Pretty much as the title states...
I sold the 2001 Intrepid to a lube tech / apprentice at work last month so he would have something decent to drive to work instead of his POS Rustang. BTW, he says he's really developed a liking to the Intrepid and, though he thought he was only buying a winter beater, has since changed his mind about Dodge products.
Anyway, I have re-purchased my third silver Intrepid from the insurance company that totaled it in November. I sold it to one of the body guys who bought it for his girlfriend almost two years ago. Unfortunately, they hit an office chair in the road at 70mph. And despite the very few cracks in the front fascia, the chair ripped through the condenser and radiator and lower support with apparent ease. I saw it on the lot one afternoon and recognized it as the car I had previously owned. When asked Mike, (The body guy), what was up he told me he was almost certain the insurance company was going to total it. And a few days later, they did. I asked Mike about buying the car back from the ins. co. and he agreed that it would be OK since he is the helpful type. He didn't even want to make a buck. He let me buy it for the ins. co. salvage price.
So, here I am with a silver SXT again. To be honest about the damage, I was surprised the car was totaled but, considering the age of it and how much it actually costs to replace and paint a fascia these days, plus the costs of radiator and condenser + other unseen items I begin to get the picture.
It took a number of my spare parts to fix and a dozen or so pop rivets with backing material to piece the fascia back in shape, (Pics coming!)
Today, I drove it home and was really impressed as to how it felt to drive an Intrepid with the 3.5HO as opposed to the 2004 300m with the same engine and trans but, all that extra heavy feel when driving around town. I'm still trying to find enough time to do the engine swap in the Special and hopefully, it will be a driving experience somewhere between the two I already have.
I did say this was back to basics earlier so now I have to deal with getting time and parts to get the current Intrepid back up to my liking on options. I miss the EVIC that the 2001 had but, am not sure if I have to replace the headliner to add the feature. I know there is bound to be a number of wiring changes I'll have to make to add it but, need info as to the headliner alterations.
I also miss the auto-temp but, can deal with the manual unit until I change out the evaporator coil which is also leaking now. Anyone with links they favor would be appreciated as to converting this over when the dash is removed and the HVAC box is opened.
A few other mods will be coming along as well. I just replaced the tires from a stock set I had which were almost new so, the rubber is excellent for now and though Mike's girlfriend managed to add 30k to the car, the brakes don't show it. Neither does the rest of the body for that matter.
While out of my hands, they had the windows tinted even darker than I had it before. I hope the cods don't disapprove too much.
List of future mods + fixes:
Flat Black foldaway power mirrors (Already bought)
HVAC upgrade to auto-temp
EVIC add and wiring (Sunroof present)
Auto Headlights add (Not sure how much of this is pre-wired. No sun sensor present)
Auto Stick complete add
100 mph tape and rivet delete on front fascia.
Here she is before the accident:
Again, it doesn't really look all that different except for the wheels and tint but, those pics will have to wait until I take them tomorrow.