1997 DODGE INTREPID SEDAN

Used Car - 1997 Dodge Intrepid Sedan in Belair, Md

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    About This 1997 Dodge Intrepid Sedan
    Seller:
    Vehicle Location:
    Belair, Md
    Year:
    1997
    Make:
    Dodge
    Model:
    Intrepid
    Trim:
    Sedan
    Price:
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    Condition:
    Used
    Engine:
    V6 Cylinder Engine
    Drivetrain:
    Front Wheel Drive
    Fuel Type:
    Gasoline
    Doors:
    Five Door
    VIN:

    Fuel Economy Estimates
    City MPG
    19
    Miles Per Gallon
    Highway MPG
    27
    Combined MPG: 23
    Estimated Monthly Fuel Cost: $102.72*
    *Based on $1.89 per gallon and 15k miles per year.
    Actual costs may vary.
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    Located at D&D Motors in Belair, Md.  Call D&D Motors today at 301-729-3700 for more information about this vehicle.

    Vehicle Options:

    • 3.3l (201) Smpi V6 Engine
    • 4-speed Automatic Transaxle W/od
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • 90 Amp Alternator
    • 600 Cca Battery
    • Touring Tuned Suspension W/front Gas-charged Macpherson Struts
    • Rear Multilink Chapman Struts
    • Front/rear Stabilizer Bars
    • Front/rear Coil Springs
    • P225/60r16 All-season Touring Sbr Tires
    • Compact Spare Tire
    • 16" "fortress" Bolt-on Wheel Covers
    • Pwr-assisted Front Disc/rear Drum Brakes
    • Pwr Rack & Pinion Steering
    • 18 Gallon Fuel Tank W/tethered Cap
    • Aluminized Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • Body-color Bumpers W/front & Rear Fascias
    • Body-side Moldings
    • Aero Design Low Profile Headlamps W/shut-off Delay
    • Fascia Integrated Front Fog Lamps
    • Black Dual Exterior Pwr Remote Heated Mirrors
    • Solar Control Tinted Glass
    • Deluxe Windshield Wipers W/speed Sensitive Intermittent Feature
    • Cloth Front Bucket Seats W/rear Bench Seat
    • Floor Console-inc: Armrest
    • Cupholders
    • Cassette & Cd Storage
    • Coinholder
    • Rear Heat & Ac Ducts
    • Front/rear Floor Mats
    • Tilt Steering Column
    • Instrument Panel W/120-mph Speedometer
    • Tachometer
    • Odometer W/trip Odometer/ Fuel & Temp Gauges
    • Warning Chimes-inc: Key-in-ignition
    • Door Ajar
    • Headlamps On
    • Seatbelts
    • Warning Lights-inc: Brake
    • Low Oil
    • High Temp
    • Check Engine
    • Charging System
    • Low Fuel
    • Seatbelts
    • Turn Signal On
    • Highbeam On
    • Airbag
    • Engine Temp
    • Speed Control
    • Speed Control
    • Pwr Windows W/1-touch-down Feature
    • Pwr Door Locks
    • Rear Window Defroster
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Electronic Am/fm Stereo Radio W/cassette-inc: Seek-scan
    • (6) Speakers
    • Dual Covered Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Lighting-inc: Front Reading Lamps W/2-switches
    • Rear Courtesy Lamps
    • Glove Box
    • Ash Receiver
    • Ignition
    • Trunk
    • Pwr Remote Decklid Release
    • City 19/hwy 27 (3.3l Engine/4-speed Auto Trans)
    • City 17/hwy 26 (3.5l Engine/4-speed Auto Trans)
    • Passive Driver & Front Passenger Airbags Restraint System
    • Front/rear Outboard Active 3-point Unibelt W/rear Center Lapbelt
    • Child Safety Rear Door Locks
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • A/c
    • Am/fm Stereo
    • Cassette
    • Front Disc/rear Drum Brakes
    • Cruise Control
    • Rear Defrost
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Floor Mats
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Power Door Locks
    • Heated Mirrors
    • Power Mirror(s)
    • Cloth Seats
    • Bucket Seats
    • Power Steering
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Tires - Front All-season
    • Tires - Rear All-season
    • Temporary Spare Tire
    • 4-speed A/t
    • Power Windows
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • A/t
    • Fog Lamps
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Automatic Headlights
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Front Reading Lamps
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Wheel Covers
    • Rear Bench Seat

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    1997 Dodge Intrepid Review

    This car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale.
    1997 Dodge Intrepid
    Still outstanding as changes loom.

     

    Introduction
    Every year, we drive Chrysler's beautifully engineered and thoughtfully constructed LH cars--the Dodge Intrepid, Eagle Vision and Chrysler Concorde--and every year, we wonder aloud: are you sure these sleekly stellar sedans were made by the same company that gave us the stodgy K car?

     

    As it stands, the 1993-model-year introduction of the LH platform, with its breakthrough cab-forward design, was enough to really bail Chrysler out--after years of being relegated to the cellar of the domestic Big Three by its unimaginitive, plain-vanilla designs.

     

    But on the strength of its LH cars--and the expanded luxury version, the LHS, Chrysler has shaken off the doldrums and re-emerged as a design leader, a position that's sure to be reinforced by the new LH cars, which will begin filtering into showrooms this fall.

     

    The combination of dramatic styling and on-the-road agility--and more interior roominess than many competing cars--has wowed critics and car buyers alike, making the LH one of America's auto-biz success stories of the '90s.

     

    Wisely, Chrysler continues to spread the LH wisdom around, offering an LH entry in three of its divisions: Dodge Intrepid and Chrysler Concorde take advantage of longtime customer loyalty to those two stalwart divisions, while the Eagle Vision does duty as an import fighter, trying to lure more cutting-edge, sport-minded buyers.

