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1997 Dodge Intrepid Sedan

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Pre-Owned Profile: 1993-1997 Dodge Intrepid

Source: AutoTrader.com

The Dodge Intrepid's exciting cab-forward design helped transform the image of Chrysler's cars when it was first introduced in 1993.

Chrysler was in trouble with its line of cars in the early 1990s as they had a dated boxy look to them and sales were falling. A radical change was needed and Chrysler did just that when it introduced the much anticipated LH line of cars in 1992 as 1993 model year cars. At the time they had a different appearance from anything else on the road with their pronounced cab-forward design. This also provided the car with a longer wheelbase for increased interior space and improved handling.

Three models were introduced at launch - the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision. Minor styling differences separated the three models on the outside. Inside there was little difference between the Eagle and Dodge models while the Chrysler was positioned as the more upmarket model with a more luxuriously appointed interior.

If you like a car that is large inside yet doesn't feel big, check out the Dodge Intrepid or Eagle Vision. If you want a little more luxury check the all but identical Chrysler Concorde. But if you want a square boxy looking car don't go after one of these cars as they will not appeal to you.


What You Need To Know:

1. Review of a 1996 Dodge Intrepid

2. Summary of Good and Bad Points by Owners

3. History of Intrepid

4. Review of Current Model

5. Basic Facts

6. Changes Year-to-Year

7. Safety Information

8. Value Guide

9. Option Installment Rate

10. Sales History

11. Awards and Commendations Earned

12. Other Reviews

13. Recall Information

14. Price of Spare Parts


1. Pre-owned Vehicle Review (1996 Dodge Intrepid)

My Likes:  great looking modern car, spacious interior

Dislikes:  so-so finish

Competitors:  Chevrolet Caprice, Oldsmobile 88, Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Buick LeSabre, Pontiac Bonneville. (Chrysler Concorde and Eagle Vision are based on same platform and body)

Miles:  35,800

Condition:  B

Price new:  $19,500 (est.)

Posted price:  $15,690

When I walked up to this dark green Intrepid, I was struck by how large it was compared to the Nissan Maxima and Chevrolet Lumina parked next to it. I was also struck by how modern the design still looks even though it originally appeared in 1992 and the other two cars have both been restyled more recently.

If you want a stylish car with plenty of room for five passengers (or six if it's fitted with the optional front bench seat) the Intrepid makes a lot of sense. The car has a unique "cab-forward" look to it that was revolutionary in 1993 when Chrysler introduced its line of LH cars, as they were called. They were a radical departure compared to previous Chrysler cars and helped rejuvenate the company's fortunes.

Although this particular Intrepid was only two years old it had a relatively high mileage which was also reflected to a certain extent in its condition. From a distance the car looked fine but on closer examination the exterior plastic was looking a little faded as was the interior plastic trim. The cover over the passenger side air bag had become warped in the sun. There were a couple of minor squeaks that made themselves apparent on the highway.

None of this detracted from the driving experience which was fine. Although the car had a dead battery it appeared to be nothing worse than a temporary problem caused by an interior light that had been left on for who knows how long. Once jump-started, the engine fired up immediately. The 3.3-liter V-6 engine provided enough power to make the car quite sporty. For those who want even better performance and handling the ES model has a larger engine and a more sporty suspension.

Even large adults will find there is plenty of room in the rear seats. In the base model I drove there was no armrest in the center of the rear seat. The cloth seats proved to be reasonably comfortable though I would like more support in the driver's seat for long journeys.

Despite its size the car handled nimbly thanks to its wide stance and long wheelbase. It is certainly a far cry from large cars of prior decades. Overall the Intrepid felt quite solid and offers great value for the money compared to some small cars. It's an ideal choice as a pre-owned car for those who want style and space.


2. Summing It Up - Owners Views


"The Eagle Vision is a wonderful car. It rides smooth. I'd compare it to what it would probably be like to float on a cloud. The Eagle Vision offers many great features: outside temperature, many compartments and my favorite... a built in electronic compass. There is plenty of leg space and trunk space." - 1998 purchaser of a 1993 Eagle Vision.


