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 7 of 8)

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problem #28

Jul 092005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 70,000 miles

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

I have a 2000 Dodge Intrepid 2.7L DOHC with only 70000 miles and it was serviced at 4000 miles regularly. The oil light started flickering and the dealer said it was electrical, shortly after the motor started knocking and died. The timing chain tensioners broke and the timing chain flew off causing damage internally and this bent all the intake valves. I still owe a great deal on this car and it will take about $5000 to replace the engine. The mechanic replaced the timing chain and tensioners but did not realize the valves were bent at that point. I now have over $800 in that repair and I need at the least to replace or rebuild the heads and who knows at this point if the pistons are damaged or not? I have read all the complaints of the same problems due to oil sludge and talked to ASE Master Technicians that say Chrysler is aware of the design flaw that causes the oil to sludge in these engines, yet they do nothing! They give owners of these cars the run around and make them come up with service records and receipts for oil and filters to prove the engines were serviced properly and then do nothing. They always have an excuse why the proof just is not good enough to warrant the repair or replacement of the customer's engine. It is funny how Mercedes Benz cars, also built by Daimler, have the same problem but they cover all of them! We, being the working class, can just keep working and paying for these cars long after they are broken down and we cannot even drive them. I have a car that is now valued at less than $3000 to trade in, if it was running, and I still owe way over that and it does not run! What it is now is a YARD ORNAMENT! Every owner of one of these cars should collectively sue Chrysler. It is too bad because the Intrepid and other Dodge and Chrysler cars are some of the best looking vehicles on the market and have many nice features. I will never take a chance on owning another. This 2000 Intrepid was over $21,000 out of the show room and it is reduced to a $3,000 junk heap that I still owe on and have to keep FULL COVERAGE INSURANCE ON until it is paid off, while it sits and rusts!

- , Bussey, IA, USA

problem #27

Jul 062005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 80,000 miles

I own a 2000 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7L blown engine. I purchased this car in september of 2004 with 68000 miles on it, and have owned it less than 1 year. A few months ago I started hearing a ticking noise and seemed to be going through alot of oil. there was no evidence of oil on the driveway nor did I see any smoke when driving it. This past july 4th weekend on our way to the Pepsi 400 the engine blew. I had it towed to a local mechanic and he told me the only way to go was to put a remanufactured Jasper Engine in it at a cost of $6200.00. With no other car nor the funds to buy a new car this leaves me no choice but to sink $6200 in this piece of crap. I called Chrysler-Dodge to find out if there was something that they could do. Boy was that a waste of time!!! They told me there was nothing they could do. This is not over and if anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I was on a Canadian website and it seems there are the same problems there.

- , Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #26

Aug 242005

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 112,000 miles

This is a really sad day for me as I had not expected to find so many complaints about the Intrepid. I bought the 2000 in late 1999 brand new. I kept up on the oil changes, brakes, etc. regularly so I was surprised when the oil light flicked on on my way to work one morning. I had not seen leaks of any kind so my levels should have been fine. Actually it flicked right back off so I wasn't even sure that it came on at all until I started the car to head home. I started the car and the knocking started but toned down right away. I had no idea what it was and it came out of nowhere. I drove home and it was Friday so I figured that I would get it checked out on Saturday. By the time I got home the knocking was constant and noisy. Anyway long story short I have joined this long group of unhappy people as the mechanic informed me that my tab is nearly 5,000 even if I get a used engine from the junkyard and nearly 7,000 rebuilt.

Needless to say I do not have that kind of money to put into a car and it sounds like it would be a waste to try.

Up until this point I actually praised the Intrepid because I had never had any trouble at all with I liked the car to boot. I fully intended for my next car to be nothing but a Dodge but now, no way.

Who knew it was only building up to major financial burdens. I too am grateful that at least the car is paid for but as far as the next move, I just don't know.

I am truly disappointed and I will be waiting for the suits to start. Good luck everyone

- , Union, NJ, USA

problem #25

Jul 152005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 105,000 miles

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

At 105,000 miles our engine blew. We have found that all the area auto mechanics and even the junk yard knew that the Dodge Intrepids' 2.7liter engine was junk. How can so many people be aware of this same problem but yet the auto-maker not take responsibility??????

- , Pickerington, OH, USA

problem #24

Jul 212005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 110,000 miles

Lets just say I still owe $ on it. Not really sure yet on what I'm going to do, but I sure wish I would of traded it in two months ago. I think its only right for them to fix this. I use to say good things about this car. D*MN DODGE !

