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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,927 miles

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2002 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #42

Jun 102007

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


We have had so many problems with our Dodge Intrepid leading up to the failure of the engine. First, the engine starting stalling, we would have to restart the car and it wouldn't shift from one gear to another. Then there was a leak in the coolant pipe so we had to replace that. My boyfriend then drove the car for few hours straight to go visit his family. He couldn't get the car started to come home. Finally he got it started and started driving home. It died on the way home and hasn't been running since. We have been without a car because it costs so much to get it repaired and we can't sell it because we would hardly get anything for it.

- Cedar, MI, USA

problem #41

Aug 022007


  • miles
At 60K miles I had to have a brand new transmission put in, and just 1 week ago I took it into the dealership and they say I need a new engine! it only has 84K miles on it. I don't even owe as much as it will cost me to fix the car, I am very upset. I have taken good care of my car, and to have so major problems with a new car is very disappointing.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #40

Jul 202007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
I purchased a 2002 Dodge Intrepid with a 2.7-liter engine in July of 2005 from holley Dodge in middletown, ct for $9,500. The vehicle at that time had 48,000 miles on it. In July of 2007 (at 78,000 miles) I experienced engine problems and, after bringing it back to holley Dodge for service, was told the engine had low compression and was offered repair options of: 1) tearing down the motor which would cost at least $2,500 depending upon what is found; 2) a rebuilt motor for $3,500+; or 3) a new motor for $4,500+. the warranty did not cover the cost (36,000 miles/3 years). I had maintain the care carefully, changing the oil every 3,000 mile which is more frequent than recommended in the owners manual. After researching this matter, I discovered a vast amount of similar complaints from all over the United States as well as numerous web sites devoted to this 2.7-liter DaimlerChrysler engine problem. Experts believe the engine problems may be due to engine defects or oil sludge build-up that is common in 2.7L vehicles. I have read that the center for auto safety has received five times more oil sludge complaints on Chrysler 2.7L vehicles than other vehicles. Apparently these complaints involve quite a few Dodge and Chrysler vehicles from 1998 to present. I believe Chrysler is violating consumer rights under lemon laws or other consumer-protection laws. Can you advise me? thanks, mike veneski

- Higganum, CT, USA

problem #39

Jan 052007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


2002 Dodge Intrepid with 2.7 V6 engine stalled at stop light, was able to drive about 2 miles to auto repair (no more that 20 mph) advised had to tear down engine to see what problem was...advised timing chain and water pump paid $1000 for repairs, 3 months later engine making loud noise when starts... back to auto repair shop, advising engine shot, has to be rebuilt approx cost $2500 to $3500.. unbelievable for a car that is only 5 years old.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #38

Jun 182007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle began to shake and smoke without warning. The contact had just taken the vehicle in for an oil change. The contact pulled off the road and the vehicle was towed. The dealer stated that the engine failed and will cost $6,800 to replace. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 12,000.

- Appletown, WI, USA

problem #37

May 292007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
As I was driving up a hill my car lost power and started to smoke. As I pulled off the road the engine quit, and a fire started under the hood.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #36

Jul 082006


  • miles


Thermostat housing popped off when driving down highway this part is glued on I have seen other cars and reports of this same thing happening to others, this part should have been bolted not glued, since then have had problems with car.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

problem #35

Apr 232007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,563 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. On April 23, 2007, the vehicle made a clunking sound and shut off while driving 25 mph. The vehicle was towed and the mechanic stated that the bearings on the vehicle failed. There were no prior warnings. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 72,563.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #34

Mar 182007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles
My defective Dodge 2.7L engine in my 02 Intrepid.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #33

Sep 222006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,400 miles
I own a 2002 Intrepid and the engine lock up 100,000 miles. Check engine light came on check came up gas cap. Was driving and low oil light came on had just check oil it was full. Drove about 10 miles stop check again still full.checked for leaks none. Went about 2 miles and start knock and locked up. Talked to mechanic said he has rebuilt over `100 of them that have done same thing. Chrysler knew engine was not going to last. Only hold 4.5 qaurts of oil and oil port holes not big enough for that motor a 2.7 thanks lyman underwood.

- Newport, NC, USA

problem #32

Apr 162007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles


Immediate loss of vehicle went dead and immediately started to smoke and within seconds the engine compartment was up in flames. Vehicle did not overheat.. engine compartment suffered major fire damage, insurance company investigation still pending.

- Allendale, MI, USA

problem #31

Apr 062007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 755,000 miles
- while driving the 2002 Dodge Intrepid at 70 mph with failure mileage 79,500 the contact heard a loud knocking noise coming from the engine. She took the vehicle to the dealer, and had them service the vehicle. The vehicle has now been salvaged due to the extent of the repair needed.

