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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
320,335 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Dodge Intrepid drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 152015


  • 133,000 miles


In October 2015 I bought a 2004 Dodge Intrepid from a private owner/dealership. I didnt even have for a wek and was on highy doing 60 On hwy and all of a sudden pwered down and turned off and steam coming out from under hood. I proceeded to get out of middle lane to breakdown lane. (very dangerous) when car not running. Let it cool off and drove home and brought to dealer. Dealer could not figure out what was wrong. Sent me on my way. Weeek later was back there again with overheating issue again. Still said could not find out whats wrong. Very frustrated I took car home. From there it ran for like a month and then started overheating again. I had noticed that sometimes when I drove I could tap gas pedal and temp indicator gauge went back down. Weird. Did some ressearch online when this first happened and saw alot of people having issues with this car and previous engine 257 was in a lawsuit for bad engine. Said then engine I have 318 was supposed to be better design but still saw alot of same issues. I finally had to take in becasue it started having starting problems. I did not take back to dealership cuz would have not made it that far and I wanted a second opinion. They found a weep hole in water pump that was leaking and a cam sensor problem which he state had a service technical bulletin. So I called Chrysler and they said need to take back to the dealer to identify that issue. She checked my VIN nr at Chrysler and said that in 2012 the cam sensor was replaced. But still have that issue so said dealer will have to request Chrysler to do again...this car looks great inside and out but these issues are resonant in numerous cars. This is a dangerous situation if shuts down or overheats while driving. Chrysler needs to do something about this and should have never sold these vehicles with this engine.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #2

May 222014


  • 688,004 miles
I was driving to work and all the sudden my car started dinging and I look down at the lights and my over heat light was on and my car temp was all the way at high. I took my car to ntb to get an oil change and had just filled my coolant the day before. Ntb had to fill my coolant again that next day. I picked up my car and was on my way home and my car started dinging and it was over heating again. So I pulled over. Let it set for 20 min even with the heat on full blast. And before I even made it home which was not even 10 min away it over heated again. I opened the hood and look and no coolant. Now this is the 3rd time in 2 days of filling it up. Had it towed to a shop. Water pump went and timing chain and the water pump housing at the top cracked. Sad thing is I just bought this car not even a month ago because my other cars engine blew.

- Brooklyn, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 192012


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when it rolled away from a residential driveway and crashed into a mailbox. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic advised the contact that the gear shift interlock needed to be replaced or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and advised the contact that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 140,200.

- Eagan, MI, USA

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