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:
No data
Average Mileage:
90,125 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

engine problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 152008

Intrepid ES 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,250 miles


My 1999 Intrepid has had the oil light on and the engine has been hesitating. I hate this car i barely drove it because it had so many problems after a couple of months from when i bought it i been missing payments because i was trying to pay to get it working i hope there is a way to get sum of my money back because i am not satisfied with the car at all

- , Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 232006

(reported on)

Intrepid 2.7L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

when i come to a stop my oil light flickers and the rpm's drop to under 500. a few times it has stalled. what is the problem?

- , Hamilton, ON, Cape Verde

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