Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The Dodge Intrepid, Stratus & other Chrysler sedans are infamous for oil sludge problems with the 2.7L V6 engine. If someone offers to sell you a 2.7L V6 model, it's only worth the price of the scrap metal it's going to shortly turn into.

NOTE: Only the 2.7L V6 has the oil sludge problem. Our "Avoid like the Plague" designation is ONLY for models with the 2.7L V6 engine. All other available engines are very reliable with no major problems.

Even with regular maintenance, the oil sludge defect eventually destroys the 2.7L engine typically around 80,000-100,000 miles. The only true fix we know about is to put in the larger 3.2L engine, which has a great reputation.

This issue was never deemed a safety defect by the Feds, so there was no recall. In the end, Chrysler got away with FOUR YEARS worth of defective 2.7L V6 engines in their sedans.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,625 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace water pump (1 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 082007

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,625 miles


September 2007....coolant tank leaked, replaced...$245

October 2007...rack & pinion went out, replaced....$1100

November 2007...water pump went out, replaced....$650

November 2007...junked it, bought a Honda Accord....PRICELESS!!

- , Chatham, IL, USA

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