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.

CarComplaints.com 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.

9.6

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
$4,296.00
Average Mileage:
93,911 miles
Total Complaints:
148 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. needs a new engine (65 reports)
  2. recall cars w/2.7 engine and replace engines (47 reports)
  3. not sure (15 reports)
  4. replace engine (11 reports)
  5. new freeken motor (5 reports)
  6. replace the cylinder head and bearing, rebuild engine (3 reports)
2000 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #128

Jan 292009

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

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

To make a long store short this 2.7L needed replaced due to sludge build up and it cost me 3700.00 to fix

- , Mt. Pleasant, PA, USA

problem #127

Sep 112008

Intrepid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

What the hell!! So many of you have the same problem with this piece of crap. I thought this car would last for several more yrs seeing how I kept it maintained, oil changed every 3 months, check ups as needed. The body looks great and it still is very comfortable to ride in. Today the shocker came with I was told it needs a new engine and even that can't make it 100% good because there is a chance that another engine would have the same problem, if you could even find one. I wrote to Dodge but I'll see how far that gets me. Everyone needs to drop them an email and complain. This is awful and we all should be compensated for this mess. I am going to have to run it into the ground until I can make a decision on what to do. I guess I'm leaning towards buying a new car but first I have to hope the election goes my way and we get out of this crunch we are in. Complain everyone to Dodge who knows it might help!

- , Racine, WI, USA

problem #126

Oct 052008

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,782 miles

really hate this engine. wife's car,wish I never bought it.to repair will cost minimum of 2000 dollars

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #125

Oct 022008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

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

After researching why my Intrepid was smoking from the exhaust, I took it to a Chrysler dealership who told me that I have the 2.7L engine that has the oil sludge defect. How disappointing!! After what I am reading, and since Chrysler won't step up and be responsible for this defect, Chrysler will not make a sale from me again. Also, I read that Chrysler said it was due to poor maintenance. We had the oil changed every 3,000 miles, and the car was mostly driven on the interstate. So, that is a poor excuse. John McCain and Barack Obama are saying that people need to be held accountable for their mistakes. Maybe they should audit Chrysler and enforce their idea!!!

- , Winchester, TN, USA

problem #124

Jul 172008

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

ANYONE PLANNING ON BUYING A DODGE INTREPID!!! I HAVE SOME ADVICE FOR YOU DON'T!!!! THIS CAR IS A PIECE OF SH*T AND IT HAS PUT ME THROUGH A LOT OF TROUBLE.THIS WAS MY FIRST CAR AND I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO LAST ME UNTIL I GOT OUT OF SCHOOL... BUT I WAS WRONG. I STARTED HEARING A KNOCK IN THE ENGINE, BUT AT THE TIME I DIDN'T THINK IT WAS A BIG ENOUGH DEAL TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT OR GET IT CHECKED. THEN THE KNOCKING BECAME SO LOUD THAT IS WAS EMBARRASSING TO DRIVE ANYONE AROUND.THEN WHEN I WAS ON MY TO PICK UP MY MOM FROM THE AIRPORT THEN THE CAR STARTED NUDGING THEN IT JUST QUIT ON ME. LUCKILY ENOUGH I WAS ABLE TO PULL INTO A GAS STATION BEFORE I GOT HIT. I GOT I TOWED TO MY HOUSE AND NOW IT WONT EVEN START. THATS WHEN I DECIDED TO RESEARCH THIS PIECE OF SH*T AND I FOUND OUT THAT EVERYONE IS HAVING THIS PROBLEM. I WOULDN'T GIVE THIS CAR TO MY WORST ENEMY !!!! I F*CKIN HATE DODGE!!! AND I AGREE THAT WE SHOULD SUE THEM BECAUSE PUTTING BAD CARS ON THE MARKET IS NOT RIGHT!!

- , Houston, TX, USA

problem #123

Apr 302008

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

I think Dodge really needs to do something about this issue!! Why can't the government force them to take care of their mistake????

