Hey Peva ! Thanks for all your help - I got the subframe in extra and everything was running like a gem.Something to check - dependent on where the car has lived most of its life as far as corrosion: Brake lines - specifically in the engine compartment parallel to the driver's side fender (as well as power steering fluid lines in the same tray) and the two rear lines just ahead of the driver's side rear wheel. Also - the lines at the brake line manifold/ABS module under the PDC.
You need to look for serious corrosion pitting. Again, depending on the environment your car has lived in, this either will or will not be an issue. If heavily pitted, do not ignore it. Both my Concordes ruptured one of the rear lines towards their end of life. It's an exhilarating experience to initiate a panic stop and the pedal goes to the floor - happened on both my Concordes (also a hole rusted into one power steering metal line on one of my Concordes). If you see heavy pitting, you need to do a complete vehicle brake line replacement - semi-major project. If no or only slight pitting, consider yourself blessed.
Recently, my transmission/transaxle ended up with a crack in and a piece of aluminum fell off exposing its innards. It happened right near the drive axle shaft.
Remember, this 2001 Intrepid had the old 2.7 L engine swapped out for the 3.2L. I called a really helpful dealership and they told me the transmissions are separated by years: 1998 (stands alone)
1999 and 2000 are listed together)
2001 (stands alone)
He said bc the engine/parts/transaxle are so old -- there's info missing or has been deleted from the system - due to probably computer software upgrades.
Any, if you can come up with ? Any help would be great ! The guy at the dealership said those same named transaxle - might be similar in 95% of all aspects, but some could have a bolt or two more, or line could go to a different position in the transaxle.
I tried like dickens to find the VIN on the back side of the driver's side header and couldn't locate it. I'll take my lit mirror, flashlight and cloth and try to locate it again now. Wish the guy who swapped the engine would have had the forethought to record it.
Hope all is well with you and yours. Looking for to your expertise and any suggestions or help you can come up with.