6th Oct 2008, 19:29
I own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with nearly 130,000 miles on it. This has been a spacious car for me (-at 6'3" this was an important feature), with sporty styling, generally comfortable, responsive driving, and reasonably decent fuel economy. However, there have been so many quality control problems which have required expensive servicing, that I am unlikely to ever buy a Chrysler product again.
Just to name a few issues... the sensors for the engine temperature, rpm, and the transmission have needed replacement twice,...
The seals around the doors shrunk and became cracked quickly,...
The brakes were prone to warping and cylinder leakage,...
The 2.7 engine has had frequent lifter problems,..
The body panel attachment points and fasteners break easily while driving on even slightly bumpy roads,...
The air dam fasteners also break easily,...
The adhesives and sealants used around the speakers dry out and crack producing very poor quality sound at even modest volume and treble/bass settings,...
And the lights often stay on even when the selector switch is turned to the "Off" position.
3rd Nov 2008, 17:29
I have a 2000 ES and have had some of the similar problems noted here. A short list is below.
The one that has plagued me the most has been the front brakes. I have had the brakes repaired/replaced 3 times in two years due to noise. Even with new pads and rotors, the brakes still make a terrible noise. If anyone has any ideas or tips, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
- Shrinking door seals; just removed the covers in the bottoms of the doors and separated the seal and placed back in position; been fine for 8 months now.
- Check engine light for "gas cap"; have replaced the gas cap with non-Mopar cap, did not fix problem; replaced with Mopar cap, still no luck; spent $600 and still not fixed; Mopar service wanted to replace fuel pump for an additional $495; simply reset with battery disconnect two or three times a year.
- Brake problem - described above.
- Gas shocks on trunk lid shot; expensive to replace, decided just not to use the trunk.
- Speaker in dash went out and began rattling; disconnected due to the need to remove dash to replace.
- Door speakers, replaced both front door speakers.
All in all, not a bad vehicle; currently have ~130,000. Just small problems that have plagued the car due to poor design. These problems seem to be "un-solvable", even with the help of dealer service department.
11th Nov 2008, 08:11
I own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid.
The first to go were the door seals. They leaked water all over the inside of the car. They were replaced on warranty.
Door locks squealed and were replaced on warranty once.
Door locks squealed for the second time and were fixed again after warranty.
Transmission sensor went and car would only go 20-30 mph.
Trunk lid shocks went bad and were replaced by me. (expensive)
Electric windows quit working. Had to be fixed.
Air conditioner lost charge wouldn't cool. Had to be charged.
Door locks squealed for the 3rd time. Had to be replaced AGAIN.
Car battery died after brake light switch stuck.
Headlight lens covers are yellowed and hazy and look like they are 50 years old. Not very attractive..
Car always has had loud road noise when driving at highway speeds. Needed more sound insulation at factory.
Overall, not a bad car. Some of the problems were corrected in the beginning during the warranty. The gas mileage is not bad and the car handles well and looks good.
26th Nov 2008, 21:27
I just picked up a 2000 Dodge Intrepid ES- got a good deal since it has 136,000 miles on it. There is a noise coming from the front end that I just can't place. It's not lifters or even like a ticking sound, it's more like a vibration sound. Anyone have any thoughts?
2nd Mar 2009, 22:22
I had a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. I bought it with 102000 miles on it and I drove it for another 16,000 miles till I was rear ended. It was a great car for me, and I never had any problem except all the seals to the doors and trunk did come loose, but didn't make any weird whistling sounds, and the trunk didn't pop open by itself, you had to use the key to open it.
The engine had been replaced before I bought it. Synthetic and frequent oil changes do help.
21st Mar 2009, 22:03
I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid ES with 144,000 miles, owned since new in 1999. Virtually no problems, until trans sensors at 80,000 - $120 repair. Squeaking rear door lock started about that time, too. Trans went at 130,000 $2000 repair along with lots of overdue major service. Afterwards, had the check engine light problem - traced to the gas cap by the diagnostic computer. Turned out to be a leaky gas tank seal requiring dropping the tank. No more problems at no charge thanks to an honest Aamco Trans shop. Still going strong - knock on wood. Wish I could fix the squeaky locks - now both rears.
8th May 2009, 09:21
I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. It has a little over 200,000 miles on it. When I got it, it had some problems.
The electric window motor had to be replaced.
The automatic locks on the doors would not lock on the driver side, and would not unlock passenger door or the back left door of the car.
Then the gasket on the oil pain need replacing and the rotors needed to be turned or replaced. Luckily I have an uncle who is a mechanic and I just have to order parts for my car. But those are the only problems I had with it.
13th Jul 2009, 18:24
I have a Dodge Intrepid 2000. Pretty good car, except the engine blew from sludge after I bought it, luckily I still had a warranty then.
I noticed going over bumps a loud rattling, I replaced the sway bar links, and it was fine, but now again the rattling is back.
The brakes squeak, even if newly replaced.
The door seals are starting to fall off.
And the headlights are horrible, although I heard there is something you can buy for that.
If anyone knows what the rattling may be, or how to replace the door seals cheaper please email me at email@example.com.
Also, did anyone have problems when stopping the car and trying to shift from drive to park? It seems that it doesn't want to "snap" into gear..???
26th Aug 2009, 20:58
Inherited my 2000 Intrepid from my father-in-law and have experienced many of the same problems noted - squealing and inoperative door locks, shrinking door seals, horrible headlights, and now a gas gauge that jumps up and down and emits a warning noise even though the tank is full. Dodge wanted a ton of $$ to replace the door locks, but my body shop guy replaced them for about $100 per lock, inclusive of parts & labor (all four were shot). I certainly would support a class action. The locks should have been recalled by Chrysler years ago.
7th Jun 2010, 22:48
I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. And I have put over $5000.00 in over the last 3 years, and I'm still having problems with it.
My inside lights flick off and on while I'm driving.
I had to replace the motor in the 2 front doors twice.
I fixed the transmission, and now I'm in the process of fixing an oil leak. The car shakes when I'm on the highway. I'm putting oil in every 4 or 6 days, because of the oil leak.
The brakes were changed, the calipers, and rotors were changed all at one time; very expensivel.
The car was stopping on the highway and in traffic constantly. I put a camshaft sensor on it about a month ago. And I've been having problem after problem with this car.
If somebody would have told me that this car had all these problems in the beginning, I WOULD HAVE NEVER BOUGHT THIS CAR. AND IN THE FUTURE I NEVER WILL BUY ANOTHER.