2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7 from North America

Faults:

I started having problems with this car around 78,000 miles, when the oxygen sensors, alternator and the battery all went out! Came to find out the computer went bad and messed all these things up!

Now at around 100,000 miles I've had to replace the rack and pinion, sway bar, and all the bushings around the right wheel!

Currently I have a bad squealing noise when I drive the car, that is around the wheel somewhere.

General Comments:

Overall I love the car. It has a lot of room, is good on gas, but I have had to fix multiple problems, and I'm still looking at fixing some more!

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

Review Date: 31st May, 2012

2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 6 cylinder from North America

Summary:

This was the worst car I have ever bought

Faults:

Bad alternator.

Brakes go fast.

Tie rods.

Water pump held no water.

Radiator held no water.

Power-steering belt popped right off.

Starter is going.

General Comments:

This car is nothing more than a lemon.

I've had to put in over $4,000 of work into it, and it still breaks down every week. Bad investment, I will NEVER buy Dodge again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th September, 2011

2002 Dodge Intrepid SE 2.7 V6 from North America

Summary:

Great car, wish every car was like it

Faults:

Let me first start by saying that this particular car has been in three accidents that I am aware of, and because of that, not everything lines up perfectly, such as doors, fenders/hood. However, for less than $2,000, I could hardly turn down the car, knowing the body shop guys that put it back together personally. The car looks very good for its age, inside and out.

When I first purchased the car, I had to tackle a pretty bad oil leak from the front seal. About 2 hours of work, maybe 100 bucks in parts, and a couple drops of blood later, good as new. The car still burns oil very slowly, as I have come to expect and accept from most Chrysler motors, but otherwise, it hasn't had any oil issues.

After about a year and having put roughly 12k miles on it, on a hot Texas summer day I should add, the radiator cracked, and the temperature went up. My fiance was driving at the time, and having listened to me read all the horror stories about this particular motor, was in the habit of checking the gauge very often on hot days. She immediately pulled over, shut the motor off, and when I got out there, I filled it up with water, drove it home (about 5 miles), proceeded to replace the radiator for about $200 that weekend, and never had a problem with it again.

Cold season came around, and suddenly I had a new leak. This time, trans fluid. I tracked the leak to the upper cooler hose that connects to the driver side radiator. Closer inspection revealed that this could well have been a self-inflicted problem, as I noticed some plier teeth marks right about the same spot the pin-hole sized leak was. I believe that, combined with the extremely cold weather we had that weekend, along with 10-year-old stiff hoses was what did it. I replaced the hose, along with the lower hose, and have not had a problem since.

General Comments:

Honestly, with all the bad stuff floating around about this car, I purchased it knowing and fully expecting the motor to die on us, I just wanted to get about a year of service out of it, and I must say, it has well exceeded that goal, with virtually no investment above normal maintenance.

I run a super thin synthetic blend oil, to help reduce the chance of sludge build up, change the oil and filter about every 4-5k miles. I have never had any signs of problems, save for one 'scare', let alone anything major with the motor.

The scare came on an early morning after the car had sat for a very cold weekend without being driven. After starting it up, there was a fairly loud tapping for about 30 seconds. Shutting the car off and turning her back on a few minutes later, the sound was gone, and has remain gone since. I assume it was something like a sticky lifter or something along those lines, but I truly hope I never find out.

Now, working towards its 3rd year of valiant service as a family car for us, I can honestly say I am thrilled with the car. I have put less than $4000 into the car, including purchase price, repairs, maintenance, and a set of tires, brakes and rotors. It's still going strong, and I believe it very well make it beyond 150k miles, and with some TLC well beyond.

Let me also say that this car is absolutely superb on gas. Guzzling is not in its vocabulary. Sipping would be a much better word. Every other week this car does over a 250 mile round trip on a single tank of gas, with some to spare.

Performance, considering it's not an R/T, or a sports car by any means, is great. It goes when you step on the pedal. Period. It doesn't matter if you're doing 30 and need to jump up to 40, or pass someone in a 55, or even merge from a 55 to a 70, this car will get there, and in a hurry if necessary. It never complains, never shifts hard, never stutters. I have never raced the car, nor attempted a top speed, as it simply doesn't NEED to do those sort of things for what it is to us; a family car, but I am certain it would perform well, were I to ever to try.

I think if people take good car of these motors, and the car itself in particular, they will see that these things, while not bullet proof, can be very reliable, comfortable, fun to drive, and very inexpensive for a large sedan.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th February, 2011

31st May 2012, 19:31

Good review.

Stay with the synthetic oil!!

4th Jun 2012, 22:26

Synthetic oil is definitely the only oil to use in any car, however changing every 10,000 miles is more than often enough. I have gone as long as 22,000 miles between changes, and have a friend who owns a Cadillac, and only changes his oil every 25,000 miles. Synthetic oil does not break down and sludge up like cheap oils do. They can go much, much further between changes.