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Hello everyone,

I just found this site and thought it looked wonderful. I am currently looking at perhaps picking up a 2002 dodge intrepid, used with about 17,000 miles on it.

Anyone have, have had experiences with, or stories about this particular vehical. I have owned a number of dodge's before, all trucks or vans, never had a car, but it looks really sharp, seems decent, but i figured the best experience is from real world experience, and that seems like something many people have here!:)


Thanks for any information!
 

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What size engine is in it? Is it the 2.7, 3.2, or 3.5? Some people have had problems with the 2.7 in regards to sludge formation. But not everyone.... Try using the search button, you'll find lots of information on pretty much anything you want to know.
 

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it is the 2.7, and have read a bit about some of the problems that some say they have. I'm not sure though if those problems are true car problems or due to people being abusive to their cars...
 

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Uh, Oh...... look out for a barrage of engine opinions!
Beyond that, I just picked up a used 2002 Intrep with 17K miles. yup - the 2.7
The car handles (corners) very well for a large car. There's tons of room inside and in the trunk. The ride could be a little less bouncy - and OK - I do wish I had a larger engine (the acceleration is only average until you get above 4000 rpm - then things really take off!)
I've driven numerous 3.5's and the torque is much higher. Besides that - I found some really good prices on treps of this vintage. some under 12K. I long-time friend of mine was a service mgr for a dodge dealer for many years (retired now) and has the same car. He said that this engine had a few growing pains (timing chain guides, tensioners) and some sludging. (perhaps above average heat in the engine compartment? only a guess - this was Toyota's problem recently) and a few failed water pumps. The water pump is inside the engine, as opposed to mounted outside - so seal leaks can cause problems. Anyway, I like the car very much so far - and it sounds like you would maintain your car well - (I highly recommend synthetic oil to reduce any chance of sludging. Mobil 1, Amsoil, Royal Purple, Redline, whatever) Chrysler keeps insisting that quality is improving. My 99 Jeep says otherwise (in the shop EVERY month for expensive problems) but my 2002 Liberty has never seen the dealer. and my local Dodge dealer's service dept is empty everytime I stop by.
 

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YES if you are looking at a 2002.......the SE's come with the 2.7 (not recommended), but the ES' (and SXT's), and the R/T's come with the 3.5.

I recommend to anyone looking for an Intrepid to DEFINETLY go for a used 2002 ES or R/T. Lots and lots of power and lots of standard equipment and a GREAT deal due to depreciation.
 

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So, basically, if you do the preventative work, and don't mind not having fantastic pickup right away (and that'd be me, I'm a get me there, doesn't have to be fast kinda guy), the 2.7l isn't a bad bet.

It looks like the 3.5 would be better, but there is only one trustworthy (that i trust anyway) dodge dealer in the area, and they have not 3.5's.

Always looking for more information though...
 

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according to Consumer guide and some other magazines, the 2000 and up 2.7's have/had less problems than the "98 & "99 models. So far my 2.7 has been good (46k+). Right now i am using Valvoline Durablend half synthetic oil. I drove 4000+ miles in week (3 weeks ago) from Texas to NY and back. Never ran hot or had a problem. The seats were great....back wasn't sore or anything.....As far as power, it's not as fast as an R/T, but it still has good power, gets 28+ mpg on the highway and runs on 87 octane...
 

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That mpg number is great, although anything is to me i guess, i'm currently getting 8mpg!

It seems like the key is the synthetic/ half synthetic oil treatment.
 

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cobra65 said:
Right now i am using Valvoline Durablend half synthetic oil.
I read in either C&D or MT a while back that tests showed half-synthetic oils to be no better than regular oil, just more expensive. They said it was either all or nothing as far as the extra protection is concerned.
 

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I read in either C&D or MT a while back that tests showed half-synthetic oils to be no better than regular oil, just more expensive. They said it was either all or nothing as far as the extra protection is concerned.
I've heard the same thing...Synthetic does nothing for the engine that the regular oils do.
 

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I've been using Amsoil synthetic for 3 years and with 800 miles to 100K I can highly recommend it, as do some friends who use it in their cars and planes(look out FAA;-)).
If only 5% of the 2.7 motors are junk that still leaves 95% good, plus, if it goes you can always swap in a 3.5 liter!
 

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As far as power, it's not as fast as an R/T, but it still has good power, gets 28+ mpg on the highway
My Regal GS will be faster than the R/T, have power, and get 30+ on the highway. :)
 

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... a BUICK??? Keith you are WAY too young to drive a Buick. The rule is you have to be retired first. Oh and I agree with cereal on this one, half the style. But I digress...

jm1492, why don't you post the asking price and the guys on here can tell you if it's a good deal or not. :)
 

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00ChryslerIntrepid said:


... and have half the style of the Intrepid. :)

Subjective statement, I know.
More like 1/4 of the style, what a sleeper. I wouldn't think twice looking at a boring ass Buick that pulled up beside me unless it was a Grand National.
 
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