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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.

5.7

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$445.00
Average Mileage:
76,314 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (18 reports)
  2. Chysler TSB 88-36-99, install terminal/wire/vent (3 reports)
  3. replace engine block (2 reports)
  4. replace oil pump (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Apr 022010

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

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

changed the terminal wire that goes to the oil sensor and oil light stopped coming on

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #23

Sep 152009

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,028 miles

it is real anoying looking @ your dashboard and seeing this oil light flikering all the time when you make a stop or @ low RPM i try to find how to repair it by changin the oil switch also have it check for oil pressure @ the dealer everything check OK and i learn that it could be fixed with a special part (05017800AA) but i can't find any body that could tellme where i could get it or by it

- , New London, CT, USA

problem #22

Sep 242008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

I too have had the oil light come on at low idle speed at traffic light and when in park. When idle was increased just a little light went off. Went to mechanic, mechanic did an manual oil pressure check to see if oil pump was creating the specification pressure at idle/ revved conditions, all systems checked "good". He replaced the oil pressure switch and it seemed to be good for about ten miles after leaving the bay. We deemed it to be a defective pressure switch and replaced. With the exceptions of a couple of flickers, I have had no problems to date and this incident happened almost a year ago. (knock on wood", got a feeling after reading all the reviews I ' am going to need it. my Intrepid has approx 93k. another writer wrote in and put this in a column which is what I' ll try next provided the engine sounds good and oil pressure stays within the specification range.( I've included his suggestions at the end of this letter ) . But why should any of us be surprised, the companies having been sticking it to us a long time and so has the government, off our backs have they been riding only not to give us a fair shake. It is obvious this product is poorly engineered which deems it to be defective and the companies should not expect their customer to eat the cost. Poor customer relation, it criminal, but where we have our power is to not buy these low grade products and get the word out to as many people as we can...."this is a piece of s..t and don't waste your money!!!!!" direct them to the web site "dodge intrepid, to see the complaints with the product.

Shame on the government, we might not be in this predicament if our government would not have used our tax dollars for the first "baleout"

The solution is to add the part # 05017800AA a terminal/wire/vent to the oil pressure switch connector.

TSB NO: 08-36-99 SUBJECT: Engine Oil Pressure Light Flicker DATE: Oct. 15, 1999 OVERVIEW: This bulletin involves adding a terminal/wire/vent to the oil pressure switch connector.

NOTE: THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.7L ENGINE.

SYMPTOM/CONDITION: With a hot engine the oil pressure light may be on or flicker on at idle.

DIAGNOSIS: Verify engine oil pressure as described on page 9-21 of the 1999 Concorde/Intrepid/LHS/300M service manual (Publication No. 81-270-9140). If engine oil pressure is within specification perform the Repair Procedure.

PARTS REQUIRED: Qty Part No. Description 1 05017800AA Wire Terminal/Vent

REPAIR PROCEDURE: Raise vehicle on a suitable hoist. Remove engine oil pressure switch connector from switch. Remove sealing dart from the empty cavity at the rear of the connector. Pull terminal locking ring outward from front (switch) side of connector to gain access to terminal locking tabs. Install wire terminal/vent, p/n 05017800AA, in place of the removed sealing dart. Slide locking ring back into place. Attach the connector back on the oil pressure switch. Spot tape the wire/vent to follow the harness towards the top of the engine compartment.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #21

Nov 122008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

The check engine and the oil light come on when the cars is at an idle or step on brake. Now they say there is something wrong with the transmission modular or something. This is why it is hard to start sometimes. What does that have to do with it starting. Wish there was a class action lawsuit against the Dodge people. I have had three dodges and never had any trouble with them. Wish I had kept my 96 Intrepid.

- , Wharton, TX, USA

problem #20

Jul 012008

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,900 miles

I purchased a 2002 Intrepid from a dealership in 08. The car was clean, low mileage 46,000 to be exact, and was only going to keep it a short time, a few years. Well things went down hill the day after I purchased it. I started seeing the oil light come on when I'd stop the car at lights etc. The car was taken back to the retailer it was purchased from and I was told the light was coming on because the oil was "sloshing". I am not sure how dumb they think I am. The longer I had the car the more I was seeing the light come on. Then when I got an oil change I was told there was an oil leak. Then it was found that I had a severe coolant leak. Coolant was coming from at least 3 different spots that could be seen. All I know of that is that the coolant was not in the oil. In the last several months when I would drive it the car would hesitate and recover and then do it again. I do know to diagnose all of that and get it fixed would have been a lot of money on a car that was not worth crap. Not to mention it would not start just a few days before I got rid of it so I think it was really heading down hill. I will NEVER get another Chrysler product again. I could relate to all that wrote about this car, and to anyone who buys one, take it back, get rid of it.

