2003 Dodge Intrepid Owners Manual – Dodge Intrepid offers abundant power and decent fuel efficiency. It handles rough roads very well and delivers a comfortable ride. Handing is sharp and precise. There’s plenty of room for five passengers (or six with the available front bench seat). In spite of its age, the Intrepid’s sleek styling looks handsome and contemporary.
The Intrepid SXT offers a strong value. The SXT is essentially a value-priced version of the top ES model that includes a high-output engine, chrome wheels, and a spoiler. It’s a good package, boasting quicker acceleration performance, top-model features, and a lower price than the ES.
2003 Dodge Intrepid Model and Price
Dodge offers the Intrepid in two trim levels: SE and the more powerful and better-equipped ES. Plus there’s the new SXT, a more powerful version of the ES loaded with equipment and aggressively priced. (The R/T model has been discontinued.) All Intrepid models come standard with a four-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission.
SE ($21,155) is powered by a 200-horsepower 2.7-liter V6 with dual overhead camshafts. SE standard equipment includes air conditioning, four-wheel-disc brakes, power windows and door locks, tilt steering, and 225/60R16 tires on 16-inch steel wheels.
2003 Dodge Intrepid Walkaround
Dodge Intrepid has been competitive in NASCAR Winston Cup since it began racing in 2001. It’s an indication of the Intrepid’s slippery design, though the stock car modifies the production design.
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The Intrepid is a great example of Chrysler’s cab-forward design, which it’s now moving away from. The sloping cowl sweeps into a steeply raked windshield, over the curvaceous roof and down to a short deck lid. The shape is reminiscent of fastbacks of the past. There is a great nuance to the sheet metal, which rolls and undulates like a work of art. Intrepid boasts an aggressive, integrated bumper/grille borrowed from the racy Dodge Viper; and sleek, wrap-around cats-eye headlight lenses that flow into the sweeping hood line.
2003 Dodge Intrepid Interior
The Dodge Intrepid is a roomy, comfortable car. The optional leather seats in the ES are especially comfortable, and the cloth seats in the new SXT model are supportive and comfortable. The standard bucket seats provide good back and lateral support, and the detailing of the fabric is world-class.
2003 Dodge Intrepid Driving
The Dodge Intrepid handles amazingly well for such a large sedan. The suspension does a good job of handling extremely rough roads with big bumps, something we learned while driving a 2003 Intrepid SXT at Chrysler’s proving grounds at Chelsea, Michigan. The Intrepid’s rigid chassis translates into low levels of body shake, reduced noise, vibration and harshness, and improved handling and stability. Extensive use of aluminum helps minimize weight without sacrificing stiffness. On really bad, rough roads, the Intrepid does exhibit some cowl shake, however.