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I know, I know, these are all pics I’ve posted before, but I realized that my old signature thread didn’t have all my latest changes, so here’s a new one.

This is the evolution of the Intrepid. I purchased it on June 20, 2005, after test driving several Cadillac Seville’s and finding that the Intrepid was a lot more fun to drive, and the price was right. So by each stage I also have a running total.

Purchased for $7,000.00, (Maybe more then I should’ve but it’s been worth it to me.)

The first thing I did was install an XM receiver and a flip down TV headunit

Running Total: $7,500.00





A week after I bought it I took it on a trip from northwestern Montana to the Grand Canyon, to Vegas, to Death Valley, to Phoenix and then back. Even coming out of Death Valley when it was 112 degrees out the AC was blowing cold, keeping it a comfortable roughly 72 degrees inside, and the engine temps never climbed past the halfway mark (One heck of a newly purchased car shakedown in my opinion)

As soon as I got back from that trip I installed a top of the line ScyTek alarm, keyless entry, and remote start system

Running Total: $8,250.00

About a month later I decided it was time to tint it…way too dark (but it looks good).

Running Total: $8,500.00



After this I decided to upgrade the alarm system a little more with a microwave sensor, and remote window operation as well as having the performance shop do the fog lamp relay to take some of the stress off the switch

Running Total: $8,650.00



Since little time can pass without me doing something to it the next thing I did was replace the fog lamps with high output 100w units, high output headlights, and had the performance shop relay in the high/low beam relay to allow the low beam element to stay on when you turned on the high beams

Running Total: $8,800.00



I then purchased a 12in K&N setup, had an exhaust tube bent to replace the accordion tube, and fabricated a heat-shield.

Running Total: $8,900.00

(I took the heat shield out during the winter, which is also why it’s such a mess under the hood)


Then I made a great find of an Eagle TSI in a junkyard. I purchased all the components to do the AutoStick swap, ATC, OTIS and pulled its PCM that had no governor

Running Total: $9,050.00



It was right about this time that the car was broken into, and the XM receiver and the headunit were stolen, so I purchased another receiver and a 1.5 din stock 1g CD/tape/radio unit.

Running Total: $9,150.00








Next after a little bit of looking I got a great deal on 300M Special wheels.











Running Total: $9,600.00

I then had the taste for 1g parts, so I got a great deal on charcoal grey seats from a 2001 concord. As well as a leather center console cover.

Running Total: $9,900.00





Then I found some great back seats from the same make and model…deferent car though

Running Total: $10,150.00



And I’ve also purchased ES trim for it, which will be painted black when I paint the rest of the car in July.

Running Total: $10,250.00…ouch, but it could’ve been worse…











This has of course just been a list and total of upgrades I’ve done, and not including general maintenance things like ceramic brake pads all around, oil changes every 2500 – 3000 miles with synthetic Lucas and high mileage synthetic Valvoline for the past over 50,000 miles I’ve put in it, a rack and inner tie rod bushing change, lower intake manifold replacement (it cracked when I was replacing the lower intake gasket), and a few smaller things like a brake pedal switch replacement.







For the future I’m planning on putting some sound deadening material around the cabin, black carpet, dying the headliner and rear deck, some sort of upgraded audio system with navigation, Zex wet kit, and I have it scheduled to be repainted July. And of course the list of upcoming will probably never get shorter even as I complete them, because there always seems to be something more I want to do with it. Nearly 2 years ago when I purchased the car I never would’ve expected to have become this much of a nut about it. I blame this website!



…But it’s been worth it
 

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Thanks for the thumbs up. There aren’t actually 1g hid kits available…yet. The reason I say yet is because I’m actually working with “hot rod guy” to make hid lights that can be sold here…and we’re almost there. I forgot to mention them on the list of future modifications, but they’re in the works too.
 

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One of my favorite car here man. Keep up the good work :bigok:
 

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One of my favorite first gens. I love those wheels. Great work.
 

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I blame this website!
Dont we all!

Your car is looking pretty darn good man! Being "the other black 1st gen" around here I should probably get to work on my car. Being a poor college kid sucks.
 

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Thanks guys. If you think it looks good now though, wait until I get a fresh coat of paint on it. I know it’s an old debate of “why treat a 4 door sedan as more then a people mover”. But I think if you have something that can get an average of 21mpg with a lot of in town driving and…enthusiastic driving…, have enough back leg room to make even you 6’+ tall friends comfortable, be fun to whip down a twisty road, have more then enough power to make easy work of passing just about anything, and look good while doing all of these things, you really have something. This is why I’ve never have felt foolish doing the work I’ve done and will do on it.
 

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Thanks guys. Even though the winters are very cold, and I’m not a huge fan of that, every once in a while I does strike me how nice it is around here.
The thought of putting the pics together to show what I've done with the trep has been rattling around my head for a while, I just finally got a chance to do it…and marvel at what I’ve actually spent on it. And of course like any car person infected with the bug they caught from this website, that list is only going to get longer.
 

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how dark is your tint... it looks like its about 5% ish.. maybe 10% cause I can still kind of see in... lol... but that actually looks really nice...
 

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I can never remember exactly what level of darkness the tint is, but I want to say it was 10%. I’d say I’d look at the receipt to see what it is, but of course the shop didn’t give me one since they’re not supposed to let me go that dark in the front.

I still have to get some shots of the rear leather seat installed with the flip down armrest/storage compartment/cup holder. The difference is like night and day from the base model cloth seats it had before in the back as well. Then once I have black carpet installed I’ll be pretty much done with the interior…other then maybe a DVD entertainment setup sometime in the future.
 

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car looks great. especially like the mountains in the background is your car a dark purple? mine is and i havent seen anyone else with the color but yours looks like it might be. is there anywhere to get the 300M specials or do I hope for someone random to be selling them? what size are they? I am assuming they fit a 97 intrepid just fine? thanks
 

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Actually mine is just a high gloss black, not purple. I don’t see many of either black or dark purple 1gs so I don’t know if they just made more lighter colored Intrepids to fill the lots, or if people just didn’t want darker colors because they’re harder to keep looking clean.
The 300M special wheels are 18s and if you run 245 45r18 rubber on them they will be almost the exact same diameter as the stock 16s that came on first generation Intrepids and there will be no clearance issues. There are no specific places to buy the M wheels, so you just have to keep your eyes open here and on eBay, and maybe put a “want to buy” thread in the buy/sell/trade section and you should be able to find a set relatively easily.
 
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