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 1 of 3)

problem #56

Sep 032011

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles


Engine failure clicking noise possible valve train. Consuming large amounts of oil but no properly lubricating engine parts.

- St Louis , MO, USA

problem #55

Nov 142010


  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph when the engine began to smoke. The vehicle was inspected by a independent mechanic who informed her that the motor failed due to the anti-freeze and oil mixing together. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Domins, IA, USA

problem #54

Apr 022009


  • 87,000 miles
In 2007 I bought a 1998 Dodge Intrepid 2.7 L engine....nonetheless the engine blew. The car had regular oil changes and maintenance. It gave no warning that there were any signs of engine trouble. I paid $6995 for the car, it had 67,000 miles on it.....2yrs later at 87,000 it died....leaving me to pay the rest of the loan of $2200 on a car that just sits in the driveway!!!

- Dickson City, PA, USA

problem #53

Oct 132008


  • 56,000 miles


The engine in my 1998 Dodge Intrepid with 56K miles N it is knocking. Several mechanics have told me the engine needs to be rebuilt. It is the 2.7 L DOHC and I have been reading numerous reports/complaints of the engine.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #52

Dec 082007

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
I bought this car used with about 100,000 miles for $2,000. It's a beautiful car in and out for the price great condition! I've noticed that when I start if up to let if warm, it war extremely loud, but I didn't think it was a big deal since it's cold out and it needed to warm. Tonight I was driving on a busy highway when I stopped at a red light and when it went silent, and stalled in the middle of a !@#$% highway at a red light too. No lights came on to indicate a problem. I finally got it started after a few minutes of harassing drivers and got it to a parking lot when it stalled again right when I pulled in. Started it again and parked it. Checked the oil and it was bone dry. I bought and put plenty of oil in it let it run drove a little and it worked great. Drove home when it happened again. Its now sitting in town until I have it towed tomorrow. Nice car inside and out!!!! dangerously shotty american motor.

- Owego, NY, USA

problem #51

Apr 062005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,551 miles
I own a 1998 Dodge Intrepid, it has 128,000 miles on it...oil has been changed every 3,000 miles....I was sitting at a stop light when the engine shut off...it was towed to the dealership where I was told that I needed a new engine...my husband is a auto mechanic, so I had the car towed to my house where my husband checked it out and told me that the timing chain went out, which had bent the intake valves...upon inspection of the block he noticed a defect in the block...the oil return holes are to small and become clogged, which in turn causes engine failure....and engine failure can cause accidents, if it fails at the wrong time and place.

- East Bend, NC, USA

problem #50

Dec 102006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles


I have a 1998 Chrysler Intrepid with a 2.7 engine. The engine oil light has repeatedly come on at an idle. The engine was checked no problem was found, this has been going on for at least a year and has been repeatedly checked. Now the water pump went out and has caused numerous problems.

- Camden Point, MO, USA

problem #49

Jun 132006


  • miles
Transmission failure for 1998 Dodge Intrepid ES at 103,000 miles. Rebuilt one put in and lasted 30,000 miles. Put in rebuilt engine again at 130,000 miles. Engine starting to act up again only after 5 months of driving. Temperature control not working properly and engine starting to act up again. All this in less than three years. Seems to be a major defect in transmissions.

- Saylorsburg, PA, USA

problem #48

Sep 122006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
: the contact stated while having the vehicle serviced, a leak was noticed under the engine. The dealer replaced a part on the bottom of the engine however, the problem persisted. The vehicle was returned to the dealer who determined the upper plenum was cracked and needed to be replaced.

- Portage, IN, USA

problem #47

Sep 112006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 55 mph, the engine failed suddenly without warning on a highway. The check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealership who determined the engine seized and this was a very common problem with these engines. There were no problems with the vehicle prior to the incident and the oil changes were maintained every 3,000 miles.

- Earleville, MD, USA

problem #46

May 042005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


I bought this 1998 Dodge Intrepid on 1-13-05 from a car lot and within 5 days many problems arise which of coarse resulted in costly repairs. It was under warranty which hardly covered anything so it was out of my pocket a new engine, map sensor, cat converter, major electrical problems and more. I am a single mom and a full time nursing student. This was my first new nice car I kept up with routine maintenance, made payments on time and consistent I have a few payments left but my car is all messed up and in the garage. I don;T have the money for this can somebody please get back to me just to let me know if there is help and to see if somebody received this.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #45

Jun 092006


  • Manual transmission
  • 84,200 miles
: the contact stated engine terminated intermittently while driving at various speeds. This occurred three times. The first time, the vehicle restarted. The last two times, the vehicle was towed to a dealership. There were no lights that illuminated prior to each incident. When the vehicle stalled, the check engine light and oil light illuminated. The dealership could not duplicate the problem.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #44

May 012000

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
No warning engine blew at 40,000 miles, sitting on railroad tracks with child, had towed. Oil change every 3000 miles. Problem oil sludge. Paid $500 Chrysler insurance deductible and replaced engine. At 80,000 failed again. Oil changed every 3000 miles. Oil sludge. Replaced timing cleaned out engine and oil pan paid $750. Started using fully synthetic oil and changed oil every 1000 miles and at 100,000 (60,000 on replaced new motor) engine failed again. Cheapest used engine is $2400 not including labor. I have had to rent and borrow vehicles while work has been done. Will not replace with another 2.7 engine because it will blow because of oil sludge also. Someone needs to make this large problem right!!

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #43

Jan 032006

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,500 miles
1998 Intrepid was purchased with 102,00 miles. At 104,500 miles oil light started to flicker at stop lights. One day, engine just stopped running as I was driving at 55 mph. Oil changes had been faithfully done by previous owner and myself. Although I only managed to get one in before the engine died.

- Marengo, IL, USA

problem #42

Dec 012005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
I have a 98 Dodge Intrepid ready to be re-possessed. I bought the car in 2001 with 53000 miles on it. 2 years later the engine blew with no warning as I was getting off I-95. It cost me $4200 to replace the engine. A year later the 2nd engine blew and again with no warning as I was driving on I 95. I replaced the engine again at $2400 because I still owed money on my loan. The second engine lasted about another year and now overheats after driving it for a half hour. I took it to the mechanic and he said that the heads are bad and the engine is cracked. I will not put a 3rd engine in this car. I still owe $5000 on my loan and can't afford to pay for it any more since I went and bought a 2001 Honda that I need to get to and from work.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #41

Oct 012002

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Dodge Intrepid. The contact stated that in October 2002 the engine sludge increased and engine died. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic, who told him about the sludge. The cost of repair to replace the engine was about $7000. When the contact went to trade the vehicle in the vehicle stalled in the middle of the road on the way to the dealership. The contact H heard of numerous complaints with the 2.7L engine. The vehicle has been traded into the dealership for this problem. The oil in the vehicle was changed regularly, and the vehicle was regularly maintained. The mileage on the vehicle when they first began to have this problem was about 50,000 -60,000 miles. The total number of incidents where the engine stalled was about 4-5 times. Sometimes the vehicle would not start, run real rough or would completely stall. The engine had to be replaced one time.

- Cedar Park, TX, USA

problem #40

Feb 102005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 119,000 miles
1998 Dodge intreped. The engine knocked and locked. Also engine light appeared.

- Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #39

Feb 142005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When changing motor oil burned oil stayed inside the motor. When taken vehicle to dealer for inspection the cause could not be determined.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #38

Oct 202004

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving the engine seized, and can not be repaired. There was no warning.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #37

Jan 052005

Intrepid 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had it towed to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the engine needed to be replaced due to a blown head gasket.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

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