     

    The Vision also serves as the testing ground for new technological advances, like last year when it was used to introduce the AutoStick system--an automatic transmission that can be shifted like a stick shift. The AutoStick proved popular enough that it's now also an option on the Intrepid.

     

    Walkaround
    The color of our Intrepid Sport test model is dubbed Bright Platinum Metallic--a $200 optional paint job--but looked more like light metallic grey to our eyes. The wide front air dam, wide-set foglights and squinty headlights give the Intrepid the look of a nocturnal predator. This is a car that definitely looks like it's on the prowl.

     

    Prowling for what, we wonder? Perhaps it's eager to gobble up cars like the Ford Taurus, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, which are territorial rivals even though the Intrepid is actually a full-size car.

     

    By now, every auto journalist worth his or her weight in free coffee and Danish has thrown laurels at the feet of the Chrysler designers who came up with the cab-forward design. But let us add to those hosannas: In concert with the dramatically-swept windshield, the function of this design follows its sleek form--both in terms of exterior aerodynamics and interior space.

     

    Adding to the Intrepid's heart-fluttering hint of bad-boy are the evocative monochrome body cladding, the eye-catching wraparound taillights, the black-tinted windshield trim, and black heated-mirror housings.

     

    Trim levels include the base Intrepid and the Intrepid ES. Updates for the '97 include bolt-on wheel covers, an optional eight-way power driver's seat, and a new $1400 Sport option package that consists of a 3.5-liter 24-valve overhead-cam V6 engine, the AutoStick system, Sport badging, leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob, a digital message center and the eight-way driver's seat.

     

    The base price of an Intrepid is $19,955, including destination. Our tester came equipped with the Sport package. After adding the $200 metallic paint job, $105 for a regional emissions test and the $550 destination--then subtracting the $600 Dodge discount--the final MSRP came to $21,060.

     

    Interior
    When the Intrepid was introduced, one car-buff magazine measured the interior space, from the base of the windshield to the base of its backlight, and found it was 14 inches longer than a Ford Crown Vic--a vehicle that's much larger and heavier.

     

    Therein lies the beauty of the synergy between the cab-forward design and the long wheelbase. There's enough back seat legroom for Dick the Bruiser to pin the Sheik with a flying leg-scissor hold. Headroom is also copious, while the optional 50/50 split-bench front seat increases seating capacity from five to six--and with the Intrepid, that means six full-sized adults.

     

    Standard equipment on the Intrepid consists of a 3.3-liter 161-hp V6 engine, four-speed automatic transmission, dual airbags, air conditioning, tinted glass, AM/FM/cassette, rear defroster, front bucket seats, dual vanity mirrors, body side protection, interior courtesy lamps, tilt steering and power windows/locks/mirrors.

     

    All switches are easy to locate and operate, and dials are smartly laid out and well-illuminated. The sporty instruments have black-on-white graphics, with a touch of grey shading.

     

    The eight-way power seat provides plenty of body-position configurations at the flip of a switch, and it reclines to near-horizontal to provide clearance for loading large or odd-shaped objects. Interior lighting is also generous.

     

    And can we talk cupholders? The Intrepid sets the gold standard: the adjustable sides can be ratcheted in and out to hold cups of various girths--and keep them in place. We wish this design was universal.

     

    Driving Impression
    Although the standard 3.3-liter engine would probably be sufficient for most drivers, the optional 3.5-liter powerplant puts out an additional 53 hp--a total of 214--for those who like a little more tiger in their tank. The extra power definitely makes the Intrepid more fun to drive--this is a sporty sedan, after all--and provides added muscle for must-pass scenarios.

     

    The 3.5-liter V6 is especially robust when matched with the AutoStick. After dropping the shift lever into AutoStick, you're able to shift up and down by flicking the shift lever to the left to upshift and to the right to downshift.

     

    It takes a bit of getting used to--especially since there's no clutch pedal to synchronize with the shift lever. But once we overcame the novelty and newness of sans-clutch shifting, we were impressed by how much more attuned we felt to the car's power. Of course, a five-speed manual shift on the floor would deliver even more spritely performance, but Chrylser doesn't offer a stick shift in its LH cars.

     

    The 3.5-liter engine ran smoothly and quietly; at 50 mph, the tachometer held steady at a very civilized 1500 rpm, meaning the engine is doing its job without straining.

     

    When turning into tight corners, the Intrepid's variable-assist power steering--working in conjunction with the fully independent Touring suspension--delivered crisp, precise handling with minimal body roll. In sudden-stop situations, the four-wheel antilock disc brakes brought the Intrepid to a safe, controlled halt.

     

    One caveat, however: it's beyond us how such an otherwise tightly-engineered car can allow so much wind noise to intrude--via the front-seat windows--upon such a joyful driving experience.


     

    Summary
    Now that the LH has been in the marketplace for more than four years, we're somewhat torn. On the one hand, we love this car. On the other, even though we hotly anticipate innovations--and the LH cars are headed for a truly head-turning redesign for 1998--we almost hate to see Chrysler tampering with such a wonderfully-crafted car.

     

    On the other hand, with updates on the near-horizon, this is a good time to cut an extra good deal on the current Intrepid. We find it hard to imagine anyone being disappointed with this car.

     

    Assembled In
    Newark, DE; Bramalea, Ont., Canada.

     

    Options As Tested
    ABS, AutoStick shifter, leather-wrapped steering wheel, message center, 8-way power driver's seat, bright platinum metallic paint.

     

    Model Tested
    Intrepid Sport.


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    15520 McMullen Hwy SW
    Belair, Md. 21502

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    Belair, Md. 21502

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