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:
$4,492.00
Average Mileage:
89,741 miles
Total Complaints:
149 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. never buy a Chrysler again (63 reports)
  2. replaced with a used/rebuilt engine (30 reports)
  3. not sure (20 reports)
  4. bought a new car that's not a Dodge (13 reports)
  5. replace engine (9 reports)
  6. replace with a 3.2L or 3.5L engine (6 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #69

Mar 192007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

Heard of the Intrepid engine problem and now it happened. Driving down the highway, all gauges are good, no overheating, just had oil changed, and bang! Engine light comes on, dead engine. Had it towed home, and mechanic tells me that the engine blew. Timing chains are broken, and I need to replace the engine. What a bunch of BS. Chrysler knew all about this, but did not let the buyers know anything.

- , Howell, MI, USA

problem #68

Mar 162007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

Yes folks another one bites the dust or sludge as the case may be.

I say if a class action suit doesn't happen soon we need to band together and complain to our Government officials about this problem!

After all they are the one reaping the lobbyist monies to let Chrysler off so far on this one!

This is an outrage!Never even consider another american car EVER if this situation is not resolved as it should be.

- , Bentley, MI, USA

problem #67

Mar 122007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 188,000 miles

Let me first start by saying that i loved my car. It was my first car that i owned, that i paid for and took car of. So to lose my car in this way is a pure pain in the back end. I was lucky that i did not make it onto the highway yet and that the traffic was light as i was comming down the escarpment when my car decided to go turn over. Its truly a great car and was perfect for me in that i did not have to pack a few things for myself and four other people and drive. I love long car trips, and to know that i can drive for hours without getting out to stretch ( i have a bad left knee that needs to be strechted every once in a while) was beautiful. Knowing that i can make a trip that normally would take over 6 hrs to just under 5 was great. handled like a gem and the acceleration was perfect. Knowing that i can beat modified civic from light to light was nice to ( even when my car was full of guys). To find out that this is an issue is heart breaking. That Dodge/Chrysler knew that this is a problem is a shame. it hurts more then loosing someone close to you. I miss my car.. but unless i win the lottery i dont think i will have my old friend back. Ive always supported dodge this whole time and am looking forward to the challenger when it comes out but if it will end up as my intrepid then whats the point. To anybody at dodge that may be reading this.. you guys are crooks and you are really making it hard for me to buy anything from you guys again. You should be better then this and offer any kind of support for people like me that loved the car and lost if because of a flaw or defect in your design. Face up to your mistake and correct this.. because if you dont.. you lose more then just money.

- , Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

problem #66

Oct 102006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 129,000 miles

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

I am among the apparent hoards of car owners experiencing this problem. Wow, who knew I was

part of such a large club. I just feel fortunate that my engine failure didn't occur while driving 70 down the highway or while driving in heavy traffic.

- , Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

problem #65

Oct 092006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 121,000 miles

today i was driving down the road when i noticed my engine started making a ticking noise, i pulled over at the next gas station i saw and pulled in. Thinking fluids could be low, i went through and checked all the fluids in the engine and they were fine. But, when i got back in the car to start it, it just sputtered, so i figured it was my fuel pump that was out . . . i got home that night and as i pulled in my driveway smoke started pouring out from under my hood. I immediately opened the hood to find flames coming from the engine . ., so i did some research and if enough people complain to ------- If your Chrysler or Dodge engine failed while driving immediately call 1-800-424-9393 ------ U. S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Institute, we may be able to get the 2.7 recalled, but the only way it'll work is if everyone calls

- , De Pere, WI, USA

problem #64

Jun 072006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 56,000 miles

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A LOYAL DODGE FAN, INFACT I JUST PURCHASED A 2006 CHARGER RT EVEN THOUGH MY INTREPID BLEW UP. I HAVE RESEARCHED THIS PROBLEM QUIT A BIT AND ALL THESE 2.7L MOTORS ARE BLOWING UP. WHY SHOULDN'T CHRYSLER HAVE TO PAY FOR THIS. IT ISN'T LIKE JUST ONE OR TWO ARE GOING. ALL OF THEM ARE AT LOW MILEAGE. I STILL OWE ON MY CAR AND THE MOTOR IS SHOT SO I COULDN'T EVEN TRADE IT IN. NOW I HAVE TWO CAR PAYMENTS. ONE ON A DEAD HORSE. PIECE OF SH*T.

- , Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #63

May 302006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 120,000 miles

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

this car is not even paid for and it died without warning after being regularly and carefully maintained. First, the transmission died and was replaced at a cost of 1700 dollars. Then, as my son was driving it on the freeway one week later, the engine died. The mechanic we towed it to declared the engine dead. There had been no previous warning. It appears to be a case of enging sludge and now the car sits parked out front undrivable.

- , Merced, CA, USA

problem #62

Oct 102006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 82,000 miles

I really want to just scream, this was a bad deal all around. I purchased this vehicle less than a year ago for my daughter, who was involved in an accident with her escort. She was not at fault but her car was totaled and she only received enough for a 3,200 down payment on this piece of crap( 2001 intrepid). We purchased this vehicle with a 5 year payment plan and she has had it less than a year. It was in the dealership the first month because of the oil light on for no reason. She had regular oil changes on it. She started hearing little knocks in the engine and had it checked out and was told the engine was gone. She is a single mother, was going to school and has no way to pay for an engine, pay the monthly payments on the car/ I called the dealership, Fitzgerald and told them the situation. They took no ownership for the problem and gave me the number to call Chrysler. In the meantime, the car was sitting on the street in front of my daughter's apartment building. My husband and I were working to get the car towed to our home about 35 miles away. The day were were getting it towed, the police had it towed to an impound lot. Today, we are now faced with a $510 towing and impound fee, plus still paying insurance and the loan balance of $4500, for a vehicle that is absolutely worthless. A mechanic told us he can replace the engine for $3500 but he can guarantee that 6 months down the road, we will face the same problem. I am totally pissed!!! That car had no business being on a lot for sale. It is a useless piece of SH*T! I will do whatever I have to do to go after Chrylser and the dealership and i do not care how long it takes. Honest hard working people always get the wrong end of the stick. Even if I don't get a dime and the engine replaced by Chrylser. I will put the word out there about this company, and the dealership that sold that junk! I might be stuck, but i will work hard to stick it to them. Car payments and Insurance have been kept current on this car and just today the lien holder called and said I have to pick up that car from the impound lot and pay the $510 or they will pick it up and ruin my credit. What in the HELL can I do. I do not want this to happen to anyone else. Let's fight this together.

- , Frederick, MD, USA

problem #61

May 162006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 78,000 miles

I can't believe that Dodge knows there is a problem and is downplaying it to get out of a recall!!!!!! I will NEVER buy Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Kingsport, TN, USA

problem #60

May 152006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 80,000 miles

This car engine is a piece of sh*t. I recommend nobody ever buys anything from chrysler again. They have really put people in a predicament with not recalling this problem. As of today, there are 9,587 people trying to get a class action lawsuit against them. I have to replace the whole engine in my car. If you have the same problem, i recommend that you convert to the 3.2 which is more expensive but at least you know the damn thing isn't going to blow up. Keep checking for more complaints on this engine and it will blow your mind when you see how many people have the same problem. Do you know that chrysler recalled all of 1998 and 1999 Intrepids for this but they won't recall 2000 or 2001 even though they know that our 2.7 engines were origianally trial engines. I hope Chrysler goes bankrupt because they are not consumer friendly. I'll never purchase another thing from that company, nor will any of my friends or family after seeing there customer satisfactory rating. Sh*t on them.

