As its name implies, Dodge Intrepid proved to be a bold risk taker when it broke free from the stereotypical look of full-size sedans. It was released with a short front end and a cab-forward design, which allowed for a spacious cabin. Intrepid was definitely a standout among the sedan segment, but its style did not necessarily gain much fondness. Mostly, it was well liked for its nice handling and roomy interior, which made it a popular choice among consumers. Dodge Intrepid faced some setbacks, though. Here are some of the problems that Intrepid owners have spotted in the following parts:
Injector O-rings can get worn out over time, and its failure is usually indicated by a strong fuel odor coming from under the hood. In this case, the under hood and the area around the injectors must be inspected for leaks. This will help verify the suspected problem. In the event of worn injector O-rings, it is best to opt for quality replacement. Do not settle for the cork-type injector O-rings, though.
Stabilizer links are responsible for connecting the stabilizer bars to the suspension. So when they start to fail, a clunk or a rattle may become apparent especially when the Intrepid is driven over bumps. The cause of this part's malfunction could be rooted in either a broken ball joint or a defective seal. Damaged stabilizer links should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent mishaps while driving.
There were cases of Dodge Intrepid engines that were difficult to start or do not start at all. This failure usually happens when the temperature is almost at its freezing point, and it could also be due to bad or substandard spark plugs. When replacing the plugs, it is best to use the copper-based or gold-based type. But setting this malfunction aside, the Intrepid is actually equipped with a very reliable and durable engine. In most cases, the engine only fails due to overheating.
Intrepid owners have reported various electrical issues with their cars. Included in this type of problem are faulty automatic doors, short circuit in the alternator, and malfunctioning headlights.
The oddly looking Dodge Intrepid was only manufactured from 1993 to 2004. In Canada and the United States, it was known to be the replacement for the Chrysler Dynasty and the Dodge Monaco respectively as the largest car that Dodge had built. And together with the Concorde and Vision, the Intrepid was labeled LH, which was Chrysler's designated code for the platform to which they belong.
The innovative "cab-forward" design of the Dodge Intrepid was set in motion due to the Lamborghini Portfolino's launch as a concept design in the 1987 Frankfurt Auto Show. However, if one traces back the roots of the Portfolino's appearance, it would be discovered that it is actually based on the Navajo's exterior. This Navajo was a brainchild of Kevin Verduyn in 1986.
2001 marked an important milestone for the Dodge Intrepid when it took a leap into motorsports. The Intrepid's debut in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing or NASCAR also signified the comeback of Dodge in the racing circuit after an 18-year hiatus. However, it only continued on in the competition until 2006.
In 1993, the Intrepid was chosen by Chrysler to be its research platform for a hybrid electric vehicle. This exploration was actually in response to President Bill Clinton's challenge to the three biggest car manufacturers-to produce automobiles that could cater to consumers' demands while maintaining good fuel economy. The result of this research was the Dodge Intrepid ESX.
Chrysler made heads turn when it released a police package of the Dodge Intrepid sometime in the early 2000s. It had a very distinct look with its black-out wheels and chrome hubcaps. This specialized sedan was equipped with a 242-horsepower "Magnum" V6 engine and a standard 4-speed automatic transmission.
Together with the Dodge Concorde, the Intrepid proved its worth when it was included in Car and Driver magazine's "Ten Best" list for the years 1993 and 1994. The same honor was given to it in 1998 and 1999 when its second-generation models came out. Both the first and second-generation Intrepid also won the "Best Buy" award of Consumer Guide.