Notes: The Dodge Intrepid, Stratus & other Chrysler sedans are infamous for oil sludge problems with the 2.7L V6 engine. If someone offers to sell you a 2.7L V6 model, it's only worth the price of the scrap metal it's going to shortly turn into.

NOTE: Only the 2.7L V6 has the oil sludge problem. Our "Avoid like the Plague" designation is ONLY for models with the 2.7L V6 engine. All other available engines are very reliable with no major problems.

Even with regular maintenance, the oil sludge defect eventually destroys the 2.7L engine typically around 80,000-100,000 miles. The only true fix we know about is to put in the larger 3.2L engine, which has a great reputation.

This issue was never deemed a safety defect by the Feds, so there was no recall. In the end, Chrysler got away with FOUR YEARS worth of defective 2.7L V6 engines in their sedans.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
107,972 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid accessories - exterior problems

accessories - exterior problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 302011

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,944 miles


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Trunk lid put a knot and scrap that bled on my skull. Hydraulics not working properly.

- , Hickory, NC, USA

problem #1

May 042007

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 7.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

The trunk lid struts are not well made and will let the lid slam on your arms with a great force. When opening the deck lid it would only pop up about one inch and have to be lifted to an open position ( this is a very heavy deck lid ). If the deck lid is not in the fully open position IT WILL SLAM DOWN.

- , Anaheim, CA, USA

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