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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.

8.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,146.00
Average Mileage:
95,077 miles
Total Complaints:
25 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (12 reports)
  2. replace with a rebuilt transmission (9 reports)
  3. replace transmission and tourque converter (3 reports)
  4. replacing the solenoid valve switch (1 reports)
2002 Dodge Intrepid transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Aug 042006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 64,000 miles

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

this darn car can't be driven on route 22 thats how bad it is, i paid over 1000 to get the problem fixed from different dodge dealers whom could never find a problem. now all of a sudden the trans is slipping, the cylinoid is gone in it, the sensor is bad. i haven't had the car for a year and it's terrible. the bad part about it it's been in the shop for 1week or so and the part still hasn't come in. to top this off i have a car payment and the car is not worth anything so if i try to trade it in, i will end up still owing the bank and have a new car note.

signed

mad ass hell

- , Newark, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 192007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

Dodge should be ashamed to have produced and not stood by their product! My transmission failed at 48,000 miles! This was not covered under warranty and really put this Mom in a horrible position. The transmission just started slipping. Now after replacing this, at the sum of $2,000, the engine is knocking! I am headed to turn in this vehicle and cut my losses! Oh, it also has had a clunk when turning in either direction and produces a whining noise when the steering wheel is turned. Oops! almost forgot the two O2 sensors that I replaced. Get out while you still can!

- , Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 252006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

We began having transmission troubles with our 2002 Dodge Intrepid at about 89,000 miles in the summer of 2005. Slippage was progressively bad and we had the transmission serviced with a new solenoid pack plus a filter and fluid change for about $400 at a local transmission shop. Now it's October 2006 and at 111000 miles the transmission won't engage into gear (forward or reverse) until the car warms up. And the service engine light came on with a code that the computer detected a transmission slippage. Really hoping this latest problem is minor seeing as how we still owe too much on the car to trade it in. But if it requires a rebuilt transmission (at about $1800 - $2500), would I be further ahead getting rid of it without the repair or continue to keep dumping money into a car thats become very undependable lately? Anybody have a similar problem with the transmission and some advice to go with it? Thanks!!!

- , Blairsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282006

(reported on)

Intrepid

  • 43,000 miles

On the highway, felt a really hard jolt. Got off the highway, everytime I came to a stop, the excelleration was really struggling and I heard some grinding, each time excellerating became more difficult until finally IT JUST WOULDN'T MOVE! Checked the trans fluid, it was DRY with no lights coming on until this event was over. It's at the dealer as we speak. Hoping and praying this will be covered under my extended 7/70,000 warranty.

- , Franklin Park, IL, USA

problem #1

Mar 282006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 48,000 miles

TRANSMISSION GAVE OUT ON THE HIGHWAY. NO WARRANTY!!! I DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY I WISH I NEVER GOT A DODGE, THEY HAVE TO DO SOMETHING CAUSE I GIVE ME ANOTHER CAR OR PAY FOR IT BEING FIXED THIS IS NOT NORMAL, FOR TRANSMISSION TO GO OUT AT THIS FEW MILES

- , Ferguson, MO, USA

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