"I really can't find anything to fault the Vision on. It's a superb car!"


3. History of Intrepid

After suffering near-bankruptcy in the 1980s, Chrysler had staged a remarkable turnaround with its minivans, Jeeps and trucks by the early 1990s. On the car side though, its models were decidedly long in the tooth. Then in one bold move it introduced the LH line of cars that swept it into the lead among the domestic auto companies as a manufacturer of leading-edge cars.

The LH models - the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision - were introduced with much fanfare in late 1992 as a 1993 model. The cab-forward design offered a truly modern look as well as providing exceptional interior space and good handling. Quality was not up to par in the early models but it has improved year by year. There were very few changes made during the four-year model run as the overall design was so well executed in the first place.

An all-new model hit the market last year as a 1998 model. Its design moves the bar again in domestic car design with a snazzy look that stands out dramatically on the highway.


4. Review of Current Intrepid

If you want to blend in as you drive a car don't buy a 1998 Dodge Intrepid. The stylists at Chrysler have come up with a design that is so futuristic looking that you cannot help but get noticed as you drive down the road. It makes other large cars look totally dated.

Refinements throughout the vehicle have turned it into a very competent large car. One nice feature that is a first for a domestic car is the Autostick optional transmission on the ES model, which can be used as an automatic or manual. It's the same system that's found on Ferraris and Porsches among other import cars. Pricing remains very reasonable making it great value for the money.


5. Basic Facts: 1993 - 1997 Intrepid

Vehicle Type:  Large Sedan

No. Passengers:  up to six (with optional bench seat)

Origin of assembly:  Newark, Delaware and Canada

Engine: Standard:  3.3-liter 153 hp V-6

Option:  3.5-liter 215 hp SOHC V-6

Transmission:  4-spd. auto; front-drive

Length:  202 inches

Wheelbase:  113 inches

Width:  75 inches

Height:  56 inches

Curb weight:  3400 lbs. (approx.)

Cargo volume:  17 cu. ft.

Fuel tank capacity:  18 gals.

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway):  20/28 (3.3-liter, auto); 18/26 (3.5-liter, auto)


6. Changes in the Dodge Intrepid Line 1993 - 1999

1993 Model Year

All-new Intrepid introduced as first in series of cab-forward designs. The LH line (as it was code-named), include a Chrysler and Eagle version

1994 Model Year

Horsepower increased from 153 to 161 in base 3.3-liter engine

Electronic-controlled auto transmission revised for smoother shifts

Air conditioning standard on all models

Touring suspension now standard on all models

Variable assist power steering standard on ES, optional on base model

1995 Model Year

Automatic transmission modified

Remote keyless system revised

1996 Model Year

Reduction in noise and harshness

1997 Model Year

Upgraded radio in base model

Sports handling package optional in base model

1998 Model Year

Totally redesigned model introduced with new aluminum V-6 engine

Model features increased interior space with more refinement, cloaked in an even more futuristic body shape

1999 Model Year

Few minor changes


7. Safety Notes

NHTSA Crash rating (‘96 model year): Driver 4; Passenger 4 (5 is best)

ABS optional on base model, standard on ES

Dual air bags standard from 1993


8. Value Guide

Prices listed are for base models. Options can add considerably to the lowest price listed as these are usually "stripped" models. In many cases, very few vehicles are ever sold at the lowest price listed! Source: Kelley Blue Book

1993 Model Year

New: $16,755 to $18,014

1994 Model Year

New: $18,225 to $20,165

1995 Model Year

New: $18,509 to $21,379

1996 Model Year

New: $19,295 to $22,810

1997 Model Year

New: $19,995 to $23,460

1998 Model Year

New: $20,235 to $23,015


9. Option Installment Rate

Generally, when you order a new car you have a choice of factory-installed options. When you buy a pre-owned vehicle the choice is limited to what was actually installed on vehicles sold in that model year. Use this option installment rate as a guide to the chances of finding particular options on a pre-owned vehicle. Source: Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

