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.

4.0

definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
$85.00
Average Mileage:
130,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace power steering belt and pump (1 reports)
2001 Dodge Intrepid steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 012009

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

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

Right after I got my car we took it in for an oil change and found out that the power steering belt was bad. we changed the belt and then later found out that the power steering pump was bad. I'm nearly fed up with this car. I wish I could sell it. Shouldn't have taken it in the first place!

- , Sturgis, MI, USA

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