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Hi guys! Got a first generation Intrepid - 1995 - from my 94 year old grandmother that bought it new. This car hasn't been driven in quite a while and the family decided since I am the "car guy" I would appreciate this car the most. Had 37,878 miles on it when I picked it up Saturday. Drove it home yesterday from FL to NC and, for a car that hasn't seen the highway in several years, it was a champ and got us home
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I will get some more pics when I get it cleaned up. I will probably have a build thread in the first gen section so I can document the little things I will do to it.
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She ain't even broke in yet
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Take it easy on the speed till you check out those inner tie rod bushings. I'd bet they are dry rotted to hell considering with that insanely low mileage that they would definitely be the originals.
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Take it easy on the speed till you check out those inner tie rod bushings. I'd bet they are dry rotted to hell considering with that insanely low mileage that they would definitely be the originals.
Actually, before we left Orlando we had new inner tie rod bushings and the steering rack mounting bushings installed, as well as new tires in the front and an oil change. Everything else looked good to go. She always had it serviced twice a year, even if no one had driven it in that time. Getting those things done was actually a fiasco, but my Aunt had said before I picked it up that it "pulls a little to the left" and when I pulled onto the road the first time I was like "that's not a little" So I took it to Tire Kingdom and dropped a few bucks on her before we left on Sunday.
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Nice looking car....I have one that color...really like it.

If I were you I'd change the coolant, brake and trans fluids. By the looks of it I would guess its a 3.5L, if the timing belt has never been done it needs to be based on its age alone. These are non-interference motors so it won't be destroyed of the belt breaks but it will leave you stranded. FWIW the water pump is changed at the same time because of its location. Its not a bad job, I've done it maybe 8 times now.

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Nice looking car....I have one that color...really like it.

If I were you I'd change the coolant, brake and trans fluids. By the looks of it I would guess its a 3.5L, if the timing belt has never been done it needs to be based on its age alone. These are non-interference motors so it won't be destroyed of the belt breaks but it will leave you stranded. FWIW the water pump is changed at the same time because of its location. Its not a bad job, I've done it maybe 8 times now.
It is a 3.3 actually. I don't know if that makes a difference. The other items are probably a good idea to check out. I know the trans fluid has been done at least once due to age. I don't know about the coolant and I would agree that it is unlikely the brake fluid has been done. There is a pulse in the pedal also that indicates a warped rotor so I will probably flush the lines and put all new brakes on it this summer.
Now that I have it home I will be going over it thoroughly to get it driver ready. It is an extra car for me, so I intend to take my time getting it really nice. The good thing is it has been in the garage its entire life, so it is in overall good shape. Most cars from FL of this age are ruined due to the heat.
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There is a pulse in the pedal also that indicates a warped rotor so I will probably flush the lines and put all new brakes on it this summer.
I wouldn't say that it is limited to being a warped rotor. Due to the age and low mileage I would say that it could possibly be a bad wheel bearing that is allowing the rotor to wobble. Jack up each wheel one at a time and try to move it up and down and side to side to see if there is a noticeable amount of movement.
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you should do a tour video/review video of it and put it up on youtube. i have never seen a video of a low mileage clean intrepid.
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It is a 3.3 actually. I don't know if that makes a difference. The other items are probably a good idea to check out. I know the trans fluid has been done at least once due to age. I don't know about the coolant and I would agree that it is unlikely the brake fluid has been done. There is a pulse in the pedal also that indicates a warped rotor so I will probably flush the lines and put all new brakes on it this summer.
Now that I have it home I will be going over it thoroughly to get it driver ready. It is an extra car for me, so I intend to take my time getting it really nice. The good thing is it has been in the garage its entire life, so it is in overall good shape. Most cars from FL of this age are ruined due to the heat.
3.3L is chain driven so no belt to change. You are good to go. A pulse is usually a warped rotor. Flushing the lines is simple, just gravity bleed them until they run clear. Florida is rough on cars for sure, my dad spends winter down there and the car he leaves there is baked.
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you should do a tour video/review video of it and put it up on youtube. i have never seen a video of a low mileage clean intrepid.
Never did a video before, but I am sure I can figure it out. I'll see what I can do. If I can get some clean up on it this weekend I will do some pics and whatnot. Got a side job installing tile in a couple of bathrooms Saturday so assuming my wife doesn't have a long list of "honey-do's" I can get started on the Trep. Plan is to thoroughly wash, polish, and wax it. Then start detailing the inside. It is clean, but it isn't CLEAN. The outside has pretty much been run through a car wash every once in a while and spot cleaned with (wait for it) Windex. Fortunately the always garaged status has protected it. My garage is full of boat, so I am going to be putting a carport up in the backyard and probably shopping for a car cover. Got a few plans to do to keep it original looking but add a few "upgrades" to make it more pleasant to drive on trips to the mountains and such. I'll keep everyone updated with a build thread.
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