Good review of the differences
If a somewhat inaccurate but lengthy post qualifies as a "good review", I've never posted any good reviews in my life.
There's a lot of stuff about the R/T that he's wrong about.
Also, the FAQ has facts wrong as well such as the AutoStick in the SXT.
The most premium Intrepid EVER made was early model year 2002 R/T's. Had the most standard equipment, and when loaded up with all 5 available options, it was more loaded than any ES ever was. True, it was missing the trunk lid liner, but the major decontenting didn't start until mid model year 2002.
all had 3.5HO engines (242hp) with less power than the SXT
upgraded brakes (minimal upgrade, not really noticeable by eye, say 300c vs srt8 300c, you can get the rt rotors and slap them on your SE have have upgraded brakes, its the way the rotor is cooled).
upgraded suspension (again minimal change)
thicker swaybar (we are talking mm, even the 300m special sway bar is not a lot thicker than stock)
larger exhaust tip, same resonator as SXT
better tires than the es at the time, good year?
all had autostick and ABS
came with 17 inch rims, unlike any other intrepid until then 2002s had no speed restriction, were capabable of 140 +
-Disagree, there's an exception...the '02 R/T got an extra 2HP for a total of 244HP (less power than the 250HP SXT)
-Disagree, Not that minimal, When buying brake rotors, you'd be silly not to opt for R/T / PHP rotors
-Disagree, Performance suspension - LARGE improvement. If you've ever owned an R/t and driven an SXT, they are quite a bit different. NOT minimal difference.
-Agree, PCM differences are minimal........probably only the limiter is different.
-Disagree, exhaust systems from the '02 R/T and SXT may not differ by anything except the tip......HOWEVER '00 and '01 R/T's had different exhaust systems.
-Wrong, Michelin Pilot MMX4's........they sucked anyways!
-All had AutoStick and ABS, but some had traction control ('02 R/T)
-Agree, tested out the speed restriction........never hit a top speed........goes 140+, confirmed!
Also, the R/T has performance rack and pinion steering.