Uh, Oh...... look out for a barrage of engine opinions!
Beyond that, I just picked up a used 2002 Intrep with 17K miles. yup - the 2.7
The car handles (corners) very well for a large car. There's tons of room inside and in the trunk. The ride could be a little less bouncy - and OK - I do wish I had a larger engine (the acceleration is only average until you get above 4000 rpm - then things really take off!)
I've driven numerous 3.5's and the torque is much higher. Besides that - I found some really good prices on treps of this vintage. some under 12K. I long-time friend of mine was a service mgr for a dodge dealer for many years (retired now) and has the same car. He said that this engine had a few growing pains (timing chain guides, tensioners) and some sludging. (perhaps above average heat in the engine compartment? only a guess - this was Toyota's problem recently) and a few failed water pumps. The water pump is inside the engine, as opposed to mounted outside - so seal leaks can cause problems. Anyway, I like the car very much so far - and it sounds like you would maintain your car well - (I highly recommend synthetic oil to reduce any chance of sludging. Mobil 1, Amsoil, Royal Purple, Redline, whatever) Chrysler keeps insisting that quality is improving. My 99 Jeep says otherwise (in the shop EVERY month for expensive problems) but my 2002 Liberty has never seen the dealer. and my local Dodge dealer's service dept is empty everytime I stop by.