1993 Dodge Intrepid Reviews - Page 7 of 8

1993 Dodge Intrepid Base 3.3 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired82000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carMercury Tracer

Summary:

Don't overpay and it's great

Faults:

I bought the car knowing the air conditioning was shot.

I haven't bothered to spend the $1,000 to get it fixed.

The heater makes buzzing noises when it first comes on, but works great otherwise.

The car's interior is of very cheap quality.

I had to replace the drivers' seat fabric due to a tear.

The cigarette lighter fell off and now sits in my ash tray.

Both front cup holders on the car broke off.

My drivers' side window (manual roll-up) closes crookedly, leaving an open space between the edge of the door and the window.

I had to replace the original brake rotors which were terribly pitted and warped.

I replaced a tie-rod.

I installed a new battery after the old, factory-installed battery went out (normal wear and tear).

I also replaced the brake pads as part of normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

This car has a great engine and despite what I've heard from other Intrepid owners, the transmission has performed wonderfully as well.

My only complaint is, for a car of this size, it is slightly underpowered.

The 3.3 liter engine does however, have plenty of get-up-and-go for highway passing situations.

It is a bit of a gas guzzler, though.

This car is great on the highway, rides smooth, has plenty of room, an enormous trunk and very comfortable seats.

My car has been very dependable and well worth the low price I paid for it used.

If you don't overpay for this car and are willing to spend a little extra money fixing it up, this is a great sedan to own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2002

1993 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5 liter 24 valve from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.5 liter 24 valve Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance204000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Two thumbs up to the engineers on this one!!!

Faults:

I did indeed have a problem with the fuel line leaking.

As well as a tie rod breaking.

I also had to replace two ball joints.

I had to replace the crank sensor.

Although, every one of the afore mentioned issues occurred after 160'000 miles.

General Comments:

This is an outstanding vehicle.

It is tremendously stable in snow due to the front wheel drive, traction control, and anti-lock braking system.

It is a quick car rated at 215 horsepower and 230 ft-lbs of torque.

A very comfortable car.

A nice car to take on road trips.

The cabin is large and extremely user friendly. Per the overhead computer console, easy to read instrument panel, and power drivers seat.

The car still runs like new at 204'000 miles... Thanks Dodge!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th February, 2002

1993 Dodge Intrepid 3.3 L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.3 L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired25000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

Highly reliable and comfortable... last on race day

Faults:

Normal maintenence items for a car with almost 200,000 miles:

Front struts.

Brakes and rotors.

Front bearings.

Water pump.

Plus, of course all normal wear out items...tires, belts, hoses, etc.

2 recalls, one for the power front seat, and one to increase the strength of the front strut mounts.

General Comments:

I put lots of highway miles on this car. I still take it on long trips.

This is the older style body, so the headlights are awful.

What hasn't been replaced on this car has really surprised me. It has the original exhaust system, transmission and engine. No computer problems at all.

However, this car has also had all the suggested service at or before suggested mileage, including oil changes every 3,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2002

1993 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.5L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

If you buy this car, get the extended warranty

Faults:

Windshield leaked at 5k.

Transmission had to be rebuilt at 40k.

Transmission lines leaked at 45k miles ($350, not under the extended warranty).

Ignition switch at 70k.

Fuel tails had to be replaced (recall).

Front seat brackets replaced (recall).

Brake boost assist failed (70k).

Master cylinder failed (70k).

Transmission mount broke (75k).

I have had various blown fuses that take out the gauges and A/C controls. The dealership has not been able to identify.

Two days ago the car stalled at an intersection and won't re-start. I think it is the coil pack or computer.

General Comments:

This car has been a garage queen since it was new. I was fortunate to buy the extended warranty. Most of the repairs were covered under warranty, but with months of lost time while in the shop.

The car has great looks and performance, but I will definitely buy from a different company. I don't feel like I can trust Daimler/Chrysler again.

The dealerships have generally been less than helpful. Many of these problems they said were normal the first time or two that I had the car to the shop. Only after significant browbeating and repeated visits have they magically "found" several of the problems (leak, ignition, electrical). Each visit costs me several days without transportation and I think they hope I'll just give up.

I have been to approximately six different dealerships and have only had good luck with two.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd September, 2001

31st Aug 2004, 19:46

We have had some bad problems with our 93 Intrepid. My husband was in an accident, which we believe might have been the result of the gas pedal sticking. Worst of all, the car is having a major problem with stalling. We have been to every mechanic and no one has an answer. It just shuts off when driving, doesn't sputter, and the electrical stays on. We don't believe it is poor maintenance, since we are very diligent with keeping up the maintenance since my husband is able to do that stuff himself.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 30 reviews