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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,920 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 042006

Intrepid 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,500 miles


Headlights will turn on and off intermittently while driving, or will turn on by themselves without the key in ignition. My mechanic have replaced 3 headlight switches but its not working. Also the car has major electrical problems from internal lamps to headlights. I have read lot of review from other users. I can file a lawsuit with user consumers if I have to against Dodge. This thing is very annoying and Dodge should pay for this.

- Chico, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
October, 2002 and July, 2003. Had to replace relay. Lights inside were blinking occasionally, then transmission would not shift out of first gear, all electric was out. It's now may, 2004 and the lights are beginning to blink again. I'm afraid the same thing is going to happen.

- Winfield, WV, USA

problem #5

Apr 122004

(reported on)


  • 100,943 miles
Ltr fm travis phillips (ky) owner of a 1998 Dodge Chrysler Intrepid reporting defective engine, window off track writer believes vehicle should be recalled reply to the fort wright, ky district office. The vehicle engine blew while the consumer's wife was driving 65 mph. There was no warning prior to this incident. The consumer indicated that he had the oil changed every 3000 miles and that the oil was just changed prior to the engine failure. The vehicles lights flickered, the windows came off the track when putting them up or down. The seals around the doors fell off. The air/heat only worked when on high. The starter failed.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Jan 072004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Repairs were done to the engine on 3 occasions, rotors 2 occasions, brakes 1 occasion, control arms (suspension) 1 occasion, steering 1 occasion, & electrical. Although I only have 54,000 miles on my car and the engine has been replaced, the dealership refuses to fix the ongoing engine problems. The dealership manager, rod harris, admits it a lifter ticking but insists that it is normal. Chrysler gave me an "added care service contract" that is good through 6/26/04 and to 75,000 miles. Plan code is ad675H. They refuse to fix my car. This is the second time, after the first three attempts to fix it, I have been to the dealership. I filed a complaint with Chrysler on 1/12/04. Also note they still have my vehicle today 1/12/04 because the transmission failed. It's been in service for 5 days. Transmission failed while I was driving on 1/7/04. I am concerned with the safety of the vehicle and the engine failing now with my 10 month old daughter.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 082003


  • Manual transmission
  • 51,000 miles
I believe my vehicle overall is defective. We purchased this vehicle new and have had nothing but problems with it. Had to replace rocker arms and engine at 51,000 miles. Have since replaced computer, transmission, intake manifold, cooling system, catalytic converter and now have a "check engine" light on again with codes relating to cooling and the catalytic converter. This vehicle is just an accident waiting to happen. Who knows what will go wrong with it next.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #2

Apr 072000

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle fire due to electrical failure, consumer suffered from smoke inhalation.

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #1

Oct 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiences intermittent interior light flashing or they remain on due to possible electrical failure, unable to determine cause. Mjs

- South Miam, FL, USA

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