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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
67,600 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

accessories - interior problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 042007

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7l

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,200 miles


Lights on radio and dash are flickering. This is just another pain to fix. Lights flickering just make you nervous. There are other lights that flicker on and off.

- , Frankfort, KY, USA

problem #1

Feb 012004

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

The interior lights have never really worked since I purchased the car! They randomly flash on/off and if the battery is low the push lights flicker randomly also! Was w/o them for almost 2 yrs and one day POOF I had them again! Have no idea and neither does the dealer! Go figure!!

- , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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