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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,040 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.

2002 Dodge Intrepid cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 012004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,079 miles


There was a failure of 2 cooling fans on 2002 Dodge Intrepid. The shaft of both motors were loose. The R/R new cooling fan motor. The consumer requested reimbursement for the money spent O the N repairs due to the fact that the vehicle was only 79 miles out of warranty.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 112003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
We have a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, we have replaced 2 fuses for the A/C and now they said it is the fan. The A/C man told us there was a recall on the Caravan and the stratus. I feel that the Intrepid should be added. This is the second vehicle we have had this problem with. We had a Plymouth Voyager and the same thing happened. I feel that you should check these vehicles concerning this.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

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