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2004 Dodge Intrepid Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2004 Dodge Intrepid Sedan

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Suprisingly Good
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By RatherPleased
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2004 Dodge Intrepid Sedan 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
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By moonfairy
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2004 Dodge Intrepid Sedan 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
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By sbrazee
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2004 Dodge Intrepid Sedan 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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Do Not Buy Intrepid 2.7 or Any Other Chrysler Product
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By derek_a
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2004 Dodge Intrepid Sedan 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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Good big cheap car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By herogeorge
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2004 Dodge Intrepid Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl 4A)


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The car was inexpensive when I bought it, comfortable, and roomy.

Bought my 2004 Dodge Intrepid SE with ~15K miles on it and ran it 8 years until it had ~125K miles. Reasonable maintenance costs up through ~100K miles, then the bills started to pile up (transmission, water pump, etc.). Depreciation
reduced the car's value to less than the cost of replacing the head when it broke, so I sold it.

Not a great car, but Overall, I was reasonably happy with my purchase. However, I would be wary of one that has over 100K miles.


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I think the last gen Intrepids were among the best looking large sedans of the last couple of decades. Lots of passenger room. Big trunk. Great highway cruiser.


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