Front Suspension Problems of Dodge Intrepid

Dodge Intrepid owners have reported 14 problems related to front suspension (under the suspension category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Intrepid based on all problems reported for the Intrepid.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 2003 Dodge Intrepid 1
Failure Date: 03/31/2007

- the contact owns a 2003 Dodge Intrepid with a current and failure mileage of 58,000 the contact was driving under normal dry conditions about 55 mph when the vehicle pulled hard to left and hit a tree. Prior to the crash the contact felt the vehicle shaking. The contact got out and looked at the vehicle and found that nothing was wrong. After the vehicle hit the tree it caught on fire. The driver and two passengers were injured in the crash. The police and fire department came to the scene.

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car image   Front Suspension problem of the 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2
Failure Date: 08/13/2004

Consumer was concerned about steering wheel having a 3 inch play while driving. Also, heard a knocking sound when driving 15 mph or more coming from front of vehicle. Dealer was notified.

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car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1999 Dodge Intrepid 3
Failure Date: 06/22/2004

Ontact states car was pulling to the left. The mechanic said the problem was in the suspension. She did not get it fixed because it will cost $1,000. 00. Consumer took vehicle to a different mechanic and was informed that the vehicle needed a front camber adjuster kit for $150. 00.

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car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1999 Dodge Intrepid 4
Failure Date: 02/28/2004

There is a hard knocking sound coming from the passenger side front of the vehicle.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 2002 Dodge Intrepid 5
Failure Date: 01/20/2002

Steering sometimes squeals/squeaks at end of u-turn when steering wheel is turned all the way (lock to lock condition) at about 10mph. Steering began to sometimes slightly drift to the left even on flat roads where previous vehicle did not. This first occured at about 200 miles. The condition was unfortuantely not noticed on vehicle test drive. At about 3000 miles issue persists and now sometimes clunk is felt in steering at times when wheel is turned and stopping. This usually occurs when steering is turned sharp then vehicle is stopped. Steering once felt loose and floppy suddenly then seemed to correct itself after driving for about 20 miles. Brought vehicle in for service at dealer due to issue. Shop foreman called and stated that he could not duplicate any of the issues. Went on road test with shop foreman and was able to get steering to squeek at the end of sharp turns several times. He thought this was caused by the paint on the road with the tires. I told him this has also occured otherwise. I was able to get steering to clunk several times and he acknowledged this and stated that not much could be done since steering assembly seemed fine. He offered to check and tighten steering related bolts and did this. Steering currently has better feel and seems to perform better, not sure yet if these issues are completely corrected. I am still concerned because I had countless steering problems with my previous Intrepid, which resulted in an accident. I assumed this issue was only with that Intrepid since it seemed to be a lemon. I assumed that a new 2002 Dodge Intrepid would not have these kinds of issues.

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car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1999 Dodge Intrepid 6
Failure Date: 12/22/2001

I was driving about 40-45mph on san leandro blvd. Around a slight bend, speed limit was 40mph, it was a slightly wet from previous rain but traction was fine. All of a sudden something happened with the passenger side front wheel and it felt like something broke, came loose, failed or didn't perform as normal. I didn't hear any noise as if something broke however. The front right pivoted funny then the front end began to wobble, then I started to spin out I started to spin aiming and going toward oncomming traffic, I fought to gain control. I let off the brakes trying not to make it worse. I hit the median, smashed through a small tree, then bounced back into my lane slidding about 70 feet then spinning and eventually smashing into a fence with both airbags deploying. I have had a bad cough since probably due to the airbags. I have been soar and have missed work but I am ok. I am extremely upset because I have taken my vehicle into the dealership several times complaining of steering problems. I was actually on the way to the dealership to bring my vehicle in for service. My vehicle is totalled, I have pictures if necessary. I have copies of invoices proving I have complained of steering issues.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1997 Dodge Intrepid 7
Failure Date: 02/23/2001

This vehicle has always pulled to the right. Even after having it aligned, it still pulls right on some roads. Going just 30 mph both left & right tie rods went out. I had just exited the freeway going approx. 70 mph. If this had happened @ that speed, it most certainly would have resulted in an accident. Tie rods should not go out at 40,000 miles. Have '92 Ford truck and have never replaced tie rods. I noticed on the data base numerous complaints regarding the same problem. A recall should be initiated on this part.

