2002 but became the “performance over luxury” model with the high output 3.5 engine and Autostick in 2003.

What is the Motorsports edition?

The Motorsports edition was made in 2001. The Motorsports trim option was available on all models for between $375-$865. Production numbers are: Intrepid SE - 584, Intrepid ES - 242, Intrepid RT - 383. It is a cosmetic enhancement and feature motorsports decals, floor mats, black wheels, and Goodyear Eagle 1 yellow letter tires. Canadian owners had a very similar trim option called the Daytona.

It's more than just decals though. There was an entire package shipped to the new owner after purchase.
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question other then the engine being a 3.5 what makes an rt an rt and not an sxt or es
All three of those ( potentially ) have the 3.5.

The R/T and SXT have 3.5 High Output engines ( very bad on gas ) as well as upgraded suspension ( bad on gas ) different wheels, exhaust, ( also bad on gas ) So in the end, the ES really is the superior choice!
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All three of those ( potentially ) have the 3.5.

The R/T and SXT have 3.5 High Output engines ( very bad on gas ) as well as upgraded suspension ( bad on gas ) different wheels, exhaust, ( also bad on gas ) So in the end, the ES really is the superior choice!
My R/T got about 23 overall mileage. I had a ES 3.2 and it got about 24 in the same type of driving. The HO engine did sip a little more, but not much. Suspension only tightens up the handling, no real weight difference, no difference on mileage. How could tighter struts and bushings consume more fuel? Different wheels (alloy) probably weigh less than stock steel wheels, a mileage saving (miniscule). The larger tires width and weight probably offset that. Freer flowing exhaust will improve efficiency, not cut gas mileage. The 3.5 HO are efficient engines.

ES are nice also, but lets be real. An ES is not an R/T. The R/T has power, handling, better stopping, similar mileage, same space, etc, and a nice one doesn't cost much more used than a nice ES. So for about the same money, do you want a nice handling somewhat special car, or an ES? Both are nice, though I can't figure why anyone would pay the same for a lesser car.
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I agree, Go with an R/T, you wont be sorry you did...
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