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

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 4 of 8)

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problem #88

Mar 042007

(reported on)

Intrepid LX 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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

I was driving my girlfriends car and the timing chain brakes, now the car needs a new engine. 2 Mechanics told me that it was not because the maintenance but the design on the engine was so bad that could not even lubricate that well. I don't know what to do now because is so expensive to fix it for what the car cost.

- , Homestead, FL, USA

problem #87

Oct 122006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 105,000 miles

The engine started knocking. Sounded like lifter noise. down one and a half quarts of oil. 3500 miles since last oil change. Put oil in and it sounded perfect the next day for about fifteen minutes, then it started knocking again. The same thing happened each of the next two days. The third day I was going to take the car in for an engine flush (I thought it might be the oil pump. But when I started the car it started making a loud knocking noise, then the engine began to slow down. I cut the engine because I was afraid of seizing. The next day I turned the engine over and it was very slow. I shut it down hoping to prevent total seizing, and spent the last few days trying to find a mechanic that still does big engine problems. They all told me to call a dealership, as they are the only ones that still do major engine work in this area. I've been stalling on this because the car isn't worth more than $ 4000 on today's market. I'm better off giving it to a charity and taking the tax deduction, unless someone knows how to get the the piece of crap fixed for less than $3,000----BY THE WAY I'D BE INTERESTED IN A CLASS ACTION IF THERE WERE A REALISTIC POSSIBILITY OF COLLECT MORE THAN THE COST OF THE LEGAL FEES INVOLVED

- , Elmhurst, IL, USA

problem #86

Oct 192006

(reported on)

Intrepid LX 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

I own a 2000 Intrepid that we bought from the dealer in 2002 with 10k miles. Last Friday I noticed the the check engine light come on and then went out. I pulled into a gas station and popped the hood. Everything including the oil level was good. I started back up and headed home. After 2 minutes the oil light came on. Again, checked it out at home with nothing noticeable. Tuesday my wife drove the car to pick me up at work and the engine started to knock. Loss of power, the whole nine yards. Fortunately we were only 5 miles from home when this happened. I called my mechanic and he gave me the sad story that the engine is junk. He also said it is well know that the 2.7 L engines are crap. Sludge builds up and burns up the engine. It didn't matter that I changed the oil on schedule, the problem is the design. Now I have a beautiful, well maintained Dodge sitting in my driveway that isn't going anywhere. This experience means I will never by another US made car. I am also interested in any class action.

- , Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #85

May 192006

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • 100,000 miles

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

A class action lawsuit is in order

- , Webster City, IA, USA

problem #84

Nov 022006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 177,197 miles

Here is another complaint to add to the 2000 Dodge Intrepid. We have owned ours for 6 years and we were lucky to make it to 177,198 miles. We purchased it with 25,000 miles (program car so we were told). I put 1800 miles on this car a month driving back and forth to work. I had the oil changed faithfully every other month just to make sure I was taking proper care of the engine. We have had some normal wear and tear work done to maintain the vehicle. I noticed about 2 months ago that the oil light kept flickering. thought maybe the sensor was burning out as the technicians who serviced the car stated all was okay. I had absolutely no warning from the computer in the car that there was a problem. The heat gauge always stayed solid under the half mark. I had taken the car into town to do some errands and all of a sudden it started clanking and making a horrible noise and the heat gauge shot thru the roof so to speak and the car died. You know the rest. Just put on new brakes, struts and bearings. Tires and battery last year. I have a spendy towing receipt. The car is worth absolutely nothing. The Dodge dealership quoted $8,000 for a new motor 2.7 liter engine (parts and labor). I asked them if they were aware of these 2.7 engines and if they were, how could they in good faith put the same junk back into the vehicle. They don't care, it is all about money and screwing the public. I feel for the rest of you who have been left holding the bag and still had loans against a dead horse. I understand that Dodge is not making these size cars any more, go figure !!!! They need to reimburse people for these faulty products they are pushing off on the public before they try to design more problems.

- , Huntington, OR, USA

problem #83

Oct 242006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles

I'm so mad right now I could just spit.. My 2000 Dodge Intrepid is dead. It died on 95 the other night. I just had the oil changed 4 days before because it was making a funny noise and was told all was ok, but changed everything anyways. Well to make a long story short, my car is of not use to me anymore. The dealership where it was towed to told me that I had sludge in my engine because of not having regular oil changes. Thats complete bs, I did what was supposed to be done. So they say this is my fault, more bs. I paid good money for this car and now it a piece of crap, I can't even use it for a trade in. How come Daimler Chrysler does not stand behind the products they sell? If you google dodge intrepid engine problems, so many people are having the same things happening to their dodges. It is definitely a big problem with these cars and They are doing nothing to remedy these problems. So now I'm without a car and was f*cked by dodge and they never even said thank you!!!!!!!!!!

- , Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #82

Oct 242006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,200 miles

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

I purchased my 2000 dodge intrepid july of 04 with 69,000 miles on it. Two weeks ago i noticed a knock in the engine and took it to my mechanic, who did all of my oil changes and he also told me when i got the car to take it back because the 2.7l engines are bad. Dodge would not do anything for me when i tried to take it back and i had only had the car for four days. Needless to say the engine is blown due to sludge and i now have a non working car sitting in my driveway that i owe about $4500 on. I'm pissed!!!!!!!!! if dodge does not recall these engines soon i am going to exercise my freedom of speech and have my car towed to the dodge dealership and sit there until they do something about this piece of sh*t car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

do not buy from dodge they do not appreciate their customers!!!!

- , Aurora, IL, USA

problem #81

Feb 042007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

We went and bought a 2000 dodge intrepid, 3 months later the motor went out. we check the oil a lot. but one day it stopped, only to find out it was out of oil. We just put 1 qt in 20 day before that.

It did not smoke or the oil light did not come on. I know now i will never buy a dodge again. We can not afford to buy a new motor. Still owe 6000.00 on the car

- , Atchison, KS, USA

problem #80

Jan 292007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

I bought this car used with 31k. They did not offer the rest of the warranty which would have only cost $20. At 69k the engine went It took me 1 yr to save the 4k it took to replace the engine. While I payed a $400 car payment a month. It sat in my yard (yard jewelry) as Ive heard many other people with the same problem call it. So here I am 14 months with the new engine and it dies on christmas eve So here I sit with 5k I still owe on the car with no transportation. And they wonder why we don't want to buy american made cars. Like a car maybe you'll tell 1 person love a car maybe tell 2 But be dissatisfied tell everyone. I will never buy another american vehicle as long as I live.

- , Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #79

Jan 162007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.5

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,230 miles

Loved car at first, but within the first year started to have some minor problems mechanics said get rid of it because those little things ment BIG problems. 1st. was locks sounding as if you would get electrocuted it started with rear pass. door then driver side door and then driver rear it was so bad the only way in the car was to put key into pass. front door and unlock all doors from inside. kept up on all maintenance but that still didn't stop engine from needing replaced. Had met two people about 3 weeks before it completly stoped that both of their intrepids needed engines at about 80,000mi. one had no payments and the other like still had a lot of payments and that intrepid was still in the shop had been for a month and was paying $5000 for new engine the other person paid $3500 and had a hard time finding a michanic that would even replace it. It was going to cost me about $3500 to get repaired. It started ticking and sputtering a bit then wouldn't start then stall out and finally didn't start anymore. Got towed told it needed engine and cost. Got towed back to house(mind you $$$$ for all these tows) held on to this broke ass car I once loved for three months and realized I couldn't get it fixed told them to come get it. I feel like I got ripped off the manufacturer had to know these cheap ass engines wouldn't last. I have learned not to go on a car lot and choose a car without investigation first. BUYER BEWARE don't buy an intrepid with engine less than 3.3 engine or you'll end like me with no car but a voluntary repo and awful credit score.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #78

Nov 122006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

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

Well lets put it this way , DODGE knows that this motor is f*#!^kin junk. They know this and don't give a sh*t for the average man or woman who bought one of these pieces of sh*t.

- , Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

problem #77

Nov 122006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

Temperature gauge suddenly pegged out at HOT without warning and the car showed NO SIGNS of trouble. Pulled off road to cool it down. Once gauge read half way between hot and cold, the coolant blew all over the motor! After having it towed to the dealer I bought it from they told me it was a blown motor. I bought the car just two years ago so I still owe a significant amount of money on it. I use this car for work and may lose my job if I cannot either repair or replace this vehicle! I have owned Chrysler/Dodge cars since 1990. This is VERY disappointing to find out it is so common! Beginning to look a lot like NO Christmas for my kids!

