Thinking of buying a 2002 Dodge Intrepid and you’re now interested in learning about the 2002 Dodge Intrepid problems? We have the information you need, to make in informed decision as well as purchase!
Produced by Dodge (Chrysler) from 1993 to 2004, the “…Dodge Intrepid to the Chrysler 300M, Chrysler LHS, New Yorker Eagle Vision and the Chrysler Concorde, the vehicle was a front-wheel drive, four-door sedan. While the Intrepid was sold in Canada as the Chrysler Intrepid. The Intrepid replaced the Dodge Monaco in the United States- it was once Dodge’s largest car. As time progressed, the Intrepid continued to evolve with the times. The 2003 Dodge Intrepid was a well-equipped sedan, that seated five passengers comfortably.” Read more about the history of the Intrepid, from our article, “Dodge Intrepid Problems – How Many Miles Does A Dodge Intrepid Last?”
How Much Is A 2002 Dodge Intrepid Worth?
According to Edmunds: “The value of a used 2002 Dodge Intrepid ranges from $686 to $2,890, based on vehicle condition, mileage, and options.”
What Kind Of Oil Does A Dodge Intrepid Take?
Your engine cannot function without oil and putting in oil that best suits your car, will extend the longevity of your Intrepid. For an older car, you need a stable oil. Those that say “Max Life”, “Long Life” and similar are perfect for your 2002 Dodge Intrepid. You can also visit your mechanic to find out the best oil for your car.
When Did They Stop Making Dodge Intrepid?
The Dodge Intrepid was cancelled in 2004 after eleven years on the market. In 2006, the rear-wheel drive Charger became Dodges new full-sized sedan.
Is The Dodge Intrepid A Good Car?
Although created a durable and stable car, the 2002 Dodge Intrepid has seen owners who have experienced issues with the car.
So, what are the most common issues with the Dodge Intrepid?
We take a look at a few.
Fuel Leaks and Recalls
Owner Number One-“[This 2002 Dodge Intrepid has] Long cranking time when trying to start the car cold or after a half hour of sitting. So far all they've done is change the spark plugs and the cam sensor. But I'm reading that it might be cracked fuel rail. After six weeks of this problem the car still does not start properly.”
Owner Number Two– [I]Replaced all gaskets and the leak is continuing to persist [It is] seeming to be near fuel regulator or at fuel regulator loses gas very quickly.
Owner Number Three– “Gas is leaking from the bottom of the car while gas is being pumped. Once the gas is in the tank is does not leak.”
Owner Number One– “[I] Had been having shifting problems but when clearing check engine light dealer said the error was not significant. Was away from home on a trip when light came on again and transmission finally failed to engage any gear. Replacement of transmission and a $2000.00 repair bill. What is the sense of these lights if the dealers can't give a better detail of the problem? No, I am not going into this problem and the incidents leading up to the failure. Bought the vehicle used and put almost 80000 miles on the transmission with a few minor fixes totaling several hundred dollars over the three years I have had it.”
Owner Number Two– I was on my way to school when I felt the car jerk real hard but it kept moving. When I got off the interstate, I was sitting at the stop sign waiting to turn and the car wouldn't move. I could put it in gear or take it out but with the engine running even in neutral the car wouldn't move. Luckily when the key was turned forward but not on the car was able to be moved. With the help of 2 officers I was able to get my car to a safe location to have it pulled home. The motor, transmission, and even the battery and starter are all factory. The car died with almost 212,000 miles on it. Yes, I'm upset but mostly because I loved my car. I will look for another Intrepid but if their transmissions were all that bad maybe Dodge should have sold the car with a complimentary extra!”
Owner Number Three– I have a 2002 Dodge Intrepid and from a drivetrain standpoint it is the pits! After 95K miles the tranny went out June 2009 on the expressway! Got it repaired ($3,500.00) with extended warranty only to have the engine (2.7L) go out a few months later ($4K). Got it repaired with the EW and it was OK until it was stolen Dec 2010. I recovered the vehicle in April 2011, but now I should have let the thieves keep it! The transmission, after 20,000 miles has the same problems and no more extended warranty so I'm debating whether to sell for parts or find a reasonable mechanic to repair the tranny. I look at my brother's Toyota Corolla with over 225K miles and still running and ask myself about Chrysler-built products-are they designed to break down after several years?