- , South Jordan, UT, USA

problem #122

May 302007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

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

Bought the car used it had 60,000 miles on it Aug 27, 2006. Engine had sever oil leak problem. The extended warranty didn't cover gaskets and seals. So I keep adding oil and did change oil about 3,000 miles like the owners manual states. 7 months later the routine starts check engine light comes on but goes out next day, heat blows cold air ( engine lost a gallon of antifreeze I add more)car stall couple of times, then the engine starts knocking. I drove it to the dealer, I had the extended warranty thought this should cover the repair I guessed wrong. It cost me $500 to have the engine tore down and find the failed part. Inspector found minor sludge say customer neglect claim denied unless I can produce receipts showing oil and filter. Well I never kept receipt so it cost me $2000 to get this paper weight fixed. I still owe 4 1\2 years of payments. I will never buy a Dodge again.

- , Warren, PA, USA

problem #121

Jul 142007

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

We replaced the engine with another 2.7 and we are starting to have the exact same problem. We did not have it replaced at the dealership. We had a far more reputable service center do the work. The car is paid for, but the replacement engine is not. I am in GA and someone needs to start a class action lawsuit about this problem. It is about to leave us without a car. We can't afford another one at the moment and I have a baby on the way. Very Frustrating!!!!

- , Marietta, GA, USA

problem #120

Oct 152005

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I am a single mother without alot of money to deal with matters such as this. On the other hand, I can't be without a reliable vehicle either. The car was overall good to me up until probably the worse thing that could happen, did. The car has been sitting ever since and I don't know if or when I will have the money to fix it.

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #119

Mar 252008

Intrepid RT 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

First let me begin by saying that I will never buy a Dodge again!

I was scammed, taken advantage of and overcharged when I purchased this vehicle 2.5yrs ago. I had just began teaching for a university and my car had been totaled so had to find a car fast. I was naive but I did not deserve to be sold a LEMON. After I purchased this car, I discovered that the salesman had neglected to tell me that the car had been wrecked and that the noise I was hearing when the car locks initiated was in fact a faulty car lock actuator. I then was told that I had purchased a car that had a faulty car engine and to get rid of it as soon as possible. However, I could not get rid of it and was advised to run a synthetic oil in the car and to change the oil on time. Now, 2.5 years since the purchase of my vehicle and only 2 car payments left the damn engine is failing! There is now oil sludge in the air uptake system and I have to get rid of the car TODAY. Does anyone know if there is in fact a class action lawsuit regarding this vehicle?

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #118

Mar 262008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 153,000 miles

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

OK, bought this car in 2002 with 60K miles on it for about $9,000. Ran excellent for the most part, replace some type of rod for $600 a few years ago then all the sudden it started burning oil like crazy. Not a major prob just changed it a lil more frequently. The the air conditioner was leaking $2000 for a new one, major prob, mechanic said it would be cheaper to just put in a can of freon once a month in the summer,, so we've done that for a year or two. Then a few months ago it started idling really rough unless you held the brake and gas at the same time at about 1000 rpm. So took it in and they said my oil was leaking onto my spark plugs and made my plugs go bad, so they replaced them all at about $150.. Last week I was leaving work and it jerked really hard and the service engine light came on, so i pulled over, cut off the car and started it back up in a few minutes and it ran fine and the light was off. Then this morning on the way to work it died at a red light, I cranked it back up and pulled over on the side of the road where it died again. I sat there for five minutes and turned it on again, the service engine light was still on but it got me to work, about 5 miles up the road. Going to check on things at lunch today and see what now.. This vehicle is a money pit.. Unfortunately we are not in the position to purchase new now so we will continue repairing until we can afford something else. Beginning to wonder if it would be wise to just put in a new engine and see how many more miles we can get out of it like that...... Any suggestions appreciated...

- , Selma, AL, USA

problem #117

Dec 192007

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,603 miles

This Dodge intrepid is the all time worst car ever built!! Chrysler/Dodge designed this car so people who buy them will never ever get ahead in life. Just 1 month after maxing out your credit cards to fix the most unreliable car known to man, you find yourself checking how much life saving you have because you now find yourself sitting on the side of the highway wondering why the biggest pile of monkey do do stopped running again. I must now phone CAA and get it towed home. Just to call the repair shop and get them to change the battery, a couple days later when going home from work the car will not start again. somebody blow up this car.

