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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
83,911 miles
Total Complaints:
19 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (7 reports)
  2. replace the oil pressure sending unit (5 reports)
  3. was told that I should use 20w-50 motor oil (3 reports)
  4. new engine (2 reports)
  5. I was told to change the oil (1 reports)
  6. use synthetic oil (1 reports)
2004 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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2004 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #19

Apr 112011

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles


Bought the car from Chrysler dealer (3) months ago put 3000 miles on it was told what a great car this was. First month no heat to cabin changed thermostat no change few weeks later water leaks from engine after reaching operating temp, told it needed a water pump and that would solve both problems $1200. Immediately noticed a knocking after car reached normal temp, changed oil put in recommended weight and synthetic notice knocking worsened and oil light now comes on at idle. Going back to the mechanic claims need new motor only after all this does he suggest I check the Internet on the 2.7L V6 and decide what I want to do. Thanks alot asshole!!!!!

- , Sioux City, IA, USA

problem #18

Sep 072010

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,800 miles

Greetings and salutations, fellow wounded veterans of the angst-filled Dodge Intrepid platoon. I was recently drafted into the ranks of the heretofore thought secret society of failed engines this very month. Had I done a little research before, I would have realized it was merely my ignorance of your existence, not that you sought to conceal your identity. I hate to be repetitive, as the story is quite similar in each instance, but, for the sake of adding another exclamation point to an old, old is what happened:

I had fallen in love with this car since I was a youth, just beginning to embark on my automotive journey. I received a vision through the instrument referred to as television, revealing to me a wonderful new creation that utilized a spacious interior combined with a poetic design, so eloquently named "The Intrepid." The seed of covetousness was planted.

Fast-forwarding several years, my father purchased not one, nor two, but 3 total different models as his company cars over a total period of 9 years. As my father takes immaculate care of anything he possesses, so he continued to do with each of these illustrious Dodge "masterpieces." When the 3 years was up, he was given the option to purchase each car at the wholesale price, should he so desire.

So, in 2007, the year his company's car lease was up, that anxiously-awaited phone call came one winter afternoon. No, it was not Ed McMahon but, rather, my father, reminding me of the desire I expressed to purchase his 2004 Intrepid. The time had come. I hung up the phone and was lost in a dreamlike state for a good hour. As this had been my childhood dream, plus, I had watched my dad go through 3 of these magnificent machines without any trouble, and, finally, knowing how my father can take care of his cars, therefore, no thought occurred to me to explore any possibilities of a problematic history. This marked the beginning of my demise.

To maintain a little brevity within my story, I bought the car with only 28,000 miles in 2007. I took care of it, changing the oil faithfully, keeping up with its regular maintenance, and dealing with minor issues in a timely manner. So, just this month, the oil light starts flickering on occasion while idling. I checked the oil, it was full, of course. The valves started making a sound during acceleration, so I took it in to the mechanic. We both planned on it being a faulty oil pump or the oil sending unit (which I just replaced about a year ago). To my surprise, I received a call the next day, telling me I would need a new or rebuilt engine put in, as the bearings were worn down...the cost, anywhere from $4,000-$6,000 dollars. This was the day the music died.

My love affair with the Intrepid has not dissipated, rather, a passive hatred birthed for the Dodge 2.7L V6 engine.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #17

Nov 132009

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles

I see many have the same problem-- oil light comes on when you come to a stop or idle the engine. I am concerned it is going to seize up on me. What should I do first -- I do plan to replace the oil with all synthetic lubricants asap. I am not a mechanic and cannot afford to spend a lot-- but neither can I afford for loose an engine. What to do? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide me. --Scott

- , Wenatchee, WA, USA

problem #16

Jan 012009

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


This is my 3rd Intrepid. I dont know why I like them I just do. I guess the new 300c and Chargers are just to trendy, seems like for as much as people hate Dodge they all seem to have one or the other. Anyways im not here to complain, just give a little helpful info. My first intrepid 99' SE was a good car, until it reached 75,000 + miles. It started with a rattle coming from the hood of the car. I took it to the shop, and was told it was my lifters going out. I told the mechanic at the time, that I just had the oil changed. When he took it into the shop, he said all the oil was on one side of the engine and not reaching the other side. There was a oil sludge build up in the oil pump rail that transfers oil to the other side.

He said I would need to take it to dodge to have it fixed. As I left the shop to head to dodge, it made a loud clank then everything stopped. NO POWER NO CLICK NOTHING the motor has seized. I had it towed to dodge, the told me it needed a new engine, $2000 expensive but doable. So I got a new engine for it and sold it there after.

3 yrs later I don't know why but I bought another one, but had did some research before getting it.I have heard about a lot of complaints about the oil situation, but it wasn't just for the intrepid, it was the concord,lhs,seabring,intrepid. From the complaints Dodge finally fixed the issue with the oil, and redesigned the engine, still has some issues but nothing like it was before.

Even though they fixed the oil issue, if you decide to get a dodge again, first thing you should do is have the oil flushed out of it. replace it with synthetic oil, yes I KNOW it cost more but its worth it. My friends mom bought a 2001 Chrysler concord with 80,000 miles on it. she drive from the bay area California to Sacramento every day. i told her i would do an oil change for her to save the life of the car. We switched it to synthetic and change it every 5000 miles. The car now has 142000 miles on it and still going strong. I have a 2004 dodge intrepid 2.7l engine and I just reached 100,000 miles on it. I only had one issue with it and that was the battery shorted out and cause 8 different electrical sensor problems. other than that, I have no complaints.

