1998 Dodge Intrepid Base 2.7 from North America
This car is scary to drive. There is always something wrong
The timing chain snapped, ripping the pulley off the front of my engine block resulting in a $800 repair. I am having constant intermittent electrical problems: interior lights flickering, oil light coming on when oil is in the car at low speeds, the rear windows will not move, the right channel F/R of my stereo is inoperable, the timed dim headlights now aren't working. Now the car is pulling to the right when at high speeds.
I am so scared to drive this car after seeing this website. One of my friends thought that perhaps all the electrical problems were a result of a bad connection to my battery, but now I see that this is the way with an Intrepid. I was so proud to by this car (having "upgraded" from an Escort). Now I'm waiting for all hell to break loose. I am living in fear when I drive because some new problem always appears. I have only had this car for a year. I bought it used with very low miles and got a great deal. Now I know why! I, like most others on this site, still owe about $5000 on the car. My job is 45 minutes away from where I live and cannot afford a new vehicle. All of the consumer sites rave about the electrical system in the Intrepid. Why? Are those simply paid advertisements by the company? What can I do short of selling the car to fix some of these issues? And what won't cost me thousands of dollars? Chrysler needs to do something about this immediately! If my car breaks down I'll lose my job and my apartment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th October, 2003
22nd Jul 2007, 16:36
Your timing chain should be replaced at 60000 miles on any vehicle, so it's really no surprise it snapped. You might want to keep up on your regular maintenance a little better to avoid issuses like this in the future.
23rd Feb 2012, 23:45
"This car is scary to drive".
Funny you say that, my cousin's 1998 Dodge Intrepid caught on fire and blew up at 100k miles.