How does Chrysler expect to have “Made In the U.S.A” stand for something by building crap for cars? I also had a 1999 Chrysler Sebring convertible which I traded for the Dodge. Reason-transmission problems. It is safe to say that building cars of quality keeps buyers coming back so you can bet that any Chrysler-built cars will not be in my possession in the future. If they want “Imported from Detroit” to mean something, don't build crap for cars.”
Car Gets Stuck in Gear
Owner Number One– “This Dodge Intrepid, as well as many other complaints I have read, will “jerk” then the car slows down to 20 mph. After starting at a stop, the RPM's will raise along with the speedometer. If I go 50 mph the cars RPM's will be 5000. I will then pull of alongside of the road and stop and restart the car and it will run fine until I slow down to 20 mph and it will do the same thing. It is starting to kill at a stop occasionally now. I would really like to know what is wrong with this car. I have taken it to Dodge dealers and they think I'm making this up. I would like to know what is wrong with this car!”
Owner Number Two– I bought this car from a so-called friend. Didn't know what a pain in the neck it is to change anything on this car. Changed battery, well battery is UNDER car behind TIRE and had to pay $50 for battery & $75 for labor to change battery, $125 just to replace battery. check engine light came on and didn't pass smog check. cost to repair more than car is worth. And now transmission is getting stuck!!! oh yeah almost forgot about replacing PLASTIC radiator a year ago. I bought this car 3 years ago and no longer speak with so called friend who sold me this piece of crap car!
Owner Number Three– “We need to seek a lemon law suit, on these 2.7 engines, that dodge has created. Along with the knocking noise, I had my oil light going off and on. My car stalling and my transmission being stuck in second gear. I'm so livid, that I want to remove my engine and drop it on the front door step of the dodge/Chrysler plant. I'm going to try and contact consumer affairs and the better business bureau, to try to find steps needed to bring this situation to a recall. We, all work very hard to provide for our families and ourselves. I think its very selfish, of this auto manufacture, in not recalling these engines. This is a major safety hazard, to ourselves and our families, and friends.”
Owner Number One– “I changed the sensors the codes, [then mechanics] told me to and after doing so took it to a repair shop because from 2 codes there are now six codes. The shop told me it was a bad computer. I found one and almost spent the money to get one flashed. but decided to take it to Dealer. The computer is good but the timing chain jumped and told me that now I need a new engine. What the F is going on?”
Owner Number Two– “OK this car has been a real pain for me as it is now almost 7 months later and it's still sitting in my driveway not drivable. My check engine light came on and not a few minutes later of trying to get it back home, every single light on my dashboard went haywire! My radio lights went out completely so I thought maybe the battery went dead and i replaced that, still a problem, had the alternator replaced because it was burnt up, still a problem and the codes coming up also were for bad oxygen sensors so i replaced those as well. Car worked fine for about a day then those same codes came back up on the car saying the oxygen sensors were bad. I paid over $500 for these things and still nothing!”
Owner Number Three– [I] “have a 2002 dodge intrepid. The engine [light] came on I took it in had it diagnosed they said it was my O2 censor. I had that fixed and the engine light [but] came back on so I took it to the dealership and they said I was the PC. My car was still under warranty for the PC. They put the first on and it didn't take so they replaced it with another one. [Soon, I] left dealership and the light came back on. Now the car shakes and when you step on the gas at time it doesn't go. It seems to take a minute or so before it catches and then just takes off… [mechanics said that my] harness was broken and they won’t fix it because they believe they didn't break it. We took it somewhere else they fixed the harness and put in a new fuel filter. After that the car keep over heating took it back in and had to get a new intake hose because the other one was eroded. We also had a full tune up done. And once again the car is shaking bad even when the car is parked it shakes and the engine light blinks. Sometimes the car will even back fire and that’s new. Even when you push on the pedal it still takes a while for it to catch and have the car pick up speed. I have a feeling that it’s the computer is faulty and that’s what is causing the problem, because every code that comes up, we get it fixed and it never seems to solve the problem. What else can we replace and fix? And the car is getting worse as we speak…”
How Many Miles Does A Dodge Intrepid Last?
For many 2002 Dodge Intrepid owners, there have been reports of the car lasting over 200,000 miles.
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