Junkyard Find: 2000 Dodge Intrepid R/T

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin

With the ’01 Saturn L200 yesterday and the ’01 Pontiac Aztek the day before that, we’re having a 21st Century Junkyard Find week. I’ll continue that with today’s find: Dodge’s high-performance version of the second-gen Dodge Intrepid: The Intrepid R/T.

You got the 242-horsepower 3.5 liter V6 in this car, which was pretty decent for a front-wheel-drive family sedan.

The LH platform had been around for quite a while at this point, so the novelty of the cool-looking-at-first “cab-forward” design had long since worn off by 2000.

I often suggest that 24 Hours of LeMons teams run a Chrysler LH, but so far only one has shown up (and it threw a rod 100 yards into the race).

Roomy. Well-equipped. Cheap.

Murilee Martin
Murilee Martin

Murilee Martin is the pen name of Phil Greden, a writer who has lived in Minnesota, California, Georgia and (now) Colorado. He has toiled at copywriting, technical writing, junkmail writing, fiction writing and now automotive writing. He has owned many terrible vehicles and some good ones. He spends a great deal of time in self-service junkyards. These days, he writes for publications including Autoweek, Autoblog, Hagerty, The Truth About Cars and Capital One.

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  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Feb 14, 2015

    It was a beautiful car and handled well. Felt like much smaller vehicle. Interior was huge. But used ones had interior worn out, door panels falling out, it simply did not instill much confidence in quality. And Dodge's reputation rivaled one of Mitsubishi - they were related companies anyway. Mitsubishi also made good looking cars at some point, like Galant and Pajero. It is interesting - Dodge partnered with Mitsu, Ford with Mazda (actually it owned it) and GM with Toyota - do you notice similarities between partners?

  • Autojim Autojim on Feb 16, 2015

    If you see an LH (particularly 1st-gen, but the 2nd-gen suffered from this as well) car on a hot day driving with the windows up, congratulate the owner on the epic amount of money they surely spent getting the AC working again. Those things were subject to a bewildering array of HVAC issues, most of which resulted in the vents blowing fetid air at you when what you most needed (and asked the HVAC for) was a 41-degree Blue Norther. Evaporators, selector and blend door servos, control heads... you name it, it'd crap out on you just as you pulled on to Galveston Island for the July 4 weekend. Even when I was in Detroit, most LH cars drove around in the summer with the windows down. Here in Houston, I've seen improvised swamp coolers deployed.

    • Bigdaddyp Bigdaddyp on Mar 02, 2015

      The first generation of these cars were the first to use the new refrigerant mandated to save the ozone. So these cars shipped with new refrigerant and iirc had systems upsized by about 35 percent to cope with the inefficiency caused by the new refrigerant. Not surprised that they had problems. The second generation having ac problems is all on M.B.

  • JK I grew up with Dodge trucks in the US, and now live in Turin, Italy, the home of Fiat. I don't think Italians view this as an Italian company either. There are constant news articles and protests about how stalantis is moving operations out of Italy. Jeep is strangely popular here though. I think last time I looked at stelantis's numbers, Jeep was the only thing saving them from big big problems.
  • Bd2 Oh yeah, funny how Trumpers (much less the Orange Con, himself) are perfectly willing to throw away the Constitution...
  • Bd2 Geeze, Anal sure likes to spread his drivelA huge problem was Fisher and his wife - who overspent when they were flush with cash and repeatedly did things ad hoc and didn't listen to their employees (who had more experience when it came to auto manufacturing, engineering, etc).
  • Tassos My Colleague Mike B bought one of these (the 300 SEL, same champagne color) new around June 1990. I thought he paid $50k originally but recently he told me it was $62k. At that time my Accord 1990 Coupe LX cost new, all included, $15k. So today the same car means $150k for the S class and $35k-40k for the Accord. So those %0 or 62k , these were NOT worthless, Idiot Joe Biden devalued dollars, so he paid AN ARM AND A LEG. And he babied the car, he really loved it, despite its very weak I6 engine with a mere 177 HP and 188 LBFT, and kept it forever. By the time he asked me to drive it (to take him to the dealer because his worthless POS Buick Rainier "SUV" needed expensive repairs (yes, it was a cheap Buick but he had to shell out thousands), the car needed a lot of suspension work, it drove like an awful clunker. He ended up donating it after 30 years or so. THIS POS is no different, and much older. Its CHEAPSKATE owner should ALSO donate it to charity instead of trying to make a few measly bucks off its CARCASS. Pathetic!
  • RHD The re-paint looks like it was done with a four-inch paintbrush. As far as VWs go, it's a rebadged Seat... which is still kind of a VW, made in Mexico from a Complete Knock-Down kit. 28 years in Mexico being driven like a flogged mule while wearing that ridiculous rear spoiler is a tough life, but it has actually survived... It's unique (to us), weird, funky (very funky), and certainly not worth over five grand plus the headaches of trying to get it across the border and registered at the local DMV.