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12 years old, 186K miles and still running like new
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By Jason Foster
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought new in 2003, this car never let me down or left me stranded. Replaced generator at 121K (2011), front-left wheel bearing hub in 2015 (180K), total cost for both repairs $300 (self-replaced). Original exhaust system still solid. Replaced front pads and rotors at 120K, rear at 140K. Gone thru two batteries as well. A good, simple, cheap car.


Favorite Features

The trunk is huge, next best thing to having a hatch back. Very quiet car on the highway, whispers along.


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LOVE DODGES!
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By becca1984
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I recently purchased my 2nd Dodge Intrepid. They are very dependable cars,as long as they're taken care of. My 1st Intrepid was a 2000. Owned it 3 years and only replaced a tire rod and the power steering pump(previous owner neglected it). I accumulated alot of miles on that car. When I let it go it had 215,000 miles and still going strong. My current intrepid is a 2003. Sitting at 146,000. Excellent car. I change my oil every 5,000 miles. 4qts of synthetic blend oil and 1 qt of Lucas engine treatment. These cars are CHAMPS as long as they're taken care of!


Favorite Features

Very roomy.Good on gas on the highway. Sleek design.


Suggested Improvements

Water pumps and power steering seems to be issues in these cars. My only issue. Not terribly expensive to fix but could be improved!


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Best car owned
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By proudowner1
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SXT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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When GM discontinued their oldsmobile line (which i owned all cutlass models) i decided to purchased my 2003 Intrepid SXT. I wanted a car to carry my friends and for camping. I was suprised that my car, the the back seat down, held more than a honda crv. It presently has almost 115,000 and just did the regular maintainence recomendations. I was suprised on the open road I have gotten approx 27 mpg with the air on. Hopefully they will bring back the production of the intrepid as they have with other models. I would purchase another if they do.


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Wish I could clone this one!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By intrepidlover
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SXT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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This is my second Intrepid. I bought my 2003 SXT brand new over 8 years ago. I currently have 259000 miles on it. Only 1 tune up done at 115000 miles, oil changed every 6000 miles. Mostly regular maintenance was all it needed until about 200000 miles. With age and mileage things wear out, radiator, water pump, ac compressor and condensor. But engine and transmission still strong. Looks, runs and sounds almost like new. I hear people a lot saying all Intrepids have serious engine or transmission problems and they don't last. I think most of their problems were probably lack of proper care and maintenance. Best car in the U.S. Wish they were still made, I'd buy another one in a heartbeat.


Favorite Features

Power, dependability, comfort, style (inside and out), roominess.


Suggested Improvements

Bring em Back!!!!


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These cars can go a long way
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By David E
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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We purchased this car for my daughter with 177000 miles. These miles were accumulated mostly be a salesman in rural Oklahoma. Shortly after we purchased it, we had to replace the alternator. I have replaced one of the mirrors where my daughter backed into a pole at Sonic. All new drivers should have cars with black mirrors so they don't have to go to the body shop for mirror replacement. Car has a huge back seat. My daughter complains about lack of power merging onto the interstate. If we get anywhere near the Edmund's private party price for this car, it will have exceeded our expectations for value. Presently has 193,000 miles.


Favorite Features

Was pretty dang cheap with 177,000 miles. Big car with decent gas mileage.


Suggested Improvements

Lack of power. Wish it would sell like a Toyota with the same miles.


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Never Again
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By pepsi512
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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Stay Away, I will never own Dodge again. within 1 month of owning, blown head gasget, blown pressure relief valve, Replaced. Then engine lght stays on..no power uphills, sludge build up in engine (oil changed correclty) Misses, overheats. Can't see when backing up vision field limited. I would highly recommend if you are thinking of buying an intrepid research not only this year but many others have severe engine trouble. I can't wait to trade it in if I can ever get it to run long enough to trade in! Value drops.


Favorite Features

Color, roomy


Suggested Improvements

Engine replacement, Bigger radiator for cooling system, larger back side windows


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Nice looking and roomy
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By brendan
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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My wife and I bought it used because she liked the loook of the outside and we really had to buy something that day. The price was right but the car stinks. It is a nice looking car and it is roomy. We have had the car in the shop at least once a month and we always think that it is the trans but it turns out to be something else. The car was not worth the stress and inconvience. i will never own another dodge, this is my third and it is the same story, cheap and ineefective.


Favorite Features

It is great on gas when it is running.


Suggested Improvements

Dump Mopar and get Chevy parts. Look up Dodge in the dictionary and it says "to stay away"


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Liked it, lost it
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By Dodgey person
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought it with 23k on the clock, great car, never let me down once. Had to swap some brake rotors out as they warped a couple of times. Bought the 2.7 that has a timing chain instead of a belt, never missed a beat. Someone pulled out in front of me and now I have to find another one! Aaarghh! Anyway, car was roomy, fun and very dependable. If I can find a decent one equal to my insurance check, I'll snag it, but they are a dying breed. Highly recommend this car, good value for money I think.


Favorite Features

Styling (one of the 1st cars designed entirely with 3D CAD), room, reliability and ease of maintenance.


Suggested Improvements

Sort out the brake rotor thing, maybe the 2.7 could use a bit more grunt.


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enjoy but be aware of potential prblems
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By ray
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I've had this car for over 4 years and have put on 85,000 miles. The engine is quiet & without problems primarily because I have used mobil 1 since new. The 2.7 engine has a history of sludging and failing by 100k (many times earlier) if you do normal oil changes with regular oil. I.e., the oil cooks in the engine. However, if you can find a low mileage version (2.7 L) or one with 3.5 L engine, you should be okay AS LONG AS YOU USE MOBIL ONE. (if you don't believe me ask any mechanic with real experience with the 2.7 L engine. YOU SHOULD BE REALLY SUSPCIOUS OF A HIGH ENGINE 2.7 L (definitely have mechanic check one of these).


Favorite Features

super handling. Has lots of power at higher speeds (like passing or over 55 mph) You can go from 70 to 90 fast (but not 0 to 45). Comfortable size. power driver's seat helpful if you're tall. I'm already looking to buy a lower mileage version (I like the car & only because I knew about the 2.7 L)


Suggested Improvements

slow from a light but acceptable. Hard to see backing up. Getting close to something when parking is tricky.


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"THE INTREPID"
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By will intrepid
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2003 Dodge Intrepid SXT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my Dodge Intrepid just last year and it's been a great car, matter of fact the best four-door sedan I have ever driven or bought even so it gives me some difficulties like I had to get the transmission rebuilt at 91,000 some odd miles but does get me from point A to point B when I need it to.


Favorite Features

The 3.5 liter High Output V-6 with dual exhaust 60-seris flowmaster and two 2 1/2 inch tips.


Suggested Improvements

Needs TLC all the time!


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