1996 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5 from North America


I'd probably buy another


Fuel rail replaced under warranty, also AC evaporator replaced under warranty. Have replaced the steering box once, AC compressor once, various front end links a couple of times. Left front hub bearing replaced recently. Averages about 22.5 MPG in combined driving.

General Comments:

Very roomy cabin. Excellent handling for a large sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2008

1996 Dodge Intrepid 3.5L Base 3.5L Gasoline from North America


Amazing Car, DODGE did a GREAT JOB on this one!


The Bushings and Tie Rods had to be replaced when I bought the car. This is a 500 dollar fix if you have an expensive high quality shop do the work.

At 180,000 miles the Water Pump went out which was right on the money, according to when dodge had said. I replaced the water pump, timing belt, timing tensioner, etc. when the water pump broke.

General Comments:

This car is definitely one of the Greatest cars I have ever owned. I have had several cars and Dodge has definitely shown to have amazing quality rather than all of the problems that I have had with my fords. The Dodge Intrepid not only has been reliable, but has amazing performance and handles well. The car also has a lot of room which is nice. I would recommend this car to everyone I know.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2008

1996 Dodge Intrepid Base 3.5L 24v V6 from North America




My 1996 Dodge Intrepid was a rental car for roughly 7500 miles. It has the 3.5L 24v V6. I drove it 100 miles each direction to work for nearly six years.

I made regular oil changes and followed the maintenance guide in the owner's manual.

At 210,000 miles I had the transmission rebuilt.

At 311,000 miles the engine has developed a slight oil leak. I have not yet corrected the problem.

General Comments:

The vehicle now has over 312,000 miles on it. I am debated the repairs because:

I paid $16,500 for the vehicle.

I've put $2,200 in maintenance including the transmission rebuild.

$16,500 + $2,200 = $18,700.

Current mileage: 312,017 miles

Mileage when purchased: 7,500 miles.

312,017 - 7,500 = 304,517 miles that I've driven.

$18,700 divided by 304, 517 miles = 6.1 cents per mile driven.

The car was quick for a family sedan and hugs the road tighter than grandma hugs at christmas. Comfortable interior and for 6.1 cents per mile... the value can't be beat!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 19th November, 2007

1996 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.5L 24 valve from North America


The car's constant repairs ruin the fun of driving


My water pump and thermostat went at around 115000.

Timing and serpentine belt were replace with the water pump.

A hose went around 118300.

Engine started a whirling sound at 118800.

The ABS and Traction lights come on randomly and the car must be restarted to reset.

General Comments:

When the car is not in the shop it is great to drive, not very often.

It has a lot of leg room.

The engine is very powerful.

Once out of the shop, it is best to save gas by just turning around and heading back for its next repair.

The Sound system is amazing. (I have the Infinity sound)

The A/C blows ice cold almost immediately.

The car corner horribly and you cannot predict where or how it is going to slide.

The outside temp gage could be helpful if it didn't take 20 minutes before it would show the correct temp.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th September, 2007

1996 Dodge Intrepid base 3.5 from North America


Car eats motors!


Original Motor had thrown a rod at 100,000 miles with no warning.

The 2nd motor now knocks, but only at start up and at the light in gear. with 70, 000 miles on it, it's Serviced like it should be and everything else works and holds up fine.

I have been told the motor just needs a oil pump, or it's the bearing, or intake manifold is leaking. but no engine light comes on, and good mileage and performance!No overheating, no other issues!

Other than struts to be replaced, it's great. Can someone convince me or tell me what is wrong with this motor?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st September, 2006

23rd Sep 2006, 19:18

The 2.7 motors buildup sluge in the engines. This causes the motor to clog somehow. the 3.5 and 3.2 are stronger motors. My advice to you is to get rid of it.

3rd Mar 2007, 12:20

The original writer of this thread doesn't have the 2.7L engine. He clearly states that he has the 3.5L. On top of that, the first generation Intrepid was never offered with the 2.7L, but with a 3.3L pushrod 12valve V6 or the 3.5L DOHC 24valve V6.