- , Flat Rock, MI, USA

problem #59

Feb 272007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

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

I bought my second Dodge Intrepid. My first one has a 3.3L motor that I have had no problems with. So when I purchased my second Intrepid I thought it was a good car. That was before it died on a busy intersection! I was able to get a car carrier and tow it home. I put the car in the garage and pulled the dipstick. It looked like there was molassis on the stick. So i knew this was more than I wanted to tackle. I decided I would take it to a friend, who is a mechanic. Before looking at anything, He told me to junk it. I was not to excited to hear his response. He told me that the 2.7L motor was one of the biggest piles of sh-- on the market. I asked why He said this and He told me of 13 other 2.7L

Intrepids that he sent packing on their final ride to the junk yard. He said a used motor is way over priced ($1800 and up)And you are buying more junk. He said your best bet was to get a remanufactured motor ($4000) and up plus labor. So I owe $2300 dollars yet to the bank and adding another $5000 dollars was not an option. Scrape yard motors are not an option. So I have a car that I spent $3200 used from a car lot, I put another $1500 hundred in shocks struts and drive linkages. Only to be able to look at it sitting in my yard. I would say this was the biggest piece of sh-- I had ever bought. I would take my old Pinto over another Dodge with the 2.7L or any other Dodge product.

I went out and bought a $50 dollar Geo Metro and have put on more milage than the Dodge. Dodge must have had a wizard design that motor!!! NOT!!!!!!!!!

- , Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #58

Oct 162006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 95,000 miles

The car went into the shop to replace the EGR valve which had caused the check engine light to come on. When we got the car back, it started acting up. The engine sounded like the valves were out of adjustment (tick tick tick) and two days later, the car died. When it started up, it sounded like a rattlesnake. We had it towed to the same place that replaced the EGR valve and they said that the engine was shot. We cannot afford to fix the car and now we are stuck paying for a car that won't run for another two years. Chrysler needs to make it right for the consumer. I have three of their vehicles and am now waiting for something to happen to the other ones. Pretty scary.

- , Simpsonville, KY, USA

problem #57

May 182005

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 53,000 miles

When my car first starting making a noise in the front end, I was told it wasn't the engine not to worry. Then it got so loud my 9 and 4 year old were embarrased and afraid to ride in it. I took it to the Dodge dealership I bought it from and they told me it needed a new engine, at 53000 miles who would have thought that. They told me it was because the oil wasn't changed at 2500 miles, that it was an extremely high maintenance car. Wich someone would have told me that one. I thought, well me being a woman they were trying to take me, so I took it to 2 more garages. The final verdict is it does need a new engine because of oil problems and apparently Chrysler know of the engine problem they have created. The oil galley is too small and that causes the oil to gum up. No one wants to correct the problem, but buddy if you owe them something they are the meanist and nastiest of people. My car can sit and rot in my yard. I will not pay 6000.00 to put in an engine that will go out again and I will not trade for another chrysler product. I will not sell to anyone either, they do not need a lemon of a car, that is just wrong. They need to take each engine made and junk them. Redesign the engine and replace each and everyone of them. What has happened to the people in this country when you cant get a fair shake out of anything out there? Just take the money and who cares if it puts the person in the poorhouse. That is what they are doing to people by not correcting the problem and telling them, well you bought it its yours.

- , Scott Depot, WV, USA

problem #56

Dec 102006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

last week it started the terrible knocking , took it immediately to a mechanic and he gave me the bad news about these engines

The 2.7 liter engine on my 2001 Dodge Intrepid failed at 120,000 miles. I have regularly maintained this vehicle, and the costs of the repairs are ($ 4000 estimated)--and I would still be stuck with the same 2.7 liter piece of garbage.

"I agree with everyone that there should be some type of class action lawsuit against Dodge. I mean from all across the nation anyone with this Model and year that has anything close to 75,000 to 120,000 miles on it has to change the engine."

