2002 Dodge Intrepid

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Key Specs

of the 2002 Dodge Intrepid. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22-24 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2002 Dodge Intrepid Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Powertrain alterations are the big news for 2002 in Dodge’s full-size front-drive sedan. The new lineup includes an SE sedan with a 200-horsepower, 2.7-liter V-6 engine; an ES with either that engine or a 234-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; and an R/T with a high-output 244-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. The Intrepid’s antilock braking system now includes electronic brake-force distribution.

Similar to the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge’s most popular model was introduced for the 1993 model year and was last redesigned for 1998. Chrysler’s Concorde and 300M share the same basic front-drive platform as the Intrepid, but each has different styling and its own purpose.

Chrysler models target luxury-minded buyers, while Dodge aims toward family-focused buyers who seek a somewhat sporty but practical sedan or a performance-oriented big car. The high-performance R/T (road/track) joined the Intrepid lineup in 2000 as a prelude to Dodge’s entry into NASCAR stock-car racing the following year.

Exterior
Bold Intrepid styling is likely to turn more heads on the road than most other full-size cars do — except for the strikingly designed Chrysler Concorde and 300M. In 1993, the Chrysler Corp. pioneered the “cab-forward” profile for the first-generation Intrepid; this design has wheels that are pushed out toward the ends of the car. A low nose and high tail also help to give the Intrepid a sleek, aerodynamic shape.

The coefficient of drag — a measure of a vehicle...
Vehicle Overview
Powertrain alterations are the big news for 2002 in Dodge’s full-size front-drive sedan. The new lineup includes an SE sedan with a 200-horsepower, 2.7-liter V-6 engine; an ES with either that engine or a 234-hp, 3.5-liter V-6; and an R/T with a high-output 244-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. The Intrepid’s antilock braking system now includes electronic brake-force distribution.

Similar to the Chrysler Concorde, Dodge’s most popular model was introduced for the 1993 model year and was last redesigned for 1998. Chrysler’s Concorde and 300M share the same basic front-drive platform as the Intrepid, but each has different styling and its own purpose.

Chrysler models target luxury-minded buyers, while Dodge aims toward family-focused buyers who seek a somewhat sporty but practical sedan or a performance-oriented big car. The high-performance R/T (road/track) joined the Intrepid lineup in 2000 as a prelude to Dodge’s entry into NASCAR stock-car racing the following year.

Exterior
Bold Intrepid styling is likely to turn more heads on the road than most other full-size cars do — except for the strikingly designed Chrysler Concorde and 300M. In 1993, the Chrysler Corp. pioneered the “cab-forward” profile for the first-generation Intrepid; this design has wheels that are pushed out toward the ends of the car. A low nose and high tail also help to give the Intrepid a sleek, aerodynamic shape.

The coefficient of drag — a measure of a vehicle’s resistance to the air through which it passes — is just 0.30, which is better than that of some sleek sports cars. The Intrepid rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 203.7 inches long overall, which is 4 inches longer than the Chevrolet Impala and nearly an inch longer than the Pontiac Bonneville. The Intrepid R/T sedan has a stiffer suspension with 17-inch wheels and performance tires.

Interior
Five-passenger seating is standard, and an optional front bench for the base SE model provides seating for six. ES and R/T models are available only with front bucket seats.

The Intrepid is spacious inside and accommodates tall passengers in the front and rear. All four doors open wide enough for easy entry and exit. With a capacity of 18.4 cubic feet, the trunk provides ample cargo room even if its high liftover makes loading heavy items a chore.

A split, folding rear seatback is standard in the SE sedan and optional in other models. The Intrepid has a much larger back window than its Chrysler cousins, which gives the driver a better view to the rear for parking and lane changing.

Under the Hood
Three different engines are available. A 200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 goes into the SE sedan and is standard for the upscale ES, which can also carry a 234-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. Topping the performance list is the R/T model, which comes with a high-output 244-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. All models are equipped with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The ES and R/T models include AutoStick, which allows manually selected gear changes by tipping the shift lever to the left or right.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats on all models are optional. Antilock brakes are standard on the R/T sedan and optional on the other two models.

Driving Impressions
From a company that has long been known for inspired styling, the Intrepid is an appealing vehicle both visually and functionally. Though the Intrepid is really a spacious, utilitarian family sedan, it looks almost like a big, four-door sports car.

The 2.7-liter V-6 engine in the SE is adequate in strength, and it has to work rather hard to deliver effective performance. But both of the 3.5-liter engines are sure to yield satisfying action on the highway. Even though the smaller engine responds well enough for passing and merging under ordinary conditions, it rapidly loses steam on upgrades. Automatic-transmission operation is generally trouble-free, but an awkward downshift can occur now and then.

The Intrepid handles with more agility than most cars of its size, and it holds the road snugly and takes corners capably. The standard suspension is a good compromise; it is soft enough to cushion a lot of pavement flaws, yet is sufficiently firm to maintain constant control.

The very notion of a high-performance R/T model of what is otherwise a family sedan might strike some folks as strange, but it demonstrates that sporty road-going attributes need not be limited to smaller models.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(3.7)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(3.6)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

First Dodge ever owned... LOVE IT

by Tek-Gyrl from Quantico Marine Base on January 9, 2018

I bought this car used last Thanksgiving of 2016 with 115,000 miles on it It currently has 178,000 miles on it and has only been in the shop 3 times (twice for suspension tie rod issues) and once for ... Read full review

(4.0)

Reliable Vehicle For Sale

by PJZ from Peoria, AZ on November 11, 2017

This vehicle has been my dependable transportation for the past 16 years. It recently made the 4000 mile round trip from Phoenix, AZ to Eagle River, WI without any problems and at times averaged 30 ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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The 2002 Dodge Intrepid currently has 3 recalls

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Intrepid received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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