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:
150,863 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replace oil pump (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 022012

Intrepid 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 203,088 miles


The check engine lights comes on and and I took it to be checked out but since this last time it does not come on anymore after stalling out......

- , Zolfo Springs, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 192011

Intrepid EX 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

Ok this is getting on my nerves now the oil pump is not working and its because the rebuilt engine sucks and no mecanic wants to put their hand son it, They keep telling me to sell it that theres no point in fixing the oil pump when the engine is bad this car has earn a bad reputation.

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 152010

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,500 miles

I changed all coils and plugs. I also had the pcm cleared of all codes and it keep saying that the ignition coils are bad. The car jerks and sputter for about 10 miles then it smooths out until I park and it sits for a couple hours. Can someone please help me .What is the possible solution?

- , Columbus, GA, US

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