- , St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #23

Jul 312005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 112,000 miles

I had oil sludges causing engine failure and the engine cost around $3000 to repair but I was told by an auto-machanic that the 2000 dodge intrepids engines are not any good and the engine is not worth fixing. The auto mechanic I asked to fix my car also sells cars told me that he would not have a 1999 or 2000 dodge intrepid on his car lot because the the engines are not any good and they are not worth selling to people. He also said if the engine is replaced it would probably happen again. This auto mechanic is not the only one that has told me this, everyone that I have asked about fixing this car has told me the same thing. The bad thing about this car is that I am still making monthly payments on this car and I have not driven this car over a year because of engine problems. My last payment is dec 2005 and I will be glad when I make the last one.

- , Hertford, NC, USA

problem #22

Sep 052004

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 71,000 miles

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

Only run the car for 6000 miles, after buying it used from a dealer. Only 30 days warranty. Engine just started knocking the night I was moving to a house, with my kids at 10 PM. Repair is worth as much as the car. I am so upset that I can not find the proper words.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #21

Feb 012005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 60,000 miles

I just learned what you guys did. The 2000 Intrepid timing chain/engine problem is going to cost me a lot of money. I, too, changed the oil regularly. This was my first Dodge and it will be my last.

- , Campbellsville, KY, USA

problem #20

Jun 172005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 82,000 miles

2000 Dodge Intrepid is sitting at a Service Lot because it needs a new engine due to the timing chain problems that these vehicles are having. Instead of fixing our vehicle Daimler Chrysler warranty company totalled out our vehicle and gave us cash value for the vehicle which left us owing almost $3500 to our lien holder and with no working vehicle and on top of all that we have been treated horribly by the Daimler Chrysler Warranty Service Contracts!! My advice dont buy a Chrysler vehicle!!!!

- , Bourbonnais, IL, USA

problem #19

May 122005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 81,000 miles

Engine failure. Just told by Team Dodge that there's nothing that they can do. Dealer tried to blame on not enough oil changes. I have records of my oil changes. They lied a few months ago when I first heard knocking/ticking and told me that nothing was wrong with my engine. My car stopped on me yesterday "because of engine failure", and I got the run around from the dealership & no loaner. We need to get a class action law suit.

- , Fairburn, GA, USA

problem #18

May 072005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 68,000 miles

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

at 68,000 miles the check engine light came on. My mechanic said he fixed the problem & that it was minor. I had him change the oil, flush the engine, and put in new brakes at a cost of 900. I brought the car home, and when leaving the next day the brakes failed and the ABS light came on. The mechanic said he fixed the brakes, I don't have ABS brakes, and the light coming on must be electrical. I should have the dashboard replaced for 2,000. I didn't do it. The brakes started squeaking immediately. He eventually put in a third set of brakes. The car wouldn't pass inspection with the light on so he suggested taking it back to the dealer so they could re-program the computer. The dealer did this and said i needed a power steering belt which I put in for about 285.00. Three days later the car started making a noise, which to me sounded like the belt. I took it back to the dealer, they said now I needed a new timing chain for 1,600.. I went to yet another mechanic who put in a new timing chain. He took out oil sludge like you wouldn't believe. I have a bag of it for anyone to look at. It's about one-tenth of what they had to scrape away before they could geet to the timing chain. I did have my oil changed regularly. Unfortunately, when I clean out my car, there went the receipts over the years. They put the car back together after two and a half weeks and when they started it up it was making a noise. They took the engine apart again and the sludge was so bad, only three ports are actually distributing oil. So now I need a new engine. So I bought a timing chain for 1500. I called dodge and was told to have a dodge dealer look at it, and if thet was indeed the problem, dodge would help me get money for a new engine. Now I had to have my mechanic tow the car I just paid for to the dealer. The dealer agreed. I called dodge back and now they say tough luck. I called the dealer where I bought the car, and they were a little nasty. I called chrysler financial and they aren't interested in assisting me either. I still owe 5,500. on this piece of garbage that I can't drive. Since December, I have had it in my possession for about 2 and one half months. Where are we supposed to go to get help. I was told today by my dealer that they stopped making the intrepid in 2003 because of all its problems. Isn't there a way we can get compensation from someplace????? Personally, I have no job, am totally disabled, and need to find a ride to my doctor who is 60 miles away. I feel that I paid 20 something thousand dollars for this car with the undersatnding that with regular routine maintainance, would last me a good, long time. This is my first new car. I'm a big fan of the 2000 car. I will never, never again buy anything from Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep. They obviously don't care about the consumers (or their precious cargos) safety, once they get their commission check. And NOBODY, ABSOLUTELY NOBODY is willing to take any responsibility for this negligence. I have pictures of this horrendus engine if anyone would like to see them. If anyone can give me info on this class action suit that the consumers are trying to get together, let me know. I'm in.

