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2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,321 miles

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1998 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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1998 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 4 of 6)

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problem #51

Apr 122004

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 100,943 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ltr fm travis phillips (ky) owner of a 1998 Dodge Chrysler Intrepid reporting defective engine, window off track writer believes vehicle should be recalled reply to the fort wright, ky district office. The vehicle engine blew while the consumer's wife was driving 65 mph. There was no warning prior to this incident. The consumer indicated that he had the oil changed every 3000 miles and that the oil was just changed prior to the engine failure. The vehicles lights flickered, the windows came off the track when putting them up or down. The seals around the doors fell off. The air/heat only worked when on high. The starter failed.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #50

Apr 042004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 with 127,000 miles and this is the second time the engine is blew up.I always had the oil changed on time. Details-loud ticking sound with oil light coming on when stop and shutting off some times. I have talk to repair shops and they said I would have to replace engine (cost$ 5800)because the 2.7 engine is junk!I talk with a guy from a repair shop and he said that I was the fifth person today to call in with the same complaint( I called in around 1P.M.). this is sad. Just think american made. Now I see why no one is buying american made cars anymore. And they have the nerve to say it was my fault the first time the engine wit out. And the for second time, I'm just wondering what the excuses is going to be? lets face it 1998 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 is junk!! now fix it recall 2.7 engine.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #49

Sep 042003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Blown engine, without a warning. While driving.

- Ft. Irwin , CA, USA

problem #48

Mar 292004

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving consumer noticed that engine warning light was flashing. Consumer had the vehicle serviced to reset the engine light. Consumer noticed the problem three more times along with the engine oil leaking and stalling erratically. During the last repair consumer was told that the engine needed to be replaced.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #47

Jan 012001

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
I currently own a 1998 chrylser Intrepid which has 110,000 miles on it. In that amount of time I have had to replace the engine twice. The first time occured on 1/1/1999 with only 12000 miles on it. The dealership told me that the motor seized up due to thick oil. The oil had lots of metal shavings from inside the engine. They would not replace staing due to lack of maintainence. After that I faithfully made sure I had receipts on all engine maintenence items. In July of 2003 the engine did the same thing and another replacement was needed. I went directly to a non-dealership location to have the second engine put in because 1. the dealership where I bought it is not there. And 2. because of the attitude and problems I had fighting the first time with Chrysler. This complaint is being filed to make others aware of the problems that I have had with this vehicle.

- Tipp City, OH, USA

problem #46

Feb 112004

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • miles
Consumer stated while driving 55 mph and without any indication vehicle lost power. Consumer coasted vehicle onto side of road. Technician serviced vehicle and replaced engine.

- Gardner, MA, USA

problem #45

Jan 212004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I made a short drive home at approx. 5:45 am when my engine oil warning light illuminated and there was a sudden lost of power and a hard knock sound. I was in the process of turning into my community at the time of the incident. I restarted the car, it repeatedly knocked loudly the next 100 yards to my home. I then had it towed and was told that the engine was totaled. The warning light began to come on the previous day when the car was idling, with plenty of oil in the engine. So I had already made an appointment when this sudden engine failure came to be. There were no signs of this problem until it happened and the only repair needed on the car was a minor oil leak which should not of caused such a drastic problem like this.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #44

Nov 072003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,950 miles
My 1998 Dodge Intrepid quit while I was driving.

- Plymouth, NC, USA

problem #43

Jan 082004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
We (husband and I) own a 1998 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7L engine. We were driving down the road and the engine locked up and the car died. There were no warning signs, no lights came on, no unusual sounds. We have taken care of this car, with oil change receipts and all of that good stuff. We were driving down a main road in the town we live in when this happened and were going around a curve. Luckily the two cars beside us were paying attention, because since the engine locked up, the power steering went out, and I wasn't strong enough to steer out of the way, the other two cars did manage to honk their horns and swerve, nearly going off of the road. (I have read and been told by tons of mechanics the 2.7L engines in these cars are horrible).

- Wichita Falls, TX, USA

problem #42

Jan 072004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Repairs were done to the engine on 3 occasions, rotors 2 occasions, brakes 1 occasion, control arms (suspension) 1 occasion, steering 1 occasion, & electrical. Although I only have 54,000 miles on my car and the engine has been replaced, the dealership refuses to fix the ongoing engine problems. The dealership manager, rod harris, admits it a lifter ticking but insists that it is normal. Chrysler gave me an "added care service contract" that is good through 6/26/04 and to 75,000 miles. Plan code is ad675H. They refuse to fix my car. This is the second time, after the first three attempts to fix it, I have been to the dealership. I filed a complaint with Chrysler on 1/12/04. Also note they still have my vehicle today 1/12/04 because the transmission failed. It's been in service for 5 days. Transmission failed while I was driving on 1/7/04. I am concerned with the safety of the vehicle and the engine failing now with my 10 month old daughter.

- Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #41

Mar 092003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,560 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 1998 Dodge Intrepid, 2.7 liter engine, with 53,000 miles was making a funny engine noise (no prior warning what so ever). I took it to the dealership, and was told I needed a new engine because of "engine sludge." The cost was $6,990 and I still owed over $4,000 on the vehicle!! unless I could prove I got regular oil changes, there was no recourse. And then they told me because I bought the vehicle used (1 year old) - even that was pointless, because there was no proof the previous owner got regular oil changes!! the more I search, there are so many others out there with this exact same problem. It is an outrage that Dodge isn't acknowledging this. There aren't many families that can take a financial hit of $7,000!

- Woodridge, IL, USA

problem #40

Jan 082004

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 69,000 miles
Consumer complained about engine problems. This was the second engine installed. However, the result was the same. While driving at approximately 50 mph engine locked up and quit operating.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #39

Jan 082004

Intrepid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
While driving 35 mph vehicle stalled. Vehicle was towed to an independent shop, and technician indicated that engine needed to be replaced.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #38

Dec 232003

Intrepid

  • 94,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph consumer heard a clanking noise under the hood. Vehicle was towed to a dealer, who informed the consumer that a new engine was needed.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #37

Nov 232003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
While driving my 1998 Dodge Intrepid, my oil light came on and approx. Fifteen minutes later my car stopped in the middle of the road during rush hour. Because the car would not start, I called the police to have them stop traffic so I could cruise my car backwards into the emergency lane. I had the car towed to a mechanic to fix what I thought was a bad starter or alternator. The mechanic determined that the engine had seized up and that I had plently of oil and antifreeze. He said that the oil pump located inside the engine may have stopped working and therefore caused my engine to lock up.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #36

Nov 202002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Premature engine failure due to an oil sludging condition.

- Loveland, OH, USA

problem #35

Nov 182003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Dodge Intrepid 2.7L-V6 engine failed while driving. He car was driven by our 18 year old son accompanied by 2 of his friends. He lost power steering and brakes due to failure of engine. Fortunately he could bring the car to a save stop without injuring anybody. Reason according to Dodge dealership: Oil sludge due to what several engine experts have stated is due to internal oil passages that are too narrow for engine oil to properly circulate.

- Longwood, FL, USA

problem #34

Nov 172003

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • miles
While driving 40 mph vehicle stalled.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #33

Feb 092003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
1998 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 liter blown engine 75000 mi.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #32

Oct 142003

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 80,000 miles
Vehicle's low pressure light illuminated, vehicle was towed to mechanic. Mechanic stated that there was sludge build up in the motor.

- Dresden, OH, USA

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