1993 Model Year

Installment Rate


3.3-liter V-6 66%

3.5-liter V-6 (SOHC) 34%

ABS Brakes: 76%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 30%

1994 Model Year

Installment Rate


3.3-liter V-6 74%

3.5-liter V-6 (SOHC) 26%

ABS Brakes: 52%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 46%

1995 Model Year

Installment Rate


3.3-liter V-6 68%

3.5-liter V-6 (SOHC) 32%

ABS Brakes: 49%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 33%

1996 Model Year

Installment Rate


3.3-liter V-6 42%

3.5-liter V-6 (SOHC) 58%

ABS Brakes: 42%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 30%

1997 Model Year

Installment Rate


3.3-liter V-6 36%

3.5-liter V-6 (SOHC) 64%

ABS Brakes: 34%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 29%


10. Production/Sales Volume History

Normally a model year runs from Oct. to September. Often though, when a new version is introduced it hits the market before October. Legally, a model year can start as early as January of the preceding year. Accurate model year sales counts are almost impossible to collect as different model year vehicles are regularly sold side-by-side for several months. Production figures, when listed, include vehicles made for export to Canada, Mexico and overseas. Source: manufacturers

1993 Model Year (first year of model)

Production run: Aug.1992 through Sept. 1993

Total number produced: 81,236

Total no. sold in U.S.: 75,454

1994 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1993 through Sept. 1994

Total number produced: 155,170

Total no. sold in U.S.: 126,142

1995 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1994 through Sept. 1995

Total number produced: 168,234

Total no. sold in U.S.: 147,346

1996 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1995 through Sept. 1996

Total number produced: 145,167

Total no. sold in U.S.: 149,220

1997 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1996 through Sept. 1997

Total number produced: 151,404

Total no. sold in U.S.: 137,175

1998 Model Year (first year of new model)

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 88,679


11. Awards and Commendations


"Ten Best" - Car and Driver


"Ten Best" - Car and Driver



"This is the big guy, the four-door gymnasium, the Fruehauf of the family haulers. . . . the interior feels like one and a half Accords, with three-across seating no problem in back and tremendous stretch-out room for adult legs. . . .The second-best Intrepid feature is that it doesn't drive big." - Car and Driver comparison test, Sept. 1994

"Chrysler hopes the LH cars will rejuvenate its car business. To accomplish this, the engineers and designers realized they had to design a car that was better than others on the market, whether imported or domestic." - John Rettie, Test Drive column, New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, August 1992


13. Recalls  (Only major recalls listed)

ID Number:  98V184000

Component:  fuel injection system

Potential Number of Units Affected:  722,600

Year:  1993 - 1997

Manufactured From:  Jun. 1992 to Jul. 1997

Year of Recall:  '98

Summary:  The fuel injection delivery system can leak fuel from some of the sealing O-rings or from hairline cracks in the thermoplastic fuel injection rail.

ID Number:  94V024000

Component:  electrical system wiring

Potential Number of Units Affected:  110,000

Year:  1994

Manufactured From:  July 1993 to Dec. 1993

Year of Recall:  '94

Summary:  the right steering tie rod can rub through the automatic transmission wiring harness causing a short circuit which results in electrical system malfunctions including engine stalling and an inoperative park/starter interlock system.


14. Cost of Parts for 1995 model  (relative to other vehicles)

Headlight unit:  $117 (average)

Side marker lamp:  $72 (above average)

Door (left front):  $635 (above average)

Fender (left front):  $200 (average)

Note: these are estimated retail prices for commonly replaced body parts on a 1995 model. Prices are current as of mid-1998 but will vary from region to region and are subject to change at any time. Source: ADP Collision

The Rettie Report and Pre-owned Profiles contain objective information from a variety of sources. The subjective comments are those of John Rettie.



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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Opt

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance W/24 hour road service

Dodge Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-Years/100,000-Miles (whichever comes first). Powertrain Limited Warranty runs from the date vehicle was sold as new.

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty. Starts on the date of the CPOV sale, or at the expiration of the remaining 3/36 Basic New Vehicle Warranty.

A deductible may apply. See dealer for details or call 1-800-677-5782
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years / 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 125
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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