definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,750 miles

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1998 Dodge Intrepid drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 132006


  • miles


Transmission failure for 1998 Dodge Intrepid ES at 103,000 miles. Rebuilt one put in and lasted 30,000 miles. Put in rebuilt engine again at 130,000 miles. Engine starting to act up again only after 5 months of driving. Temperature control not working properly and engine starting to act up again. All this in less than three years. Seems to be a major defect in transmissions.

- Saylorsburg, PA, USA

problem #3

Jun 172005

(reported on)


  • miles
1998 Dodge Intrepid transmission failed at 58000 miles.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #2

Jan 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
On the air conditioning problem, the bearings in the tension pulley went bad and it shreaded the serpentine belt which we had just replaced along with the entire new engine. About the transmission. A sensor went bad and the car would not shift out of first gear unless the car was stopped and the ignition turned off. After that, as soon as we brought the car to a stop it would again fail to shift out of first when re-accelerating. The engine is the big problem. The oil light came on. My wife pulled over immediately. But the engine quit before she could even get the car stopped. Had it towed to a Chrysler dealership. The said it had no oil. We changed oil in this car like clockwork. Every 3000 miles and we have receipts to prove it. There was no oil leaking. And no blue exhaust smoke indicating it was burning up inside the motor. We suspected build up of engine sludge but dealership disposed of old motor before we could see it. Chrysler corporations customer service center treated us terribly. Very rude and disrespectful. They said engine failure due to lack of maintenance. We had similar problem with our previous vehicle. A Dodge Ram that was building up sludge. It was under warranty and we received a new engine. After doing extensive on-line research, I have discovered that this is a very typical problem. And Chrysler maintains a cavalier attitude about it. They seem to be telling everyone that it is not a big problem and that each case is isolated. This cost us over $4000. And now we can't sell the car. I'm wondering when the new motor will go. It now has 63000 miles. Sorry for the long letter, but, I wanted to give you as many details as possible. Thank you. Ronald w. ault. 989 435-9941. (bvdvdude@aol.com)

- Hope, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 032001


  • miles
Engine check light came on and the transmission would not shift out of first gear. The speedometer did not work either. The mechanic said the transmission needed to be replaced and also informed me that other Dodge Intrepids had the same problem.

- Upland, CA, USA

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