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:
Average Mileage:
62,490 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced fans (2 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

May 312004

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,980 miles


Long List of repairs to 1999 Dodge Intrepid

Fans that cool radiator stopped working. Couldn't drive because it runs hot without fans. Had to get ride to work for 3 days waiting for part.

- , Hickory, NC, USA

problem #1

Aug 042006

(reported on)


  • 50,000 miles

The dual radiator fan went out, the motor on both fans locked up. This caused it to pull more amps and popped the fuse under the hood. I fixed it on my own with some help of a store clerk at AutoZone. I try to stay away from the dealer when possible... cause they really stick it to you. The fans cost around $300, the dealer wanted a lot more than that.

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

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