So next time you get an oil change, its worth it to fork out that extra $20 bucks and get the synthetic. its a better oil because it doesn't sludge, and you can push it to 5000 miles instead of every 3000.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #15

Aug 192008

Intrepid SE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

What's wrong with my Dodge Intrepid???? I have always gotten my oil changed within the designated time frame; however, for about 6 months now the oil light comes on whenever I stop. This is really annoying!!! I hate it. I don't have the money to dish out for this repair. I see why folks buy Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi. Come On America, GET WITH THE PROGRAM!! DODGE SHOULD RECALL!!!.

- , Laurel, MD, USA

problem #14

Nov 222008

Intrepid SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I am afraid that this motor is going to blow. I took the car to the mechanic and they said that it needed an oil change,so I got it changed and the light went off and I was very happy. Now it is back on again and tomorrow I am going to take it to another mechanic. Hopefully they can resolve this problem and it better be covered under my warranty because I do not have money to pay for a car note and to fix it.

- , Upper Darby, PA, USA

problem #13

Dec 132008

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles


There was plenty of oil in it, but, I had it changed anyway.

- , Clinton, MS, USA

problem #12

Nov 032008

Intrepid SE 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Just want to say why dodge company don't open a recall on this problem like in the 98-99 models, looks like is a very old problem in this 2.7 engine and they don't do anything to fix it, also i have to replace the engine gasket because is start to leak oil and that is going to be about 1,200.00 so think about it if you are looking to spend your money in one of this cars

- , Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #11

Jun 202008

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I've had problem after problem with this car. The oil sensor is bad, according to my auto shop. Additionally, the check engine light randomly comes on--and sometimes turns off when I'm braking, despite no apparent problem. There's a coolant leak--enough to bleed the coolant dry--that it's recently developed and it starts overheating when it gets low. Also I've had the engine die repeatedly when I start it and try to shift or start accelerating. Then it starts up just fine after a few tries. The fuel economy sucks, too. This is a crap car and I won't buy from Dodge again. I'll stick with Toyota or Honda.

- , Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 112008

Intrepid ES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Well I bought my car used and now the oils light comes on when I stop really don't want to fork over the money to fix it but what damn choice do I have this is how I get to work, I don't understand why dodge wont recall this stupid oil sending unit since there are so many complaints on it. I really hate buy a car and then turn around and have to fix something the first month you bought it.

- , Moore, OK, USA

problem #9

Apr 092007

Intrepid SE 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


As noted in other complaints... as a footnote to those who had engine failures... most mechanics I have talked to advise that maintenance is highly relevant to premature failures. I would NEVER buy this car used as there would be no MX history, but if you got one, and have kept changing oil regularly, expect a long life :)

- , Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 262007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Right after I replaced the cam shaft position censor my oil light started to come on when at an idle. I have heard that this is very typical of this type car and it is probably the oil pressure sending unit. I cant believe there is no recall with this since I have heard of numerous people with same problem. I will never buy another Dodge as long as I can help it

I plan on making an appointment with the dealership on Monday. Hope this one isn't as expensive as I think.

- , Concord, NC, USA

problem #7

May 232007

(reported on)

Intrepid LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Oil light comes on when car is at idle. Goes off when car accelerates. Plenty of oil in engine.

- , Canyon Lake, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 102007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Make sure you replace the sending unit's wiring harness when you replace the sender or the check engine light won't turn off.

- , Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #5

Aug 082006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 98,000 miles

I have a 2004 Intrepid and at about 85,000 KM the oil light would come on at an idle or at a stop. No reason could be found and I put on about 1,000 km per week so at about 97,000 km the oil light went out and has never come on again.

I did check and the light is still working. I drove the car the same with the problem as when I didn't have the light coming on. A puzzle to Dodge and myself. The car is for sale!!!

- , Vancouver, B. C, Canada

problem #4

Sep 232006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE

  • 70,000 miles

First of all, my check engine light came on, then it went off, then it came on, second my oil light comes on every time i hit the brakes, third, my car overheats and the fans do not come on, nor the heat, this car is a piece of junk

- , Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #3

Dec 212006

(reported on)

Intrepid SE 2.7 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

It didnt bug the hell outta me for a little while, but i called my pops and asked him what it could be. and he told me things it could be, so it wasnt all that big of a deal really. Was the oil pressure sensing transmitter. Only bad thing about changin the part is that you have to pretty much do an oil change. it aint much. Takes no longer than 45 minutes to do completely.

- , Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 172006

(reported on)

Intrepid ES

  • 72,000 miles

I have not had my oil changed yet because I was just told today that this would fix my problem. I will go as soon as I leave work to take care of that. We will see. Also there is a problem with my cam gear sensor. My car will decide on its own when it wants to crank and when it doesn't. Hopefully that can be fixed too. The engine light never comes on so therefore a computer will not tell the exact problem.

- , Sharon, SC, USA

problem #1

Mar 162006

(reported on)


  • 56,500 miles

I have always taken good care of any car I owned and this is just stupid that Chrysler won't even try to help. I can't afford to buy a new engine and I'm still upside down on the payments so I can't even trade it in. I WANT TO GET RID OF IT BEFORE IT BLOWS. Does anyone know how long I have before it blows or if there's kind of engine cleaner that can be run through to clean it?

- , Hinckley, IL, USA

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