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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Dodge Intrepid seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #4

Mar 012013

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles


Air bag light came on, then no cruise control, no horn, air bag light stays on. Was told that there might be a recall on this particular vehicle. Called dealership in bloomington, in. And was told that they didn't know and that they don't handle recalls.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 172007


  • 90,000 miles
Clockspring failed--which takes out the airbag and horn and also the cruise control.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #2

Nov 192003


  • 81,000 miles
Vehicle was involved in a frontal collision while driving at 35 mph. Upon impact the air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained spinal injuries.

- Wisconsin Dells, WI, USA

problem #1

Jun 192003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at 30/40 mph vehicle was in a frontal collision, and none of the air bags deployed upon impact.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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