I also bought a Dodge Intrepid 2002 in February, and in May the transmission went out on it in the middle of the Smokey Mountains on vacation, stranding me and my family. It cost over 2000 to fix it, and now it's September, just a little over 3 months, and going down the highway out from my home, it starts smoking. We pulled over and popped the hood. It was the transmission again. The trans oil was everywhere, and that's what was causing the smoke. I think I will fix again and trade for a Toyota Camry. I owned one before, and it was a great car, never any problems, and the Intrepids are bad on gas; cost over 60.00 a week just around Dalton.
OK, I believe you did a good job of designing the motor. Only every design has it flaws. You should have had recommended strictly synthetic motor oil. Because for some reason, conventional oil seems to sludge real bad, causing oil pump failure, then eventually motor failure.
I bought a 2002 Dodge Intrepid in Feb. 2011. It had about 117,000 miles on. I haven't had a problem with it, except an oil leak when I test drove it. However, I was buying it from my mechanic, and he even did a second look on everything and fixed it for me.
I love this car, I've made a lot of long distance trips with this car and haven't had a problem. I don't know if some of these cars are just junk and others not, but I keep finding mixed reviews for it. But I love my car, and the only thing I can say is don't ignore the little things, always get it checked out.
Also, like others have said, if you are buying used, don't just hand over the money. If you don't know anything about cars, bring someone who does with you.
I hope all those who have had problems, got them fixed or a new car. And all those who love it are still loving the car. Have a great New Year.
Not to quibble, but the folks making the oil, including the oil you use, also say that 3,000 mile oil changes are a waste of money.
Hi, just wondering. In the Chrysler Intrepid SE 02... do I put in park or neutral to check the transmission fluid? And how long does it take to warm up the transmission?