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Pros: The performance and handling as well as the chrome wheels and the fin on the trunk.
Cons: The price of the tires.
Advice: This is an awesome vehicle to own, comfortable and roomy.I absolutely love the look of my Intrepid and the many comments I receive on it. When it is cleaned up the chrome wheels are a quality that brings out the styling of the car. It is the first Dodge I have ever owned and I am extremely happy with it.
Pros: Room - tons of it!
Cons: No V-8 or manual transmission
Advice: If you like an 'enthusiastic' drive then avoid the 2.7LThis car is very roomy! Even my 250# 6'3' frame fits easily front or back and along with 5 big adult seating it's hard to compare that to anything short of a Crown Vic or big Caddy. A power driver's seat with lumbar support and tilt wheel let almost anybody drive in comfort. The back seat folds down - 60/40/100 - for 8' boards or skis (but protect the seats when doing this). The 3.5L V-6 has plenty of oomph and really shows it's stuff on the freeway with good MPG. In the curves the steering and suspension make this car handle like a much smaller car and the sleek, low profile design of the exterior emphasizes that impression. The dash is clean and easy to read with white-faced analogue gauges and dark gray surround. The Autostick is a great option (standard on R/T) for the part-time enthusiast allowing both 'D' mode for ho-hum rush-hour or manual shift mode (without a clutch) for the curvy country roads. In the two years that I've owned this car I had one small computer glitch that was fixed with one free trip to the dealer and no other problems. Overall, I highly recommend the Intrepid R/T for anybody that has a long commute, large frame, and/or a big family but likes a little spirited driving now and then. And if the styling and roominess doesn't hook you the price will ...
Pros: Bold, Beautiful, Sleek Styling; a fast, powerful engine; sporty, but well composed handling.
Cons: It's FRONT Wheel Drive, which never had any advantage over RWD, as long as you knew HOW to drive.
Advice: Remember that the Intrepid R/T is NOT just another Intrepid... it's a special edition, and may cost a bit more - but, don't be talked into going too much higher.I bought this car used - as the only real alternative to wanting the Charger DCX promised us since '99 - then failed to deliver. Once the new 2006 Charger was revealed - a poorly accepted design from'03, then called the Dodge 'Super-8', and re-named 'Charger' less than 4 months before production - I gave up on owning a modern Charger. The new car was fine - as a car, as a RWD car, as a nice handling and powerful car - but, ugly. Tragically ugly. It's a poor man's 300. Both great cars mechanically - but, with looks only gansters and rappers could love. Now, The Intrepid R/T on the other hand, is the car the '99 Charger-concept was originally being based on. Powerful, sleek and sexy curves, and road manners and handling that make you forget about how large and heavy the car really is. She may not have a Hemi... and she may be front-wheel drive (the ONLY real shortcoming to me)... but, other than those 2 points... THIS car was the re-emergence of a modern muscle sedan. (And, the Intrepid COULD have been made as a RWD w/ little effort. Both FWD & RWD Intrepids were originally planned for, until the morons at Daimler axed them when they 'merged' w/ Chrysler. Now, the only RWD Intrepids that were made WERE the race cars.)
Cons: Dodge's Rear View Mirror Night Setting (doesn't dim lights any when on)
Advice: R/T not made anymore but worth looking for even used.I owned a 1999 Intrepid ES for 80,000 miles till an accident made me want to sell it (not my fault, car took front end collision at 45 mph with only minor body damage & mechanicals -- never the same after Dodge shop fixed though). Bought R/T cause of great ES experience. Excellent sound system and engine power. Leave quite a few cars in the dust. If you order from the factory, get everything they offer. It is worth it. Love Autostick (tm). I'll agree the other one I read on the 2002 R/T was a lemon but all cars get a lemon (manufacturing thousands of parts and having them work together don't always work). I have had nothing but problem free days with 1995 Ram (170,000 miles), 1999 Intrepid ES (80,000 miles) and now 2002 Intrepid R/T (50,000 miles).
Cons: Door Handles
Advice: Make sure you buy from a reputable dealer.Car handles very well for its size. Gas mileage is good with good highway passing power. If you think the road noise is bad in the intrepid, the impala is worse. Having issues with the suspension which is currently trying to be worked out at the dealer. Seats are very comfortable. The best I have sat in yet. Good value for your money.
Pros: looks great.
Cons: extra high rear deck
Advice: Find adealer you trust and get an Intrepid!I bought this car in Feb.'03, trading a '97 Avenger because I wanted a newer, 4dr. I find it has great looks, performance,and comfort. Fit and finish throughout is great. My car had 13,000 miles at purchase. It has very quiet ride--important when there is lot of open country and frequent long drives (We live in central NE) Seating is very comfortable, with lots of adjustments available. The v6 is pwerful, responsive, and unobtrusive. I love it!
Cons: Road Noise
Advice: more insulation or undercoating??I own a 2002 intrepid, I love the comfort in it, but hard to stand the road noise. have to turn the radio way up to hear it. only fromt speakers are in the doors, hard to overcome the road noise, espacialy on rough pavement.