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car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1996 Dodge Intrepid 8
Failure Date: 06/15/2000

While driving about 15 mph heard a popping noise from front of vehicle. Consumer lost control of vehicle, and vehicle had to be towed.

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car image   Front Suspension problem of the 2002 Dodge Intrepid 9

I have made a previous comment in regard to my new 2002 Dodge Intrepid's steering (sometimes squeaking in lock to lock condition (end of u-turn at about 10mph), clunking, steering once feeling loose and drifting to the left). I had also mentioned that the shop foreman didn't really know what he could do about it since the steering was visually inspected and seemed fine. The shop foreman offered to put the vehicle on the lift and tighten up steering related bolts. The steering now feels more solid and has a better feel to it however I would like to inform you that the squeaking/squealing when wheel is turned all the way on u-turns at about 10mph still persists. The clunking that occurs when the wheel is turned nearly all the way and the vehicle is stopped still persits. I felt the clunking in the front end twice today in a parking lot. The clunking feels like it is the steering assembly. I am extremely unhappy having to be concerned with a car that is so new with such low mileage and has been taken care of. I would like to know why I am having these issues and what is causing them.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1999 Dodge Intrepid 10

Continued tire noise when turning, driving. 4 times to dealer. Adjusted tire pressure, rotated tires & charged me. Still not fixed.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 2000 Dodge Intrepid 11

Excessive play in steering system, created a loose steering feel, which requires over corrections and directional wandering at highway speeds, the problem has not been corrected. Cj.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1996 Dodge Intrepid 12

Makes popping noise when turning ,shakes when applying brakes. Had front align. Tires replaced. Tie rod bolts keep becoming loose. After reading complaints now scared to drive car esspecially since I have a toddler. Can I get more information.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 1996 Dodge Intrepid 13

On cold mornings while backing up turning steering wheel to the left or right, there is a loud creaking/popping noise coming from the front of the car.

car image   Front Suspension problem of the 2002 Dodge Intrepid 14

Yesterday I had a 4 wheel computerized alignment performed. It was difficult and sometimes almost impossible to tell the car was out of alignment because it would drift to the left or right. That night when pulling out away from friends house, having wheel turned sharp and waiting at idle something in the front end was vibrating and it would change when wheel was moved. Later that night steering wheel tightened up as it had before all of a sudden when driving. Wheel was really difficult to turn all of a sudden, steering became much more sensitive all of a sudden where it previously was not. When braking or accelerating wheel would feel even move difficult to turn and almost stuck. I tried to get a friend to drive the car. She started to drive it in a parking lot, I asked her to manuver with the car and after driving for a minute she didn't want to because she felt the car was not handling well and didn't feel right. I manuvered in the parking lot and at 15 mile low speed manuvering and sharp turns tires were squealing as if performing high speed manuvers. At one time I was able to send the vehicle into a controlled skid although it has abs. I could not get car to skid again and abs seemed to be working fine. I noticed a clunk felt in the steering assembly when braking hard at lower speeds. The steering attitude and characteristics should not intermittently change. The car still wonders on the freeway and wheel needs constant attention. This car does not feel safe to drive and I don't know why I'm continually being told it's normal. I have driven 3 Dodge Intrepids and know how they should drive. I even had someone who has driven 3 second generation rental car Intrepids and he didn't like the way my Intrepid drove at times either. The steering assembly seems to be deteriorating quickly over time and sometimes fails to perform as it should. The vehicle also came out of the factory out of alignment and with two tires that needed to be balanced and since corrected. Nlm.

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