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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,194 miles

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2002 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Nov 012006


  • miles


After a short 5-10 minute drive, the transmission kicks into a low gear and will not shift. I can travel about 40 mph with the tachometer reading around 4500 rpms. It sounds like the transmission is going to blow up. I had it checked by a transmission place and even though the check engine light has stayed on for the past 2 months, they cannot isolate the problem. The recommendations of the error code does not reveal the parts as problems. I can turn the car off and put it in park and the problems stops for another 5-10 minutes if I am lucky. It seems there are many complaints about this on this website and it sounds like it is time for someone to force Dodge to fix their problems. I want the call to last long enough for it to be paid off and from reading others problems, I doubt that I will make it. One word needs to be said: Recall.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #21

Jun 222006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
The Intrepid has a history of transmission failure, this can be deadly at any given time. Once I was driving on route 22 and the vehicle was just trying to cut off in the middle of stepping on the gas. That's a tragedy waiting to happen. Car is currently in dealer waiting for the transmission to be repaired.

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jul 072006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
: the contact stated that the transmission, radiator, oil thinning unit, and harmonic balancer have all been replaced. There was concern expressed that this should not be normal wear and tear even though the vehicle has 69000 miles on it.

- Wilsey, KS, USA

problem #19

Mar 052006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


Oil light came on while sitting at red lights. Changed the oil with 10W40 and seemed to correct the problem until the weather started to get hot. 2 weeks ago while slowing down for a red light, my transmission shifted down hard. When I started to leave the intersection, I noticed that the transmission would not shift. I can turn the car off and restart and runs fine for a while. Now its doing this pretty regular.

- Horn Lake, MS, USA

problem #18

Jan 262006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
I have a 2002 Dodge Intrepid. In 2003 I had the torque converter replaced. Now in 2006 I've had transmission problems again. I took it to daytona Dodge and they said it was under warranty. Then they told me I needed a new torque converter again. Then they called me about 4 days later and said I needed a engine block too because the ear that lines up the transmission was broke. They also said I needed to call my car ins. Because it was due to a impact. To make a long story short both Chrysler and allstate have denied me twice I don't know what to do. I fell they messed up when I had the work done the first time by not lining it up right. The car has been there since Jan. 26. I've had to rent cars for about $2000 (25.00 a day) till I couldn't afford it any more I bought a $600 car and the Dodge is still there I hope you can help me.

- Palm Coast, FL, USA

problem #17

Mar 042006

Intrepid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 50 mph a loud noise was heard coming from the engine. The vehicle slowed and another loud noise was heard. It was pulled off the road without incident. The engine restarted; however the vehicle would not go into reverse and would only operate at 10 mph. It was towed to an independent repair shop where the transmission was replaced. One month later while approaching a stop, the vehicle vibrated and the engine overheated and failed. The vehicle was towed back to the independent repair shop where the engine was rebuilt. The manufacturer has not been alerted.

- Carbondale, IL, USA

problem #16

Mar 282006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


: the contact stated while traveling 70 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who informed the contact the transmission needed to be replaced

- Ferguson, MO, USA

problem #15

Jan 152006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Transmission started failing to go into gear. Revved up RPM's to get the transmission to shift. Engine light came on and transmission would not shift into fourth gear. Car would stall when attempting to pull out from stop and was extremely dangerous.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #14

Nov 052005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,450 miles
My wife's 2002 Dodge Intrepid, has operated well until a week ago. After about ten minutes of driving, the engine light comes on, the transmission drops harshly into second gear and stalls in the middle of the busy, busy street. A trip to our long trusted mechanic revealed a common known problem within the auto repair industry that the 2.7L Chrysler automatic transmission usually needs replacement at about 50K on the 1998-2002 Intrepid models. The vehicle has been regularly maintained and carefully operated since purchasing. The opening of the transmission by my mechanic revealed no metal filings within the system. A change of sensor, filter, and fluids were hopped to solve the problems with the warning by my mechanic to start saving up quickly for more transmission work soon from his experience with this model. Two days later the problem recurred with the same problem. I contacted Chrysler on November 10, 2005, spoke to davey, to make a case file claim report. I asked what will be done in my situation. Davey transferred me to another person. Forty minutes later, tony picked up the phone. I asked what Chrysler will do as the car is about a year out of warranty. His response was 'nothing'. when I asked to have a contact number to speak with the Chrysler zone manger, tony stated that there was 'priority information' and he would not give out that information. Tony also stated that even if he did it would do no good as they would do nothing either. I completed my discouraging conversation with tony by asking why should my next automobile be a Chrysler product? since my wife is a public school teacher and cannot wait indefinitely for Chrysler's assistance, the two of us waited until the traffic was less and crept in first or second gear to a nearby recommended transmission shop for repair to paid out of our pocket.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #13

Oct 102005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,300 miles
After having our 2002 Dodge Intrepid serviced for transmission failure. We noticed engine starting to knock. Wasn't sure if it was transmission or engine. Ruled out transmission, took to dealer, dealer says sludge build up in pan causing engine failure, normal oil changes done, at 3400 miles average. Manual calls for 7500 mile oil changes, engine bearings bad, replacement costs upwards of $5000 working with dealer now on getting it replaced, engine should not have failed this soon.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #12

