2004 Dodge Intrepid SXT (449)

Overview:
This week I tested the 2004 Dodge Intrepid SXT five seater, four-door sedan – and it’s only June. This is the first 2004 model I have driven and there is no reason to buy the 2004 when it is identical to the 2003.

This car is comfortable and even though it is in the Large Car class it doesn’t feel like large cars of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In any case it is truly very adequate for four six plus foot golfers with four big golf bags. The trunk is large and for you golfers you’ll know exactly how big when you figure we filled it to the brim with 4 large bags. Of course we did worry when the prizes were passed out that we might not have enough room to carry them home.

Not to worry, we didn’t win the trophy, but you probably guessed that even if you’ve never seen my swing.

Handling & Performance:   

The course was one and a half hours away and I was impressed at how comfortable the drive was, especially when you’re tired from a full day in the sun and sand (traps that is). For long drives how the car steers can make the difference in being exhausted or ready for another nine holes. Over steering was not a problem with this Intrepid. The touch of the wheel is easy with just enough feel of the road. The V6 is super fast off the line and on the highway in passing situations.

Thanks Chrysler for the 4-wheel independent suspension, but I think it is a mistake them to make ABS brakes an option.

Styling:

Sleek and sporty if you like that “Rake” look. For over a decade now Chrysler cars have emphasized the steep sloping hood that gives you great road visibility and the look of motion even parked. It’s like there is no hood out there.

Fit and Finish:                       

Historically Chrysler cars have been tinny and never with enough insulation to shut out road noise as well as it could. It gives that feeling of being less well made and I wish they would fix that cheap feeling…

Conveniences:

… On the other hand the price is right and you get a host of standard equipment.

Cost:

Chrysler continues to be well priced. Smart marketing in my view.


Consumer Recommendation:

The competition is fierce. You could literally draw straws and not go too far wrong. My choice in order of preference all around begins with the Camry, LeSabre, Accord, Intrepid, Impala, Taurus, Bonneville and Concorde.

The Competition: (in order of avg. price)

Ford Taurus $20,24,000, Honda Accord $16-28,000, Toyota Camry $19-25,000, Chevrolet Impala $21-24,000, Dodge Intrepid $21-25,000, Buick LeSabre $26-31,000, Chrysler Concorde $23-29,000, Pontiac Bonneville $27-34,000.

Good News:

Good balance of power and mileage, smooth ride that is comfortable for 4 large men.

 Bad News:

 More tinny than it needs to be for the money.

Standard Equipment:

3.5 liter 244 hp V6 engine, 4-speed auto trans, dual air bags, 4-wheel disc brakes, child anchors and door lock protection, remote entry, power steering, 100,000 mile tune-up interval, climate control, console, power windows and speed sensitive door locks, 8-way driver power seat, 60/40 rear split folding, leather wrapped tilt wheel and shift knob, Radio with CD changer, cruise control, power trunk release, fog lights, Halogen lights, power mirrors.  

Gas Stats:

19 City and 27 Highway MPG.

Pricing:

MSRP $24,705.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2003 – An Automotive Love Affair

 

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