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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
102,750 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid electrical problems

electrical problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 022009

Intrepid V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


I own a 1999 dodge intrepid and at first everyone told me it was a piece of sh*t car. But me, with my hope and my past of taking the bus everywhere, I didn't car what people said, I just thought these cars needed tlc!! ya riggghhhhtttt!!!!! first the car over heated! changed the water pump, the sensors, the relays and finally the damn thing stopped over heating. Now the battery light kept turning on and turned off in front of my house!!!!! so we changed the battery. 90 bucks we didn't have to spare but with sacrifice did so, and the damn light still turned on ughhh! So then we figured the fuse was blown! which it was! We bought a box of fuses, replaced the blown ones and guess what?!!! the light still f*cking came on!!!!!!! finally my bf said oh don't worry it won't shut down it has a new battery! So, I'm cleaning and he says take me to work and I do so, he begins to notice that the radio started cutting off and then shut down!!!! We made it to his job with no problems! And then when he took his key out to put my key in so he could take his keys to work. The damn sh*t wouldn't restart!!!!! jump started and he assured me I would make it home! noooot!!!! I made it 5 minutes from where he works and it started jerking and then everything electrical turned off!!!! SCARED OUT OF MY MIND (no brake signals, no turning signals, no mph, no gears nothing!!! ) I turned into a gas station and then got stranded!!!!!! no one could pick me up finalllllly one of my friends came and now my car is stuck at a mobil gas station!!! and me at home with fear it will get towed!!!! :(

- , Davie, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 012008

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

battery would not hold a charge and took it in to get it checked. Had initial work done then, amongst other problems-manager of service department pretty much said everything was taken care of-yeah right! 2 months later the battery died again and took it to get another battery (Wal-Mart) and they said it was the alternator-called the dealership and I took it in the next day. They sd it was the battery-got it replaced again! Was only a few weeks after replacing it the 2nd time!! When taking it back again to Wal-Mart they ran a test and again it said the alternator was bad-took it back to the dealership again and the manager ran another diagnostic test and replaced the alternator (re-furbed, not new) and yet again had to replace the battery! 4 replacement batteries and $3000 later the battery is dead again....and supposedly there's NOTHING wrong with the car! Ummm...WTF ever!!!! Dodge needs to pull their head out of their ass and recall the pieces of crap that they once backed!!!!

- , Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #2

Mar 132008

Intrepid ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,000 miles

had the charging system checked nothing wrong , battery changed 3x .. battery wont hold charge.. whats wrong

- , Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 162007

(reported on)

Intrepid 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

The battery won't hold a charge. Brand new battery and $600 worth of repairs, we can't get the damned thing to start without a jump. My mechanics are great, but they can't figure out the problem. I have had it in the shop 4 times. No good. Something is drawing on the battery, but God only knows what. AFter reading all these complaints, I am SO disheartened about this. Instead of talking, why don't we all go to Chrysler with a class action suit and get this thing settled once and for all!!! I'm IN. Just tell me what to do!!

- , Palatine, IL, USA

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