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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
126,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2000 Dodge Intrepid cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 022006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


I thought that my thermostat gasket was leaking at first, so i bought a new one, and replaced it which by the way was a mother , it was tucked under the alternator. so i got it all together and filled it up with water, as im filling it i hear a steady trickle(errrrrrrrrrrrrr) so i found that it was leaking from the water pump weep hole which is located right up against the thermostat housing. so on to the real problem, i towed the car to a mechanic with a new water pump in hand, when i showed up the mechanic said he didn't like to use that brand of part so he would acquire one from the dealer, sounds like a good idea right? well, he called to order one and dodge said that the were so f__ing stupid when they designed the car that they are not selling the original part anymore and they are in the end stages of re-designing and manufacturing a new one ( well i thats my interpretation) so now my car is going to sit ar the mechanics for 2-12 weeks until stupid dodge comes out with a new water pump. on top of all this when the mechanic examined the car a little farther he found that the coolant had found it's way to the crankcase, so now i get to pay for that bull sh*t too. i love dodge


is stupid dodge obligated to pay for the replacement of the pump and labor?


- , San Jose, CA, USA

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