1994 Dodge Intrepid LHDH41-1 3.3 Liter MPI from North America
The mechanical reliability has a lot to be desired
58,423 - the air conditioner compressor quit. Cost to replace $689.62. Used car review on the web indicated this is major repair and common with '95 Intrepid. They are right.
68,293 - transmission quit ($1,719) due to a poorly engineered seal according to A-1 transmission shop tech that was confirmed by research on the web and car magazines. Also confirmed by service bulletins. Used car review on the web indicated this is major repair and common with '95 Intrepid. They are right.
70,335 - recall to install lower control arm bracket. Manufacturer recall, no cost to me. Just inconvenience.
75,000 or thereabouts - paint began releasing from primer on both sides along the upper rear quarter panels. Started with small particles and has grown to circular spots of 3 to 4 inches.
Hood support rams for holding up hood for service had to be replaced.
80,000 or thereabouts - plastic wheel covers began to crack at the mounting points. Two wheel covers had to be replaced.
80,027 - replaced outer tie rod ends / alignment / front brake pads / resurfaced the front rotors for $308.16.
82,000 or thereabouts - left rear electric window motor quit.
Interior showing signs of rapid deterioration from common typical use of 2 people in their early fifties. Drink cup holders both will not stay in return position.
96,000 - transmission responding erratically again.
The reports from car reviews read before purchasing were dead on the mark. Reviews stated that transmission and air conditioner were high frequency and cost common to this model year.
Company cars obtained about every 2 years have been Taurus and Malibu's. Our previous Buick Lasabre, which we gave to our daughter upon graduating from college is running very efficiently at nearly 200,000 with some front end rebuilding repair.
Chrysler products have lost any confidence Chrysler may have made during Iacoca days with this vehicle.
I keep a running tab of cost per mile for vehicles. This Intrepid is the most costly vehicle per mile driven I have owned.
Give me my Buick back - Please!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th December, 2001
2nd Oct 2003, 00:07
Your report made me laugh through my tears, as I have had virtually the same problems with my 93 ES, right down to the " left rear window " failure. I'm still plugging along with this car (Oct 2003), with 150,000 miles. Last Daimler/Chrysler I'll ever own.
15th Jul 2004, 07:41
I own a 94 Intrepid ES. I bought it new, which was obviously a bad idea, but a 94 Intrepid bought today would be a great car for a teenager to buy and learn about auto mechanics. The resale value on these cars is amazingly cheap compared to a Honda, etc. so a teen can get a nice looking car at a low price. In addition, my local junk yard had lots of Intrepids. I made a trip there last weekend, spend three hours stripping various items, came back with a pickup load of parts, and only paid $75. Sure the A/C, steering, suspension, transmission, etc. are junk, and replacement parts from the dealer are expensive, but you can usually find a car in junk yard with something still good. Most of the ones there have had things replaced before being junked - you just have to search. Because I do all my own work, the local junk yard gives me a quantity discount. My last trip involved a condenser ($13), a tie-rod ($5), rear brake rotors ($2 each), A/C pressure sensor ($1 vs $100 at the dealer), 2 tires already on rims ($30) the replace the tires worn crooked, and a few other things. I got a compressor there last summer for $40 and they removed it from the vehicle and gave a one year warranty. If you want a good, reliable car an Intrepid isn't for you. But for future shade-tree mechanics owning one of these can be a great deal.