really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,851 miles

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2003 Dodge Intrepid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 072007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that the brakes failed while driving 35 mph. No warning lights illuminated. He applied the brakes approximately ten seconds before the vehicle actually stopped. The local dealer stated that the brake boost pump failed. The current and failure mileages were 62,000.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 112004

(reported on)


  • miles
2003 Intrepid makes a thumping noise when brakes get hot. When the consumer applied the brakes, the thumping noise was heard. The consumer stated it sounded like there was a problem with the caliper. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable to find the cause of the noise.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #5

Sep 062005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • 34,960 miles
Consumer has had 2 replacement brakes and 4 new radios on 2003 Dodge Intrepid after being told that there was nothing wrong with either. The windshield and both side mirrors were pitted. The check engine light illuminated and the vehicle jerked. The dealer replaced the camshaft position sensor. The second time the check engine light illuminated they replaced the maf sensor. The serpentine belt cracked. Transmission fluid leaked from cooler hoses. The front brake pads were replaced and the rotors were machined. The consumer request that the dealer reimburse his some of his money and return his trade-in vehicle.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 292005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I purchased this car used, with 24,000 miles on it, 18 months ago. 6 times to shop: 1) about 3 months after purchase, had to have tie rod replaced 2) brakes needed after approx 14 months from purchase 3) engine needed to be replaced 14 months after purchase 4) water pump housing cracked and had to be replaced, at my expense, after dealership crimped water pump housing when putting in replacement power train 5) sway bar bushings needed replacement at 16 months 6) was just driving home from work and 4 miles from home engine began making weird noises and by the time I got home was making very loud engine noises, sounds like transmission? didn't want to accelerate. Turned car off when I got home and didn't want to start an hour later, just cranked and cranked. I believe this is a lemon, but since I bought it used, don't think I'm covered under lemon law. Will attempt to force dealership to replace car with a different model tomorrow. Oh, and also the inner driver's door handle doesn't open the car door. It broke about 3 months ago, and I haven't fixed it because they want to charge $50 for the part and who knows how much for the labor.

- Saint Marys, GA, USA

problem #3

Dec 222004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
This Intrepid was purchased to use as a patrol unit. We have had numerous problems with the brakes not functioning properly. The brakes failed on about December 22, 2004 just 3 weeks after it was worked on by a Dodge dealership. The failure resulted in an accident, seriously injuring a deputy and an innocent bystander. The deputy has since learned that there are alot of complaints about the Dodge Intrepid brakes (especially from other law enforcement agencies). Why hasn't there been a recall or this even been looked into?

- Troup, TX, USA

problem #2

Mar 112003


  • miles
Nar 05/21/2003. Test drives performed on two Dodge Intrepids concerning brake problems.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 172003


  • miles
2003 Dodge Intrepids' brakes caught fire during hard braking maneuvers. The metropolitan government put four Intrepids through the metropolitan police department's standard driving course which included many stops and turns requiring repeated braking. Two cars were tested on March 11, 2003. The test was repeated with two different Intrepids on April 3, 2003. The front brakes on all four cars caught on fire. At least one vehicle was found to have no brakes after completing the course. In addition, on April 11, 2003, the front brakes on an Intrepid burst into flames while the car was being driven in normal afternoon traffic by an employee of the metropolitan government working for the parks department. None of these incidents resulted in any fatalities, personal injuries or property damage beyond the damage to the cars.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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