Well, after a year in the Jeep and the worst gas mileage a poor fella like me could handle, I may be coming back to the Intrepid.
I've been shopping used car values and I've found that the best bang for the buck is the Intrepid.
Did you know a 99 SE with 65,000 miles is only worth $5,500? But a 99 Civic with the same amount of miles is worth $7,400? That's a big difference from a large comfy car to an econobox.
Sure, the LH is going to get slightly worse mpg, but after coming from around an average of 15 mpg...ANYTHING is better. Granted, I probably never should have gotten rid of the original Intrepid....but I also didn't know my commute was going to get soooo much longer at the time. So, no regrets with the Jeep, she has been just as trouble free as my Intrepid was and introduced me to the great joy of going off the beaten path.
Soooo...to make a long story short, after going to the Queens softball meet and re-falling in love with the LH line, I've decided that the most likely choice is going to be another 2nd Gen Intrepid. The little lady LOVED them (she had never really seen one before up close) and really there isn't a better value out there.
The only problem is finding one that has been taken care of. There aren't many people who are as anal as I am when it comes to maintenance (ask Intrepidude! ;) ) So, I may skip over the 2.7L and pay the extra couple of bucks and get an ES with a 3.2, which has a little bit better reliability in the long run.
So, I may be showing up to the meets in an Intrepid again! Wish me luck!