Chrysler/Dodge Intrepid sucks. I for one will never ever buy Chrysler/dodge again I will use public transportation then ever set foot in one of those vehicles again. and oh yeah all those Chrysler/dodge repair shops suck too, all they want to do is get the customer to pay, pay, pay for every single repair. what an absolutely crappy company(Chrysler). hire new engineers to build your cars.

- , Regina, SK, Canada

problem #116

Mar 022007

Intrepid ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

we bought the car for my son. we had to flat bed the car from Boston to buffalo! 720.00 it cost us, and we were refunded nothing! We have had continues problems. Car just won't start replaced plugs, batteries etc. The radiator blew and the fuel pump went! Dodge needs to be held accountable! We bought this car thinking it was safe! the car has just stopped on the highway!! This week alone it has been towed twice! In 15 months the car has been towed 7 times!! Disgusting!

- , Williamsville, NY, USA

problem #115

Oct 102007

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

We purchased a 2000 Dodge Intrepid not too long ago. My husband is a mechanic, we knew the car had engine problems. Boy, we weren't expecting all of this though. I've submitted several complaints, questions, what have you, to Dodge and Chrysler, with still no response. I figured that. They made a disposable car. They don't want to back up their product, admit fault, they're cowards. I found there's an ongoing law suit as we speak. Something needs to be done. Immediately. Dodge brags about their products, but for what? They're junk. This much I do know, PERSISTENCE WEARS RESISTANCE...I will send a complaint letter, get petitions signed, do whatever I can to add my two cents to Dodge and Chrysler. What's wrong is wrong.

- , Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #114

Feb 042008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

I have owned and still own many dodge vehicles. I have not had any problems before this My car had been running fine, smooth and quiet, until recently. I heard a knocking noise when I started the engine initially. The next day the engine started to knock, and I learned that my engine was on the verge of seizing up, so I would not have a car anymore, because the engine would be no good to anyone. My son tole me to park my car in the garage until he could rebuild the engine. I was one of the fortunate ones, in that I still have an engine to fix.

My husband and I have been die hard dodge fans, as we have had 2 caravans, 3 trucks, shadow (daughter), and all three of my children are currently driving neons.

I would appreciate any feedback from Chrysler on this matter.

burdonewman@aol.com

Thanks, donnan

P.S. My engine is currently torn down, so my son can determine the parts needed to get my car on the road.

- , Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #113

May 182007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7 L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Dodges complaint dept. is terrible, no wonder they are Ch 11!

- , Midland, MI, USA

problem #112

May 172007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,100 miles

Well, yet another Dodge Intrepid's 2.7L motor NFG!!!!!!!!!!

There are 1000's of folks seriously inconvenienced by this lemon! How do we get the notoriety to get the Attorney General involved and file a class action suit?

These cars are f*ckin bullsh*t!!

- , Freehold, NJ, USA

problem #111

May 092007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7 L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles

It's no wonder that American car companies are going down the tubes. They always counted on the patriotic sentiment of the American people to get them by. So I guess it was only a matter of time people would stop buying the junk that they advertise as cars.

Imagine that: 80,000 miles and the engine is only good for a paper weight. No wonder Daimler is trying to sell off their acquisition. Once they had a chance to see what what goes on, quality wise, they started running for the door. There was a time a company stood by their product, especially after putting something out there that had a design flaw. I guess they are losing so much money these days that there is no room for good will gestures. The company I work for has supplied me with fleet automobiles, mainly from Chrysler for over 20 years. The only thing I could say is thank God I did not own those cars. Repairs for minor things like transmission, air conditioning, front suspension. So when everyone else is bringing in their cars for the same defects, this no longer becomes isolated cases.

I just bought my first European car, a 2006 Madza 3. One less customer Chrysler has to deal with.

