I purchased a 2003 model Intrepid from a dealership with 33K miles on it. I freakin' love this car, and I've had it for several months now with no problems.
I researched the vehicle before I bought it, and found so many more positive feedback than negative. It has the 2.7L engine, runs smooth, accelerates like a sports car, and is so cozy and comfortable that I've taken naps in it.
Also, a plus... handles in the snow like a dream. Just slap on some good studded tires and go a bit slower than normal and I have no sliding problems. Sits nice and low to the ground and has a wider center of gravity.
There may be problems with it somewhere down the road. I hope not cuz I'll be crushed. I love my Treppy. She's sweet for the price I paid and not too greedy for gas either. I'm glad I found this car... so far.
I have a 97 dodge intrepid 3.5L with 215000 miles and it has had no problems yet.. BEST CAR EVER.
I have a 2004 dodge intrepid. It has had problems such as the O2 sensor had to be replaced twice and now needs it again. The oil light flickers off and on and now it makes a horrible noise. I was told it needed to have the nylon gears replaced but after I took it to the shop I was told that the motor is bad. I only know that it's a 6 cylinder. The car has less than 70,000 miles on it. NO ONE wants it as a trade in and I can't afford to fix it.
I recently sold of my Intrepid, which had many problems with it.
The speedometer was broken at 99,700 miles.
The air condition system needed to be completely replaced.
The car would make this high pitched noise whenever you would accelerate, must have been the steering pump.
The passenger door would make this ringing sound when you locked the vehicle.
The rubber came off of the door.
The oil light would come on after warming up and idling in traffic.
I knew the engine was gonna go eventually, so I sold it back to the friend I bought it from for part of what I spent on it. I can't complain too much though, the car lasted me a year with no major issues other than the ones mentioned, which the vehicle came in that condition. So I got lucky and found another one in cherry condition with none of the issues, and with only 33,000 miles on it.
I'm currently running Royal Purple oil in it, and will run Auto RX with a group III oil to clean out all the sludge in the engine, so I will not have this engine fail due to sludge. Auto RX will save your engine if you have a sludge problem, the thing is to catch the issue before your engine completely seizes up.
I just both a 2001 Intrepid and it's going fine so far. Hopefully it doesn't give me any problems after reading all these comments. Now I am worried.
After reading these reviews, it is hard to not agree that the 2.7 engine did not have a problem. I bought a 2004 Sebring with the 2.7 engine. I loved it. It had good power and good gas mileage. I traded it in on a 2009 Sebring with a 2.7 engine. I did not know about this problem. I am 70 years old and come from the time when engine oil had to be changed every 2000 miles so I changed the oil often. After reading this I will continue to change the oil often, using a high grade oil and filter. I was taught early that oil is cheaper than parts and it is true. Someone suggested that there is a product you can use to clean out the sludge. I will keep that in mine. I love the car. It is great for me so I will try and take care of it and see what happens. Sorry to those who had the oil sludge problem and thanks for the advise.
13th Nov 2007, 23:14
"No, the 2.7 liter engines are pure Dodge, Mitsubishi KNOWS how to make a car, Dodge doesn't."
Which MUST be why Mitsubishi sells exactly 4 cars a year, right?
"Which MUST be why Mitsubishi sells exactly 4 cars a year, right?"
Funny that you mention that, just how much of a bail out did Mitsubishi ask for?
I have a 2000 Intrepid with 145,000 miles with the 2.7 engine, and it runs great to this day.
"Funny that you mention that, just how much of a bail out did Mitsubishi ask for?"
True, Mitsubishi just relies on its TVs and electronics to make up for their terrible cars. Although, now that I think about it, does Mitsubishi even make a decent TV these days? LOL.
OK, I am in the process of buying a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. Which now I am nervous to purchase, given all of the negative feedback that I've read so far. However, from what I gather... the problem seems to be with the smaller 2.7 engine, and the one that I am purchasing has a 3.5 with only 26,000 miles. I am keeping all of the horror stories that I've read thus far in the back of my head. I'm probably getting on the owners nerves with all of the questions that I'm asking. Prayerfully things will be all good. To be continued...
Hello 2.7L owners. Welcome to hell.
I also own an Intrepid with our hated V-6. Mine is running on 132,000. My engine issues haven't been major yet, however I do know it is only a matter of time.
I have experienced the key stuck in the ignition issue, as well as the bad thermostat. The thermostat was a pain, but try performing all the steps to removing a bad battery in the middle of a -30 degree winter day!
And what's with the pop-out cup holders!!! Useless. I know my days are numbered with this car, as she burns oil (to the tune of a quart+ every 1000 miles), and since I haven't met a dealer dumb enough to take this as a trade in, I will drive it till it dies, then buy something else... maybe a Pinto.
I agree. I would have loved to help you crush that hunk of junk.
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