I love my Intrepid!
Hello. Been a long time since I've posted, and then only a couple times.
I've just been reading through some posts and wanted to put in the history of my trep.
I bought her back in March 2002, after the engine in my 1990 Pontiac Sunbird went out. As any 2.0L Sunbird driver would want, I wanted a faster car. As I was checking out V6's, I ran across a really cheap 1997 Dodge Intrepid ES. I checked out a 96 w/ 3.3l engine first, and it was quick - I liked it. It had only 77K miles, but it was $6K. Then I went to check out the 97, wondering why it was so much cheaper. Well, it had it's share of wear -
-A couple dings
-96K miles on odometer
Thats about it. I talked him down from $4300 to $4000 because of the suspension. I bought the car and had my dad finance it ( I was 17 at the time), and he also insured it (I paid for it, but it was in his name).
Now, at 131K miles, I have had my share of work with it. No car is perfect, and except for the times it rained (since I worked in the street / parking lot, cause I had no garage), I loved every minute of working on it.
Over the past year (and 35K miles!!!!), I replaced:
-All four brakes and rotors
-Driver side inner tie rod bushing
-Passenger side outer tie rod
-Both sides front sway bar linkage
And a couple other smaller parts. The only job I wasn't too fond of was the inner tie rod bushing, which confused me greatly (chilton's didnt cover it), and I had to try 3 times, and it took me well over 2 hours to fix. I enjoyed the experience, however.
As of now, my car still needs some work:
-I need new tires. Any recommendations for all purpose tires (I don't enjoy owning a summer set and a winter set - I live in Michigan, so we do have snow)?
-Front right suspension problems, am considering replacing suspension all around (all strut assemblies are greatly worn)
-Body damage - need to replace driver front fender, bumper, fog light (passenger), passenger headlight mounting bracket
-Timing belt should be replaced, along with water pump, when I get the chance this summer
-Need to perform tune up. Other than replacing plugs/wires, what else needs to be done electronically to the treps?
-One last problem I still need to figure out: sometimes, after running for a while, I will get a ticking at idle when I'm stopped. When I accelerate, the ticking gets faster, but it is never the same speed as the engine (is either slow or fast, never accelerates constantly) - this leads me to believe it MIGHT be the fuel pump, but I am not sure. Any suggestions?
Body damage is due to trying to get to a physics exam, here at U of M, while I was already late. Only mechanical damage was AC Condensor (still needs replacing). I actually glued the headlights onto the bumper (and they are aimed correctly, too!), with what is called Automotive goop. It is a great product available at murrays and autozone. Headlights have been held strongly since October.
Now, with all the negative out of the way, lets get with the positive.
The trep has ALWAYS started for me, save for one time I ran out of gas. It is large, with a big trunk, and COMFORTABLY fit 5 teenagers on a trip from Detroit, MI to Long Island, NY (and back), including luggage. It is very fast, but also very precise. I love driving my trep anywhere I go. My girlfriend recently bought a 1993 Mazda MX6 with more problems than I've ever seen in a newly bought car - and it just goes to reinforce my love for my trep. It is very low to the ground, has great handling, and is good in the snow. (Very important in MI). I've always kept Quaker Semi-Synthetic in the engine, changing approximately every 3000 miles (usually 4000), along with Restore engine oil treatment. I cannot say how much the oil treatment actually does, but I've used it since I bought the car, and I dont know if its the restore, oil, luck, or the fact that Chrysler makes great engines, but I've had NO problems with the engine itself. I love my trep and though I doubt anyone would buy it because of the mileage, I would never sell it. I was even thinking about keeping it and eventually dropping a hemi when the 3.5 finally goes, converting to RWD. This, of course, is 5-10 years away, when I can afford another car.
Anyways, I wanted to publicly express my Intrepid love. Please feel free to comment / share your love too.
-1997 Dodge Intrepid ES
Running Strong, and will keep doing so.