1996 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L 24 Valve V6 from North America


When the car is in working condition, it purrs like a psychotic kitten.


I purchased a used 1996 Dodge Intrepid ES (w/ auto-stick & every other option.) @ about 70,000 miles. (is now 110,000) I purchased the car because it seemed to run extremely well and was a very comfortable, plush ride.

But behind the comfort of the leather interior and the infinity sound system, was a wretched car. Dealers try to hype up the decor of the car so much, so that the attention is taken off of the engine etc...

I never had a problem with it until I moved to Arizona. (*from Minnesota.) First, on a drive from Mexico to Phoenix... I lost 3 lug nuts off of the driver side tire. My mechanic (who owns the same car) said that this had happened to him before. The whole lug nut assembly had broken off, it hadn't just unscrewed...

Then, (within a month) my battery died. I noticed that if you listen closely to the glove box while the car is turned off, you can hear a little fan running. I have no idea what it is (I really have no serious knowledge of cars.).

Then (one week later) my transmission blew up. (well, it didn't blow up, but its having problems... I almost want to blow it up myself... Do you think my insurance would cover that?)

What happened was this... on a recent shopping trip with my Mother, after shifting out of park, the car became stuck in 2nd gear. I tried to auto-stick my way out of it, but the engine was not responding to my stick movements. Now when I start it up, it starts off in 2nd instead of 1st and will not shift up or down. On the few occasions that I could get it to shift into 4th gear (auto-stick skipped 3rd gear), when slowing to a stop, the engine would cut right into 2nd gear again and stick itself there. I will never own another computer driven auto-stick. This car has been a pain in my pocketbook. I can't sell it yet, because the amount of my loan is much higher than the costs of repair which is nice (the repairs for a BMW are much more expensive!!!).

General Comments:

If you are subject to a vehicle of this sort, please place the automobile into the netrual position, and slowly roll off of a nearby cliff.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th December, 2002

2nd Jan 2003, 10:41

The humming noise coming from your glove compartment is part of your climate control system, it is sucking in the cabin air so it can get an accurate reading of the cabin temperature. The little fan is actually right behind the dodge logo above your glove compartment. It does this whenever you open the door regardless of whether the car is on or off. The transmission is designed to stay in second gear in the event of a transmission malfunction. This feature allows you to drive the car to get serviced rather than paying for towing.

24th Feb 2003, 19:56

I also have a 1997 Intrepid with a 3.5L and Auto-Stick. My car has never had a single problem. You mentioned that the lug nuts just fell off. This is probably because they were over-tightened. Do you think it is a coincidence that your mechanic has the same problem with his car? After all, he tightened yours, too, didn't he? As for the transmission problem, this is a safety feature that they put in to allow you to get off the highway and get the transmission fixed. If you keep driving it like that, you deserve to have it blow up on you. I am an auto technician with 34 years experience on most American makes and models. I have owned Fords, GM, and Chrysler products and I can honestly say this has been the most trouble- free vehicle I have ever owned.

14th Nov 2005, 00:03

I have a 96 intrepid es and it is perfect it's my baby. Thay are good cars you just have to keep them kept up and take care of and it will be good to you.

1996 Dodge Intrepid from North America


Simply a horrible experience


Brakes and pads need replaced constantly.

Rotors replaced every year.

Computer went out at 102,000 miles.

Molding around doors and windows came unglued and hang down.

Bolts in doors come out, had to keep an allen wrench in the car to tighten every few weeks.

Interior lights came on and stayed on.

Constant fuse problems.

Transmission went out at 117,000.

Replaced battery three times in 4 years.

Had an oil leak when I got it and no one was ever able to give an explanation why.

General Comments:

Loud road noise, even when fairly new.

The complaints I have about this car are too numerous to list. I saw once that it was the fourth worst rated car on the road (years 1995-1998 models) This is easily the worst car I ever owned. I warn people about them all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2002