Here is my story. My name is Matt and I am 19 years old and currently in college in upstate New York. This 1998 Intrepid ES used to be my dad's and he got it new for $30,000. I used to be in love with this car when it was his and he LOVED the car and the way it performed better than any car to this day that he has driven! He used to weave in and out of traffic (not recklessly) but easily and sportily and it was great to be in this car with him.
My dad used to unintentionally abuse the car however. He didnt keep up on maintenance as he should've and so this car has suffered. Actually it has been to the point of just sitting on the street in queens almost broke down.
This car has seen its share of a hard life too:
1. My dad was rear-ended on the brooklyn-Queens expressway by a chick in a honda accord going 40 and he was stopped. The accord got totalled and the trep got dented.
2.Also it has been broken into once (nothing was stolen they couldnt get the car started so they just fled, and left their flashlight lol)
3. Also a car was on fire behind it on the street one night and melted the "INTREPID" on the trunk and the taillights as well
4. While driving on Queens BLVD through a green light, we t-boned a DRUNK off duty prick police officer who ran a red light in a private car (my dad was pissed), and that collision ripped half of the front bumper off
None of these things were my dads fault and obviously were taken care of by the insurance company.
This last summer (August) I got the chance to take the car off my dad's hands. It was in such bad shape mechanically and I am going to school for autotech, that my dad said I could keep it and fix it up. So in August I:
-replaced the harmonic balancer
Lol I loved the car so much that I paid for the ABOVE repairs with a highly (By myself) modified 95 saturn sc2!!!!
STupid to give a car away, but its my trep and I didnt have the money! The saturn had eibachs, kybs, air intake, cloth to leather conversion, short shifter, tinted tails, clear corners, 20% windows, pioneer deck, pioneer 6.5"s, and my system. Also painted red lip around steelies. If I did more, I dont remember at the moment!
Since then I have replaced the radiator myself and need to replace my rotors/pads, and oil pan.........
Here she is:
How she sat infront of my dad's house:
Another shot a couple of days before I took the car (the saturn I "traded" for some of the work is the red one in front of the intrepid):
Woodgrain that came with the car:
Pics of me and my baby:
My car and the donated trep used to work on at my school (Also a fully loaded ES):
Put yellow h3s in the fogs and put yellow laminx on the fogs (Thanks Neurotic Dave):
Used Aromorall Extreme Tire Shine to clean up the intake plenum and various other black components in the engine bay:
New Pics of My Baby being clean!:
New Autodim Mirror: Added 11-3-08
New leather console lid from a 300M at the junkyard: Added 11-12-08
New RBB tape deck and 4 disc changer: Added 12-08-08
-300m Special Rear Sway
-RBB deck and 4 disc changer
-Removed Fog Reflectors
-Yellow fog lamp Bulbs with yellow LaminX
-Winter Wiper Blades
-300M leather center console lid
-2000 300M Engine and ECM
-Chrome door handles and switches
-300M (Preferably Special) chrome gauges
-Auto-dim Mirror ---Update: Mod completed 11/3/08
-Joe KD Champagne color intake
-Paint Calipers Champagne Pearl color
-300m Heated seats
-300m Special rotors
-RB(whichever is newest)---Update: Bought RBB and 4 Disc changer on 12-8-08
-New (Champagne Pearl Coat) paint job
-Ugraded sound system (would like to keep it all infinity)
-New outter tie rod ends
-New inner tie rod bushings---Update: Completed on 12-4-08
-New spring isolators
-New motor mounts
-New engine cradle bushings
-Sound proofing (after reading Dudley's writeup)
-Port & Polish Manifolds & maybe Heads?
-SE 3:89 Gears
......That's it for now