I bought the vehicle used from
Enterprise (nice sales experience btw),
and got a 2002 Intrepid SE w/ 23k
miles, for $12,000.
The interior is the ROOMIEST of any
The base engine is powerful enough for
most drivers, unless you are begging
for reckless driving citations. The
vehicle has presence on the road.
The engine/tranny do seem busy when
hard-pressed(floored), as the car
downshifts, and revs up to 6000rpm.
Gas mileage is excellent for its size,
the only noise to be heard most of the
time is low road noise from the tires.
SIZE. ITS ROOMY.
STYLE... becoming slightly outdated
with the 2004 models arriving, but
still looks better than any 2002 model
on the road.
ABS and Rear folding seat standard on
SE. Better soundproofing undercoating
would alleviate majority of road noise
on segmented interstates.
Tighter transmission... seems the
tranny takes a breath when you floor
the accelerator, then exhales...
Update:147k miles.. Up until water pump/timing belt replacement at 142k miles, no repairs at all, just tires and oil. The water pump started leaking and while they had the manifold off, had them replace the timing chain. This car is very reliable, but of course, I've been driving the same old car for 10 years so I'm ready to replace it. Problem is, nothing on the market compares - newer cars are either small, or have dull styling, or illogical ergonomics. A 2005 Infiniti G35 or Pontiac G8 is about e only thing I have found at comes close to e Intrepid in comfort and sense of being on e road (Intrepid owners know what that means).
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