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Oil Sludge Resulting In Engine Failure
1999 Dodge Intrepid (Page 2 of 8)
This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Dodge dealer.
CarComplaints.com 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.
- Typical Repair Cost:
- Average Mileage:
- 87,350 miles
- Total Complaints:
- 141 complaints
Most Common Solutions:
- not sure (52 reports)
- replace engine (52 reports)
- not worth repairing, buy a new car (14 reports)
- don't buy a Dodge Intrepid (11 reports)
- rebuilt part of engine (5 reports)
- class action law suit (2 reports)
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T S
Ok, so I'm an idiot. Bought this car just 4 days ago from a private owner. Ran great when I tested it and was fine the last few days. Owner said it was in good condition. Opened the hood, everything was spotless,clean as a whistle. Should have known then something would go wrong. Today I was driving to work and, luckily I was at a toll booth, the car died. UGH! I waited a few minutes and got it to start just long enough to pull over to the side and rest it. Got it started and made it off the toll road and into a supermarket parking lot. If I came to a stop, it started to cut out on me, YAY! Had it towed to a shop. They tested it and said it was fine. I said test it at 65MPH and see what happens. Sure enough, it happened again. Turns out it needs the engine replaced. Said it would cost $3500 just for the engine. The oil pressure was low and they found metal shavings in the oil. HELLO!!!! So, I'm out $1800 that I paid for the car and now I don't have a car. So angry right now. I understand that it has 123,000 miles on it, but it looked like it was in great condition, from what I could see anyway.
- Tracey B., Orlando, FL, US