1998 Dodge Intrepid ES 2.7L from North America


Intrepid costs more in repairs than its worth


Speed Sensor went out at 50,000 miles (for the second time) causing speedometer to quit and power steering to lock up mid travel.

A/C and Fan Belt blew at 67,000 miles costing $300.

Driver side window motor replaced due to inability to go down costing $175. Passenger side window sticks.

Rotors completely warn after 40,000 miles.

Rear door seals constantly fall off.

2.7L engine seized at 78,000 mile without warning (no engine light) on a four lane highway at 50 miles per hour. I had to glide off a crowded highway nearly causing accidents into a gas station in a dangerous neighborhood by myself at 10:30pm.

All of these occurred after only driving the car for a year. My grandfather had multiple problems only having driven 39,000 miles in 6 years.

The Dodge Intrepid is nice on the outside and very comfortable on the inside. However, nothing compares to driving with your fingers crossed in hopes you make it to your destination.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th September, 2005

1st Jan 2006, 22:38

Perhaps you should think about taking care of this vehicle a bit more, I have a 1998 Dodge Intrepid R/T it was a special ordered car, I have owned it for two years, the kids and their foreign cars can have theirs, I get them at the line...

1998 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7 from Mexico


The best for a photo session


Engine temperature is getting hot when I select the AC Blower speeds 3 & 4.

Some times looks as don't have oil in the oil pan, but couple hours later looks full.

General Comments:

Car is excellent except for the engine, since always I must have some money for the taxi in my wallet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2005

1998 Dodge Intrepid SE, BASE 2.7 from North America


Very beautiful, expensive garbage


Just about everything:

Rotors warped.

Brakes need constant replacement. Don't last more than 10,000 miles.

Engine fans died within weeks of each other over heating the car.

A/C system needs constant repair.

Battery dies about every 11 months, has to be replaced constantly.

Numerous other thing, to much to list, including engine failure, even though the oil was changed constantly, with Mobil 1.

General Comments:

If your in the market for a car avoid anything build or made by Chrysler. You will live to regret it. I baby-ed this car, and did all kinds of preventive repairs, and still I couldn't prevent the unavoidable, knowing of the 2.7 sludge problem, and still the engine died on me while I was driving. Stalled in the middle of the street going 30 mph, almost hit a bus. It's not worth the money or the headaches. Chrysler refuses to initiate any type of recall to repair the problems. It was a defiantly a love and hate relationship with this car. one good thing about this car is the handling during winter, other than that Good Luck. I used nothing, but Mobil 1 synthetic oil ever since I owned her, and I still ended up having the engine seize on me. It defiantly has the looks, but not worth the massive financial headaches. NEVER EVER WILL I BUY ANOTHER CHRYSLER, DODGE, OR ANY OTHER AMERICAN CAR.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th August, 2005

24th Oct 2005, 19:11

I bought the intrepid back in late 2000, before the 2.7 sludge problem was found, the car was a 1998 I had a mechanic check the car before I bought it. I've had numerous American cars before this Dodge, and never had such problems as I did with this car. What bothers me more is that Chrysler won't take responsibility for this major engine defect.

You can't judge a car's performance and reliability by where it was build, True. I've had two recalls done on this car, not one had to do with the 2.7l engine. What gets me even more is that when the car died, the dealer acted dumb when I asked him if the engine was sludged up, and that I knew of the defect with the 2.7l engine. I wasn't born yesterday, and niether were any of the people who have owned these cars. These cars are dangerous, and its sad that a multi-billion dollar corporation won't stand behind its product.

25th Oct 2005, 06:40

As a reader from Europe, I actually drive an American Chevy, and I think it is totally reliable. The thing is you can have bad luck with all types of cars manufactured. I know someone who has the same model as yours and have no problems with it what so ever. My recommendation if you are not buying American models than please do not go for French or Italian made cars, they are really junks. Japanese and german made models are perfect choice. I am about to go for a new Honda pretty soon.