- Bountiful, UT, USA

problem #30

Jan 202007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,300 miles
Purchased the 2002 Dodge Intrepid 2/11/06. In less than 1 year the engine locked. The vehicle was towed to dealer. Not to rebuild. Salvaged engine wasn't an option, would only have the same problem. The mechanic found the core of the engine was beyond repair. The two mechanics expected payment. I explored the web & the cheapest rebuild engine I could find was $2,499 + core charge, that I won't get back with a shot core. The mechanic will have to be paid of course, to reinstall the re-manufactured engine. Oh, and let's not forget the loan balance still required for the purchase of a car that cannot be driven. Fortunately. I am able to borrow from my 401K to get the car drivable again or my daughter would be out of luck. However, the most discouraging thought was how long will the rebuild engine last? thank god it came with a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty. The original engine, when purchased used had 82,357 on it, and my daughter only got about 10,000 miles of use before it died. That was terrible.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #29

Mar 042007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,800 miles
I began having trouble with my heater in my car and I took it into pep boys and they replaced the water pump and seals. Then it began again and then the check engine light came on and I was told that I had a transmission sensor going out. Soon after the car stalled and would not start. Before the car stalled the engine had a loud knocking coming from it.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #28

Jan 242007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
- the contact stated that he drove the 2002 Dodge Intrepid to work on 01/24/07. At the end of the day he tried to start the vehicle and the engine turned over, but the vehicle didn't start. The next day he started the vehicle and it did start. He stated that he let the vehicle run for a while and heard a tapping noise from under the hood. He turned the vehicle off and didn't restart it. The contact stated that 2 weeks prior he had the vehicle serviced for the 3,000 miles oil change. The contact had the oil changed every 3,000 miles. The vehicle was towed to technical tune up in Chicago. The service mechanic did a diagnosis, and told the contact that the crank shaft sensor had failed, the battery was low and the spark plugs were worn. The contact had the sensor, the battery and the spark plugs replaced. Shortly there after, the tapping noise started again. The contact had the vehicle towed back to the mechanic shop, and he informed the contact that his engine had failed. The contact stated that he had found reports on line that other owners filed about the same issues, and Chrysler stated that the owners were negligent with their vehicles. These reports showed that sludge build up was the cause for the engine failure.. the current mileages was 80000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #27

Nov 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,600 miles
Oil light coming on at idle and then going of when pressing gas. Loud ticking noise in engine. 66600 miles on vehicle of this 66600 I put 49000 on vehicle. I have had the engine diagnosed and it needs a new engine. Faulty engine, it will cost several thousand dollars just to try to repair the engine and new one cost 4000 to 8000 dollars. This vehicle is dangerous and I have researched and found that there are thousands of others with this particular motor that daimler Chrysler makes with the exact same problem and mileage has no effect or how often it is maintained. I cannot afford to replace this motor and daimler Chrysler will not honor nor offer warranty for this problem and blames the consumers. I request an investigation, these are lemon cars and should be recalled. What if my children and I were killed because of an accident due to this engine failure? maybe that's what it will take for someone to do something about this. It is not fair to the consumers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #26

Jan 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,600 miles
- the contact stated while driving at 35 mph, on clear day and road conditions were good the vehicle lost power and the steering wheel became stiff. The contact said that she was able to pull vehicle over and tried to restart the vehicle. The contact stated that she had it towed to big -O tires in topeka, ks. Big-O tires told her that the engine seized, and that the Intrepid 2.7 liter engines werewell known for this happening. The contact stated that the mechanic said that the oil was not going to the engine properly which caused a sludge to build up.

- Pittsburg, KS, USA

problem #25

Nov 282006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,404 miles
My vehicle was being serviced for a head-gasket leak. The Dodge dealer servicing my vehicle advised me to get rid of the vehicle quickly because it has sludge buildup that cannot be removed and that it runs a high risk of seizing up, which itself can result in an accident and injury.

- Nicholasville, KY, USA

problem #24

Nov 032006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated while traveling 70 mph on the highway under normal road conditions, the heater started to blow cold air and then stalled. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who determined that a valve, connected with the timing chain blew out and that the engine would need to be replaced. The contact found similar complaint via the web. Compliant # 10099639 about the engine and engine cooling. The vehicle has not been replaced or repaired.

- Cullen, LA, USA

problem #23

Oct 072006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles
Car began to overheat and lose anti-freeze. Took into a local Napa to get thermostat and upper intake hosed replaced(600). Water pump failed, took car to dealership, got timing chain kit and water pump fixed(1200). Then oil light would not go off, replaced oil sending unit and cleaned sludge (300). They heard knocking and replaced starter (500). Now need engine an estimated(4000).

- Smyrna , TN, USA

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