Apr 102005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


Hello I own a 2002 Dodge Intrepid, this vehicle has been giving me serious problems since it reached 60,000 miles. It all started with the oil light flickering on and off and the engine light would also do the same thing. Then the water pump and thermostat went out. Next the water outlet housing started leaking. Now the transmission is acting up and the car makes big jerking motions when driving and the RPM rises up. My wife has been in the car with our children and the car would just stall, while driving. Finally I had enough the safety of my family is number one priority. It seems Dodge owners around this country are having similar problems at such low mileage. My neighbors, friends and family members are telling the same story. These vehicles need to be recalled, due to engine defects. I have spent hundreds of dollars already in repairs. Every family deserves a vehicle that is safe for their family, friends, and neighbors. The Dodge Intrepid's need to be recalled, because they are very unsafe to drive. It shouldn't have to take a death to recall these vehicles. Put an end to this engine failures and demand a recall. We need your help to solve this safety hazard, with these engines. I have parked the vehicle even though I still owe 4,900 dollars because I didn't want to trade the car in and put another family, in danger. My wife and I purchased another vehicle, has over 70,000 miles and runs really well. Please recall the Dodge Intrepids, help keep are streets and highways safe, from defected engines. Went out and the water outlet housing leaks.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #11

Aug 082005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,038 miles
Have had 2002 Dodge Intrepid in the dealers shop in various occasions re: The transmission not going into gear or shifting hard at the wrong speeds. We have had issues with the gears since the day we bought it '2003. We are continuously told nothing is wrong that they cannot duplicate the action. Last month it wouldn't go into gear or when it did it moved slowly then the engine shut off. We were told once again they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Recently 8/8/05 it begin kicking and bucking while driving on 8/9/05 the service tech told us it is something totally different a "cam sensor" that they "think is possibly bad or more internal issues with the engine." All through it they cannot duplicate what we have been complaining about. The check engine light is on now and the air bag light is on yet, they cannot seem to repair these. We have an extended warranty on the car yet, we feel the dealership is being dishonest with us. We also feel that we have been sold a lemon. We have record of each time the car was at the dealership and they have a journal of all visits in their database. We have kept the car well maintained and at 49K miles it should not be having these issues.

- Hanford, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 092005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact was driving 60-65 mph and heard a clanking noise. Then, vehicle went out of gear and went down to 15-20-mph. The tachometer was up to 4 mph, but the mileage was down 5-10- mph. Did not work even when putting foot on the gas. She had to shut the car off in order to get it into the right gear. It felt like the gears were stuck. The dealer told her that valves in the transmission were stuck. The contact had to cut the car off 10 times a day in order to get it to go into gear.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #9

May 052005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,800 miles
Transmission failed at less than 38000 miles, 2002 model yr. Engine light came on and high rpms at 55mph.transmission not shifting out of lower gears. Dealership says internal damage.

- Mcminnvile, OR, USA

problem #8

Apr 182005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
My transmission failed at less than 52000 miles with no warning other than the check engine light, with trouble codes identifying the torque converter lockout circuit. The transmission had extensive internal damage as verified by the Dodge dealer, who suggested a remanufactured transmission, and Mr. Transmission, who detailed the internal damage, including the pump, and planetary gear system.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #7

Apr 112005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
While driving 50 mph transmission failed. Owner was able to get the vehicle to the nearest dealer for diagnostic test. Dealer stated the core return needed to be replaced.

- Cheltenham, PA, USA

problem #6

Jun 152004


  • 95,000 miles
Transmission failed when vehicle accelerated. Rpms got very high, and vehicle stalled. Consumer took vehicle back to the dealer, and was told that the problem could not be duplicated. Dealer put the vehicle on the diagnostic machine yet they were unable to diagnose the problem. The brakes failed 7 times. Updated 02/06/06.

- North Liberty, IN, USA

problem #5

Nov 232003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,236 miles
I had my car less than a year when the transmission started stalling for no reason at all. I could be anywhere and at about 40-50 miles/hour the car would shake a little and not come out of first gear.I have taken this car all over town and get a different repsonse from everyone I talk to. Of course, the dealership told me they couldnt do anything for me. I will never ever buy another Dodge as long as I live.

- Clinton, MS, USA

problem #4

Dec 262003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,800 miles
After owning my vehicle for only 16 months, I am having to have the transmission replaced. I and my family almost had a serious accident with the car stalling it could have been a serious situation because the car would stall and completely stop at any give moment. I am also shocked that you can purchase a vehicle and have to pay for such substanstial repairs and that Dodge does not stand behind it's product.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #3

Jun 092003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,036 miles
When you first start the car it would not move when you put it in any gear, then when it did finally move you may start moving and then it was like the transmission was shifted into neutral. Took the car in to the dealer, and had it checked, said it was a quart low on fluid, car was sent back home with me, a few days later did the same thing, took it back and the dealer where the transmission was replaced, new transmission would not shift out of low gear, had dealer tow it in, stated to me the the transmission controler needed reprogramming, it was reprogrammed and sent back out on the road, about 100 miles later it was a repeat, would not shift out of low gear, had the vehilce towed in again, dealer replaced transmission and controller, picked the car up from the dealer, I found a bracket that they had left loose that was within a fraction of coming in contact with the rack and pinion steering, returned to dealer to have bracket reattached. I have filed lemon law on this car.

- Center Ridge, AR, USA

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