Driving an Older Car: The Dodge 2000 Intrepid

August 24, 2009

I drive a 2000 Dodge Intrepid. Why dont I drive a new car, or at least one that is not 10 years old?

First of all, I am on a fixed income. I cannot afford a car payment, and I cant afford the comprehensive insurance that you need to carry with a new car that you're financing.        

That is just one reason.

Mainly, I like older cars. I always have. The 2000 Dodge Intrepid is a comfortable, reasonably economical car. When I go the car three years ago, it had 94,000 miles on it. In that time I have replaced a battery, and an alternator. That is about it.

For a small car, (okay maybe it is classed as a mid size but my last car was a 1989 Ford Crown Vic) the Intrepid is roomy. When I was looking at the car, a friend went with my wife and I. He is 64, and sat in the back seat behind me when I test drove the car. He said he was perfectly comfortable back there. He drives a Toyota Camry, and says he cant sit in the back.

The maintenance on the Intrepid is pretty low key. I put gas in it, change the oil every 3000 miles, and check the tire pressure periodically. That's about it. I also dont find myself tied to a dealer for any maintenance that I do need.

I looked into the cash for clunkers program out of sheer curiosity the other day. I dont really consider the Intrepid a clunker, but I looked anyway.

According to the program, your car has to get less than 18 miles per gallon combine between city and highway driving. I looked up the Intrepid on the website to calculate the MPG, and discovered that I get 22. (http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm) That is really not too bad. I could only get about 1700.00 if I traded my Intrepid in, but I would only do it if I had a car that got really bad mileage, and I could get the full $4500.00

Another thing that keeps me driving an older car is that it is already broken in. The new cars I have driven in the past just seem to have one little problem after another that takes you back to the dealer. Granted, a used car ( or to be politically correct Pre-owned) can have problems too, but something about an older car just appeals to me.

The time may come when I will have the finances to buy a brand new car, and I just might at that point. But to be honest, I would rather get a 1955 T-Bird, and restore it. They really don't make them like they used to.

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