1999 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 Litre from North America
Enjoyable ride, but disappointing end result
Engine cooling fans went out around 75000 miles.
Lights flicker on the dash or interior lights; depending on the setting for the light level.
Engine flunked out at 92000.00. Hardly had any warning.
Reputable auto shop said they could put in a more reliable engine in for 6500.00 (rebuilt). I presume this has to do with inclusion of those apparent corrections that have been recognized to prevent sludge buildup and high oil consumption.
Essentially, this car started eating up oil once it got to about 85,000 miles, but could not identify any significant leaks; even though it may have burned some oil smoke at various times during driving (but not constantly). The large loss of oil just did not make sense.
Did have trouble with the left driver window. Had to dish out some cash to fix about a year ago. Also took it in recently for a seat bolt recall. It would have been nice if they recalled on the engine to get some adjustments to its design. It appears Dodge did know of the faults, so why not let the owner know. I get plenty of extended warranty letters over the years, but no notice about apparent defects in the 2.7L engine design.
Have posted a complaint on www.BigClassAction.com. Hope to get some relief. Still owe approx 8000.00 on the car.
My wife and I enjoyed the handling, looks and ride this car offered. I would propose that it was a lemon in sheep's clothing.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th December, 2003