I've been a member here for 6 years right after the universe tricked me into buying our double-ott Intrepid. I say tricked because we needed to pick us up a reliable second car, after our Saab 900 got totalled in a broadside, I usually gather up as much cash as I am willing to pay, then search the papers, on-line adds, e-bay etc. Then do a little research on the cars and then go shopping. We did all that then went out on a Saturday to get our new ride. At the end of the day we came up empty and was ready to try again later when the dealer we were talking to told us that a pretty decent looking Intrepid just came in on trade and we could take it home for a $1000. We jumped on it like a starving teen on a BigMac. The being tricked part is as soon as I got home I researched that car and its infamous 2.7 liter sludgmaster and I was sure I got punked. After talking it over we decided to take our chance on it since it was only a $1000 investment. That's when I joined this group. First thing I learned was to watch the water level like a hawk and as soon as it starts to disappear it's time for the water pump replacement. On this car it didn't go out by leaking but the shaft broke and it got jammed up and in the timing chain and seized the engine. I thought it was toast. After tearing it down I saw it didn't do any damage but I could see that it had a sludge problem in the past. You could see where somebody had a scrape fest with a screwdriver. Pulling the oil pan I found more slop In the bearings than I was comfortable with. We decided that we liked the car enough that we would get it back into shape. I bought a factory rebuilt 2.7 that addressed many of the problems that plagued this powerplant, and had the transaxle rebuilt. All the other little glitches I could rectify easily enough and found all the information I needed on this site. Every time I work on it I am impressed with the way this car was built. I have no idea why the Chrysler engineers would shoot themselves in the foot by not testing this platform more throughly and fixing the problems to start with. Why would they say to change oil in 7,000 mile intervals instead of 3,000? Why didn't they make it clear it needed a water pump replacement at 70,000 miles? Other car makers recommend a timing belt and water pump swap at that mileage. And why on earth would they offer it as a police interceptor? Instead of the LH platform being a renowned success it is famous for being Chrysler's biggest mistake. Back to the question of if saving one of these cars being worth the trouble. I say hell yes. We love our Trep and are impressed with the way its built. It runs and rides like new. With almost 200,000 miles on the clock there are no rattles or squeaks, and all the doors close smoothly and quietly. We love the style of these cars, we are in the process of repainting it and are looking for some rear window louvers for it. I know a lot of people don't like louvers and say they have no purpose but I grew up in the '70s and liked all the cars that had factory installed shades, and considering the horizontal attitude of this big back window and all the black trim I think it would look awesome and they really do help keep the car cooler when the sun is beating down. Anyway if anybody is new here that has an old Intrepid and is wondering if it's worth the effort, in my opinion, if you are diligent about maintenance and have some mechanical ability, I say whole heartedly that it's worth it and would thank you for helping keep one of these cars on the road. Oh... and thank you Universe for making sure we saved a great car from the junkyard.