1998 Dodge Intrepid Reviews - Page 6 of 23

1998 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance102100 miles

Summary:

I think the car is OK... would I buy one again? is that a trick question?

Faults:

Nothing major... only problem I'm having now is that 4 days ago I got a flat tire and then the next day my check engine light came on. I took it to a shop and they had me plug that scanner thingy up to my car and it pulled a report that says"Catalyst Efficency below threshold.. no faults detected" What does this mean??? All the guys could tell me at the shop was that there is nothing wrong!!! So why is my check engine light still on??? Other than this.. which has happened twice in one year I have no problems with my car... I have driven from Texas to Florida... from Miami to Jacksonville many times and she is still OK!

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

Review Date: 29th May, 2007

30th May 2007, 11:12

Your catalyic converter is going out, very common problem on intrepids.

1998 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.7 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

Best car I ever owned

Faults:

Oil pressure sensor started to have issues at 181,000.

Transmission speed sensor replaced at 125,000.

Burns oil, nothing serious, 1.5qts per 3000 miles.

General Comments:

Great car, I don't understand why everyone hates the 2.7. Changes oil and maintained religiously, just keeps going. As of today I am trading in the car, although I could probably get another 50k out of it if I wasn't buying a new car. I put over 100k on the car over three years in Wisconsin, it held up beautifully and drove great in the snow and ice. Cabin is comfortable for a tall guy, can haul up to 8ft lengths of lumber in the cabin. Just a phenomenal car from a guy who blows cars up within 50k as a rule. Mileage was about 26-27 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2007

1998 Dodge Intrepid 6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6 Automatic
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance84000 miles
Previous carChrysler Charger

Summary:

Look at another model besides these

Faults:

Here is some semi-valuable advice for y'all!

Believe it or not, there really is a solution for the sludge problem. Costs more as it may, nonetheless I use 10W 30 synthetic oil in all of my cars and advise all car concerned customers to do so. Never use semi synthetic or even high grade conventional.

The first time that I changed my oil to synthetic, you cannot imagine how fast the oil went dark from conventional organic oil sludge and had to be changed. I thought that I was losing my mind and asked several family members if I hadn't just changed the oil?! This turned me into a true Mobil 1 believer.

Do not believe the nay sayers who will tell you it is of no advantage or that you cannot change once you have used conventional. The problem with these motors is that these engines are made offshore and basically suck. Remember the cheaper part for them means that the more profit is to be made.

And also if you use a product like an engine flush, most likely you will end up with a gasket leak-a-rama. While I have not seen the engines, some of the problems that I have read here seem to be other than a manufacturer defect.

My friend who owns this intrepid was not savvy to this problem. She purchased the car from someone who evidently was and thus got rid of it to her. However before I was involved the engine has blown last fall and failed while driving as the timing chain broke.

At any rate you cannot properly "rebuild" these engines as the tolerences are so "thin", and if you try a low mileage used one from a junkyard, basically you are only going to recreate the problem once the car hits over 60k again. Accordingly the car really is not worth to put a new motor in as the value for resale is low.

I feel very badly for all the hard working people on here who are in these prediciments still owing money on them, and will have no choice but to make the expensive repairs.

No matter how often you change your oil, conventional is always a losing bet especially in these engines.

General Comments:

Refrain from purchase an Intrepid or Concorde.

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

Review Date: 9th April, 2007

11th Apr 2007, 21:14

Just don't buy the 2.7L. the 3.3L and the 3.5L are ROCK solid and will run and run and run.

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