really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,650 miles

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1997 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 082004

(reported on)


  • 112,000 miles


Owner was driving on the freeway at highway speed when the vehicle caught on fire.

- Coshocton, OH, USA

problem #3

Nov 222003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The last couple of months the headlights would go out without warning. Upon clicking the high beam switch they would come back on. Intermittent wipers starting not working also. High beam switch stopped working (not staying in place) day prior to meltdown. While driving home on 11/22/03 there was a smell of something burning. I checked under hood and around outside of car when I got home. Smelled nothing outside. Got back in car and at that point the headlights would not work. Brought car to mechanic and the inside of the steering column (module for high beam/signal/wiper and wiring harness) completely melted. I don't believe there was any fire. Please check into this.

- Willimantic, CT, USA

problem #2

Sep 032003

Intrepid 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,600 miles
Strong smell of electrical fire while driving, as well as strong gasoline odor. When car was pulled over it was discovered that the fabric covering the ceiling of the car was burning. Took to dealership, but they could not figure out what was causing the problem. They removed fuse that contols indoor lights and cruise control. We have had not solution to the problem as yet.

- Powell, WY, USA

problem #1

Jun 092002


  • miles
While driving, smelt smoke vehicle caught on fire.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

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