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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced rod and main bearings (1 reports)
2003 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

May 192006

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • 70,000 miles


The oil light in my wifes car would come on at an idle. The car had only 70,000 miles on it. The oil was changed every 3000 miles. Found very low oil pressure ( under 5 PSI ). Removed rod and main bearings. The bearings looked like new. Used plastic gauge to measure bearing clearance. Found the clearance to be .003". The spec is .0015" to .002". I found that Dodge makes a .001" undersized bearing for this problem. This leads me to believe that the crankshafts were undersized from the factory. With only .001" of "wear" the engine could not maintain oil pressure.

When I ordered the undersized bearings I got another surprise. In all the engines I have rebuilt the bearing kits run about $50. Dodge is charging $40 each for the main bearings and $64 each for the rod bearings. The total bill for rod and main bearings came to $500. Could there be a little price gouging going on to finance the legal battle with these engines.

- , Genoa, OH, USA

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