- , Montreal, Quebec, Canada

problem #110

Oct 162007

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

I have owned my 2000 Dodge Intrepid for almost two years now. I purchased it used off of a local dealer back in January of 2006. After dumping massive amounts of money into my first car (a 1993 Pontiac Grandam, although the money that I did put into that car was just routine repairs, but still it was costing me more money then I could afford) I decided that I needed a reliable car. After searching around for a few months I came across the Dodge Intrepid. I instantly fell in love with this car and knew it was the one for me. But little did I know almost 2 years later I would be replacing the engine.

I took great care of the car having the oil changed every three months like I was suppose to and just taking care of the car's general needs. I was actually scheduled to have my next oil change that coming Saturday. But before that could happen…I had just returned home for a weekend trip in Montreal and was heading into work, when I went to pull into a local coffee shop and the car just died. I tried to restart it but it wouldn't work. Meanwhile I'm tying up traffic in the middle of a busy intersection during the morning commute with people cussing and yelling at me to move my car. Thank god a couple of guys in a few cars around me jumped out and helped me push it into the local parking lot and that no one behind me hit me. So I then had the car towed to my mechanic where at first he believes that its just a broken timing chain. But after a week of diagnosing the car, he tells me that the motor is completely shot and that in order to be able to drive the car again I will need to replace the entire thing. Which would cost me about 3,000 to 5,000 dollars for just the new motor alone and another 1500 for labor and parts. So I then ask him why does the motor need to be replaced he tells me because of a design flaw by Dodge when they built the car that causes the motor to fail and that I was lucky to get the car up to 102,000 miles.

I then had to decide what to do with the car - do I fix it or do I just junk it and get a new one. Well because I still owe a large amount on the car and the only way to get financing for a new auto loan was to trade it in (which no dealer wants to take a car with no engine). I had no choice but to have the car towed to my home where it would sit in the drive way for a few weeks while I decided what to do with it, while still making the monthly payments on it (this is what really pissed me off).

Lucky for me though I was able to, during this time, talk with my neighbor who is a mechanic to see what he thinks can be done with the car to put it back in working condition yet again. So, he then takes a look at it one weekend and comes up with the same problem that the original mechanic had…it’s the motor and it needs to be replaced, theirs nothing else he can do. So I had to come to a final decision fix the car or get a new one.

Well I of course decided to go down the road of fixing it because I still owe too much money on the car to do anything else. So after a couple of weeks of looking for a new motor for the car he was finally able to find one. But let me tell you they are not cheap 2000 dollars was the cheapest one I was able to get and that one has 80,000 miles on it already. The reason behind this I was told is because Intrepid motors are in such high demand due to the design flaw that causes them to break the price of them is through the roof, that is if you can even find one. I was told I got very lucky to get the new motor when I did. I’m hopeful that after this weekend the car will finally be back on the road after 2 months. I miss not having my own car.

Oh yeah I tried getting in touch with dodge to see if they had recalled this specific problem and they said, “No”, and that they did know about this specific problem but where not going to do anything to fix it. Which in my book is total BS why if you know about a problem that is costing people thousands and thousands of dollars are you not fixing it for the consumer, you're supposed to be a reputable business. I will never buy another dodge product knowing what I know now about the company.

- , Scotia, NY, USA

problem #109

Nov 022007

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

We have had dodge loaner cars for our company for the last 3 yrs.Our first intrepid 2.7 quit running for a customer. We towed it in our shop to find that it had one or more fried bearings. that car is now a parts car. Our other intrepid loaner just done the same thing as we are installing a new short block as we were able to redo the heads. the oil ports in the motor run too close to the exhaust manifold which cooks the oil in return sludging up the oil. It is simply a poor designed motor. Hopefully the new 2.7 motors were built better as they are offered in the new dodge avengers and (fleet) chargers.I also heard of a class action lawsuit against chrysler. If this problem happens ,keep your oil change papers and get a lawyer. .The water pumps are bad for going out as well, and when they do they will leak antifreeze right into the oil pan, another awful design,change it at about 65,000 miles to be safe.

- , Desoto, MO, USA

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