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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
79,100 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2000 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

transmission problem

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2000 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 302009

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,500 miles


just looking for help. 2000 Intrepid auto on the column wont shift out of park.....someone please help meeeeeee

- , Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #4

Oct 022000


  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

In cold weather you have to let the engine warm up at least 15 minutes before you can put it into reverse. The car dealer said that taking the steering apart probably would not fix it as all of the Intrepids on the lot did the same thing.

- , Fairbury, NE, USA

problem #3

Apr 072008

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

the transmission just blow out without a cause better die that have to buy a dodge again

- , Henderson, NV, USA

problem #2

Oct 132007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

ok, so i bought this car with 150,000 miles on it. for $1,000. well, i had the car w/ an idle problem, and then one day the battery light came on and then nothin. lights dimmed and car didnt have any power. shows no oil, and has plenty, needs transmission fluid, but car needs an alternator, and i dont know what else. now it won't shift into drive although it does go in reverse. so aggravated with the whole thing! any ideas???

- , Cumberland, RI, USA

problem #1

May 022007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

this could be a big problem.... i started to notice the problem a few weeks ago. When i go to back out of the driveway in reverse, then i shift to drive the car doesn't move.... after a 30 sec. or so it finally ingages and jerks and starts to move.

- , Carlisle, PA, USA

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