2001 Intrepid V6 3.5 Overheating Problem
I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid with a 3.5L engine that's overheating.
After I bought the car in August, I noticed that its A/C did not work, so I simply survived the rest of the summer heat by using the sun roof and rolling down my windows.
Come November, things got very cold here and I noticed that the heat did not work, either. Or at least, it only works sporadically. Don't think I've gotten it to work in at least a week.
Last week I was driving and I noticed that trying to run the heat (which still wasn't working) made the temperature gauge rise, so I stopped trying to run it.
Today the temperature gauge was rising in spite of not running the heat, and the engine overheated and broke down in the middle of the road.
Any suggestions as to what could be wrong? The car has other problems and I planned on getting rid of it once it broke down to the point of requiring a serious repair, so I have to be careful about what I put into it. The guy who helped get me out of the middle of the road seemed to know some things about cars, and he thought it was either the water pump or the thermostat.