1998 Dodge Intrepid Reviews - Page 17 of 23

1998 Dodge Intrepid Base 2.7 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.7 litre Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.4 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carMazda B2200

Summary:

Go in Debt and Get in Shape!!! (Walk to work Now!!)

Faults:

One day in and the passenger rear power window quits working. Dealer "at their own pace, "fixes" the problem..."

3 months in the Crank sensor goes bad. So the car won't start. Cost: $350 installed.

6 months in car develops a miss and sometimes won't restart when hot. I take car to several mechanics who in all charge about $500 to no avail.

12 months in and the car's check engine light comes on and begins to miss really bad. Dealer (Commonwealth Dodge KY) quotes $1000 to start fixing the problem... and then "it may still need some work." In other words they have no clue... Lead mechanic tells me that the Intrepid engines are the worst Dodge has ever made... That is saying a lot... remember the 80s?

General Comments:

Normally I wouldn't care. But Nobody deserves this abuse:

1. You will spend 1/4 to half what the car is worth in repairs in the 1st year alone.

2. You will have a car that is totally unreliable. This is foe AAA members only. The car will need to be towed about every 3 months to have a sensor replaced.

3. The resale value is most likely to be the lowest of any domestic vehicle.

4. If you're not a mechanic... you can't work on this car!!! Only what Dodge allows us to reach in the jungle of plastic, steel and wire harnesses.

On another note Dodge had or has a lawsuit presented that brings to light that many of the parts for this car are unavailable anywhere other that the Dodge dealerships...greed/stupidity=dodge.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

29th May 2007, 02:31

Totally agree on the review. Chrysler is being sold off now for the second time. Daimler is selling it for pocket change compared to what they bought it for after Chrysler has been spewing out crap cars for the last ten years. Chrysler is loosing money and market share. Except for their Dodge Ram series of cars no Chrysler/Dodge model is selling especially well. Nobody trusts Chrysler anymore after they put these cars on the road. Before Chrysler/Dodge couldn't make a transmission that lasted, now they can't make an engine *or* a transmission that lasts. Besides your engine blowing up there will be tons of other problems on your Chrysler product. LHS/New Yorker/300M/Intrepid/Concorde - it's the same problems all over the line.

1998 Dodge Intrepid ES V6 207 L from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 207 L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

High performance bargain

Faults:

I own a 1998 Dodge Intrepid since February 2002. All the work I have done is changing my starter with rebuilt @ Pep Boys.

Since then the car runs like a Swiss watch.

Have to point-out - Intrepid-s are very sensitive to a bad Gasoline - the engine starts hesitating even powers off in idle.

General Comments:

Hi, after I read all negative emails I decided to say something good about the Intrepid.

Very roomy coupe and trunk, very stable on turns, excellent pick-up, good gas mileage, very powerful, very good priced.

The best body stile for late 90-s/early 2000; The only 6 cylinder engine that has gas mileage of 4 cylinder, but power of 8 cylinder - better performance then most sports car of its class.

(Here is a good place to compare Dodge Intrepid with Ford Mustang) -

Dodge Intrepid Ford Mustang

V6 2.7L V8 4.8L

200HP 190HP.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th January, 2004

19th Feb 2005, 23:10

You are 100% RIGHT... I have a 1998 Intrepid and have had a few problems here and there, but what an awesome car... I had a Jaguar before and the Intrepid had far less problems. Currenly I have 281 000 Kms on my Dodge. The trick is mixing gas and regular oil changes. My problems were with the drivers and passengers window as well as the brakes, but that is because of the amount of driving I do.

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 86 reviews