1999 Dodge Intrepid ES 3.2L from North America
Not the reliable performer I hoped it would be
Right rear power window went out and had to be replaced.
Driver's power window went out and had to be replaced.
Last July, the air conditioner stopped putting out cold air. Repair cost $79.95 and this is what they found: "Had codes for a/c control mode door open/shorted to battery - blend door stall test failure and blend door feedback failure. Found TSB 24-009-01 Lab. Op. 24-50-09-90, removed fuse 19 for 5 minutes, and then re-calibrated a/c control."
This spring, I encountered exactly the same air conditioning problem, but didn't have time to take the car in to be checked. Three days later, the problem "corrected itself" and the a/c started working okay again, putting out cold air.
Yesterday, (August 2003), the air conditioner AGAIN stopped putting out cold air. I had it checked at a local air conditioning specialist, who said the compressor is fine, the pressure is good and there are no leaks. He said it is a computer problem... sounds like the problem I had twice before in the past two years. I'm taking it to the Dodge dealer later this week, but I'll definitely write a complaint letter to Daimler-Chrysler about their faulty design.
Also, at very low speeds, I have experienced occasional "lurches," or little jumps where the vehicle accelerates slightly without my having applied any additional pressure to the gas pedal... a potentially dangerous condition. I don't know if this is engine or transmission related.
This is a stylish and comfortable car with a lot of nice features.
However, it seems to have a lot of operating problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 27th August, 2003
3rd Dec 2003, 06:54
I have a 1999 Interpid ES, That I have cared for and pampered for the past 4 years. Now at 65K it is failing me. Both of the power motor for the front windows went at 40K. The front speaker in the dashboard just blew out for no apparent reason. The check engine light came on tow time in the last month. Both time costing me in excess of 400.00 dollars. And to top it all off the passenger side dashboard just crack like to old cars of the 70's dash boards use to. I have had it with Dodge, I will never buy another Dodge, for that matter I will never buy another American made car again. We make crap when it comes to cars, something we should be the best at in the world.