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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
-front pads
-re-flashed pcm
-new belt
-oil change

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 pics:




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


Present Mods:
-300m Special Rear Sway
-RBB deck and 4 disc changer
-Removed Fog Reflectors
-Yellow fog lamp Bulbs with yellow LaminX
-Winter Wiper Blades
-Autodim Mirror
-300M leather center console lid
Future Mods:
-2000 300M Engine and ECM
-Chrome door handles and switches
-Chrome shifter
-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
-Dual exhaust
-RB(whichever is newest)---Update: Bought RBB and 4 Disc changer on 12-8-08
-Window tint
-Window Visors
-HIDs
-New (Champagne Pearl Coat) paint job
-Ugraded sound system (would like to keep it all infinity)
-New weatherstripping
-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
 

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Nice car. Mine also is a phoenix Intrepid, my mom got into 2 different accidents (both not her fault) before I got it. lol
 

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Thanks for your feedback guys. Just wanted to update with a few pics taken today:

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!:

 

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NEVER use Armor All. The punishment for its usage is constant flaming until your no more than a little burned piece of ash.

Seriously though, from what I have heard is that it removes a protectant that the factory puts into the plastic and replaces it with its own. If you use a different brand now, the protectant is no longer there, and eventually the plastic will fade. I honestly doubt that it matters on an intake plenum or even if using once would do it. But using it on your dashboard or on other interior parts is a different story. Basically, if your going to use Armor All, that's all you should ever use.
 

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Nice car. That is one big to do list lol Good luck with it all. If you have any problems with any of them I'm sure you will find the help you need on this site. And to note above with megatrep put that armor all down and step away from the can lol.
 

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Lol so I guess now would be a good time to tell you that 2 weeks ago I used a whole bottle of Armorall Wipes on EVERY piece of plastic in my interior, and today I sprayed the tire shine on my intake plenum and a couple other pieces in my engine bay?!?!?!?! :banghead:
 

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Don't scare me now! Do you think I screwed up any finishes? And what do you guys recommend for detailing now?
It all depends on how long you've used it for, if you've been using it for years, then just stick with it, but if you've only used it once or twice, you can still switch to something else.

Looking good though, eiher way!
 

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Nice car..it looks really clean for a 1998.
It all depends on how long you've used it for, if you've been using it for years, then just stick with it, but if you've only used it once or twice, you can still switch to something else.

Looking good though, eiher way!
Thanks guys
 

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Hey those fogs look pretty nice and goes good with the color of your trep too..... Car looks great considering what it has been through..... Keep up the good work on it..
Thanks man. I really appreciate it! By the way, your car is beautiful!
 

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I got my Spyders today!!!! I must say they did something really right when they made these lights!!!

Here are a few pics... I LOVE THEM!



I wired the eyebrows to be on with the parking lights. They dont blink.






Some output shots... I was at about 30 feet away from the wall when I took these... And it was after about AN HOUR AND A HALF of aiming! (taken with a camera phone)... The volkswagen in the second pic is to give reference as to how high the cutoff is from about 30ft...


 
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