- , Monroe, NY, USA

problem #17

May 062005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 61,000 miles

I was on my way home from having minor sugery and all of a sudden my car just went dead on the highway. It was a good thing that I was in my far left lane to pull over to the emergency lane or else I could have been killed. Can you picture a snow blizzard freezing below zero while on the express way . Well come to find out it was my timing chain I had just taken my car to get fully serviced regular oil change , and tune as a matter of fact my car was just on the dialisis machine . The machine read my car was fine I proceeded to drive at this time i was at 58,000 miles my warrenty was up at 60,000 get what at a little over 60, 000 my car went out I paid to have it fixed and still had to pay my car note and car insurance . Now I am trying to trade my car in the dealers dont want to give my anything for the card well something like chump change never every buy this car!

- , CalumetCity, IL, USA

problem #16

May 212005

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 75,000 miles

I currently own a 2000 dodge intrepid with the 2.7l engine. I figured I would be patriotic and buy American. I was driving and all of a sudden the damn engine stalled. I had it towed to my mechenic and he told me the engine was DEAD!!!!!. While the car was sitting in his lot someone tried to steal it, what bad luck only if the person would of stolen it the night it sat there after having a new thermostat put in. Oh yeah it cost me $250 to have a thermostat put in, they had to take apart the top of the engine to replace the thermostat. I called The dodge dealership in Monroeville, Pa they toed it to their shop and told me they would run a diagnostic to see what was wrong with it. I was told it would cost $200 for the diagnostic. Two days later I got a phone call and i was told I owed them $1500 for the diagnostic, because they had to buy some exspensive part to get a correct reading. I told them I was not going to pay $1500 for them to tell me the engine was blown. The $1500 didnt include the engine being fixed, that was an extra $3,000. The guy named jay who worked there freaked out on me and then threatened the was going to the magistrate to get their $1500. I got pissed that someone would talk to me that way after their piece of sh*t car blew up on me. Well that mother f---er messed with the wrong person. I went and searched the net in search of others who may have had similar experince. Good news thousands of people have had similar problems with their 2.7L. Chrysler admits that there is a flaw in the design of the oil distribution system, which causes sludge to build up in the engine and causes the timing chain to malfuction. Even though dodge admits to the flaw, they still havent issued a recall. Why the hell not cause the recall is to expensive. Well I got even better news I have a web site address that will lead you to a law firm that has submitted a class action lawsuit for all those who have replaced or are in need of a replacement. The address is www.datatown.com/chrysler/ pass the word on sue them assholes. Chrysler Co you have screwed thousands of your fellow hard working Americans. I question any company that prides its self on being American after pulling a rape like that on your fellow Americans. I will do everying in my power to make sure Chrysler payes me back and you should do the same. Good Luck

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #15

May 232005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 91,500 miles

My Dodge Intrepid's engine locked-up on me 1 1/2 weeks ago. I had it towed to Dodge. I wasn't too concern because I have a extended warranty on the car for 100,000 miles or 5 years, which ever come first. Neither has come to pass. I get a call however from the service center requesting receipts for every oil job thats been done on the car because the repair cost is near $6,000. Unbeleivable!!! They wanted me produce 5 years of receipts for every oil change, oil purchase, etc. I gave them what I had, however I informed them that I'd change my oil regularly despite the fact that my car had been stolen twice. Now, I get a call saying they need my authorization to go into the engine to check for "sludge" (which would be my fault) before they can make a judgement on whether the warranty will cover the repairs. If they opt not to cover the repair of my engine, I will have to pay an additional cost of $500 for them breaking down my engine plus the cost of the engine.

I do see a lawsuit aganist Dodge in the making.

I am sad to hear so many complaints aganist Dodge engines and glad to know I am not alone.

- , Gary, IN, USA

problem #14

Jun 072005

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 118,060 miles

I drove my car home ratting like a Jetta Diesel, I had tried everything to get oil up to the cam shafts I even had a special oil treatment, nothing worked. I can't complain at 190K (118K miles) seeing that some customers never got as many miles/Kilometers as I did, but and its a big but, I do believe that Dodge/Chrysler should offer each and everyone at least half the engine replacement cost, afterall if I hadn't had regular oil changes the engine would never have lasted as long as it did.

- , Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

problem #13

Jun 132005

(reported on)

Intrepid LX 2.7L V6

  • 82,000 miles

The vehicle was bought in 12/00. The oil was changed every 3000 - 4000 mi. regularly. The oil light never came on at all but the car broke down and had to be towed. I was informed by 2 different mechanics that the engine is dead and has to be replaced. The Dodge Intrepid engines only last approximately 80,000 miles. I am a widow on a limited income and can not afford to get this car fixed. I still have a balance owing $10,000. I truly believe Chrysler should replace all of these engines because I am sure that they are aware of this problem prior to selling us these cars now in order to replace these 2.7 engines we are being charged approximately $3000 not including labor. Whatever happen to the engines lasting for over 100,000 miles then turning over and still running. Chrysler owes us BIG TIME!

- , McKeesport, PA, USA

problem #12

Apr 252005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 55,500 miles

It is obvious that this is a problem engine, it is a rip off when the best warranty you can buy won't pay anything when you have proof that you have maintained the oil changes at every 5000 miles at a minimum, the owners manual actually says 7500 or 6 months is acceptable. When are American manufacturers going to stand up for what they make or sell. Why do they think people buy foreign cars?

- , Marietta, GA, USA

problem #11

Apr 272005

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 78,000 miles

I had bought my 2000 Intrepid in April of 2004. I hadn't even had my car a year when the engine failed on me due to a timing chain break. I still owe $7600 on my car and can't even drive it. It has really put me in a bind because I can't afford to get it fixed. I was told that it will costs well over $3000 just for a new engine. It really sucks. Thanks a lot Chrysler!!! I will never buy another car with the name Chrysler on it

- , Bay City, MI, USA

problem #10

Mar 292005

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • 46,000 miles

MY WIFE WAS DRIVING HOME WHEN SHE STARTED TO HEAR NOISE IN THE ENGINE ABOUT A MILE AWAY SHE MADE IT HOME. I HAPPEN TO BE OUTSIDE WHEN SHE PULLED IN THE DRIVE WAY,IT DIDNT SOUND TO GOOD AT ALL. I HAD IT TOWED TO A PLACE. THEY CHECK IT OUT AND SAID THE ENIGINE IS BLOWN. HE TOLD ME THESE ARE NO GOOD CHRYSLER HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE 2.7 ENGINES. THEY HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE. THIER ALSO KNOWN TO HAVE A SLUDGE PROBLEM. I PAID 320.00 FOR THEM TO TELL ME THIS. SO CALLED CHRYSLER UP THEY SAID BRING IT IN SO THEY CAN DIAGNOIS IT. SO I DID. HAD IT TOWED TO THEM (THE DEALER). THEY SAID THEY HAD TO TEAR IT ALL DOWN TO THE BLOCK, WHICH WOULD RUN 365.00. I FEEL THIS SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF BY THEM, I DONT THINK A TIMING CHAIN SHOUD BREAK AT 46,000 MILES. IT CRUSHED THE VALVES TOO. ALL OF THIS SHOULD NOT OF HAPPENED! I CHANGE THE OIL NO DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE CARS I USED TO OWN LIKE ABOUT 20 OF THEM. THE HONDA I OWN HAS 136,000. MY SONS NISSAN HAS 125,000 NO PROBLEM WITH THESE. GO ON LINE AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF ABOUT THE 2.7 ENGINE LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE TAKING ABOUT! (INTRIPED RECALLS) I REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. THEY WANT TO SEE OIL RECEIPTS. I ONLY HAVE ABOUT 5 OF THEM. I GOT IT STARTING AT 24,000 TO 46,000. THE OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO HAVE ANOTHER GUY PUT IT IN FOR 3000.00. CHRYLER IS TELLING EVERYONE BEWEEN $4,000 AND $8,000. ONLY GOOD THING IS ITS PAID OFF! BEWARE PEOPLE OF THE DODGE INTRIPED 2.7 ENGINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Macomb, MI, USA

problem #9

Feb 112005

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • 90,000 miles

I drove my 2000 Dodge Intrepid to my parent's house in Alabama (a 10 hour drive), at Christmas 2004. When I headed home, I got about 20 miles away from my parent's house (thank God I was not farther away), and the engine started making a weird "knocking" sound. I called my dad on my cell, and he came and took my car, as he was afraid for my children and me to drive such a long way, not knowing how bad the problem was. Well, it turns out that, despite having regular oil changes ( every 3000 to 4000 miles), my oil pump had stopped up, and the mechanics found "all kinds of metal" in my oil pan. To make a long story short, I have to have a complete engine overhaul as well as a new block, to the tune of 3450.00. I can't believe that a car this new would have such severe problems, especially since I had just spent about 600.00 on new rotors, and tires just before the trip. I had also asked my mechanic to make sure everything was in good shape for the trip, and he reported no problems.

- , Port Richey, FL, USA

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