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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
43,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace rotors again and again (2 reports)
  2. turned rotors (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Intrepid brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 012004

Intrepid SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Rotors or the reason the rotors keep failing should be RECALLED!!!!

- , Cedar Springs, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 012007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I have owned several vehicles in my lifetime and was really excited that this would be the newest model that I had ever had (2002 bought in 2003). Unfortunately this is the worst piece of junk I have ever had. We have replaced the brakes and rotors 3 times on front. I have looked for recalls under the Dodge website but of course there was nothing.

- , Auburn, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 152006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 15,000 miles

I cannot not believe that at 15000 miles the front rotors needed turned down either.

- , Emporium, PA, USA

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