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:
Average Mileage:
62,790 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. polish with compound and buffer (1 reports)
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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 012006

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,580 miles


Long list of repairs on 1999 Dodge Intrepid

Headlights dim because of sun backing them until milky. wouldn't pass inspection once because of it. Have to regularly use a compound and a electric buffer on them for visibility.

- , Hickory, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 142002

(reported on)

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • 30,000 miles

PCM (Powertrain Control Module) needed to be updated due to very poor fuel mileage, fuel mileage improved by 40 more miles per tank of gas after update, still worse than other vehicles I have driven with less fuel efficient Engines.

Input/Output Transmission Speed Sensors failed, caused vehicle to jam in 4th gear in Autostick, then caused vehicle to jerk violently back and fourth in middle of intersection. Mopar replacements also failed and had to be replaced again.

TCM (Transmission Control Module) needed updating due to intermittent rough shifting, bump, stumble and hesitation. After the Transmission was rebuilt, some of these issues came back but were smoothed out by this update.

Headlights would dim noticably when Engine fans would kick in or Power Windows were used. I decided to never complain about this since Chrysler Dealers usually just say "Cannot Duplicate Customer Concern"

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- , San Leandro, CA, USA

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