Thanks for your input. I am looking for 4 door sedan that will be used mostly for highway driving, I have about a 40 mile commute every day. Want something that will run good up into the 100,000 mile range. Thanks.
ford Had been known to have head gasget problems around the 60-100K mile mark. Something like that is gonna get ya no matter what you do. (drive easy/reg maint) The Intrepids have a weak transmission, but problems with that can be avoided by regular Trans Fluid changes and making sure you have a good-sized tranny cooler on there. So for major maintenence problems, they are each a horse a piece.
I personally like the intrepids. They are good performers, ride better on the hiway, and look sharp as hell.
When I took this stinkin job that I am in now, I was offered the choice between a car allowment, or a company vehicle, so I hit the dealerships and test drove 3 vehicles. A 2001 Taurus, a 2001 Impala and a 2000 Concorde.
After driving the Taurus, I was glad to get back in my Intrepid, even though it was 6 years old. I found the Taurus less comfortable, and a lot less powerful.
I was impressed by the Impala, it had plenty of power, and was very comfortable, but was ugly as sin.
The Concorde was just nice all round.
In the end I decided to get the company vehicle, and was given a 2001 GMC Sierra.
(knock on wood)... i didn't know that. Ford did something good for a change? Well, hope this lasts, maybe they will bring back the cougar as a full sized car in a couple years other than the compact little piece of s**t it is now. (I know, that's mercury, but same thing)
Do you have family or anything large to transport? You can't fit much into a Taurus/Sable. We looked at the 2000 sable and the 2000 Intrepid. The Sable was nice, but had no room in it whatsoever, so we got the Intrepid. Its had its fair share of problems, but for size and comfort it's great.
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Sorry not offend no one. but hey bro instead of the sable and the intrepid i would choose the intrepid. but why dont you also look at the new nissan altimas 3.5L v6 240hp really quick good gas millage its a awsome car for maybe 1 grand more check it out.
OK.. That's it.. who the hell is gonna be stupid enough & go out & buy the UGLY for (1) Nissan (or Piss On) Altima?? OR ANY FOREIGN CAR from there? If your stupid to go out & go buy a "Jap Crap" then u go ahead.. & you might as well.. go live in Japan or some similar country. WE ARE IN A RECESSION! BUY AMERICAN.. Even though Chrysler is not 100% US Parts, at least it's made in one of the countries (Canada) one that I have family from =) & (2) there good looking & quality cars! so.. yes.. to each is own on there preference.. but I feel that we should stick together in the US & BUY AMERICAN!!! & help our country!
Even though its part of a german company, chrysler still has many roots in the US. Headquarters, engine and car plants, misc offices and whatnot... All in the US or canada (or mexico). I agree, when you buy american, it helps maintain jobs for the people that work there, and this couldn't be a better time to try anything to help the economy. One interesting twist is acura. Although owned by honda, aren't they built in north america and considered a domestic car? Anyways, I am biased... I'd recommend the intrepid. I've been in a taurus though (the newest bodystyle) and it wasn't bad. I would pick ford over gm, but mopar over all of them. I think one huge deciding factor between the sable and intrepid would be styling. Next would be roominess. Both in favor of the intrepid.
Hi i owned a new Taurus for hour and half tell the wife totaled it. Nice car but no power,long and narrow feeling. Did not handle or ride as nice as my new R/T and a lot less room. It may have gotten better gas mpg didnt have it to long the wife took care of that problem good luck.
we had a 93 taurus with a 3.8 before the intrepid. it had problems from day one, you name it. electrical, new tranny, fuel pump, computers...i digress. i also had a rented 2000 sable when my truck was in the shop 2 years ago. it was a nice car, but smaller than a trep, not as good looking, nowhere near as much power (may not have had their biggest engine since it was a rental), but it had a nice sunroof and those cool adjustable pedals. anyway, the intrepid is a far better car, at least from my 2 experiences. i've also had the pleasure of driving a pair of 01 concordes, these are also very nice cars, much better than the taurus/sable in my opinion. hope this helps. good luck.
Price a simularly equiped Camry or Accord Vs an Intrepid Lately?
How about the Civic and Echo Vs the Neon, Escort or Cavalier..
The "Japanese" cars a generaly thousands more.
The country of production hardly matters anymore, to me its a companies philopshy. I hate Hondas and Toyotas becuse they are either butt-ugly or super boring, and arent designed they way I care for. On top of that they have a reputation for "reliablity" that is truly un-deserved.
I pretty much agree with wildcat,
Those "cheap japanese cars" seem to be more expensive.
I do kinda like the prelude, but thats a whole different class. [I'd probably take a stealth over it]
And about their reputation of "reliability"
... is there any car that you can say is truly reliable? Take almost any make and model, and someone has plenty of complaints about it. It ultimately comes down to how well the car is maintained.
100,000 miles shouldn't be a problem at all with a trep. I have a first year 2nd gen Intrepid ES (98) with 80 thousand on it & it still hauls. Never left me stranded, looks great, not the best off the line but on the highways it's the ultimate vehicle to be a nut on TV running from the cops. Ok until the cops get em, ah well. It really is an excellent highway cruiser. Be sure to get an extended warranty, have the dealer toss the Badyear tires and add a larger review mirror & you'll be fine for 100K.
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