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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,564 miles

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1998 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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1998 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #16

Oct 282007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

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

Very loud knocking from the engine occurred then the engine died lifters were replaced because they were collapsed and knocking still occurs and mechanic is now checking into the timing chain.

- Waynesboro, TN, USA

problem #15

May 012005

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Driving in morning rush hour traffic with my young grandchildren the Dodge Intrepid I was driving died. The 2.7 engine appears to be garbage. I would like some help..

- Kent, WA, USA

problem #14

Sep 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
While driving there was a rattling noise coming from the engine. Then, the vehicle stalled while approaching an intersection. Black smoke came out of the exhaust. Vehicle was towed to a dealership, who indicated that timing chain and water pump blewout. This was a common failure with these vehicles.

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 122002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

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

July 2002, engine making noises. Dealer says don't know would have to explore. Insurance wouldn't pay unless engine was already failed. August 2002 engine failure 5000 miles past insurance limit. Cursory check shows fluids all okay.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #12

Feb 052003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The engine is failing, smoking. Upon investigation, it has been found that this is common in 2.7 liter vehciles of this model. In other words, this engine is a lemon. I have also noted that the airconditioning has failed and I will also have to have this repaired. There is also a problem with the ignition that I haven't figure out yet. The power mirror on the driver's side doesn't work and the speaker system has little to be desired. The 3.2 liter engines fair much better after talking with many mechanics, who consequentially are surprised there hasn't been a recall on the 2.7 liter 1998 engines.

- Butler, GA, USA

problem #11

Apr 052003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,022 miles
Two times in the last 1.5 years, while I was stopped in traffic (with my foot on the brake) the engine suddenly accelerated! in both cases, I was stopped at a traffic light behind another car. The reving of the engine took me by surprise both times, but I managed to push the brake pedal hard enough so that I did not hit the car in front of me. I shifted into neutral and shut off the engine. It started up and in neither instance did I have another re-occurrence that day.

- Palatine, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 012001

Intrepid

  • miles

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

Engine had been knocking for approx. 2 months. My mechanic said not a problem eventually failed. Took car to dealer and they told me it had dropped a main bearing. Required a new short engine.

- Neptune, NJ, USA

problem #9

Apr 302002

Intrepid

  • miles
Consumer states the the oil gauge light flickers intermittently while driving. Dealer replaced oil sending unit.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 262002

Intrepid

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2.7L V6 engine has a knocking while running. Vehicle been to the dealer on three occasions and the problem is still occurring. Consumer has taken vehicle to be fixed in which they informed consumer that it was a bad camshaft sensor. The problem reoccured after the fix. Consumer was informed to take the vehicle to another repair shop to have the defect fixed. The problem is still occuring.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 282002

Intrepid

  • miles
Engine failure, no warning, plenty of oil in engine.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 142002

Intrepid

  • miles

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

While driving throttle stuck, driver lost control of vehicle, and hit two other vehicles before stalling out.

- Mechanicsville, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 302001

Intrepid

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Pembroke, VA, USA

problem #4

Dec 082000

Intrepid

  • miles
Dealer aligned vehicle moving rack and pinion steering over last year. Since then the car pulls left. Took it back twice to the same location, had it aligned at two tire shops numerous times and am always told it is aligned to manufacturers specifications. I have a continous pull to the left which gets wrose at higway speeds. Dealer told me tires and had four different sets puts on from different manufactuers and still the same problem and am always told it is fine. The car is not fine and is unsafe and bumpy roads besides hard on my suspension and made it very difficult to control on the last 3 snow storms we had here the past couple of weeks. I am sick of the run around and each time it costs me because it is not a covered item even though I have a 7 year 70,000 miles warranty. The engine has leaked since I bought her and there again am told it is fine. She has been to 3 different Dodge dealerships and am always told the same thing. The engine leaks and 2 weeks ago smelled something burning and found that it was engine oil all over the bottom of the engine and exhaust but told she was fine when it was in the day before at the dealership. I am tired of this car and can not afford to continously repair it knowing they did something to her and will not honor the repairs. I need your help.

- Niles, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 211999

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • miles
Cold start engine failure. Engine requires 1/2 hour warm-up before driving. Stalls during driving.

- Oakland, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 051999

Intrepid

  • miles
Both front brake rotors became warped. Engine idles fast at start up. Rear door trim panels are loose at upper rear corner.

- Norwalk, IA, USA

problem #1

May 271998

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Motor idles poorly and stalls continuously.

- Warren, MI, USA

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