4th Mar 2003, 14:07
I have also experienced problems with the seals around a four doors of the 2000 Dodge Intrepid. The car is fun to drive and handles beautifully. But with the problems that I have had I with the vehicle and after reading about other problems that may arise in the future, this will be my last.
Replaced on the vehicle before warranty expired (36,000 miles) ;
Front, Drivers side, Window relay switch.
Both Front Brake Calipers, warped before 12,000 miles.
12V adapter replaced.
All 5 letters replaced on passenger side front door (Chrome was peeling off)
Now at 49,xxx miles having problem with the input/output sensor in the automatic transmission. The problem was taken care of temporally by removing the positive cable from the battery, resetting the system. Still makes the whining noise, but no further problems getting the vehicle to shift correctly.
13th Jul 2003, 14:06
Just wanted to add that, if you have loss of electrical power problems with your car, have the service tech's check the easy things first. We had that problem with our car at 60,000 miles and it turned out to be a bad (not loose) battery cable. Battery is in that lower compartment so it seems that if the tech's don't see it, it's out of mind. It cost near 2,000.00 to learn that. Happy motoring.
29th Nov 2004, 23:33
I Have had the same problem with the wind coming through the doors and I have also noticed that the rear window is not that great for visibility because of the size.
5th Jun 2005, 23:19
I have a buzzing in my passenger door when I have the radio up, and my left front speaker keeps shorting out. I am going to check the weather seals because I think water has reached that area and may be contributing to the speaker problem. The lint is a constant problem, and I stumbled onto this site looking for some seat covers! I also have a steering box that is going out at 50,000+.
10th Aug 2005, 13:52
We own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid ES. It has suffered several problems so far in the 90,000 miles we have driven.
1st: All the door seals shrank and by accident we asked another dealer about the issue and they replaced them. They are now bad again.
2nd: The Low Fuel indicator is prone to give a false reading and beep during very hot days. Sometimes it beeps every few seconds for an hour or it might go days without a problem. Again it only happens in hot weather.
3rd: The Automatic Transmission Sensor failed on the way to work which caused the car to only go about 25/30 mph. About $300 fixed that for now.
4th: The car also has the clunking noise in the front end when you hit bumps plus on one trip it had issues where you were not able to steer it correctly. That has not happened again, but I am worried about it after reading the reviews.
5: We have already had to replace the passenger door lock control since it would let out a big squeal each time the door locked. Some times it did not want to unlock either. About $250 fixed this one, but now the driver's side is doing the same thing.
6: So far no issues with the motor, but I will keep my fingers crossed especially since a 2500 mile trip is in the works.
I would be interested in any class action suit also. Our email address is going away/changing so I will repost later.
19th Dec 2006, 17:23
With 137,000 miles on our 2000 Intrepid SE, we have all of the above, shrinking door seals, squealing passenger door lock, and add the bonus of the cataract lens on the headlights. Oh, did I tell you about the smoking problem that it has, using about a quart of oil every 500 miles.
20th Dec 2006, 14:38
The sludge problem is due to the way the oil gets transfored from the pump throughout the engine. simple fix, change the oil every 3,000 miles using TRUE sythentic and doing oil flushes every other oil change. I have friends that have the 2.7L and they do that and they all have well over 160,000 miles on them. if people would learn to take care of the car and not think of it as just a thing that should not have any problems, no design flaw, no other wrong with it and see it as just another man made imperfect thing and get over it. even Honda's have problems.
26th Dec 2006, 12:58
I have a 2000 es and would never buy one again. This is the first dodge I have owned and will be the last. The car is very sporty looking and handles nicely, but there are so many design flaws I think that they should start drug testing the engineers at chrysler.
26th Dec 2006, 20:42
One can't assume that the problem with your (anyone's) car is the result of engineers. Engineers are probably NOT the problem. It's the stinking accountants! I say spend the money on technology and not on pretty designs. The Japanese have been doing it for years, designs as ugly as sin and reliability as righteous as the angels. And they are selling quite well. We America's have the best looking cars with questionable reliability, but it's not really the engineers fault. Stick it to the accountants.
27th Nov 2007, 17:58
I have a 2000 intrepid which makes clunking noises in front end, especially when driving over bumps or rough roads. I have an appointment at shop next week. Afraid to keep driving after reading comments. I, too, had to get both door locks repaired due to squeaking noise when locking or just not working properly. Would neber buy an intrepid again!
1st Dec 2007, 12:14
The front door power door locks on our low mileage 1999 Intrepid started to squeal when the switch is operated, or when driving away and the auto lock feature locks them. The squeal started three weeks ago and happens all the time. Now the doors will sometimes not open using a key in the lock. It is as if the magnets that hold the door locked are not releasing. Dealer retail is about 200 a lock plus labor. We have owned the car since new.
3rd Jan 2008, 06:05
I have a 2000 base Intrepid with 91,000 miles. The upholstery really is a lint and crap magnet... I have never seen anything like it. They must be in cahoots with Ron-co or whoever makes the little lint removing thingies with the tape on it.
Got tired of the constant ear full of air blast from the rear driver's side door seal being non-existent so I sprung for the sticky seal. do it yourself weather seal at O'Reilly's and fixed it myself for under $5.
Solid running old car that still looks great (Mother's Mag Wheel Cleaner and elbow grease keep the headlight lenses as new), but, what were they thinking when they put an AM/FM Cassette Stereo in a 2000 model car?!?!
12th Feb 2008, 18:20
I have a 2000 Es Dodge Intrepid and I have had it since 02' I bought it used with only 60000 miles on it. A beautiful and it still handles great even at 126,867 miles...However...I had the transmission sensor go out about 6 months ago which was a bit expensive, and it seems every 8 months I have to get my brakes fixed, luckily they are under warranty. Also 6 months after buying the car I had the back passenger door lock break and the only way out is if someone opens the door for them. The door locks on both driver and passenger side squeal and are difficult to open. Dealer told me 1100 dollars to fix them, screw that ill deal with it. My weather seals ALWAYS fall down when I open a door because the shrunk a long time ago. That car also when I have the heat on at a traffic light the heat turns to cold air... It stills drives awesome, but there are many problems... A class action lawsuit could be in order, I dunno...