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:
No data
Average Mileage:
149,973 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. have to buy new oil pan (2 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 032010

Intrepid 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 201,946 miles


I went to three different mechanics, and MIDAS wouldn't pass my safety without making me custom order a new oil pan, my own mechanic couldn't fix it because of where the oil pan is situated. Finally, someone told me they could fix it but it would cost me 1000 plus labour.

- , Winnipeg, Mabitoba, Canada

problem #1

Aug 042006

(reported on)


  • 98,000 miles

I have not been driving th car, need to replace oil pan

- , Fort Worth, TX, USA

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