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Question ES / RT Differences?

Looking to buy a 2002 - 2005 Intrepid ES (how come I can only find White ones? Would love a gray, even silver). Anyway, I understand that the RT /SXT is the performance model of the series, but the wife wants the comfort, etc. of the ES. My questions: Do ALL ES models come with the EVIC/OTIS option or is it only on select ones? Is the ES suspension the same as the SE? Will the black steel Police Intrepid rims fit an ES and where is a likely place to buy them (or, how much through a dealer)? THANKS. A soon to be Intrepid owner.
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The Intrepid was discontinued in 2005 and the last year for the R/T (NOT the same as an SXT) was 2002. The SXT is just an SE with the HO engine - virtually no luxuries and even ABS is extra.

In the 2002 model year the R/T had all the options and "comfort" of the ES and then some including the HO engine and Autostick. The only exception to that is a slightly rougher ride but you get a much better steering & suspension package (same as the 300M Performance Handling Package). As far as I know the ES is the same steering & suspension as the SE.

I'm not sure about the OTIS. It's standard on the '02 R/T and I assume the ES but I don't know for sure. No Intrepids came with an EVIC, however, if you want EVIC and get a 2002-04 Trep with OTIS then it's an easy swap - just change out the overhead unit. It took me ~10 minutes to do that - 1 screw, 2 snaps, 2 plugs and you're done.

The 16" Police rims should fit on any Trep. They occasionally pop up on eBay and they're not cheap. If you do a DI.Net search you can find the P/N for them and then check the Net for pricing.

Good luck in your search and don't be afraid to go beyond 50 miles to get your car. I got a great deal by buying a car 600 miles away and having it shipped to my door. Even with the $500 shipping costs I saved ~$1000 ...

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