really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
122,221 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. replace thermostat and antifreeze (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Intrepid cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2004 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 062012

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 187,000 miles


This car is a pain in the ass. I have had nothing but problems with this thing. I have replaced the water pump, timing belt, reservoir, radiator cap, and the head gaskets. I have had the heads shaved. the heater hose broke and made it run hot again. I don't know what else to do. I have already spent 1500 dollars on this thing and now i can drive it to the mailbox and back and it runs hot. I'm a mom of six with only one income and it seems like everything i have goes into keeping this car running. and I don't have it any more and no down payment for another one. I hate this car.

- , Easley, SC, USA

problem #3

Aug 142012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,024 miles

changed the thermostat there was no crack in the housing and its still leaking.

- , Canisteo, NY, USA

problem #2

Apr 072010

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,860 miles

I purchased a 2004 Dodge Intrepid SE used less than 2 weeks ago with no warranty. After a few days, the car stuck in second gear whenever I tried to drive it. After having that issue fixed, I had to purchase a cam shaft sensor, coil pack, rack and pinion and an A/C belt. Only a couple days after getting the car out of the shop for a second time in less than a week after I bought it, it ran hot on the side of the road. It was making a boiling sound coming from the engine, after I shut it off and I could see antifreeze leaking/bubbling out of the reservoir. I had it towed and a new thermostat was put in the car. At that time (third time it's been in the shop since I bought it less than 2 weeks ago), I found out the number 3 piston is not firing, and more than likely, the car has a cracked head or cracked head gasket which I cannot afford to pay to have fixed. I even properly bled the radiator of air, according to Dodge specs but the car still runs hot everytime I drive it. It's somehow leaking coolant, which is not visible underneath the car when it's parked, however I have to add water/coolant everyday before driving because the reservoir is completely empty every morning. To get back and forth to work I fill it to the safe line before I leave home, and drive with 2 jugs of water in the car just in case it starts to overheat while I'm enroute. In the meantime, I am stuck with a headache!

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 232006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 70,000 miles

this car is a piece of junk, i am so tired of piping money into this crappy car, and everytime you fix something, you have to pay because something else went bad

- , Battle Creek, MI, USA

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