- , Columbia, TN, USA

problem #19

Apr 272009

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

I just bought this car 2002 dodge intrepid from a private owner,of corse she said it was road worthy & also told me she had a private mechanic work on it,She said there were no problems with the car.I paid$ 2,800.00 for it,that's all the money I had to buy a car.Now the oil light goes on when I make left hand turns & stalls.It also does this if I am going up a driveway .I don't need this sh*t,I can't afford to fix it if it's something major.Why can't people be honest,?Don't they know it's hard enough out there without having to screw some one else with their piece of sh*t car?I wouldn't want to be her,if there is a problem with this car.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have read horror stories about this particular model,2.7 is the worst,I really would tell people to do more research before buying anything from anyone.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe this is happening now,I need ajob & don't have a reliable car.I haven't gotten it fixed yet,but I do pray it's nothing major.God help her if it is.........EllenK

- , Highland Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #18

Apr 052007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,000 miles

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

Is there anything that we can do to force Chrysler to recall or replace these engines? My daughters 2002 Intrepid with a 2.7 just had an oil pressure light flicker. I changed the oil pressure switch no change. I pulled the oil pan and found a very slight bit of sludge in the pan. Note, now that the car has always had it's oil changed at 3000 miles. Fortunately no knocking or engine damage occurred as once the light came on I had my daughter shut down the engine and we had the car towed. It never lost below 30 psi oil pressure as I checked the pressure with a manual gauge in lieu of the idiot light. This corrected the problem for now, but I want Daimler Chrysler to own up to their Engineering Fubar and show some sort of customer relations effort to show that they really are a quality manufacturer So far all I have heard is that these engines are crap and I am starting to see that may be true. This car has 76000 miles on it. At 59000 miles the transmission had to be rebuilt because of the lockup disc in the torque converter self-destructed. Please tell me that the US government didn't pour money into a company that should have went to the great beyond a long time ago. I trusted them against my better judgment when my daughter ask my opinion about this car. I have owned or been closely associated with 3 Chrysler products in the past and frankly I am totally appalled at their total lack of quality. How can a company so prone to producing this kind of junk go on duping the unsuspecting US population?

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #17

Nov 192008

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

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oil light comes on at idle & low RPMs

This is my 02 intrepid. I bought it in 2006 with only 21,000 miles on it from the dodge dealer here in NC. Iam a true believer of the 3000 mile oil change. but this damn car started acting sh*tty in 2008. All of a sudden it started knocking and would go away. I talked to numerous mechanics and they say that the 2.7l engine is a piece of sh*t!!!!! One mechanic suggested i switch to full synthetic oil and it would alleviate the sludge buildup problem. I don't know if i have sludge or not inside but I am sick of this damn dodge. I have went as far as changing the oil @ 1500 miles. but F%*& that! i'm buying a Nissan. Dodge should report this engine. but you know it will cost them out the ass to replace every 2.7l engine. No wonder the U.S. manufactures are going under to foreign competition. My 91 Maxima has 290,000 miles and runs better!

- , Winston Salem, NC, USA

problem #16

Dec 182007

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

At 87,000 miles the engine oil light began flickering after getting off freeway and idling at light. Now the light flickers at idle under all driving conditions. I have attempted to get information from two different dealerships about the oil switch repair part, but they act like it can only be performed by one of their mechanics, I am quite capable of doing the repairs myself and am getting stonewalled by the local Dodge dealers. I will just drive the car until it dies, sell it for junk and buy another Honda. I am sick of the disrespect, lies and lousy attitudes of the American Auto Dealer employees. We bought a new (2008) Honda Civic Es for my wife's work commute and we love it. Now I think I am going to buy a Accord or a Acura TSX. I am through with the "Big 3".

- , Ferndale, MI, USA

problem #15

Apr 162008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

My 2002 Intrepid 2.7 water pump went out and was replaced with a new one (90,000 miles on engine). 500 miles later the engine oil light started to come on at 2000 rpm or less. The oil pressure sensor began to leak oil and I replaced it with a new one. Now, the oil light comes on whenever the engine gets warm and it stays on constantly when engine is hot. When the engine cools, the light does not come on until the engine is hot again making me believe their is pressure, but that the sensor or connecting wires might be bad. I also received a code on the OBDII reader the last time I drove the car that indicates the crankshaft position sensor had a problem. Compression seems fine on all cylinders (about 150 lbs. when engine is cold). I need to know if it is only oil pump that needs to be replaced or if it is something more serious that would require a full rebuild (estimated cost of rebuilt engine alone is $2,600 labor is extra). I don't want to spend more time and money on this car without solving the real problem. Thanks, Ed

- , Elkhart, TX, USA

problem #14

May 152007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

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

yes i bought a 2001 dodge intrepid 2 months ago and now my oil light seems too be coming on while in town - is fine on highway?does not stay on all the time only blinks has anyone had this problem?do you think it is oil sludge if so what happens how will i know ?