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #55

Feb 202007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

I maintained this vehicle perfectly, changing the oil every 3000-4500 miles. Last fall, car engine began making noise and I took it in to be checked. Mechanic told me he had seen this quite a bit on this engine, and it was only a matter of time before engine blew. Well, he was correct. Chrysler should be embarrassed as they obviously know the engine design is of poor quality, yet their mgmt doesn't have the decency to do the right thing and pay for repairs. I currently own my second Grand Caravan minivan, but will never purchase another Chrysler product again given Chrysler's position in this matter. And they wonder why so many people are buying Toyotas and Honda. Chrysler's integrity has been lost.

- , Powell, OH, USA

problem #54

Feb 192007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

Engine light would come on at idle. Car was fine Saturday morning, very slow response when stepping on the accelerator Saturday pm, knocking started. Checked oil, but none, but check engine light never stayed on. Dealership said it doesn't/wouldn't stay on as long as there is oil pressure, but I don't know how you can have oil pressure with no oil? Dealership denied any knowledge of problem. Spent $4000 to have engine rebuilt at an independent repair shop (cheapest of 3 estimates). Highest estimate was dealership. Mechanic I used had already rebuilt several others. Other mechanic I got estimate from had two out back of his shop with the same problem that owners could not afford to fix. I was lucky that mine was paid off. Borrowed $ for repairs. Five months later (less than 4,000 of "new" miles) someone pulled out in front of my son and totaled the car. The car did hold it's value, though, and insurance paid very fairly. My son is convinced that the car protected him, though. He had two small bruises, one on his shoulder and one on his hip from the seat belt. He was doing 55 mph. Both airbags deployed but he was the first to call 911 and needed no medical attention. The guy in the other car had to be cut out of his Honda. I hate the fact that the car's engine failed, but if I wouldn't have gotten it fixed he would have been driving an older Beretta (smaller car) and I don't know if we would have been as lucky. Not really interested in purchasing another one, but am looking for something the same size with like-kind safety features.

- , St. Marys, OH, USA

problem #53

Feb 152007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

feb-15-2007 I have a 2001 Dodge Intrepid. I started my car up this morning and it was fine, i went to work, came outside to start it back up it wouldnt start. i have had the oil changed in it took care of my car. My dad came out and looked at my car there was all this sludge and build up like tar in my car, well now i have to replace the whole engine @ 4800 and i am a single mother of 3 i have had my car 1 year and i owe 9000 on it yet. i just got my nursing license so im not making big money yet so i can't afford to buy a new engine, there are so many complaints about the intrepid i dont think its fair that chrysler wont take the responsibility to fix them!!! Now what?? its going to sit in my driveway for a long time after i pay the tow bill to bring it home and keep paying on a vehicle that i dont get to drive why, BECAUSE THE PIECE OF SH*T WONT RUN!!!!!

- , Fostoria, OH, USA

problem #52

Oct 262006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

The Dealership and two independent mechanics were not surprised--AT ALL--to discover the engine had sludged. Was told that I should scrap the car--there's nothing left to do. It's only 5 years old and less than 62k! I JUST finished paying it off, and there's no one to help! The dealership said that they have that problem all the time! Well, . . . . ?!?!

Thanks.

- , Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #51

Feb 012007

(reported on)

Intrepid LX 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Started with the water pump going out and sending fluid into the oil pan...37k miles. Before I made it home from that the chain snapped along with the spool that holds the belt in place. Then the oil sensor has gone out 3 times since, along with crank positioning sensor and cam positioning sensor. Now the engine has become sluggish and with no time to spare it locked up. Now with 3k left to pay I have a 5K repair bill, and for what??? so I can get the same engine with the same problem???

- , Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #50

Jan 272007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Same thing just happened to me. Engine totally blown, all mechanics saying need a new one for 5500-6000$$. Oil light came on, pulled over immediately, was told it was sludge build-up, waited 2 hours for oil change, engine flush, etc., paid, left - then 30 miles and 30 minutes later, oil light came on, engine died!! Towed back to shop, and told the horrific news. Now what? After reading all complaints here, don't know if I should pay for a re-built engine or not??!! What else can I do to get rid of the car?

- , Parker, CO, USA

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