Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Nova Scotia Canada
3.5L 42LE Transmission
I have a 3.5L 2003 Intrepid and unfortunately the transmission is in the process of dying on me. I found someone local selling a couple of transmissions a 2000 with 100k miles on it and another, off a '99 car he drove for 18 months with 135k miles on it.
The Hayes manual says all Intrepid transmissions are the same, but I'm told the attaching positions are different on 2.7, 3.2 and 3.5 Intrepids and I've seen a link on the internet saying
"Because the superior torque output of the 3.5-liter engine on LH was beyond the 4ITE’s design parameters, a stronger final drive unit was required. This was probably very good for the LH's reputation.
“We put a lot of effort into that,” recalled Howard B. Padgham, powertrain engineer, who also noted that the 42LE’s significant center-section component detail refinements were designed to cope with the added torque, including upgraded clutch packs and barreled axle shafts. The solenoid pack for the 42LE also is integrated into the transaxle for quieter operation.
In the final drive unit, a hypoid ring and pinion gear set delivers drive to the differential and from there to the drive axles, Precise adjustment of the hypoid gears to assure quiet operation is automated."
Does anyone know what the situation is here? Currently I'm driving with 3 gears in a dying car and on balance I'd rather fit a 2.7 transmission and take it easy with my right foot than have a dead car if that isn't completely impossible or just a stupid idea.. Also, there aren't so many 3.5's around so I might have a long wait in finding one. I'm in NS in Canada