1999 Dodge Intrepid Base 2.7 from North America
Here's one Intrepid that is doing just fine!
Front passenger power window motor failed at 85k miles.
Speed sensor was replaced at 80k miles.
After reading all the negative reviews about the '99 Intrepid, I feel I'm either very lucky or just take care of a vehicle better than the average person.
For those who bought the Intrepid used with 20k-60k miles, I think a fact that a lot of you fail to realize is the Intrepid was one of the top five mid-size cars that were used in the rental car business.
Anybody care to comment on how the average rental car is driven? A couple words come immediately to my mind... abuse and neglect. These Intrepids were driven at high rpm on a cold engine, started and stopped abruptly, braked hard constantly, and were basically beaten on a daily basis.
I'm sure the typical Rent-a-Car agency didn't ensure the oil was changed exactly at the 3k mile mark either... although that's speculation on my part - but I bet I'm right.
I bought my Intrepid used with 24k miles... the dealer was honest enough to tell me that those miles were put on from being a rental. I checked it over and went for it. That was 70k miles ago and haven't had any major problems whatsoever.
It's all how you take care of things...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th January, 2006
18th Jan 2006, 14:22
While your rental car theory is plausible, the volume of engine complaints versus number of units sold would indicate a predisposition for severe problems including failure. If your theory were true there would be an enormous number of engine complaints about rental fleet models such as the Taurus or the other three you referred to. I purchased my ’99 Intrepid new and had to replace the engine at 57,560 miles. I can assure you that it was not treated or maintained like a rental car unless it happened one of countless times it has been in the shop.
18th Jan 2006, 21:14
Dodge should just scrap their intrepids and make some more neons IMO from the scrap.
19th Jan 2006, 13:43
I have a 1999 Intrepid with 125k miles on it. The only thing that's not working is the AC that stopped working last summer (2005)
2nd Mar 2006, 08:34
My '99 Intrepid was purchased in 2002 with 37,000 miles on it from a single previous owner - not rental agency. The engine and transmission have been great - always good power and good shifting. I've put over 140,000 miles on my car in 3 1/2 years, and I'm not the sanest driver in the world. I do keep up the maintenance well, and use Valvoline Syn-Tech oil, but I like using my 200 horses often, too. Maybe I'm blessed, or maybe ALL automakers and cars have their share of lemons. No matter what you buy, you'll find someone out there who hates it and would never buy another one.
16th Jul 2008, 21:41
You are a lucky one, I have a Probe with 312000 miles on it that has been through 3 teenage drivers and still going strong, and hasn't needed oil for a year plus, or had it changed. Can't kill this thing.