- , Mount Vernon, KY, USA

problem #13

Jan 242008

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

After hearing all the terrible problems with the Intrepid, I feel like I am driving a ticking time bomb. I was told to drive the car until it dies...WOW! What a comforting statement. I am going to wear a T-Shirt to Chrysler that says " I LOVE SLUDGE"! That will be my new motto for this year. Hmmm I wonder if my clients will drive me around to show them houses. I am going to start a campaign for the I need a new car fund. Preferably not American made. Isn't that a sin??? Maybe shame on you...Channel 2 news can help. That Penny she is a winner!!!! Well I have to get into my BOMB now and go home... Sure hope I hit the mega millions soon so I get rid of this headache. Oi! I need some pain relief.

Thank you Chrysler for showing your support!...You wonder why people by foreign cars?

Ciao!

- , Brick, NJ, USA

problem #12

Sep 272007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

The solution is to add the part # 05017800AA a terminal/wire/vent to the oil pressure switch connector.

TSB NO: 08-36-99 SUBJECT: Engine Oil Pressure Light Flicker DATE: Oct. 15, 1999 OVERVIEW: This bulletin involves adding a terminal/wire/vent to the oil pressure switch connector.

NOTE: THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A 2.7L ENGINE.

SYMPTOM/CONDITION: With a hot engine the oil pressure light may be on or flicker on at idle.

DIAGNOSIS: Verify engine oil pressure as described on page 9-21 of the 1999 Concorde/Intrepid/LHS/300M service manual (Publication No. 81-270-9140). If engine oil pressure is within specification perform the Repair Procedure.

PARTS REQUIRED: Qty Part No. Description 1 05017800AA Wire Terminal/Vent

REPAIR PROCEDURE: Raise vehicle on a suitable hoist. Remove engine oil pressure switch connector from switch. Remove sealing dart from the empty cavity at the rear of the connector. Pull terminal locking ring outward from front (switch) side of connector to gain access to terminal locking tabs. Install wire terminal/vent, p/n 05017800AA, in place of the removed sealing dart. Slide locking ring back into place. Attach the connector back on the oil pressure switch. Spot tape the wire/vent to follow the harness towards the top of the engine compartment.

- , Duluth, MN, USA

problem #11

Jul 082007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

I had the same problem, engine oil light on at low idle (pulling up to stop sign etc.) I am glad I read this website first. I was going to go to the local repair shop, and called a few. One told me no problem, just an oil pressure sending unit. Another told me this engine has a horrible history, it will most likely need to be replaced, about $5000.00. I decided to go to the dealer. I advised them showing up I was aware of the history of problems of this engine, and have all receipts for oil changes. The dealer told me don't believe everything I read on the internet. Well, he called me within 4 hours with the Good news/bad news line. The bad news, I have no oil pressure at low RPM, the good news is that my Dodge has a 7 year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty, and for a $100 deductable they will replace the engine. I told him that I will only pay $100 for the deductable, and he said o. k., that they had already ordered the engine. They later tried to charge me $78 for 6 spark plugs, I told them to put the old ones back in. I looked them when I got the engine back, they looked new. No problems so far with the new engine, it has been 5000 miles. I am now running synthetic oil only, and hope for no new problems.

- , Wellington, FL, USA

problem #10

Jul 272007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

2005 took the vehicle in. still under warranty and they couldn't find anything wrong. today it's started back coming on. the engine light when i slow down.

- , Winterville, NC, USA

problem #9

Feb 272007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles

Looks like this might be an age problem and not miles. I am original owner, car gets regular maint. No excuse for drop in rpms and oil light coming on. I'm 64 yrs old and haven't smoked tires in a whole lot of years, so it's not abuse. Only had this problem for one rainy night on the road, not exactly what I expect from Dodge. Was looking at a Charger with a bigger engine, that deal has hit the brakes.

- , Port Monmouth, N. J, USA

problem #8

Jan 142007

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

Ok, so my boyfriend drove the car from Canton, Ohio to Pittsburgh, PA with absolutely no problems. Then a day later, after he put more oil in the car (not sure if he used the same kind) the oil light started to come on. At first it was on when I first started the car and then it went away a minute later. But now it is coming on every time I get close to making a stop, or when I make a full stop. Then it goes away when I accelerate, it's driving me insane, and I know nothing about cars, so I would appreciate some help..

- , Alliance, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 052007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,600 miles

This car has the oil light come on when stopped or no idle and goes off when hit the gas. Now the damn thing has this awful noise and the car repair says that they can't do anything take it to the dealership. The dealership is now closed!!!!!!!! It sounds bad and now I can't drive it and I still owe on it. I'm screwed!! I think it needs a new engine!!!!!! What to do?

- , Allen, TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 072007

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I wasn't so worried when I noticed the flicker of the oil light at low idle because it didn't stay on and the car runs fine. But, lately it is getting harder to start. I have to hold on the ignition key when it used to start immediately. It only has 60,000 on it and has very good maintenance. I am not sure what to do?

- , Jackson, MN, USA

problem #5

Jul 162006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 93,000 miles

It makes me wonder what is going on with this problem. Is the engine going to fail or what?

- , Victoria, IL, USA

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