- , Johnson City, NY, USA

problem #76

Jan 152007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

When I bought car they told me it was a clean car and only issue was exterior work on doors. When I payed for car, I started car and making noise like a timing belt had cracked and so I took car to mechanic. He said the issue was sludge oil in the engine and it could not be fixed and engine would need to be replaced. I bought another car for the engine and it also did not work so I wasted more money. I now have a beautiful looking car that does not work. I have been told $3500 for a "rebuilt" engine to make the car run. Can I be guaranteed that my car will ever run again.

- , Frederick, MD, USA

problem #75

Jan 062007

(reported on)

Intrepid LS 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

i had the same exact experience as mr. taylor has reported. i was quoted 7000 dollars to have an engine installed which i will not do. so i am stuck paying the remainder of the loan on the vehicle while trying to find one that runs. i would like to know if anyone has found some course of action to take, because i would like to join in. it seems to have happened to too many people.

- , Selden, NY, USA

problem #74

Apr 242006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 42,000 miles

I bought a 2000 intrepid in oct.1999. The engine went with under 50,000 miles on it. They covered it under warranty. They replaced the short block and redid the heads. Then I got a new car and gave this one to my son. The odometer had 75,000 went again he got a motor with 44,000 miles from the used parts store for 1700.00 and 600.00 to install. That motor went in 50 days with about 1000 miles. The motor had a ninety day warranty but the 600.00 for instillation is not covered. THE POINT IS THE 2.7 MOTOR IS JUNK AND CHRYSLER KNOWS IT.

PS. OIL WAS CHANGED 3000 OR LESS.

- , Phila., PA, USA

problem #73

Apr 242006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 51,000 miles

I bought a 2000 intrepid in oct.1999. the engine went under 50,000 miles on it. They covered it under warranty. They replaced the short block and redid the heads. Then I got a new car and gave this one to my son. The odometer had 75,000 went again. He got a motor with 44,000 miles from the used parts store for 1700.00 and 600.00 to install. That motor went in 50 days with about 1000 miles. The motor had a ninety day warranty but the 600.00 for instillation is not covered. THE POINT IS THE 2.7 MOTOR IS JUNK AND CRYSLER KNOWS IT.

PS. OIL WAS CHANGED 3000 OR LESS.

- , Phila., PA, USA

problem #72

May 032006

(reported on)

Intrepid LX

  • 135,000 miles

I just want my engine fixed. When I had a extended warranty they didn't want to fix it and they said it was my fault that sludge built up in the engine. I am not a mechanic. I changed the oil and everything and now that I put another engine in that engine locked up too.

- , Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #71

Nov 072006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

This car was awesome for me up until the last few days. A little over 3 months ago, I had my oil changed and right after that I went through a stage where my oil light every now and then would flicker on and off Since I just had my oil changed then, I didnt think anything of it. Just a few days ago on a Sunday night, it came on except this time it stayed on. I really didnt even have time to take it in to get looked at because yesterday morning (Monday morning) it broke down on the way to work. I got the call back late yesterday (Monday) saying that the engine needed replaced. I couldn't believe it. I'll probably end up just financing another car and paying for that as I ride out the final 4 years and $5000 worth of payments. Maybe there are enough of us that can sue Dodge so we can get reimbursed for this kind of sh*t.

- , Moscow, ID, USA

problem #70

Dec 292006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I followed the cars maintenance book to the letter. Oil changes on time, 50,000 and 100,000 mile maintenance. Now I'm paying $4200 for a new engine. It had a 120,000 miles on it, but with the car it got it shouldn't have went out

- , St Charles, MO, USA

problem #69

Dec 292006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

The engine oil light started to come no momentarily when stopped in drive; shift to neutral or park the engine light would go off. Had this problem checked by a mechanic and no problem found. oil sensor possible problem; oil level full. oil changed regularly at 3,000 miles. Car stopped running and would not turnover to start. Possible starter problem-replaced with new starter -still would not start. Two Mechanics checked car both said motor was locked up! possible oil pump failure. Would need new engine or rebuild engine. Cost would average from $2,500.00 dollars to $3,500.00 to replace engine not including labor! Warranty over at 70,000 miles. Too much for an engine that was bad from the start to replace! Car is no good without an engine! I will never buy Chrysler product again unless something can or will be done about this! I was a die hard Chrysler fan until this. I have a 95 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Edition which has been great. It currently has 120,000 miles and runs great. No major problems as of yet. If the 2.7L engines was bad from the start why would you continue to use these engines? That is bad business! This car is worth nothing without the engine. Do you have any ideas on what I can do with this car the with this bad engine?

- , Taylors, SC, USA

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