hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,508 miles

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1998 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

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1998 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #16

Nov 082003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles


Engine began sharp rapping while vehicle was operating on the highway. Mechanics say the engine is known for sludge problems and needs replaced or repaired by complete overhaul. Expense of either is in the neighborhood of $3600 and up for repairs. Several salvage yards stated they are glad to get in these cars as salvage because there is such a high incident for this motor to fail. These engines are known for these failures, yet Chrysler has done nothing to make this problem right with the consumers. This auto is now useless for me without an expensive repair.

- Urbana, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 072004


  • miles
While driving at an undetermined speed oil light appeared on the dashboard. Consumer drove the vehicle to the dealership, and vehicle stalled while entering the dealership parking lot. Dealer was unable to resolve the problem.

- Heath, TX, USA

problem #14

Mar 112004


  • 128,000 miles
While backing out of a driveway vehicle stalled. After numerous attempts vehicle restarted. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Harvey, IL, USA

problem #13

Dec 122003


  • miles


When driving at 35 mph vehicle stalled. This caused vehicle to drift to the side of the road. Consumer had vehicle towed to the dealer, and mechanic determined that engine head gasket failed.

- Aberdeen, OH, USA

problem #12

Jan 012004


  • 74,000 miles
A quiet knocking noise was heard before consumer merged onto the highway. The noise got louder 20 miles upon merging onto the highway in cruise control. Upon pulling over to check the noise, and when the vehicle was at a complete stop, the oil light and the engine light came on. The oil level in the vehicle was full. The vehicle was currently being serviced to determine the cause of the noise, maybe it was due to engine failure.

- Fort Kent, ME, USA

problem #11

Nov 252003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I bought my car in the summer of 1992; in such time I have had to replace the tires, serpintine belt, air conditioning belt, pulley and now the engine gave out on me. I bought the car from melloy Dodge in albuquerque, New Mexico.

- Albuquerque , NM, USA

problem #10

Oct 012003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


At 51,426 miles needed struts, sway bar links, front strut cushion, and lower control arms.tranny cooler lines also leaking, replaced pressure hose and retrun hose. Tie rod sleeve needed replacement, now at 55,000 miles check engine light on, cylinder #6 misfiring. Not fixed yet. Also transmission was replaced just before I bought it had 35,000 miles when purchased and was 2 years old. Would never purchase a Dodge of any sort again.

- Duluth, MN, USA

problem #9

Nov 192003

(reported on)


  • 97,000 miles
Check engine light came on. Then, vehicle died while driving. The 2.7 liter engine failed. Dealership indicated that the number 3 cylinder disintegrated.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 072003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 1998 Intrepid with a 2.7 liter engine failed due to sludge build up. This car only has 76000 miles and we maintained it properly. I have talked to so many mechanics and keep hearing the same thing. "these engines are junk." The first mechanic would not touch it. It is ashame that Dodge has not had to do anything about this faulty engine.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #7

Sep 132003


  • miles
While driving the vehicle's engine failed without warning. Please provide additional information.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #6

Sep 082003


  • Manual transmission
  • 51,000 miles


I believe my vehicle overall is defective. We purchased this vehicle new and have had nothing but problems with it. Had to replace rocker arms and engine at 51,000 miles. Have since replaced computer, transmission, intake manifold, cooling system, catalytic converter and now have a "check engine" light on again with codes relating to cooling and the catalytic converter. This vehicle is just an accident waiting to happen. Who knows what will go wrong with it next.

- Seymour, IN, USA

problem #5

Dec 202001


  • miles
I have found an excellent and informative website against dailmler Chrysler at www.daimlerchryslervehicleproblems.com for anyone who would like more information mainly in regard to Intrepid, 300M, concorde, lhs premature engine, steering, transmission and other common failures. I have experienced many of these problems myself and dailmer Chrysler simply does not care, I could have even been killed in one instance. After owning another vehicle and putting nearly 30,000 miles on it I have not had any of the ridiculous problems experienced with Chrysler's Dodge brand of vehicles. There is a lot of information consumers need to know that dailmer Chrysler does not want you to know about these vehicles and their common problems Chrysler ignores, some of which are potential safety concerns such as the defective seat belt design Chrysler continues to use and defective steering design and or components that can cause sudden looseness or change of response in steering, which can lead to a serious accident. These guys have been receiving complaints daily about these problems and have been referring consumers to the NHTSA, I hope that in turn the NHTSA will add this to the list of their complaints so others will also know about this. Thank you very much for your time.

- San Leandro, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 122000

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
We have a Dodge Intrepid with the 2.7 motor burning oil a quart a week since we bought the car in 2000 went to the dealer they say it was a leak, low and behold it still burning the oil. Been to dealer several times they say its normal it had 78,000 when we got it, now has over 103,000 still adding oil weekly, also had to replace the entire fan assembly, the thermostat, also problems with the power window tracks causing the windows not to close properly, tension pulley had to be replaced also the water pump, starter, (note all dealer parts so it isn't cheap to fix)battery cables rotted out Dodge should do or offer something to help fix or rectify all these motor problems but are they are to cheap in my mind.

- Woonsocket, RI, USA

problem #3

Apr 302003

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,771 miles
1998 Dodge Intrepid engine failed while driving. Car had 68,000 miles and had regular oil changes every 5000 miles.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #2

Mar 202003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I just took my 98 Intrepid (35,000 miles) into the shop today due to the oil pressure light coming on at idle. It turns out that the shop owner has seen 2 other Intrepid's in the last month with the same problem. After he called the Dodge dealership, he let me know that it is a very common problem they are having with these engines building up sludge. My mechanic informed me that the buildup in my engine is significant and that it is in danger of complete failure very soon. The only remedy that can be offered is to have the engine completely replaced at a cost of around $6,000 and is not covered under the Dodge/Chrysler warranty. This engine is less than 5 years old and only has 35,000 miles on it. I have had regular oil changes every 3,000 miles and have the receipts to prove it. I do not understand how they can expect this to be my problem to fix and after researching it further online I am not the only one in this situation. Please let me know if there is any additional info on this topic that is available.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 202002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
I have a 1998 Dodge Intrepid and I'm having motor problems. I only have 76,000 on this car and everyone that I speak to tells me that the type of motor which is a 2.7 is nothing but problems. I have spoke to repair people who have told me that they are replacing this motor in 2002 car!

- South Bend, IN, USA

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