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:
63,380 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1999 Dodge Intrepid engine problems

engine problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 172012

Intrepid 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,380 miles


Dodge Intrepid 2.7 v6 -

On Cold Start or when the car has been left for a few hrs and the engine is cold

you put the car in gear : Drive or Reverse and the engine starts to shake & stumble and if you don't throw it in Park & or shut the car off.....the car will just stall.

So then if it did stall...or u turned it off to prevent it from stalling.......just turn it back on & it runs normal.


-New Spark Plugs less than 10,000km ago -New PCV valve less than 10,000km ago -New Air Filter -Freshly changed full synthetic oil with Wix Oil Filter. -Coolant is 2-3 years old clean looking. Less than 40,000km on it.

I am thinking it may be a computer problem but I am not entirely sure....and of course I can never get it to happen when my mechanic is there or i leave it there for a day.

It always seems to happen when it's just me and it. And sometimes not at all.

- , London, Ontario, Canada

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