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Suprisingly Good
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By RatherPleased
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2004 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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My wife bought this car secondhand while we were engaged. Shortly after, I ended up inheriting it after my car died. I would have never gone out of my way to buy an Intrepid, as Chryslers have an iffy reputation for resale. Ours must have been built while the workers were in a good mood, because despite having some odd problems which stem from wonky workmanship, this car has been an absolute tank that keeps going and going and going. At 120K, the 2.7 doesn't leak or burn a drop of oil and still gets me a respectable 23-24 MPG with hard highway driving (I travel for work). At 80 MPH, it passes anything on the highway and climbs hills without losing any momentum. The AC is incredible, and I like the fact that it uses old-school knobs that don't require my attention to operate. The ride is old-school big-car comfy, complete with bench seats and a column shifter. Being a big driver with long legs, I appreciate this vanishing feature greatly. It's not perfect, as the fit-and-finish on this car is spotty. Overall, it's a good looking ride and does it's job very well. I drive HARD for work (about 2,700-3,000 miles per month) and I refuse to have car payments. This ride is a real workhorse. The Good: Good engine, amazing AC/Heat, thick seats, epic legroom (front and rear), huge trunk, handles well (doesn't feel like the big boat that it is), nice brakes, heavy front-wheel-drive setup makes this a good winter/snow car, great gear ratios for freeway driving, and structurally safe. The Bad: Interior plastics are classic Mopar junk, door handles break easily on these, driver's window track is broken, CD player skips (the car is old), and the transmission has wonky gearing that favors freeway over city (you have to stomp it around town and gas mileage suffers), and the most insane battery location in the history of cars (you have to remove a tire to get to it). Overall: Maybe ours is a rare gem, but with proper care and feeding, the Intrepid is a decent secondhand car. Good first car for teenagers/college kids because it's big and safe, but they have a spotty reputation so keep your eyes open.


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Money Pit
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By moonfairy
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2004 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my Dodge Intrepid on February of 2013. Iwas just under 100,000 miles when I bought it and in a year and a half of driving put about 13000 miles on it... it started leaking radiator fluid and then oil and power steering. I tried fixing those problems but never could fix the radiator, I couldn't get the fluid to actually go down into the engine as its routed weirdly and it started over heating. Next thing I knew I was getting a knocking noise in the engine and when we checked there was water in my oil. I tried getting that fixed but the fix didnt work and in three days my engine was shot. it has the craziest engine I have ever seen. I would never suggest someone buy this car ever!


Best Features

style of car is great. love the speed when it runs good its is amazing... Loved my car til it started becoming a money pit.


Worst Features

Most definitely redesign the radiator system which is completely wonky...never seen anything like it and it seems to be in my experience and from reading reviews the main issue cause the engine to blow and create a spot in the engine for putting transmission fluid in it without having to fill through the dip stick part of it...and clearly label all fluid fill areas!!


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Should Have Shopped Around
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By sbrazee
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2004 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my Intrepid last summer and paid more than I should have. I have had the car for a little over a year and I have had to replace the water pump, radiator, thermostat, and the fuse for the transmission that kept blowing. I wanted a car that was roomy and could be comfortable to drive. Instead I got a fix and repair daily pretty much. DO not buy this car for the 2004. It's not worth it.


Worst Features

Make the darn car more reliable.


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Strong engine, weak everywhere else. Not worth it.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By cfresh96
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2004 Dodge Intrepid SXT 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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I used this car for primarily getting to and from school for a few months, and it had no problems. I purchased it at 95,000 miles. I didn't really have problems with it. I treated it like garbage and raced it, drifted, etc. It lasted, I couldn't believe it. I then started delivering pizzas to make extra money, and then everything came back at me. Again, I used the power of the car to get me where I needed to go quickly. I put on 18,000 miles on it in a matter of 6 months. It no longer can last 10 miles of driving due to it overheating.


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The heat is hot in the winter, and it gets hot quickly. Doesn't get terrible mileage (18-24) avg. Its very comfortable, the seats, the feel. The car is large, inside and out. Handles very well. however. Very sporty and tough. Tons of trunk room and leg room. The SXT 3.5 V6 is a very strong engine. I can put up a fight with V8's. Its only fun to beat the heck out of. Strong as heck.


Worst Features

The lights obtain moisture often and go out. I drilled a hole in the bottom to let out condensation, fixed it up fine. Poor cooling system, overheats easily, poor location of water pump. Suspension is weak, very bouncy, doesn't last. Brakes don't last long, car is heavy. Poor build quality, especially inside. Parts fall off, break, windows come off the track, door handles dont work. Mirrors fall off, windows are slow to go up if they work at all. The get stuck in the winter or extreme heat. The air conditioning is lukewarm and it stinks terribly. Long nose makes parking for some difficult, I am used to it. Poor rear vision. Do not buy this car, not worth it.


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Do Not Buy Intrepid 2.7 or Any Other Chrysler Product
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By derek_a
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2004 Dodge Intrepid SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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I wouldn't recommend buying any used Chrysler product with no warranty. My 2004 Intrepid 2.7 lived in the shop. The car couldn't go 6 months without needing a repair, but this car's biggest problem is it's cooling system when the engine is properly maintained with 3000 mile full synthetic oil changes as I did. I've been thru 2 water outlets! a radiator, a coolant reservoir, 2 thermostats, and 2 thermostat housings. Then the car's water pump, which is at the center of the engine, goes bad causing the car to overheat and blow part of the head gasket. On top of that, the car is now tapping. Tapping, waterpump, and gasket fix will cost the same as getting a new engine. I'm getting a new car!


Best Features

Nice looks, humongous full sized sedan, trunk almost swallows full sized bike, A/C blows super hard.


Worst Features

Chrysler of America should've had the same good build quality as Chrysler of Canada!


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