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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,833 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. I was told I needed a new engine (4 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
1998 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #6

May 292010

Intrepid LX 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


I bought this car from an individual for 1500.00. It was a years worth of saving. On the way home the oil light was flickering so I called the guy back wanting a refund. He said no. A few days later the car started shaking really bad and then shut off. We left it off for about 30 minutes and it started up fine. A week later it did it again. The next day a terrible clanking noise was coming from the engine and we see coolant leaking from the top somewhere. We took it to a mechanic and he said the motor is bad and will have to be replaced. The cost? 4400.00! He said the car isn't worth putting that kind of money into. The outside and inside are very clean and nice but it's still not worth that kind of cash. I'm frustrated.

- , Hanna, IN, USA

problem #5

Apr 232007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

i get a regular oil change. i was driving down 26 and the water pump went out. changed it and it was making a clicking noise i took it to the mechanic and he told me that the 2.7 engine were no good, that the holes in the oil screen are to small. He said I needed a short block that the top of the motor was not gone yet. someone needs to take actions against dodge.

- , Spartanburg, SC, USA

problem #4

Oct 282007

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

This is my daughters car which moved from home here in TN to Arkansas to work and go to school. She found this car at a used car lot and thought it was really cool and called and asked me about it and when she said it was super clean and only had 26,000 miles on it and I checked and the dealer was asking less than the book value, I went to the bank, got a loan and mailed her a check. She had the car about a month or so and drove home for a long weekend to show off her car to her friends. Well when the weekend was over she started back to Arkansas and made it about 100 of the 200 mile trip and the engine started knocking real loud. She called me on her cell and I could hear the knocking over the phone it was so loud. I told her to get it off the road ASAP until I could get there, but it died before she could pull off the road. I had to rent a toe dolly and pull it home and gave her my van so she could get back to AR. This was the last Sunday in Oct. and its almost Christmas and it still hasn't been fixed because no mechanic wants to work on this car. I have an uncle that's a mechanic and he agreed to help me. To start with a computer test showed a bad camshaft sencior, then I had to start taking it apart down to show the cams and valves. The lifters were collapsed on one side to the point the rockerarms were about to fly off we replaced all 12 lifters $16 each, put it back together and started it only to hear the same thing. I ended up having the car towed to his shop (which is in another town) to make it easier on him. We ordered the other 12 lifters for the right side and tomorrow he's gonna pull everything apart and make sure that's gonna be it. But from what I'm hearing from other mechanics and from searching online, I'm afraid we'll have to buy a timing chain kit ($300-$400) for it as well. So I figure I'm gonna end up with $300-$600 in labor and probably $300-$700 in parts. What pisses me off more than the problem because I know a new car can break or even all the B-S that we've been thru trying to figure this problem out and find someone that would work on it which if my uncle wasn't a mechanic I guess I'd have to go redneck and put it up on blocks in the yard but what really pisses me off is the fact that my daughter was stranded on the interstate at nite, just at the bad section of Jackson TN for over 2 hours while waiting for me to get there. What can I do to get all this money back. Dodge should be stepping up.

- , Waynesboro, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 172007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles


I had my engine replaced last year to the same 2.7L (WHY) Now a little less than a year later my engine is making the loud knocking noise again. I really got a good deal the last time, but now it's looking like I will be paying way more then the $2700 I paid last year. I'm just so mad right now I don't know what to do. I need to get in on this class action lawsuit. If anyone has information about the lawsuit please let me know what I have to do!

- , Bronx, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 272006

(reported on)


  • 97,000 miles

I had this nice looking junk for 2 years, after the 1st year the ticking started and the car started overheating. When I got to the mechanic I was told the 2.7 engine was gone, shot, dead, etc. I paid $2500. for another 2.7 engine which after 7 months was gone, shot, dead, etc. with the same damn problem as the other engine. The brass at Dodge/Chrysler should be ashamed and offer some type of recall on these things they have siting in driveways and repair shops. I can not afford another engine or car. I am a single parent in college and had to struggle to pay for the 1st engine. This is ridiculous and something should be done. When I saw and heard all the complaints about the same car and same problem I was somewhat shocked. They know this and just turn their heads and keep making junk. They should go belly up! I am really angry, annoyed, pissed off, tired, and had enough! Two years and two engines later and I still have no car.

- , Bloomfiled, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 292003

(reported on)


  • 68,000 miles

I'm absolutely livid! My engine starting clanking and I was told by a mechanic (to be fair, it was a mechanic who knew he wasn't going to be fixing my car) that the 2.7 engines in 1998 Dodge Intrepids were crap and always fail. My car has 68,000 miles on it and I need a new engine. After doing some research I've found that there are a lot of angry people and something has to be done!!

- , Binghamton, NY, USA

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