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post #1 of 208 (permalink) Old 12-05-2011, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I've decided to make a thread for my car since I enjoy (and envy) everyone else's!

So, a little short history of my car, I bought my car November 20, 2009 for a mere $1,000 with 137,691 miles. I am the third proud owner of a beautiful 1997 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L V6 Sport. Besides a slight, but annoying oil leak and occassional squeaky belt during wet weather she has been a great and very dependable car. I haven't done a lot to my car but here we go. This is her when I bought her:


Luckily for me, my fiance works at his dad's body shop and he painted it! It took me a long, long time to finally decide on the color, but I knew I wanted something in the purple family. I went with midnight purple and I wanted a small metallic flake. The flake wasn't exactly what I wanted, it looks too show-carish but the car is beautiful needless to say! It's actually kind of funny that it came out like that, because my favorite perfume comes in a bottle that is dark purple with silver studs on it and it's called Midnight Fantasy. Since my car is painted midnight purple, I stole the name Midnight Fantasy.


It took me forever to finally decide on a nice set of wheels! I love the black wheels with chrome lips, but I didn't want to spend a fortune on them. I finally chose some 18" TSW Jarama wheels. A lot of people ask me if they're 20s, but they are in fact 18s. I think I they were a good price - a little under 1,000 after shipping; included wheels, tires, nitrogen fill, lug nuts with the locking lugs.


I have updated the stock radio with a cheap JVC cd player that I got at Wal-Mart. It's great because it has 30 different colors to choose from and they have a greenish/teal color that matches beautifully with the factory interior lights! I have replaced all of my speakers, I have Kickers in the front dash and Sony Xplods in the doors and rear. I also have two 10s that are Kenwood and a small little baby amp of 300 watts (I'm asking Santa for something with a *just* little bit more boom!). I'm not into the really loud stereos with heavy, heavy bass; but I do enjoy that "concert" feel with a nice deep base sound.


I have put in some nice, bright purple interior LEDs. I got them off of Amazon.com for $35 shipped. They are a lot of fun to play around with. I either keep them on steady or have them a flash that beats to the music. I don't do it while I'm driving because I don't want it to mess with any other drivers (health hazards; I don't want to be responsible for triggering someone's seizure - seriously). I also have the purple LED wiper nozzles. I know a lot of people think they're silly, but I can't help but love purple lights!



I just recently got a new set of clear headlights with some mounts for a little over $100 at 1aauto.com. I really want to say something about that website too. I had never heard of them, but I am glad I found them. They ship fast and they package things very well! Plus, they actually supply fantastic how-to videos! I was very impressed. Anyway, I am currently looking for a decent pair of clear fog lights but am in shock that they cost more than the headlights! Ha! Speaking of fog lights, I just installed (with some help from PappaSmurf) some beautiful 30000K purple HID lights. They are the Xentec brand, and I got them from eBay for $32.99 shipped. I haven't had them in long, but so far, no problems - even with the 1" of rain we have received today. I am asking Santa for a pair of 6000k for my headlights too! I have my turn signals, tail lights, back up light bar area, and trunk reflectors Nite Shaded. I am really happy with the look and that the reflectors still reflect!





*I want you all to know that I have SilverStar Ultra halogen headlights with my new clear lenses... and they still look yellow in comparison

So... there you have it. That is my car as of YET! Other than normal vehicle maintenance, that is all I have done to my baby. I'm really hoping to do much more, but my list of want to is bigger than my checking account. Whatcha think?

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Well, I'd have to say congratulations on your work so far. That is one badass looking 1st Gen Intrepid.
Keep up the good work and thanks for posting your pics!
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Thanks! I'm hoping to do more soon, but I'm running out of things I can do myself and things I will have to pay for and to pay for someone else to do! lol My transmission was starting to act funny and I was already prepared to have my dad's friend rebuild it - buuuuuuuuuuuut after talking to Ty and after he informed me about Valvoline's transmission fluid being incompatible with our cars, I am taking it to the dealer next Monday! Valvoline *was* the place I had taken my car to to be serviced, but not any more. I'm hoping the $159.99 (for filter, fluid, and labor) will be the fix to that problem - which means the money I would have spent for the rebuild can go towards the want list *fingers crossed*
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The Trep is looking really nice!!!!!!
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Looks really good. I'm jealous of the foglights, wish the Concordes came with 'em.
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Thanks!

94Beater - that really sucks about the fog lights! I am just so impressed with the difference that the new lights have made as far as night vision goes. I see better with them on than I do with the halogens on bright.
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Thanks! I'm hoping to do more soon, but I'm running out of things I can do myself and things I will have to pay for and to pay for someone else to do! lol My transmission was starting to act funny and I was already prepared to have my dad's friend rebuild it - buuuuuuuuuuuut after talking to Ty and after he informed me about Valvoline's transmission fluid being incompatible with our cars, I am taking it to the dealer next Monday! Valvoline *was* the place I had taken my car to to be serviced, but not any more. I'm hoping the $159.99 (for filter, fluid, and labor) will be the fix to that problem - which means the money I would have spent for the rebuild can go towards the want list *fingers crossed*
Hmmm thats interesting. Ive been running Valvoline's ATF+4 in mine with no problems for awhile now. Maybe they used regular ATF??
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Squilliam darlin', I have no idea! On the receipt, it did say MaxLife ATF. I don't think the people here at the local Danville, Kentucky Valvoline Instant Oil Change pay much attention to vehicle specifications. They have been running 5W30 oil in my car all year round saying it was recommended - even though the manual suggests otherwise. Also, about the transmission they said they weren't able to change my filter either. Again, this is a subject I don't know much about honestly.

It's funny though, I called the dealer right after talking to Ty about it and as soon as I told the guy at the dealership that I had gone to Valvoline, he let out a groan and said "oh no..." Another plus, it's cheaper to have it serviced at the dealer than Valvoline. lol
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I'm hoping the $159.99 (for filter, fluid, and labor) will be the fix to that problem -
Gulp! I thought the dealer was expensive (at less than half the above) when I get my oil changed and I only use full synthetic.
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Lol, well oil changes are less expensive than transmission fluid changes apparently. At Valvoline I was paying 75 for full service synthetic, no filter. I can't remember what they told me at the dealer, but I will check again. I go next Monday for the transmission service of $159.99
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Lol, well oil changes are less expensive than transmission fluid changes apparently. At Valvoline I was paying 75 for full service synthetic, no filter. I can't remember what they told me at the dealer, but I will check again. I go next Monday for the transmission service of $159.99
Whew, that explains it
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