I'd already had a 1994 Intrepid, and loved it; so, when it crossed the 196,000 miles mark, I started looking for a new one.
The 2002 R/T upped the ante from a nice sedan, with sporty looks & handling, to a true sport sedan with even better handling, and more power. This car never disappoints, and instead, surprisingly handles even the hilliest twisties, with an ease usually reserved for much smaller/lighter sports cars.
On the highway, she's one of the smoothest cruisers on the road; and in the city, even the worst potholes cause no drama. At the track, she's not the quickest off the line... but, when the length is longer than a quarter mile, she can catch up (and keep up) with any sedan, and quite a few sports car poseurs.
I don't usually need anywhere near all the capabilities, power and speed the R/T is capable of, but, I love knowing it's there, if I do need it.
The only problem with this car, is that it's a Front Wheel Drive, instead of a Rear Wheel Drive. So there's no sliding the rear in the twisties. But, since she handles those curves like she's on rails, I can live with that.
8th Jan 2011, 19:51
Like the LSx-series GM V8s, you need an oil that can handle high temperatures in these engines. Corvette engines have been filled with Mobil 1 from the factory since 1992 - this allowed GM to do without an oil cooler. Without an oil cooler on a vehicle that is will be driven hard, synthetic oil is the key to a sludge-free engine - and thus, longevity. The question is, why does a relatively mundane engine such as the 2.7, installed in a family-oriented vehicle, have issues with oil temperature? Smart move on the poster's part, as these are good engines otherwise.