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:
76,930 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace a frame bushing and stud rod bushing (1 reports)
  2. replaced sway bar & tie rods (1 reports)
1999 Dodge Intrepid suspension problems

suspension problem

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1999 Dodge Intrepid Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 052009

Intrepid ES 2.7L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,860 miles


Long list of repairs on 1999 Dodge Intrepid

This one's a little hard to describe. Turning right around curves felt like body, not tires was sliding to the right. same with left. Replaced A Frame Bushing and Stud Rod Bushing.

- , Hickory, NC, USA

problem #1

May 262001

Intrepid 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

Then October 5, 2005 I had to replace all the tie rods again which cost me another $815.

I had $49,000 miles on the car at this time.

- , Saint Paul, MN, USA

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