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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
91,336 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. had to buy 2 new headlamps and have installed (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replace headlights (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid lights problems

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 012017

Intrepid ES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles


I need new headlights units at no cost to me now. I cannot see and no matter what I do it is no better. It's gonna kill me or someone. Any ideas?

- , Spokane, WA, US

problem #2

Sep 272002

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,297 miles

Long list of repairs on 1999 Dodge Intrepid

Moisture build-up in headlights. Didn't fix because Dealership quoted headlight assembly's at around $400.00. Moisture not as troubling as milky lenses making visibility poor. Learned to polish lenses with compound and buffer on regular basis.

- , Hickory, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 042007

Intrepid 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,711 miles

Don't buy a car that has bug eyes for head lights. They're very very expensive! couldn't see anymore

- , Saint Paul, MN, USA

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