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By P.I. in New Jersey on Sunday, November 25, 2007
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
"Since I drive 1,000 miles a week on average, I have been purchasing used GSA FBI vehicles from a dealer in NJ, the last few being Buick Century's. I usually pick the cars up with between 75,000 and 90,000 miles and have been running them for 3 years up to the 250,000 range without problems. Two years ago I picked up a very clean FBI '01 Dodge Intrepid with 73,000 miles for $6,000. This car has been just as reliable without any mechanical, engine or drivetrain problems as the Buicks. I'm now up to 189,000 and am still getting 25 mpg and no oil consumption and it just passed a rigorous 2 year State Inspection. The only complaint I would have is that it is not as quiet inside as the Buick but is much more stable at highway speeds of 75-90 mph. Based on my experience, my brother who is a salesman down South, just purchased an '04 Intrepid this past year and has been just as happy. GOOD DRIVING!!!"
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By DetAdMan on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Decent mileage, dependable, good handling"
Cons: "Poor badging, short-lived brakes"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Unlike some reviewers who have over 200,000 miles on their car and seem to be surprised that they need to replace parts on a 12 year old car, I'm a bit more pragmatic. Given the way I drive it - 70% city and 30% highway - over the length of time I've had it, the Intrepid has been a solid performer. The 3.2 has more than enough power to enter the freeway without screaming, and the mileage is decent for a car its size: 25 mpg highway and 22 city. A few things stand out: the badging fell off long ago. I stopped having it replaced at the dealer after a few times. Just not worth the trouble. The original brakes were typical Chrysler brakes: they only lasted 30,000 miles. I haven't had a problem with the replacements from an aftermarket store. On the other hand, the heating system is also typical Chrysler: it warms up fast and you can roast a turkey in the cabin if you want. Great for using during a Michigan winter. Otherwise, I've had nary a problem that wouldn't be expected in an old car that's used in Michigan weather. I'll probably be selling it soon; the newer cars offer more features and better mileage. But I'll definitely be looking at another Dodge. If you're realistic in your expectations, Dodge seems to make a decent vehicle."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By catholiccoug on Tuesday, November 08, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great car, solid, well-built, and roomy!"
Cons: "Older car so doesn't have modern technology hookup"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased this car 7 years ago used. It had 45,000 miles on it at the time. The entire time I have owned this car, I have not had one mechanical problem with it. The only repair I had to make at all was replacing the driver's side window when a clip that held the window in place broke. This car gets great gas mileage (on road trips I can get as much as 32 or 33 miles per gallon!) and is a very comfy ride. I'm 6' 1" and there is plenty of room in this car if you are big and/or tall! The trunk is HUGE. I took my car to a training we were holding and it carried all 3 of us plus our luggage plus all or our training materials (binders, boxes of supplies, etc.) It's fun to drive and drives a lot like a sports car. I lovingly call mine the "silver bullet." This is a good, solid car."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful