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I'm in the market for a used car since my oh so wonderful (and very low-mileage) 11 year old Toyota is about to puke up all it's expensive internals, and since I absolutely love driving my dad's '95 3.5 Intrepid ES, I want one of my own, but I'm not sure which would be a better year to look for, the 3.5 or the newer 3.2 (no 3.3/2.7, I like power!). There's plenty of each on the lots near my house. Since I'm a poor college student it would probably be a choice between a 96/97 and a 98. I know a lot about the 1st gen cars, not so much about the 2nd. Just seeking comments about which you think would be the better vehicle in terms of reliablilty, performance, comfort, etc. Thanks! :)

-=Matt=-
 

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I've owned both a 3.5 1st Gen LH car (Concorde) and a 2nd Gen Intrepid. I like them both, so you'll have a hard decision ahead of you.

I have to say, I like the 2nd Gens better only because it seems like it is more comfortable and the ride is better (in my experience). Engine aside, it seems like they took the best points of the 1st Gen cars and took it one step further. I had a totally loaded 1st Gen (and I mean everything!!) and my 2nd Gen doesn't have nearly as many options, but I still like it better.

I'm also partial to the styling of the 2nd Gens (but I do wish they offered a two tone with the grey bottom like the 1st Gens...)

If I were you, I'd test drive both....they are both great cars.
 

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Yeah, let's not talk about resale...I couldn't get rid of my car if I wanted to!!!

Not that I want to! :)
 

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I won't get rid of mine either. Of course, the racing stripes destroyed any possible chance of trade-in value to a dealer.

Next year it becomes a pro-street car or bracket car for drag racing. Less than a year remaining as a daily driver... :(
 

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I've aleady decided when mine has lost all usefullness, it's becoming a 4 door (suicide rear doors) convertible a la the 60's Lincolns. I'll have to do some unibody strengthening, but it's gonna rule!
 

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Never seen a 4-door convertable, but I think the Intrepid might make a good one if it can be done :)

Sure will be expensive as hell, I bet ;)
 
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